The good news is, after 4 weeks of terrible nerve pain, Mr. G is beginning to notice a little relief. We are still waiting on the MRI to rule out anything going on with his back. Hoping to have that done this coming week. The doctor told him to double up on the nerve medication and I think that has helped too. Thank goodness. It has been so hard to see him in so much pain.
I had a rough week. I was dealing with the pain in my back and numbness in my leg, taking my meds, taking it easy, or as easy I could with my 3 year old grandson as my shadow. Actually, Noah was so good. He didn't resist that fact that I kept him inside all week for quiet play like movies and coloring and play doh. I had him do all the housework for me!
By Wednesday, I thought I was getting much better. However, by Thursday, I was miserable again. More pain in my lower back, more nerve pain in my leg. I woke up Friday morning and my back hurt so bad that I was sure there must be a 5 inch gash somewhere that needed stitches. I looked to see, and was alarmed to discover a series of fluid filled blisters. Oh dear, I suspected SHINGLES!!! I got on the web and looked all the symptoms up. Intense pain days before eruption, usually at site of first blisters-check. Flu like symptoms-check. Low grade fever-check. Nerve pain-check. The night before I was having heart palpatations, and a very bad twitching in my right eye. What the heck? So I called my doctor, spoke with nurse, told her what was going on and what I suspected, and I could hear her telling this to the doctor, and I hear my doctor say, "Get her in here!" So as soon as Noah left, I went down. She took one look at my back and said you have full blown shingles and I am SO glad you came in now!!! I guess when you delay treatment of shingles you risk having all sorts of problems, particularly later. Nerve pain that may last forever, and all sorts of awful things. So, I left there feeling awful, with another handful of scrips to ride it out, and told to come back in two weeks. One of the meds I have to take for 3 weeks is prednisone. GREAT...the doctor already warned me that I will be gaining weight. She said don't even worry about it until after you get over this hump. It will come off easily, it is water weight. So, steroids, anti virals, pain pills, lidacane patches, and seems like something else too but I can't remember what, and I sit here, on one side of my body because the right side hurts too bad to lean against anything. Looks like it's going to be another long week for Mr. and Mrs. G.