That Time When I Fell Off My Bathroom Vanity

 

So a couple of years ago, back in the summer of I think 2013, I was standing on my bathroom vanity painting the wall next to the mirror when I lost my balance and fell backward landing on my elbow then my back on the tile bathroom floor. Thankfully I didn’t hit my head, but I remember the pain was so intense I was nauseated for about an hour and thought I had broken something. My husband came running upstairs because he heard the fall. 

The paint was splattered all over the bathroom, but I couldn’t’ go on painting, I was in way too much pain from the fall, so Scott cleaned up the paint-splattered mess and took over the job. I went downstairs and laid on the living room floor continuing to feel nauseous while stabbing shooting pains ran from my elbow up to my shoulder. My elbow caught my fall and prevented me from landing flat on my back. I’m not sure if that was a good thing, but maybe it was since I have steel rods in my back from scoliosis. Maybe if I had actually landed on my back something far worse would have happened. 

Anyway, sleeping was pretty painful. While after some time (a couple of weeks) the initial soreness of the fall slowly went away. Sleeping never got better though and it took me awhile to relate it to the fall. We knew we needed a new bed. We had an 8-year pillow top mattress that we got rid of and got ourselves a queen size sleep number bed. Sleep was only slightly better, but each night was riddled with hours of pain, numbness tingling down my arm, shooting pains and insomnia from the pain. I was certain it was because the bed was too small and prevented me from sleeping the way I wanted to. We needed a king size bed so I could actually get in all the comfortable contortionist-like positions that make me happy and comfortable. We did finally get our king size bed, a month ago actually, but right before we moved my husband finally urged me to go see a doctor about my shoulder because it was just getting worse. Now I had put myself last medically because my husband has suffered the last two years from degenerative disc disease. His pain, I’d have to say was 10 to 11 times worse than mine and mine only seemed to bother me here and there and while sleeping. His needed immediate attention. He’s had a steroid injection and a few nerve burning procedures, but he is looking at getting a spinal fusion sometime next year. 

We did finally get our king size bed, (a month ago) but right before we moved my husband finally urged me to go see a doctor about my shoulder because it was just getting worse. Now I had put myself last medically because my husband has suffered the last two years from degenerative disc disease. His pain, I’d have to say was 10 to 11 times worse than mine and mine only seemed to bother me here and there and while sleeping. His needed immediate attention and I wanted him to take care of himself first. Since his back troubles began, he’s had a steroid injection and a few nerve burning procedures, but these procedures don’t seem to be a long-term fix for him. The pain keeps returning and now we are looking at getting a second opinion in December.

Anyway, I saw a doctor and ended up going to about 8 weeks of physical therapy that did truly help until I could work out all the pain except for the pain that was right in the joint of the shoulder that I injured. A week ago I decided to go in for a second opinion and saw a different doctor whom I knew from his track record of happy patients wouldn’t tell me I just needed more physical therapy. He did a steroid shot right into my shoulder in his office, and now a little over a week later I have been completely pain-free! 

I have to say waking up (three days ago) for the first time sleeping all the way through the night without waking up felt like a dream! I couldn’t believe it was possible! Since then I’ve had the same pain-free days! It’s funny I’m waking up at like 5am and feeling fully rested. I think my body was so used to getting crappy sleep all that time that I now wake up earlier requiring less sleep because I’m sleeping so much better! It feels great! I’m able to run, and be active like I haven’t been able to do for a while and I feel like I kind of have a new lease on life. 

This weekend I ran as the kids rode their bikes to the park and back and I didn’t feel pain in my shoulder like I did a lot while running before now.

boysandbikes 

Now I am feeling a little guilty because my husband is not pain-free and just had his third procedure on Wednesday but as long as it helps to take away his pain through Thanksgiving and Christmas until we can get our second opinion, I’ll be happy. 

Have you ever gone through something similar being in pain for so long, and then finally having it gone one day? It’s amazing, isn’t it!?  

