First….. I don’t do pain well. Not well at all… →
Last weekend we did an awful lot of work jackhammering and hauling away a concrete patio. The temperature was about 90°F during this time. I was hot, tired and exhausted but really felt we got a lot done.
Tuesday, I started feeling that my ankle was sore. That’s happened before and gone away by the next day. That’s part of the DJD (Degenerative Joint Disease) I’ve had for 20+ years.
If you’ve followed along, you know that I got bad kidney numbers in my regular bloodwork this past July. I had to stop taking the anti-inflammatory drug I was on that really did wonders for me for the most part. They wanted me to stay off that drug for 30 days and get new bloodwork. So, I did, and the new bloodwork showed my kidney number levels back in the normal range. YAY! Since I got off the anti-inflammatory I’ve had some pain and discomfort issues but it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting (knocks-on-wood).
Back to the ankle pain… On Wednesday it was back and a little worse. It just got gradually worse all day Wednesday. Thursday morning my foot and ankle were swollen, painful and warm to the touch, compared to the other foot. By Thursday evening, I was having trouble walking around the house. I grabbed a cane I had in the garage to take a little pressure off that foot and in case it got a lot worse in the middle of the night if I decided I needed to tinkle.
It’s is a little difficult getting comfortable in bed but I seem to manage. So after looking up online all the terrible thing it could be with my symptoms, I decided I’d call the doctor Friday morning if I survived the night. Luckily I survived, so I called and he wanted to see me at 10:30. So I drove up there and hobbled in. He thinks it’s osteoporosis, or related to the DJD and I probably overdid it last weekend. I’m sure I did overdo it, but it didn’t really hurt then. If anything was going to be hurting I thought it was going to be my knees because I could really feel the stress in them.
Anyway, he gave me some Prednisone for today and wants me to take the old anti-inflammatory for 5 days starting tomorrow to get the swelling down and then stop those meds. He wants me to take Tylenol with Codeine for pain. He also told me to soak it in Epsom Salt and keep it elevated as much as I can.
It’s Friday evening now, and I’ve really done nothing yet besides take some Tylenol (without Codeine) and it’s feeling a little better. I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens next.