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24 February 2007 @ 04:30 am

So, night before last at work my lower back was a bit sore and my right hip and leg hurt, especially when I was sitting. "I must have slept in a funny position or something," I thought. Hmmm, wait. Now that I think about it, they must have hurt when I first got up, because I remember looking for and not finding the ibuprofen—which I know is better for muscle pain & inflammation than aspirin—and taking 3 or 4 aspirin instead. Throughout the night the pain was increasing worse, despite noshing on aspirin every now and then. It's becoming "peak" at work and things were a little nuts—I ended up putting in about 12 hours. I figured part of the problem was like from stress or something. Driving home was … interesting, as the pain was, after all, in my right hip and leg.

But I made it home okay. When I described my symptoms Susan The Wonder Spouse said, "Oh, it must be your sciatic nerve! That happened to me when I was younger and it's really painful. Let me take you to Urgent Care."

"Naw," I said. "I just slept on it funny or something. I'll take a hot bath and go to bed and I'm sure everything will be fine."

So I took a long, hot bath. It helped. My back, hip, and leg felt a bit better. Finding a comfortable position in which to sleep was only slightly difficult and annoying.

When I awoke, things were … um … worse. Quite a bit worse. I believe I ate standing up and didn't even ask Susan to get off the computer so I could sit down and use it. I probably ate a bit and then went back upstairs to lie down (lay down? I get so confused) and read. My strategy was apparently relatively successful, as driving to work wasn't too bad.

I hadn't been sitting at my computer at work for very long before I discovered I couldn't. Sit down, that is. As I remarked to a couple of people, "It's kinda painful all the time; except for when I sit down. When I sit down, it's excruciating."

Fortunately, the desks at work have keyboard platforms that are designed to accommodate a wide variety of needs—I swung the keyboard up and pulled the monitor up and was able to work standing up. Sometimes I'd kneel on the chair; other times I'd move things down and try sitting (that wouldn't last for very long). A couple of times I tried kneeling on the floor, which wasn't awful but it kinda hurt my knees. I finally wimped out after about six and a half hours and told my boss I had to leave. She apparently has back trouble herself and quite understood.

Came home and slept for a while. When Susan returned from taking Gavi to school, I allowed her to take me to Urgent Care without her even having to suggest it. Doc said it is indeed my sciatic nerve and that in a month or so when I feel better I should maybe start doing some "legs-bent" sit-ups to tone up my stomach muscles so I'm not distributing my weight so poorly as to give my back problems. For now he gave me prescriptions for codeine and a muscle relaxant and told me to also get some OTC naproxen and said if I didn't feel signs of improvement in a week to come back. The meds is why I'm able to be at our computer and write this, but it's stupid. Even with the meds I'm hurting quite a bit and probably prolonging the healing.

So I'm going to go back upstairs now to lay down and read and sleep and stuff. It may be a while before I'm able sit and LJ again. Y'all take care of yourselves until I get back, ya hear?

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Larry Sanderson: Scarylsanderson on February 24th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Get better fast!
Peter Hentgesjbru on February 24th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yowch! You take care of yourself, too! I look forward to hearing that you are mending. (But not too soon. If you take my meaning.)
Lianatezliana on February 24th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Ach, that sounds horrible! Take it easy now and let it heal up.
Carol Kennedycakmpls on February 24th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
Owie! I have sciata, but never that bad. Mine is always better sitting that standing, which is handy because I work at a computer, but not so handy when I have to clean house or go get groceries! I hope this improves rapidly for you!
Carol Kennedycakmpls on February 26th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Well, I definitely spoke too soon. Today I have sciatic pain in my right leg, whereas usually it is on the left, and my sitting-down experience is similar to what you describe. Wish I had a stand-up computer desk...
but ain't no gyroscope can spin forever....roadnotes on February 24th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Take care of yourself, okay?
Annenetmouse on February 24th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)

Stephen Leighsleigh on February 24th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ugh, Fred -- that sucks. Get yourself better quickly! Sneding healing thoughts your way...
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on February 24th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Ow! Take care of yourself.
parsleighparsleigh on February 24th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Get better soon!
Mizz Laura Jean: dreamymizzlaurajean on February 24th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Get better damn it! :)
Chiroprators can do wonders for that sort of thing. My sciatic nerve bothers me from time to time.

And while heat feels good and may relax muscles ice is better for any inflamation in the area.
Skylarkerskylarker on February 24th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Get better damn it! :)
True; the same thing happened to me just before I had to move house in Spring of 2005. I went to chirosinger and her treatment helped get me back in action enough to go through with the move.
Matthew B. Tepper: Prosit!asimovberlioz on February 24th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon!
Shannonbuttonlass on February 24th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. I had a touch of it while I was pregnant and was completely miserable. Best of luck with it getting better sooner rather than later.

And I promise to not break the internet personally until at least after you get back.:)
Teslatesla_aldrich on February 24th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Yikes
In other words, if buttonlass breaks the internet while you're away, it will be with utter scientific detachment - nothing personal. :D
Teslatesla_aldrich on February 24th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have to go through this! I'm sending painless virtual (hugs) and hope that you get better soon!
Strawberry Snatchcake: Bang her? I hardly know her!rampion on February 25th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Feel better now, OK! Missed seeing you last night at the bout, but I think you've got an even better excuse than those not prepared to brave the weather. (If you can get me your ticket in the next week or two, I should be able to refund it.)

Take care. *Hugs*

p.s. we won! and it was beautiful!
lakeboy_55 on February 26th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry, I know what you are going through. I take 2 to 3 vicodin a day for the same kind if pain from a completely disintegrated disk between my sacrum and spine. The good thing is that your pain should go away in a while if you don't overdo things. Back injuries and chronic back pain are kind of like depression, most people who have never experienced them can't really understand what they can be like.

Take heart, you will feel better, just don't let the pain drag you doen into a depression. It happens so easily, you know what it's like, be careful and don't let it get you down.
aszanoni on February 26th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Fred, please - you take care of yourself too, and please take all the help that comes your way. I agree about the depression; I know the pain can do that, make it easier to get sunk in depression.

I wish I had some really clever or helpful solution, one that would take away your pain. :/

BTW, that song you and Steve and Emma sang about the stage getting robbed has been stuck in my head for days... Pops up at odd moments. Makes me smile, just like the concert did.

Sending healing thoughts and mental hugs.

- Chica
gomeza on February 26th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Aye-yi-yi, sciatica is _horrible_. I only had one episode with it (I think) but it very nearly scared the crap out of me.

Get better soon!
(Anonymous) on November 28th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Good design, who make it?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on December 1st, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: naisioxerloro
The icon? Reed Waller. Thanks!