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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The pain

Wow. This pain is quite extraordinary.

It was early yesterday evening, as I was sitting here working on my project, that I first noticed the twinge in my spine. By midnight, the pain was considerable, and didn't fade all that much even when I lay down to sleep. Waking up this morning it's excruciating. When sitting in an upright position the entire area around my lungs, front and back, really really hurts, in a making-you-gasp-for-breath-in-shock type way, and I cannot bend over at all due to the pain in my spine.

I'm guessing, based on the way the pain gradually increased, that it's some kind of inflammation. I'm trying to think of anything I may have done yesterday that may have triggered it, but have drawn a blank. It's a similar pain to that that I had for a while after my snow-board backflip onto a rock in February, yet much more intense and with no discernible focus.

I think I'm gonna have to go and see my favorite doc again and get some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Hurrah for national health insurance.

2 Comments:

Blogger Shari said...

This comment is very much something you aren't going to want to hear and I will say I could very well be wrong but there is a high likelihood that the pain is psychosomatic. It could be apprehension about the upcoming "long hike" or it could be the psychic aftermath of your recent brushes with "fame". ;-)

The drugs will mask the pain but you might want to be a little introspective and explore what might be causing this psychologically. Good luck and take care!

2/5/07 18:39  
Blogger Joseph said...

That's an interesting idea - and not one I would dismiss out of hand.

The fact is that this "Golden" week, which I had planned to put aside for finishing off my project due in in a couple of weeks, has become filled with other distractions, leaving me feeling very stressed about not having enough time to stay on top of things.

The problem for me is that several of those things which have cropped up this week are things which I feel obliged to do, despite the fact that I'd rather not. This makes it even more stressful, as I feel I am being made to act against my best interests - although at the end of the day it is of course entirely down to me what I do do and what I don't do.

This, coupled with the fact that I really did absolutely nothing out of the ordinary yesterday, physically, to trigger the pain leads me to think that you could be right.

I can really feel the weight of this project on my shoulders, thus my willingness to take painkillers which I would normally avoid, in order that I may concentrate and get it over and done with.

2/5/07 19:02  

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