Ugh! Spinal Headache!
Today was most entirely not as nice as yesterday.
I woke up with a bad headache. It was a bit later than my normal wake up time, so I assumed it was a lack of caffeine.
I gave myself a nice cup of coffee as well as some breakfast and the headache abated some, kind of. I noted that it was way worse with movement, and darn it, after about an hour, I realized I probably did have the “spinal headache” from the ESI. It wasn’t great.
I researched it online and found that it is not considered dangerous for your health, and that it is ok to deal with it by drinking a lot of fluids and laying flat. If it doesn’t “go away” I will end up needing a blood patch, which I would hope not to need. Good thing I COBRA’ed my insurance. For what I paid, I have no compunction about using it.
So that is pretty much what I did. I also noted that my right leg is not feeling as good as it did yesterday.
I cancelled my social plans and rested. Eventually I did make it to do my pool walking.
It is so boring, and I don’t feel as if it does anything for me. Today had the added enchantment of being cooler than normal, here so I was very cold and actually had some shivering and teeth chattering through it. But I had the reward of a super duper hot shower and then resting on the physical therapy hot packs which felt really good. I was going to skip the hot packs, but by the time I had finished my water walking and shower my positional headache was back, so I really thought the best option was to rest flat on my back for a while, and the hot packs seemed to make that option nicer.
I tried really hard today to buy some “Black Friday Deals” but they were not really good deals. I need swimming tights to protect against Jelly Fish and I want a new gym bag. While contemplating these purchases, I felt that I couldn’t use them anyway right now, so why purchase something I may never get to use.
Getting very tired of this injury but I don’t think it’s going away any time soon. Part of me is looking towards February with some anticipation….that would be when I could have surgery…and then the pain would be gone. I can not imagine my life without this ongoing pain anymore. I can totally understand why people with chronic pain can’t get anything done and seem disorganized and strange and depressed…it’s because they really are.