For the past four days now, I’ve been on a cocktail of drugs that does the combination of the following:
- relieves pain from possible nerve damage
- control seizing
- muscle relaxant
- helps me sleep
I’m not exactly a hypochondriac, but I was curious about what to be cautious about:
- infection (one’s an immunosuppressant)
- mood changes / irritability
Well, these two seem to be the most prevalent at least. The other side effects were a variety of symptoms that sounded like severe radiation sickness. But maybe that’s just because I’ve been playing too much Fallout.
This is all to say that I’ve been drugged up, and that fact is the reason why I’m not totally down about not being able to work out. It’s actually kept me really relaxed (for the most part). I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t a little worried.
After Sunday’s race, my right foot felt sore to flex and extend. I didn’t think much of it until a couple days ago when it felt weak when I would stand or take steps periodically. It feels like I have pinched nerve down there, which I guess is another possible symptom when you have a herniated disc.
On the other hand, I feel like my neck is starting to return to normal. I can’t tilt my head to the right as well–it feels like there’s a tug of war between my left and right side, and the left is winning. But that pain that kept me up on the first night has subsided significantly into a dull soreness that seems localized on my left shoulder and shoulder blade.
I think it helps to figure out how to articulate what I’m feeling. Medical diagnoses are, in part, only as good as the amount of information the doctor or medical professional has to work with. Perhaps the television show House isn’t a good example of this, but the assumption the main character makes that everyone lies gets at that information problem. In reality, it probably comes in the form of people not exactly knowing what kind of information to give or consultations not being comprehensive enough to gather the relevant information.
But it’s not that I’m thinking I was misdiagnosed or wasn’t able to describe how I was feeling. I see this as an opportunity to improve on other parts of my health, like my diet. Even if I’m annoyed that I won’t get to compete in upcoming race events I’m registered for, there are worse problems to have; I just want to share my experience with this one.