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35 thoughts on “That Time When I Fell Off My Bathroom Vanity

  1. Thank you for sharing this story. Pain is never a fun thing to deal with and when it does finally go away it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off you.

  2. I felt that way you had pain for so long and then one day it all gone, it’s really amazing. That time when I fell off from my bike.

  3. That was a serious fall! So glad you are now pain-free and it’s awesome that it disappeared in one day. I do hate that you were in pain for so long. Hope your husband is better soon!

  4. I had one similar experience few years back as well and though it was not that worse, I had severe pain atleast for a week. I think yours was bit serious and I am sure you must be feeling better when it got disappeared in all of a sudden!

  5. I am so glad to hear that you are alright that is very scary. It is hard to live with pain. I am sure that you are happy that you found something to get rid of it. Please keep well.

  6. I’m so happy to hear that you’re not in any more pain. Back in September I found out that I tore my tendons in my foot. Oh man it’s so painful. Luckily, I’m wearing an air cast which helps a lot.

  7. Oh Heather! I can’t believe that you went through all of that! So glad that you’ve found relief and I hope that the pain never comes back. I totally understand putting things off medically. When it comes to my kids, I make sure that they are well taken care of but in-turn I’ve been neglecting my own appointments. Here’s to your health!

  8. I have arthritis in my knees & I’ve kind of just learned to live with the idea that nothing is going to completely take away the pain. But a few years ago I had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic & wound up in the ER getting a steroid shot to keep my throat from closing up–to my surprise, the next 4 or 5 days I had no pain in my knees! Unfortunately, steroid shots have side effects that mean you can’t use them regularly for arthritis. (Except in extreme cases, the doctor told me.) Oh, I wish I could!

  9. That sounds really painful, sorry that happened! I was in a car wreck a couple of years ago and I waited to go to the doctor because I didn’t think it was that bad. I shouldn’t have!

  10. I too, have degenerative disk disease. I herniated my disk when I was 11, and I have been in pain every day since. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere even though I have tried many treatments for the pain. Just recently, I decided to ride an electronic bull (stupid, I know) and know I have been having neck pain. If this pain heals, I promised myself I will never do anything so stupid again!

  11. I’m so glad that you are feeling better as I know what it’s like to live with chronic pain. Not only does it stop me from sleeping but I find it depressing as well. I had some terrible varicose veins in my legs for many years before I finally had a procedure about eight years ago called EV LT. It helped a lot and I rarely feel a lot of pain. I hope you have a pain free holiday season and your husband feels better as well!

  12. I can imagine that you were in a lot of pain when you fell. What a blessing that it has now gone away. Pain is not a plaything and it always great to get relief.

  13. Funny I’m reading this, the Mister and I have both been complaining about back trouble. Mine isn’t a lingering pain but more of a constant pain when laying in a specific position. This encourages me to get it checked out. I want to be free of it.

  14. I have had chronic pain now for over 15 yrs. There has been days when I have waken up to no pain and feel so refreshed. These days are a blessing to me when they do happen and I see it as a brake. Thanks for sharing your story along with your husbands. Hope everything goes good for him Wed. and glad to hear you are doing well.

  15. Good to know that you’re finally feeling better. I hope your husband feels better soon so that you guys won’t have a hard time anymore.

  16. What a scary thing to go through. It’s awful wondering if the pain is ever going to go away. I’m so glad you’re feeling better. We’ve had a king size bed since 1988 and I couldn’t imagine sleeping in anything smaller. I’m saying a prayer and hoping your husband finds some relief as well.

  17. I am so glad you got over with the pain and wish that your husband will get through with his pain as well. I remember when I fell from the treadmill because I fainted, I was in pain for weeks.

  18. I’m glad you are better, although it could come back. It can be easier to fall than ppl realize. I had a couple of falls, and I was shocked at the intensity of falling all that weight hitting the ground, especially at certain points. I fractured my foot. The good thing is I couldn’t wear heels anymore, and now I never do, and it is better for our posture, etc., not to wear them any length of time. I still haven’t gotten rid of them. I can see how you feel a little guilty not hurting when your hubby still does.

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