Content warnings: blood, intimate details of my nether regions, urine
Things have been epically stressful in my life since June 24th.
I thought I was taking enough care with what I was eating and drinking. After all, it’s been YEARS LITERALLY since my Interstitial Cystitis was any sort of issue. It’s been so long I had to look up relief methods.
The flare isn’t entirely unexpected, but it still caught me a bit off guard. Symptoms include high pain levels (ache/burn) in my nether regions and lower abdomen, bladder spasms, urgency, light bleeding.
I have medicating with CBD/THC, acetaminophen, naproxen, and cyclobenzaprine. Drinking lots of water. Avoiding all trigger foods.
Made a meme today.
Art therapy is one of my favourites.
I am feeling very unwell today. The barometric pressure has been doing this rollercoaster thing for the majority of the winter. It’s been really rough. Particularly with having to recover from surgery.
The symptoms I’m having right now are the ones that really get to me. I’m used to pain and stiffness and having to gently push through it. These symptoms I can’t really alleviate the I can with pain and stiffness.
The list includes: dizzy, exhaustion, lethargy, light headed, unsteady on my feet, upright is hard. The longer I remain upright, the harder it is to do so. Shakes, swelling, feeling like I’m going to faint. Ugh.
I made it nine days this time without Naproxen. Only took it for three days before my ankle calmed down, which was nice.
What wasn’t nice was the sudden plummeting temperatures. So the nine days has ended. It will be a couple more days I think before these pain levels drop.
I think I will take it daily again but take special care around my period in case I need to take the Cambria for the now regular migraine.
My doctor’s office has once again dropped the ball and have not called about the appointment I need with a neurologist.
High pain levels really do a number on my mental health.
Well 7 days had been my original goal for my Naproxen/Rabeprazole fast and I made it. I’m happy about that. Not happy about my right ankle and foot flaring this badly, this suddenly.
3-5 days and hopefully foot will stop hurting and I can stop again.
My stomach has been bothering me a lot lately. I tried cutting out coffee. Black tea was mildly problematic. The issue being coffee is the best at helping control my ADHD. Didn’t really help.
A few years back my Rheumatologist prescribed acid reducers to take with the Naproxen. It was the same visit she told me to stop taking them as needed and just take them daily. My Rheumy really isn’t big on medication so I take it pretty seriously when she tells me to take things daily.
I’ll be trying seven days without Naproxen. Then we’ll go from there. I’m working a bit less right now so it may work out well. My bloodwork is the best it’s been since before I started breeding. So maybe, just maybe, I can successfully cut back to “as needed” again.
Currently prescribed 500mg of Naproxen, twice a day.
My other reason for dropping it is because I’ve started getting migraines. They generally aren’t hideously painful but they last for days. I’m currently on day four of one right now. The migraine meds that actually work are a high level anti-inflammatory that I cannot take with my two doses of Naproxen due to risking toxicity.
Right now treating my uncontrolled migraines is more important than my very well controlled arthritis.
Wish me luck!
I developed Bronchitis while in the late stages of pregnancy in 2016. Every Autumn since I have gotten it again. This year included. The doctor gave me more powerful antibiotics then I’ve ever taken before, at a high dosage. If it doesn’t improve in a few days I have to go back.
This is the worst time for this. I’ve just started Yuletide presents. Work is getting busier. Pumpkins need to be carved. Blarg.