More good news

So there is more good news that I am noticing.

For the past week or so, a rib has been ‘out’ in front, causing extreme amounts of pain. Of course it was on my dominant side, too, so anytime I needed to use that arm it was causing stabbing type pains in my chest. Of course, breathing, sneezing, coughing, throat clearing or anything else was causing pain as well. I could actually see it jutting out of my chest. Unfortunately, I have many problems with my ribs and have had problems with them since the car accident five years ago. I am not sure why and no one has been able to really figure out why, but it is what it is. However, normally they cause me pain in my back, not my chest, so this was unusual and incredibly painful. Two nights after the pains first appeared, I was in tears late at night when I should have been sleeping. It got so bad that I tried to put it back in place myself but to no avail. I was luckily able to make an appointment with a chiropractor for my lunch break the next day.

He worked on it but it’s a difficult area to work with, it moved a bit but still wasn’t where it needed to be. He put some kinesio tape over the area and I left it there for four or five days. I was afraid to remove it, thinking it would get really bad again. It felt better but still hurt when taking a deep breath or sneezing. My arm was way easier to use though for normal tasks.

I removed the kinesio tape on a day that I had an appointment with my massage therapist. I went in and knew it would hurt really bad but that it was necessary. She worked on my back and my chest, since the problem likely was stemming from my back anyway. The chest work hurt like hell but I knew it needed to be done. She told me to heat and ice it that night so I did.

I take a low dose of flexeril and gabapentin every night and I was really hoping the muscle relaxers would help it ease back into place. Unfortunately it wasn’t seeming to help until today. Finally I woke up and my chest felt much, much better. It’s still hurting a bit but it is SO much more manageable.

I also take a low dose of tramadol pretty much every day just to take the edge off my pain. It certainly wasn’t going to touch that sharp, stabbing sensation but it is much more likely to help with my other regular pains and aches.

Other than the awesome healthy pap smear results I got, I also noticed a difference with my Raynaud’s. My doctor had mentioned to me it seemed I have pretty thick blood. He advised me to up my fish oil intake (I was already taking fish oil supplements) to help thin my blood out. Today I actually feel warm. I feel like I may be regulating my temperature like a ‘normal’ person!

I live in a cold, damp place and work in an environment that is purposefully kept cold year ’round. This combination is pretty bad for my particular health issues. I had also been made aware that my internal body temperature is lower than typical but still relatively normal.

I usually wear many layers, especially at work, and keep a small space heater nearby and on at all times, and sometimes wear gloves while I work. Today I have noticed that I have been feeling fine temperature-wise, despite not wearing a hoodie or cardigan. I have been wearing a shirt with half-length sleeves, and my hands have been warm enough to avoid wearing the gloves I typically wear. I have hardly had my space heater on, which is very unusual for me. I usually leave it on all through my workday. Yesterday I was outside in the cold, it was rainy and windy and I felt okay. This is really good news for me because being cold all the time is so miserable! Things are looking up and I could get used to this!

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