Well, the title says it all really. It’s 3:00am, and I’m awake. This isn’t a normal part of my routine, nor do I enjoy the quiet and darkness that 3:00am provides, particularly when I have to wake up in less than 3 hours to get ready for school. Despite the “just below morphine“-grade meds my doctor prescribed today that I took at 5:00pm and again at 9:00pm (Are you even supposed to take them that often?), here I am, unable to sleep due to the immense pain in my neck and shoulder. Since Sunday morning when I woke up, my pain’s been sitting at a constant 6-7 out of 10. I can’t get comfortable, I’m increasingly more irritable, and I just want it to go away.
Back pain, I know. Ankle pain, I know. Shoulder pain, not so much. While pain sucks no matter where it is, somehow this newfound, unchartered territory is proving more difficult to handle. Me, someone with a strong aversion to needles, bordering on a phobia, has started researching acupuncture. Am I seriously open to voluntarily allowing someone to stick multiple needles in me if it would relieve the pain? I might be going crazy.
I asked the doctor about getting a massage to ease the discomfort, but he said that if the masseuse didn’t know what she was doing, she could end up actually making it worse, and I could end up in even more pain than before. The rational part of me understood and followed the dr’s orders to take the meds and rest it, but now I’m wondering if I should just risk it. My friend Michelle swears by cupping, the ancient Chinese technique of using suction to draw the blood to the surface of the skin, thus relieving tension in the muscles. After seeing her back covered in circular bruises that seem to take weeks to go away and look extremely painful, despite her claim that it isn’t painful at all, I’ve never had the guts to try it. But, maybe I should.
Here’s hoping the meds and rest start to work soon, lest I have to take such radical methods to relieve pain. FYI, the cupping photo I included was for your benefit. I Googled it and some of the pictures were downright scary. Some of my search results yielded Cupping gone wrong. There are some things you just can’t unsee.
If you have any tips for me, please share them. I’d love some advice!
Photo credits: webmd.com and health fitness revolution.com