I’m not asleep because I’m in pain. Tonight, my team was short players and I had to play every round for the entire evening. My lower legs once again hurt.
I’ve had blood work. All my vitamins and minerals are fine, so that isn’t the source of the pain.
I take 100mg sumatriptan migraine medications. Sumatriptan is a vasoconstrictor and 100mg is the highest dose of sumatriptan one can take at a single time. Vasoconstrictors work by narrowing the blood vessels all over your body. Side effects include things like feeling cold, feeling stiff, feeling like you aren’t getting enough blood to muscles when you use them. It can also cause heart attacks and strokes.
My orthopedist today said he didn’t know what was wrong with my lower legs, but he suspected it was vascular in nature. Symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, a feeling of warmness, and spots. I have one of these symptoms; pain. However, if I’m having trouble getting the blood out of my legs, vasoconstrictors should increase the pain. Especially 1oomg sumatriptan because that’s some serious stuff and yet, it doesn’t.
That alone seems to rule out a vascular problem. Oh and the lack of other symptoms associated with vascular problems.
Furthermore, the cortisone injections into my SI joints and nerves actually got rid of the pain for about a month. If I had a vascular problem or a deficiency of vitamins or minerals, cortisone shouldn’t have relieved my pain.
Maybe it was a placebo effect. It isn’t impossible. Except I didn’t expect it to work. Placebo effect happens when you expect a medication to help. I’m not sure I have ever heard of a case in which a patient expected a treatment to fail and yet found relief from it due to the placebo effect.
I’m supposed to have physical therapy tomorrow. It did wonders for my back. It isn’t doing shit for my lower leg pain. As a matter of fact, the activities that we do for my physical therapy make the lower leg pain happen.
My physical therapist keeps telling me I have to give it time, it’ll work. However, after four weeks or whatever, I’m not seeing any improvement in my legs, only my back. My orthopedist says he doesn’t know how to fix the problem because he can’t figure out what the problem is. I doubt it’s psychological in nature, but I’m not sure how to prove that. I doubt even I would subconsciously make the decision to have this sort of pain.
Tonight, I want to cry again. Mostly from the pain. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s about a 15. I’ve had ovarian cysts rupture that didn’t hurt this badly. The only way I can describe the pain is it feels like my lower legs are being crushed and the bones are being broken. It’s a sharp, throbbing pain that takes a few days to go down. And once again, I feel like no one is listening to me…