As reported earlier, I managed to squeeze in a massage visit today, and I'm glad I did. I was in quite a bit of pain this morning, and while the massage didn't entirely fix the problem, it did quickly take it back to base level. My massage therapist indicated that it would likely continue to release over the next couple of days. I didn't really believe him, so I was pleasantly surprised to realize after my haircut that I was feeling even better than I had right after the massage. He's a new CMT for me, and I really like him. He also applied the BioFreeze stuff that my chiropractor used - it works really well for me, so I went ahead and bought a tube - at least with that I should be able to get through my busy weekend.

Stopping into work for a little while this afternoon verified my working theory that it's my mouse position at work that's a key part of the problem. So I'm working on improving my ergonomics at work. When I left my office the sysadmin was installing a mouse pad holder on my desk to bring the level of the mousepad down lower - we happened to have one that we'd ordered for an intern who's now gone. We'll see how that works. If it doesn't help, I got the approval of the business manager for work to pay for the $70 ergonomic keyboard with integrated touchpad that [ profile] wiredferret told me about.

But I'm happy to report that right now I'm feeling about the best I have in a couple of weeks. I'm going to schedule another visit with the chiropractor early next week, and another visit with the massage therapist at the end of the week, and between that and paying attention to my ergonomics, I really hope to be back to normal soon!
I had a restless night, so sleep wasn't as restorative as it had been these last couple of nights. I'm heading into my big eGullet weekend, and I really don't want to be spending the whole thing in pain. So I've managed to shoehorn in a massage appointment before my hairdresser appointment and afternoon meeting at work. I hope it helps!
In case anyone is wondering.

I went to the chiropractor yesterday. There was much adjusting. Walked out with the rest of my back feeling stellar, but the neck is still not 100% right. I need to figure out a different way to use my laptop at home, as using it on my lap sitting in my chair is very majorly not a good thing - as I discovered the hard way last night, when using it for a little while seemed to undo much of the progress that had been made. And mousing at work is also an irritant.

So at this point I'm still popping Aleve, and using the samples of "biofreeze" ointment the chiropractor gave me - very good stuff, that. Considering going to get a massage, and seeing if that would help. Now that some of the underlying chiropractic stuff has been addressed it's feeling more like muscular pain that might respond to massage. But all of this stuff is very expensive. Best cure I've found so far has been a good night's sleep - both yesterday morning and this morning I woke up nearly pain free. Surprising, because you'd think it would get stiff at night. But then it creeps back in through the day, as I engage in non-ergonomic behaviors.


Aug. 1st, 2006 10:16 am
I've done something unpleasant to my neck/right shoulder. I first noticed it last week as difficultly turning my neck far enough to check my blind spot, and it hurting if I did. It seemed to be a little better over the weekend, but about midday yesterday it came back. Then last night I flared it up through a combination of a bad stretch and an awkward position reading to Liam in bed. I was in quite a lot of intense pain for a little while, but thankfully Alleve and ice has been very effective at giving me back some movement and reducing the pain level. I tried to call the chiropractor I used when I was pregnant with Liam, but her office is closed until the middle of the month. I solicited some recommendations from the Great Oak list and called another chiropractor - now I'm just waiting to hear back from Eric to see if he'd be able to pick Liam up today so I can take the late afternoon appointment they have available, or if I have to wait until tomorrow. (Hope not!)

I have an appointment for 4:30 today. Woot! And I've raised the level of my monitor, which seems to be helpful.

Catching up

Apr. 7th, 2006 10:27 am
This morning I had "oh yeah, need to post that to LJ" moment, but can't for the life of me remember what I wanted to post about.

Some of you might be wondering how my back is doing, after my little incident of earlier this week. I am pleased to report that it is feeling much, much better. Still sore, but no longer impinging on mobility, and I can pick up Liam and carry him when need be without it hurting too too much. I'm still trying to minimize that as much as possible, though, as it is the thing I do that causes me the most pain.

Very, very busy week at work. Staff meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, which kept me from getting any work done. And Liam was sick the week before, so I was running behind anyway. Which meant that I needed to come in yesterday, even though it was ostensibley my day off. And, because there were some other things I needed to do during the day yesterday and I had to get a deliverable to a client first thing this morning, I actually worked for an hour or two at HOME last night - something I hardly ever do. I still have more work to do on this project, which is kind of blech, because there are other things I need and want to do. Which means I should really stop posting to LJ and surfing the web and go work...


Apr. 5th, 2006 07:34 am
Yesterday morning I bent over and leaned into the car at daycare to release Liam from his seat and take him inside. I hadn't even lifted him up yet when something in my tailbone went POP and I was suddenly in quite a lot of pain. Fortunately my car pooler was in the car with us and was able to take him inside, because at that moment I could barely walk, let alone pick up a 30+ lb child.

We got Liam dropped off, although he was very confused as to why mommy wouldn't pick him up to kiss him goodbye. Daycare gave me an ice pack to put on my back for the drive into work, and as soon as I got there I pumped up on drugs. I had a day-long staff meeting, but fortunately we're informal enough that I could just get up and move around when I needed to loosen things up.

Last night was a hot bath followed by icing my tailbone. The pain is remarkably localized - my back is fine, it's all in my tailbone.

