I've got a pinched nerve or a balled up muscle or something in my back. It's on my left side, in the area of my shoulder-blade. When the pain first came upon me last night, I thought it was a knott in my muscle, or maybe a spasm. I got Mrs. Mellow to rub my back and try to work it out, but it didn't seem to help. I tried moving my arm around, hoping whatever was the problem would slide back into place. No dice. It was too painful to move my arm in the way that I think it needed to be moved.
I was tired so I went on up to go to bed, hoping that if I could find sleep, I'd be able to ignore the pain 'till morning. I looked for some Advil, but couldn't find any. I did find some Viox that expired in Oct '02 (left over from when a guy in a pickup truck tried to run over me and my motorcycle, banging the snott out of my knee). So I went ahead and took one of them, hoping it would relax the muscles. At this point, I was in as much pain as I can remember ever being in -- tears were streaming down my face. I got a heating pad warmed up to lay on, hoping that would relax the muscles. It hurt to breathe. It seemed that the only way to get any relief was to hold my breath. I think whatever was causing the pain was messing with my circulation, too -- my left hand felt colder than my right.
The warmth of the heating pad seemed to help. The pain wasn't as sharp any more, and I could find some positions where I was able to convince myself that it wasn't pure torment. But it was still too much pain for me to be able to fall asleep. I would drift in and out (mostly out) of sleep. I think I finally fell asleep for good about 3am.
When I woke up this morning, the pain seemed to have been replaced with soreness. I took that as a good sign -- that it had worked itself out and would be fine. went on to work with that soreness. I had the soreness for a few hours, when it was replaced with a slightly milder version of the pain that came upon me last night. That pain has lasted all day. I've done my best to keep from aggrivating it further, but the pain has been my constant companion all day. I'm getting Advil on the way home from work today. Hopefully, it'll work itself out tonight.
I think what I really need is a personal masseu[r|se].