Having suffered with migraines for over 40 years, I know pain. About 20 years ago, a new medicine, Imitrex, was developed for migraines. It works for some, not so much for others. I was one of the fortunate ones for whom Imitrex works and I have found that if I take it the moment I feel the pain coming on, I can pretty much alleviate all the pain. I still, though, commiserate with anyone who has those horrible headaches. It is a pain like no other.
Even childbirth, 36 years ago, was not as severe as a migraine. And that was with no drugs. Everyone was into natural childbirth back then and drugs of any kind during labor were verboten. A few of my friends ended up having drugs and their babies slept all of the time. Not mine. She never slept until she went away to college. I always said that if I was to have another baby, there would be drugs. Not so much for my pain, but so that the baby would be born sleepy!
Getting back to pain, I have now found a pain that is on the same level as a migraine. Bursitis. Such a funny sounding little word. Really doesn’t sound like much but I am currently in excruciating pain from this malady in my heel. It all started out with a mild discomfort in my foot on Sunday. On Monday it hurt when I walked but not enough to stop me from doing things. By Tuesday each and every step was agony. I was able to get a doctor’s appointment for late in the afternoon and slowly limped into the office.
I was overjoyed to learn that my superb doctor had survived her own medical crisis and was back at work having been gone for almost a year. She diagnosed the heel pain as bursitis, sent me for an x-ray, and gave me an injection of pain medicine. My blood pressure and heart rate were the highest I had ever experienced. Turns out, severe pain causes that.
The pain shot wore off about 3:30 am and I awoke again in pain. I have taken a couple of Aleve and am icing the ankle/heel. The pain, though, is still there. I am hoping the doctor calls later today with a longer lasting solution for this problem. I have a busy two weeks coming up with my grandchildren. This is no time to be debilitated with pain and inability to walk. I have to be ready to run by Sunday.