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.
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.
My joints are full of hot broken glass. Had a seven day run of Naproxen, stopped for three days then had to start another round today. Will be trying three days on, three days off. I REALLY dislike heartburn and after taking so many pills for so long I try to be as gentle as I can on my digestive tract and liver. I’ve taken three T3’s today. Currently waiting for the Naproxen/T3/Cyclobenzaprine “nightcap” to kick in. Sleep will not happen until it does. Pain levels hovering around 8-9. At least I’m not nauseated, and the “t” zone isn’t misbehaving.
For any new readers: my “t” zone runs from the base of my skull, down my spine to the bottom of my shoulder blades; Crossed by a line from shoulder to shoulder, the highest pain levels sitting where those lines intersect.