I'm stiff this morning, of course, and need to go take some more drugs. I have staff meeting again this morning, but might try to go see a doctor this afternoon, just in case there's anything particular I should be doing. (Searching the internet for "tailbone pain" gets me all kinds of sites about chronic diseases that involve tailbone pain, but little about treating an acute case.)
Liam must have some teeth coming through right now, because he's been biting like crazy. Biting me, biting his dad, biting himself, biting pillows, blankets, you name it. And yes, biting nipples. Yesterday he bit my nipple in a particularly nasty fashion. Ouch! It hurts to nurse him from that side now, so I've been nursing the other side. But now that side hurts from engorgement too, from not having emptied in so long. Talk about a double whammy!
As you may recall, last week I wrote about getting a plugged duct after I started sending cow's milk with Liam to daycare and stupidly decided to skip my pumping session on Tuesday. Things went from bad to worse and better again as the weekend wore on.

I discovered the plugged duct on Wednesday. So at bedtime Wednesday night I had Liam nurse only from the clogged side, hoping that would relieve it. He nursed for a long time that night, and it hurt. But plugged ducts hurt, and I figured that's all it was. The next day nursing hurt even more, even though it seemed the clog had cleared, so I was very confused.

Remember how a while ago I talked about how Liam's new teeth were pressing up against my breast during nursing, and that was making nursing quite uncomfortable? Well, turns out that the discomfort I was feeling when he was nursing Wednesday night wasn't just the plugged duct, it was also the teeth. By Thursday morning I had a little open wound right next to the nipple, and whenever Liam would latch on it would hurt so much. But I was afraid of getting another plugged duct, so I had to keep nursing him regardless.

Over the weekend I tried to manage it as best I could. I used Lanisnoh nipple appointment between nursings to help with healing. I nursed him more frequently on my good side, and less frequently on the hurt side, while pumping the hurt side a couple times a day to make sure I was emptying it of milk. I had him nurse in all sorts of different positions. The most comfortable is him upside down - usually when we nurse lying down we're facing tummy to tummy. But if I flip him upside down (so that his feet are pointing at my head), then it doesn't hurt at all. But obviously that's not a position I can use out at a restaurant or something, you know?

By Saturday I'd stopped chanting "ow, ow, ow, ow" throughout the entire nursing session, so I do seem to be on the mend.

While Liam and I had our own set of nursing problems in the beginning, I realize how lucky I was now in that I never had any issues with thrush, or cracked or sore nipples. In fact, because of our particular problems (couldn't latch without a nipple shield) I was actually protected from the usual new mom nipple pain.
Doing a lot of labor market research at work lately, which equates to a ton of mousing, which is making my tendonitis/tennis elbow act up.

Off to find some Advil, I guess.


Feb. 4th, 2005 11:12 pm
It was a warm and melty day today, so I wasn't expecting the ice slick that had formed in front of my garage as I headed out to my appointment this evening. Liam was in the sling, but the mommy instinct kicked in and I managed to fall in such a way that he never even touched the ground. My (generous) butt took most of the impact, but my back is a little wrenched and my knee and elbow are slightly ouchy.

Falling with Liam in the sling is one of my nightmares, so I'm glad it turned out okay. But now I think I'm going to go take a hot bath (although Eric says that ice is probably better, a hot bath sounds so nice...)
Blocked eustacian tubes thanks to nasal congestion. But no actual infection. So I get to squirt Afrin up my nose twice a day for three days, and hopefully it will be all better after that. It's feeling somewhat better now, between my first squirt of Afrin and yet more Tylenol.
I have an earache, and I have to say that it is one of the most painful things I've yet to experience. I made it through my recovery from a c-section with just Tylenol and Ibuprofen, but this has been painful enough to have me considering breaking out the Vicodin that they gave me then. So far I've been alternating heavy doses of tylenol and ibuprofen every 3 hours or so. I have a doctor's appt this afternoon at 4:15 - hopefully they'll be able to figure out what's wrong and give me something to make it feel better, because this is NO FUN.
Or at least, that's what it feels like. I hurt from head to toe, but especially when I breathe in or swallow. Must be this cold. I got up at 6:30 today, because between the baby who wanted to nurse and the pressure of the bed sheets on my body, I couldn't stand to be lying down any more.

Wah. I have taken an Advil, so hopefully it will kick in real soon now.


Feb. 14th, 2004 07:55 am
I'm pretty much consumed by it right now.

I hurt yesterday, but it was mostly okay. I was careful getting up and down and moving around, and took a couple of breaks to lie on the floor and assume some positions to open up my pelvis and relieve things temporarily.

But as I was leaving work I discovered that Eric had accidently left the lights on in my car and the battery was dead. I got a coworker and jumper cables and everything was fine, but it was a bit more dificult that expected because the alarm system on my car was doing wonky things. Which meant that I had to get in and out of the car several times and do some other odd things. During which I was not being as careful.

And now I'm paying the price. By the time I got home last night my left lower back/tailbone/buttock was screaming in pain. It's radiating down to my foot and up to my shoulder. I've done ice, I've done hot baths, I've tried walking it out. I've taken some Tylenol (although I desperately desire Advil or Alleve). I've tried some yoga positions. All of these work to various extents, but I've clearly damaged something and only time is going to totally heal it. I missed the ConFusion wrapup meeting because I was in too much pain to even think about walking out to the parking lot, let alone driving anywhere. I went to bed early because I was simply too exhausted by it to do anything else.

I find myself being guilty and blaming and thinking "If you can't cope with this, how are you going to make it through labor?" I try to remind myself that I _am_ coping with this - I haven't run off to the hospital and demanded that they give me drugs, afterall. And unlike labor, which comes in waves with breaks between contractions and is time limited, this is continuous and I can't say for sure that it will ever go away. So it's psychologically much more difficult. And there's not even a baby to look forward to at the end.

Eric and I had all sorts of errands and the like planned for today - I don't know what if anything I'm going to be able to do. Right now I'm going to eat some breakfast, take some Tylenol, and then go try a hot bath to loosen things up. And hope that my massage therapist calls me back.



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