i haven’t slept all night

9 Jan

london

it is 6am now and i am surprised that i cannot sleep. i went to bed at about 5am and found i developed a sudden, to me, pain on the left side of my back near the shoulder. i had never had it before. i wonder what it is, quite frightening in a way, because it made it painful to take deep breaths. and lying on my back is painful. so i have decided to just sit up , since i cannot get to sleep with the pain on my back, and look at blogs on wordpress, and i am rather comforted to find garfieldhugs posting.

she is lovely, it is nice to spend time with her and just read her wanderings and amusing chatter. and to write comments and get into a conversation with her if i fancy. i wish there are more blogs like her where it is all light hearted and carefree and funny sometimes or sad, or just chatting about everything and nothing. i do admire her for being so uplifting even though she suffers from a debilitating disease. i am rather healthy but this pain i got now has made me realise how awful it is to have something happening that i could not explain.

i sometimes wonder what will happen if we get something that is really bad and have to go to the A&E. they are allready saying dont go if u can help it as it cannot cope with the demand. 

this article about muscle cramp , indicates that is what i got. that muscle involved felt very hard and painful. 

added. it is muscle cramp, fortunately after about an hour, and using the hotwater bottle on it, the pain eased and i was able to get to lie down and so went to sleep. though i woke up at 10am ,4hrs later, feeling rather rested, which surprised me. but now that i know this is muscle spasm, i know how to deal with it… with stretching exercises. because of this tight band of muscles just below the left shoulder blade, it constricts my chest as it expands on breathing in, that is why i could only take short breaths. but when i bring my shoulders fully back, it must have eased the tension in the muscles, and i can breathe deeply.

most people when they get these kinds of pain, avoid doing anything that will cause pain, but the secret is to stretch the muscle. 

10 Responses to “i haven’t slept all night”

  1. Lottie Nevin Friday January 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    It is scary waking up to an unfamiliar pain – have you taken anything for it? Ibuprofen and paracetamol should do the trick. Hope you feel better soon.

    • alifesgayventure Friday January 9, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      hi lottie, thanks so much for this comment. it is scary, this one is at a different place, i had back pain before in my lower back and have got rid of it by doing stretching exercises, as they are muscle cramps, i suspect this one is also muscle cramps . i did not have to use painkillers luckily as i can tolerate quite a lot of pain without using them. about an hour after the post and using hot water bottle as a hot pack, it got better and i was able to get to lie down wihtout the pain. i have a feeling growing old is like this, aches and pains that come in the middle of the night. i used to hear my grandparents mention it but when you(for which i mean me) are young i just dont realise these things.it is an alarming thought to think that it will get worse as i grow older and older. frightening thought.

      • Lottie Nevin Friday January 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

        I have every sympathy! I get them too 😦 My back is totally fucked from years of heavy lifting and sometimes it takes me an age just to get out of bed. I’m about to turn 52 but sometimes I feel like I’m over 100! I’m sure that if I put my mind to it and did regular exercises designed for helping my back it would help but I’m a lazy sloth and so don’t bother. I admire you for not taking painkillers on a regular basis. My fall back is co-codamol which really helps me but I try to only take it when I’m really in agony and can’t get on with my day.Anyway, hope you feel better soon! and here’s to old age!! 🙂

  2. alifesgayventure Friday January 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    i really feel for you. at one stage i was like that too. but i did stretch exercises, nothing more strenous than lying on the back bend the knees and bring it up towards your chest, do it slowly and as high as the pain will allow because it depands on how painful it is, over the days doing it, u will find u can bring the knees higher up the chest and hold. u can feel the stretch in the back muscle. dont forget to breathe normally. u will catch yourself holding your breath , esp if there is pain, just hold the position as long as you can and breathe normally.
    it will take time to ease the pain, so dont expect quick results but i have found it got rid of the back spasm of the muscles in the lower back that cause that crippling pain.
    and also contract the muscle the other way, by lying on the front and with legs and hands out straight, bringing the feet up and the hands up.
    try it if u like, it has done wonders to my bad back now i dont get it anymore, touch wood…
    now i must find stretch exercise for this particular spasm located just below my left shouder blade.

  3. brushes and papers Friday January 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi, this probably what the chinese so called 50/60 years old frozen shoulders (五十或六十歳肩周炎). The pain can be from shoulders to your back. Wind is the caused of it. May be you should go see the doctor. Take care.

    • alifesgayventure Friday January 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      hi frozen shoulder , as googled, seem to involve the capsule of the shoulder joint, whereas what i find is the muscle just below the shoulder blade is the culprit. i am confident it is muscle cramp or spasm. there is no one single exercise that can stretch that muscle it seems. i have to use a combination of them.

      • brushes and papers Friday January 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

        I had that sudden pain few years ago. It was so painful that I thought My left side was gonna paralyze for sure. But I refused to see doctor because I knew it was wind. So I did some cupping (拔罐) myself. Turned out the the whole shoulder was blue from cupping, that confirmed what I believed. I took couple pain killers and did cupping for couple of weeks. Of course some exercise to loosen the tight muscle. The pain was gone before I realized it.

  4. alifesgayventure Friday January 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    like you, i believe in local remedies and physiotherapy for these aches. i think it is the body repairing itself and these methods ease the pain and allow the body to do its repair with time. i am a strong believer of yoga and tai chi. but maybe it is the mind doing the healing too?..who knows really. i think we are just glad the pain is gone however it is done.

  5. Garfield Hug Saturday January 10, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    Poor you!! I understand pain….trust me no fun! Glad you are on the mend. And Thank YOU for mentioning that my ramblings are fun and keeps good company. *blush* really happy!
    I was worried how you were and dropped by. Glad you are better! Keep doing the stretches. Sleep in this PM then 😀

  6. alifesgayventure Saturday January 10, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    hi garfield, thanks for your concern, i am glad it was nothing more than muscle cramp. it is nothing when compared to what u and lottie and so many others with chronic pain must be going through. that night when i got it and feeling rather lonely i was so glad of your blog and being able to have that short chat with you, it cheered me up no end. all my thanks to you and blog.

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