Flare Tracker – 30•07•2018

Chronic pain info dump time!

Those red lines? Those are the paths my pain is following right now. It radiates out as well.

That dot? It feels like I’ve been impaled with a spear at that spot, and the spear is still there.

They tell me this is a fun combination of spinal compression, shitty connective tissue, and the nerve centre in my upper back being all fucked up. The “dot” is where a bunch of scar tissue hangs out from an work accident from years ago.

Meds so far today: Tylenol Arthritis, Naproxen, Cyclobenzaprine, CBD’s.

I have to work a full shift today too. Blarg.

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Left Wrist Issues

I’ve posted before about the ganglion cyst in my left wrist. Finally talked to the doctor about it. I need to go for x-rays to check for joint damage from arthritis. I am waiting on the call for my referral to a specialist to have to cyst removed.

It hurts. A lot. I’m pretty sure it presses on a nerve as when it gets really bad my whole hand, elbow, and shoulder hurt along with it. For the first time in a long time I am concerned about my health. I need to go back to work.

Here’s to hoping the x-ray turns out fine. I’ve been advised to wear a brace with a hard bottom until further notice.

Connective Tissue Disease Things

After my last appointment with my rheumy I’ve learnt how to identify all three types of pain I have now. Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Connective Tissue. Lately it’s been the ligaments, connective tissues, skin, and such that are painful. It’s particularly bad today. A 7-8 on the scale. I’ve managed to get myself and the kids dressed and fed, gone to the clinic and pharmacy. Rather proud of myself for that. Still have some grocery shopping to do and getting the boy child his haircut for impending kindergarten.

I’ve taken all the pain meds I can. I’m thinking I might need to take a dose of cyclobenzaprine. This would involve weaning immediately though and I’m undecided if I’m up for that. Fuck it hurts though.

More Cyst Issues

The ganglion cyst in my wrist isn’t as big as it ever as been but it’s big enough. It’s causing pain that can radiate all the way up to my shoulder. The pain generally hangs out around my wrist and the two lower joints of my thumb. If I try to carry the baby without some sort of wrist support it radiates out to the elbow. I really need to talk to the doctor about it. We go tomorrow for my spouse, maybe I can get in too.