I have been very fortunate- for the last few months my pain levels have been very low and manageable (as long as I don’t do something silly like try to carry too many groceries or overextend myself in the garden).
With the cooler weather I’m starting to feel the aches and pains more (no surprise there), especially in my hands. As I’ve mentioned before, my workplace is an icebox and heat is part of my pain management treatment. I was moved into a larger office a few months ago, and while it is much better for me (ergonomic setup, don’t have to walk around my desk constantly, etc.) that also means that my little heater isn’t as effective in this space. My arthritis gloves help keep my hands warm and my circulation flowing, but that only helps my hands.
In the last few weeks, my lower back and hips have been moderately bad. Then in the last twelve hours my left hip started shrieking at me, to the point that it woke me up a few times last night. The pain is, to put it bluntly, terrible. Sitting for more than five minutes is impossible. So is standing. Getting up from sitting, or sitting down again, is painful as well. Do you see my dilemma?
It has been a long, long time since I had such severe pain at work that I couldn’t concentrate. I am pecking this out during my lunch break. I took two painkillers earlier and was worried that I was overdosing, but they haven’t touched the pain at all. If truly desperate I’ll take something stronger in the afternoon, but the side effects are such that I’d rather wait until I get home in case it leaves me unable to drive. Thankfully, we will probably have a shortened workday due to the long weekend, but I wanted to pick up a few things from the store on the way home.
So, any suggestions for me? How do you cope? I think that I will get a reusable heating pad for my desk at work, but that won’t help me much right now.