I wake up screaming | 12:02 pm | 10 July 2006

For the last three nights, there’s been something going on that’s like Al Pacino is rioting with knives in my hip joint. SCIATICA! SCIATICA! Shit! I wake up at 2am to roll over, and can’t move for the pain. Six aspirin (stragetically placed on the nightstand) and a half hour later, I can sort of tease myself over onto my side, then burst into tears. Six aspirin taken forty-five minutes before I have to get up, and I can gimp into the shower, and then it’s 95% fine for the rest of the day. What the hell? After three nights of this, I don’t want to go to bed.

UPDATE: HOLY HELL! I called the rheumatology clinic, and even though I am in their clinic group AND have previous experience with psoriatic arthritis AND am BLEEDING OUT MY EYES FROM THE PAIN, they want me to get a referral from my doc — who, as an obgyn, has a SIX MONTH waiting list. OMGWTFBBQ.

7 comments on “I wake up screaming”

  1. Miriam

    Thanks, I’ll definitely try that. I started out the night on my side with a pillow between my knees, but invariably end up on my back. I’ll try bracing myself on my side.

  2. Scott

    I’ve found that if I sleep either on my back with my legs propped up on a pillow, or on my side with a pillow separating my legs a few inches apart, my sciatica will diminish or disappear. It takes a couple days to really work well, but it does work. Good luck!

  3. Sam

    Wow, I’m so sorry. Had a boss once with pretty bad sciatica, except his didn’t go away during the day.

    He wore a device that sent an electric pulse into his nerves that sorta made him forget it hurt. I never caught the name.

    I hope you get better!

  4. Miriam

    Ugh, Sam, that would suck!! I hope he’s feeling better now. I’m 99.8% sure this is just related to psoriatic arthritis + sitting on my ass in front of a computer all day. I’m going to try a long-lasting excedrin or something before bed, plus a good walk tomorrow as well as adding some stretches and yoga that my yoga-teaching-friend K. is going to look up for me.

  5. jen

    1: don’t you have a General Practictioner doctor? Hells bells girl, I have a GP, ENT, gastro, pulmonary and a dermo.

    2: go look online, but there are some pillow made to go between your legs and stay there… they have straps. Otherwise I would put a bolster behind your back AND hug another to take the pressure off your shoulders from arm droop. (or hug a big teddy bear)

  6. Miriam

    Jen: lol! Yeah, I’ve got an OB, a derm, and a shrink, and I used to have a rheum and a GI dude, but I moved! Besides, none of that’s all very serious, just rare flares, so I’m not all that communicado with any of them. I’ll try again today, if only so that if I do need to follow up on this now or in the future, I can say to the nasty lady, “hells yeah, BITCH, I am a patient there.”

    I’m scared of what I’m going to find by googling knee+straps+bed+pillow ! But thanks for the tip, I’ll look.

    Anyway – last night was WAAAAY better! I had two pillows between my knees and one wedgded behind my ass so that I couldn’t end up on my back. I rolled over once, and even got up once without any problem, and woke up rested and relieved.

  7. Miriam

    Oh, and when I called my OB? Left a message. They called back at 3:57pm, the ONE POINT ALL DAY where I got up from my desk (which, um, may be part of my problem). I called back at 4:02, only to get voice mail again because their offices close at FOUR. w t f ?!

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