There are 3 specific pains that can send me to the ER.
- Headaches – these are bad – narcotics don’t touch them – they usually only relieved by an IV cocktail of steroids, benedryl and a couple other meds.
- Neck pain and stiffness – while this is typically accompanied by a headache, it is very different from the solo head pain and usually resolves with pain meds and muscle relaxers.
- Low back pain and muscle spasms – if you’ve ever had low back pain you know the impossible, immoveable feeling of helplessness – you can’t move, you can’t breathe, you’re afraid to even blink so you just close your eyes and remain motionless until the intensity weakens and you can get yourself into a more comfortable position to allow the muscles to relax just a little.
Last night I was laying in bed when the low back pain kicked in like a bolt of lightning. I had been feeling some stiffness throughout the day, but nothing that concerned me. If I am very careful, it remains fairly calm – one ever so slightly wrong move, a cough, a sneeze, a twitch and BAM! The lightning strikes again and we start the process of calming the muscles all over again.
So today, I lay motionless in bed attempting to avoid yet another trip to the ER.
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