I switched up my bedtime doses of medications a bit due to the increased joint/muscle pain I was experiencing, taking two Zanflex instead of one, not taking a Baclofen, and also popping my usual Diclofenac and Klonopin for good measure...yeah, I know. Sounds like a lot of drugs, but they DO seem to help me sleep through the night without frequent waking from pain. And sleep is far more important to me than what anyone thinks about my prescription drug use...LOL.
Around 5:00AM, I awoke with what I can only describe as heart attack pain in my right calf and upper thigh...at least it FELT as serious as a heart attack! My leg had contracted up to my waist and I could not straighten it. The intensity of the pain caused me to want to yell out, as tears started free-falling on my face, and I had to remind myself to keep breathing, lest I pass out from the pain. This lasted a good 10 - 20 minutes, but FELT like hours. Eventually, I was able to massage my calf into some relief of the spasm and remove my knee from the back of my throat (OK, THAT is an exaggeration, but I think you know what I mean!). This was some of the most intense and excruciating pain I have felt in a while.
Needless to say, I was NOT able to return to sleep, and instead got up and limped to the bathroom and began my day...gingerly stepping down on my right leg because it felt (and continues to feel) like it could surprise attack me again without notice. Later in the morning, I emailed my Internet Neurologist for maximum dosage levels for Baclofen, and I have begun taking this drug round the clock in hopes of warding off another attack...My right forearm and wrist ALSO feel like they want to get in on the action, so I'm literally typing with one hand...laying down with a laptop is the "bomb".
Our good friend, Harkoo, way out there in the land of Maine, had emailed me just yesterday talking about MS pain...I told her that perhaps I should write a post about the phenomenon because pain WAS the initial diagnostic symptom that brought home the present of a MS diagnosis for me...and pain CONTINUES to be a primary factor in my personal brand of MS. After last night's experience and the aftermath today, I can only say, "Harkoo...I'll get right on that!"
Unfortunately today, it has taken me almost an hour just to type this much using only my left hand, so my *Pain Post* will have to wait until another day...so consider this brief installment PART 1 of things to come.
And as for me, I'll just be right here on my couch if y'all need me for anything...right here trying to vie for space between myself and the cat...she shows no mercy when it comes to nap time...