What I Hated the Least Today 135/365: Pain Management

Painfully red
Painfully red

The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me.
Even through the gift paper I could hear them breathe
Lightly, through their white swaddlings, like an awful baby.
Their redness talks to my wound, it corresponds.

Sylvia Plath, “Tulips”

I’ve been suffering from a new kind of pain the last ten days. What I hate the least about it is that I’m managing it reasonably well. It’s not like I have a choice—one might just as well work on getting used to it, as these things only get worse (and then you die).

It started with pain under the left rib cage, right below the heart. I suspected a heart attack, lungs explosion and alien abduction. I Googled what other organs are located in this area and was rather disgusted by the graphic images of the insides of the human body that I found. (I didn’t pay much attention in biology classes as I always found them nauseating.) I ended up contemplating with fascination the way the colon is curled up in the human belly. (I knew, but knowing is different from seeing.)

After a week, the pain suddenly moved several ribs down. This was an intriguing change, as the pain also spread to cover a larger area, where previously it hurt just in one spot. I’m waiting with anticipation for where it will go next. I take painkillers and booze for it (not simultaneously, as I’m sentimentally attached to my liver), with varied success—Ibuprofen doesn’t work at all, Scotch helps surprisingly well. I might even consult my GP, who actively hates me, at some point. I’m not rushing into it—something is wrong with either me or the doctors here, as they’re not too keen on treating these little things. It’s not like it’s cancer. (Well, hopefully.)

20 thoughts on “What I Hated the Least Today 135/365: Pain Management

  1. Hmm…Mara get yourself to a Dr and check it out, living in denial is not so good, best to be proactive and you be in charge of what is going on not let the pain dictate to you…..just my opinion mind you as any pain I have an aversion to…..especially if it is occurring in someone who entertains me and I’d like said entertainment to continue…

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    1. I love your explanation of why I should go and see a doc – now that’s something to think about! I’ll give it one more week and see what happens. I’m quite amused, at least when it doesn’t hurt too much at a particular moment, and I insist on my belief that pain is something to get used to. At least I know I’m not dead yet. I’ll keep you posted about my adventures!

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  2. Hello Mara. You might want to consider a coffee enema. I’m so very certain it will take care of a lot of things for you (especially since you’ve been on prescription meds before) and will end up being cheaper. A qualified naturopathic doctor can assist you with this. I think you’re just experiencing the side effects of chemical drug use. The enema will detox you.

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    1. Thank you for your tip! I did Google it, and I admit I found it mildly scary. I hope that the pain will go away, I imagine it might be just a temporary glitch. If not, I’ll see what my GP has to say about it. The appointment could be a fun material to blog about 🙂

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      1. Enemas are generally discouraged by mainstream medicine, I must admit. But it’s ok to talk to your GP about it. I’m hoping that won’t mean more meds ☺

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  3. Go and see someone … PLEASE. You might be thankful you did, afterwards. Could be something like the beginning of a small ulcer on the duodenum, and booze wouldn’t do you any good, even though it’s an excellent painkiller and sleeping med.

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    1. I think I’ll give it a week or so before I venture to see my GP, whom I actively hate as much as he actively hates me. I was thinking about my previous experience with doctors and have discovered an underlying pattern of disappointment with the lack of treatment provided, hence my hesitation to make an appointment. Now it feels very much like a regular back pain, the kind that makes other parts of the body hurt too so that you don’t know any more where it hurts in the first place, so I imagine it could be temporary. I’ll take your advice though and will avoid Scotch tonight – my mother visited today and brought wine 😮

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      1. I hear you. I’ve felt the same way about a Dr. It was war! Abdominal pain is always difficult.
        Try to go as soon as possible anyway. Tell him you want an ultrasound — that should make him really positive (not). Usually they loathe patients that know what they want 😉

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        1. I know I won’t dare to ask my GP for ultrasound. It’s bad enough I’ll be asking him for treatment. I probably will, the pain got a bit better now but it doesn’t look like it’s going away. Well, I hope I’ll at least have a funny story to blog about.

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