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"Focal Point" nerve irritation?
I went to the doctor (actually, my PA) yesterday because I had this pain that had developed over the last 2 days just inside my left shoulder blade. It got severe enough I didn't sleep very well the night before last despite having taken (in less than a 24 hour period) a total of 1400mg of Motrin, two Flexerils (prescription muscle relaxant) and 660mg Aleve. Only with the Aleve did I finally get enough pain relief to sleep several consecutive hours.

He said I had a "focal point" irritation of a nerve, which can occur spontaneously. He prescribed Celebrex (a prescription anti-inflammatory) gave me some lidocaine patches which I wear over the area to numb the tissue underneath, and told me to use ice on it. In restrospect, I learned that assuming it was a strained muscle and applying heat was what caused the increased irritation the night before. Oops. It was a much more severe level of pain than I'm used to and I was alarmed when I took what is a huge amount of medicine (for me) with almost no relief.

Anyway, I got written out of work for last night and tonight because of this (with a note!) and my vacation was this next week, so I got a longer vacation than I was expecting. Oh, but the downside is I have had to do virtually nothing to ensure this inflammation goes away as quickly as possible. (Typing doesn't irritate it *grin*.) But seriously, I have a lot of stuff I need to do, but I'm afraid to risk it for fear it will flair up again just when I've secured a couple of shifts (Monday and Wednesday nights) at the "other" hospital. I'm going to engage in light activity today and see if I notice any increased discomfort. If not, I'll get back to normal, because I'm falling desperately behind.
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From: recycling Date: June 12th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, I hate to say it Bruce, but that's one of those situations we get ourselves into as we get older. We can just strain a muscle without doing too much to cause it to happen in the first place (I know I'm still in my twenties, but sadly I know this from experience).

Still though, sorry you're going through all that nonsense, and I hope it gets better before it starts interfering with what you need to do.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 13th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
There is irony in a 28 year old consoling a 41 (This week) year old in his "as we get older" injuries. There is.

And, I hope you get to see it when you are, say, about 13 years older.


But on a serious note, thanks for you persistent comments to entries that sometimes, in all honesty, I wouldn't have commented to if they were in my friends list. I appreciate the effort it takes because I know you do this with many more people. Regardless of your sermons to the contrary, you are the ideal LJ citizen and friend.

NO LOLZ!!!11
From: recycling Date: June 13th, 2004 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
"Ideal LJ citizen"..that's honestly kind of an interesting concept. I've never thought of it that way before. There's a certain amount of duty I feel, though, to just be a good person all-around..especially to those I find to be good myself. (shameless hint)

But I'm telling you dude, I know I'm 28, but I already know what you're talking about. I'll be lucky if I'm still able to walk around at 41. Happy birthday, by the way. :)
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: June 12th, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

At least clicking the remote control won't cause further damage and inflamation. :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: June 13th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, a man after my own heart! Seriously though, I've barely lifted a finger for fear of aggravating it, and it has paid off. I am pretty much back to normal now. That was some brief, yet intense, misery though.
mcbarnes1970 From: mcbarnes1970 Date: June 13th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to have you come over for some cook-out and a brew, and we can discuss the intensity of you pain and how you managed to cope. :)
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