As usual, I am still having problems sleeping. I had one night this week where I slept for ONE HOUR, and the rest of the week sleeping has been on and off. I have also been having issues with my back since Sunday so that isn’t helping the sleep any either. On Sunday, my back started bothering me at work and by Monday morning, I could barely walk. Once I get moving, however, it starts to loosen up some but all week my husband has had to help me get dressed and undressed because of the difficulty in bending over and the pain. The back pain I have been suffering from for about the last year has been different than what I experienced the 20 years before that.
According to the MRI I had last year the doctor sent me for when I told her of the changes in pain, arthritis has formed in the herniated disks in my lower back. So I have started having spells, like this week, where I will have severe pain in my lower back that goes into my hips and causes me to stiffen up. I walk like an old woman and my muscle relaxers, Skelaxin, are not helping. On Wednesday I went to the massage therapist to see if she could loosen up my back and help with the pain. I had to force myself not to scream when she worked on my hips and lower back but I knew it needed to be done to give me some relief. I did walk out of there better than what I went in but by last night the pain and stiffness was all back.
It really gets frustrating because I feel like I can never get a break. If it’s not the ME/CFS, it’s the Fibromyalgia. If it’s not those two then it is the IC Disease. If it’s not IC, then it’s my back. There is always something there wrong to never give me a good day. It makes me stronger, however, and it’s just part of my life. I have to deal with it – I don’t have any other choice.