What Stress?

I want to apologize for not replying to all comments right away–I’m horrible at it. Which baffles me because I figured I would be good at it. Many times I am reading and replying to comments, then something shiny (a text message, an e-mail, taking Storm out–not that that is always “shiny” but you catch my drift) catches my eye. And when that happens, I usually forget what I was doing or working on. That is the product of my Lupus/Fibro Fog. Every so often I try to remember to go through the comments and see the ones that I have missed. The key words there are “try to remember.”

I found something I need to look at when feeling low. I suggest you look at Thug Unicorn on FB for some feel good and ass kicking mantras.  

from Facebook
from Facebook

These last two, or three (?) weeks have been very painful for me. Headaches (although at times they feel like migraines), earaches, neck and upper back pain non-stop, all day, every day.  I tried a few things and they didn’t work. I didn’t want to visit my doctor though because I knew what he would say, that I’m clenching my jaw at night and tensing up. Last time this happened, he couldn’t figure anything out so I went to an ear specialist. But that was so long ago that I can’t remember what the specialist said, all I know is that nothing came of it. My doctor decided though to switch up my night meds a little and see if it would help. I didn’t notice any difference that first night, so along with my new meds he also wanted me to take my old ones. Oh man, I slept soooo deep it was fabulous! Take that, insomnia! Ha! I love sleeping even more now. The downside is I am still in pain during the day. So I need to make another call to the doctor.

Like most people, I Googled my symptoms and I am fairly certain I have TMJ (The temporomandibular joint) issues. It mentions for TMJ issues that I would need to see a dentist. Well Medicare doesn’t cover dentistry. So, once I get my next monthly funds, I will be purchasing a mouth guard for night. I should have gotten a mouth guard years ago as I also grind my teeth at night. But I kept putting it off, maybe part being in denial that I actually need one. This time the pain is too great to not get one to see if it helps.

This pain has made me aware though, how much I am lacking with my mindfulness and meditation. So I am forcing myself to get back into those habits. I feel they truly make a difference in my life and I feel that life is better with those habits.


Author: paws2smile

I am a geeky animal lover and have an American Bulldog named Storm. Storm is my everything. She helps keep me sane by being my companion pet. I am an expert in chronic pain as I have Systemic Lupus, Fibromyalgia and migraines. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2000 and the rest followed after that year.

16 thoughts on “What Stress?”

  1. Hoping you do get some relief for your pain. I have medullary sponge kidneys so I am used to chronic pain too. I need to start meditating myself. Don’t feel bad about not responding to comments, I don’t respond to every comment I get either! “Ain’t no one got time for that!!”

  2. Never fear, it doesn’t take a Lupus/Fibro fog to get me to get distracted. Modern life does not lend itself to focusing on the moment. Here’s hoping you’ll find some relief soon. Personally I use essential oil formulations which do wonders for neuropathy.

    1. Thank you for the visit and wishes. Hmmm ya know I never thought about using EO’s. I have some, I just don’t use them as much as I no longer can afford them. But I just might have to try a bunch to get rid of this thing! Thanks for mentioning it! 🙂

  3. I am sorry to hear your pain is so bad at the moment. Until you find relief you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else, least of all comments. Don’t worry about it. And I hope you get some relief and sleep well.

  4. Give up the guilt about responses. Those of us that are in chronic pain understand that some days you can, and some days you can’t. I worry that I will lose followers because I cannot always comment on the blogs that I follow, but luckily, I do comment back to people who comment on my posts because I do it from my phone as they come in. When I can, I come visit those follow (like today). Recently I too developed terrible pain in my jaw and could not open my mouth. The dr said it was TMJ possibly from my PSa but also from stress. She gave me Mobic which helped it calm down over 10 days. Don’t chew gum or anything like that. Try warm compresses. And, if you can add even a simple anti-inflammatory it may help. They sell moldable mouthguards cover the counter though I would find it uncomfortable for sleep. Take every day on its own and find the good moments with Storm.

    1. Thanks for the pep talk and suggestions. I did get a mouthguard for at night. It sometimes works. Hahaha. But yeah, just me doing a lot of wishing and I need to be more realistic about myself. Thanks.:)

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