Well, last night wasn't a very good night as I had pain in my leg, which was swollen, numb and tingling, and I found it impossible to find a comfortable position in which to sleep. Flat on your back, with pillows to help cushion the spine and under your knees is the most recommended position, but, my leg hurt. On your good (non-painful side), with a pillow between the legs to cushion the knees which are drawn up to form a sort of 90 degree angle is the second most recommended position and was the one I was able to maintain for the most part. The pain points seem to be located along the back outer edge of my upper thigh, behind my knee, and on the outside of my ankle bone. Apparently, that is the path of the sciatic nerve.
I had heating pads and heated rice and gel packs placed all along my leg to try to alleviate the pain (it seems to help) and took two acetaminophen. I was reluctant to take the prescription medication and, I was able to bear the pain without it. I wasn't screaming in pain, but, it was not a very comfortable night, at all. Poor daughter, who has moved into my bedroom to sleep at night, after not waking up when I called out to her on a previous night, had a very disturbed night of sleep as she woke up with a start every time I so much as turned or twisted or moaned. I felt so badly for her.
Eventually, I fell asleep, but, I woke up with my daughter when she woke up. She brought me tea in bed and, later, a scrambled egg with toast for brunch. I have been relatively pain-free all day, however, so, that is a blessing! I haven't walked around much, today, though, as I am most reluctant to aggravate anything! My fear of doing something wrong is what keeps me from trying out any of the stretches I've seen online for sciatica. I want to wait until Tuesday, when I see the doctor, to ask her exactly what I should or shouldn't do. Especially since I've no idea what might have triggered this attack! Surely I couldn't have done this much damage over those few days when I weeded several hours a day?
Daughter is in a work-related online meeting as I type this. After she is done for the day, we will have some tea and, no doubt, she will need to cook something for dinner. In the meantime, Dancer is keeping me company!
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to manage last night's pain with only Tylenol
- My daughter's caring ways and being there for me
- A relatively pain-free day
- Prayers to give me strength
- The internet and blogs to catch up on reading!
Today's joyful activity was reading blogs and relaxing.
Plans for tomorrow include going to my lab test in the afternoon! I hope it will work out well.
Hope you've had a good day and tomorrow will be an equally nice day. Be in good health, everyone!