Jan 13, 2013 - 10:55 am
Since a week ago Friday (Jan 4), I've been experiencing an ever increasing level of pain. There are actually two pain areas/levels. About half of my back is at a Level 4, and there are at least two pencil-sized spots that average about a Level-8. Touching the Level-8 area always triggers that high level of pain. The challenge is that due to the fact that I am a neck breather, I must sleep on my back, that is, on the sensitive spots. Consequently, from Monday thru Thur, I could not fall asleep until I was totally exhausted; and then, I would not sleep more than 3 hours. I spent most of the day facing the TV, without really watching it. I was in too much distress to even come on this board.
The last two nights, I've been able to sleep over 10 hours with the help of moderate level of oxycotin and a heating pad. When I awaken (like as I write), I feel "druged". Not surprising. But at least it is an improvement over the middle of the week.
I did go to my PCP. She said the description of my pain suggesting Shingles. GREAT! However, the teltale rash has not appeared. So my caregiver/wife must add rash-hunting to the rest of her tasks. I will email my symptoms to my medical oncologist today.
I may have trouble responding to the posts of my friends, here. I am either in a great deal of pain or I'm druged. Hopefully with a little professional help, I will be able to resolve the issue. Rick.