in so much pain I can’t sleep

In so much pain I can’t sleep

I had bought a compression sleeve to help my ankle pain. I made the mistake of wearing it tonight to see if it would help my Achilles and it flare it up, severely. The shorts I was wearing were bothering me so I stood up to change to my PJs. Another mistake. The pain had settled down some but now it’s flared again. UGH. Both my ankles hurt. I feel really depressed. I want to sleep but I am in too much pain despite taking meds for it. I also have songs playing in my head full blast so I took some trilafon for it. It’s so loud I can’t hear my regular voices.

I was talking with a friend tonight about various things. She lives west of me, near the New Hampshire border. I was telling her about how my mother treats me and she offered me her home. She said there is room for me there. I thought that was sweet but there would be a major problem as I am a city boy and she is out in the sticks. I would have a hard time getting around because I don’t have a car. I appreciated the offer though.

The pain in my bad foot/ankle is causing me to have PTSD symptoms because it’s all over the place and the pain is severe. It reminds me of when I was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome and I am kind of in a panic about getting it again. I know I am not because I am not numb and I don’t have weakness. I just have pain confined to my foot and ankle. But the brain and emotions don’t always sync with one another when you have suffered a trauma.

I am so damn tired. My neck is aching because I need to lie down. But every time I lie down, my pain gets worse and so does my PTSD. I sometimes wish I could sleep sitting up but it puts such a strain on my back. I wish there was something I could take for my PTSD but the only thing I can take is Ativan and I already took 1 mg. I can’t take anymore, least not for the next six hours or so. I am also maxed out on my pain meds. I can’t take anymore for another six hours as well. I wish I never put on that stupid sleeve. I can deal with one ankle hurting but both drives me berserk!

I emailed my PCP’s office to see if he could move up the specialist appointment. I don’t know if he will be able to do anything about it but I figure it’s worth a shot. I talked with my psych today and she is going to try and find me another doctor that specializes in CRPS that I can see faster than the other doctor. I don’t know if it will happen or not. But she doesn’t let me down. I just have to wait. I just know I can’t go on with this pain anymore. I have taken Neurontin and other pain meds to quiet it down and still I am in pain. I makes it less so I can sleep and function throughout the day but it doesn’t make it so I have zero pain, ever. I don’t think there is going to be much that the specialist is going to suggest. I have been on other drugs but Neurontin has been my main stay. It helps me more than any other drug in its class. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it makes me gain weight. I have to really try and control the food cravings to keep my weight where it is but it is so damn hard when you are hungry all the time.

I don’t know if I am going to be able to sleep tonight. My pain seems to be fluctuating between tolerable and intolerable with the slightest movement. I can’t decide which foot hurts more, my left or my right. This is just awful. I’ve never had BOTH feet hurt me at the same time in such severity. I am waiting for the meds to kick in so I can sleep. I can take another strong pain pill in about a half hour. Hopefully that will settle down one of my feet. I don’t know what else to do. Time is going by and it’s getting later and later yet I am not sleeping because I am in such pain and my PTSD symptoms are keeping me up, too.

I’m going to try and sleep. If not, I will write another blog until I pass out.

About G. Collerone

suicide attempt survivor writing about the hopelessness that accompanies depression that no one likes to talk about. also writing about my daily struggle with chronic pain and how it affects my suicidality
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2 Responses to in so much pain I can’t sleep

  1. G. Collerone says:

    thank you for reading.

  2. beingdid says:

    this is an old post but just wanted to say one foot acting up is bad two would have me so suicidal! no wonder you feel like ending it so often. i just cannot imagine what it must be like for you!

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