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16 December 2013 @ 05:22 pm
I did not get to see The Hobbit Friday night. We had advance tickets to see it with several friends, but I started feeling ill at work, and by the time we were at dinner I was so miserable I didn't even order anything. I ended up going home and trying to take everything under the planet - activated charcoal, gas-x, pepto - to ease what I thought was some kind of horrible gastrointestinal issue. None of it really helped, and it was 2 in the morning before I could go to bed. Two hours after that, I woke up with a migraine.

Everyone else saw the movie without me, but at least after the migraine finally ended I was able to experience the rest of the day without pain. The absence of pain is an amazing, amazing gift that should never be underestimated.

We had a great Christmas weekend with friends after that. Decorated the tree, exchanged presents, and made the whole Christmas dinner. :) Turkey, prime rib, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and some awesome gluten free green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.

Dinner turned out great, but shorty after eating it, the horrible pain from Friday night returned. Friday night, it seemed to be everywhere, from my gut to my collarbone (which was odd). I was thinking what is this hell?? Have my old gall stones returned to haunt me in a new spectacular way? Do I have an ulcer? What? When it returned Sunday evening, I was miserable. I couldn't sit, lay down, or do anything but stand and pace. It felt like something was constricted across my whole chest and back. that gave me the idea to take a hot shower, which I did. If it hadn't been a Sunday evening, I'd have taken myself to Urgent Care, but a trip to the ER would have cost too much, so I mentally told myself I just had to get through this horrible night, and then I'd take myself to Urgent Care the next day. But, when I stood under the hot water in the shower, the pain eased.

"That's weird," I thought. But I wasn't going to complain. Still, it bugged me enough that I called a friend of mine who is a massage therapist, and regularly does trigger point work on me for my migraines. I described what I was feeling, and he asked me some questions. "Take a deep breath," he said, "does it hurt more when you inhale or exhale?" Yes, the pain intensified when I inhaled.

"You don't have an ulcer," he told me. "You have a rib out of place."

I have a what? Wait, how does a rib cause this much pain? I was seriously on the verge of crying. He made an emergency trip over to my house at 9:30 at night (thankfully he only lives about a mile from me) and worked on my back for an hour and a half. By the time he was done, I was almost crying from sheer relief. I could lay on my bed and sleep, thank goodness. It is still kind of messed up, but he is going to work on it some more over the next few days.

Ironically, the one thing I could have taken in all of this to feel better - advil or some other anti-inflammatory - I didn't because I thought I was having stomach issues and didn't want to exacerbate anything.

I have seriously never felt anything quite like that kind of pain. I am still sad I missed The Hobbit for it, but the husband promises me we can go together and see it while we're in Disneyland next week. :) He's a pretty good husband, that guy.

And I am really grateful I don't have an ulcer or some other internal thing.
kistha on December 17th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
Me TOO! It was a great Christmas even with the difficulties. Miss you!
patron saint of neglected female characters: rose1rose_griffes on December 17th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I had no idea that a rib out of place could cause such contrary symptoms. I'm glad you're feeling better!
Dragonsinger: Clark - Pirate Souldragonsinger on December 17th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better and you get to see The Hobbit soon.