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.
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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