Yesterday morning I woke up with my usual symptoms: achiness, headache and feeling like I hadn’t slept at all. I had to go for a Flu Jab, apparently it’s now necessary I have one. My doctors surgery had been doing walk in flu jab clinics all week so by Friday it was quiet, I was in and out. Needles don’t bother me, I think it’s because as a child I had Immune Thrombocytopen Purpura (ITP) which required a lot and I mean a lot of blood tests. I guess it hardened me to them, so I didn’t bat an eyelid having to be jabbed.
Anyway back to the actual reasons for this post, as soon as I got home my joint pain started. It hasn’t been like that in a while, it was like electric shocks constantly going through my joints. I took my strong pain medication and went to bed to watch TV. The meds helped, not 100% (that’s how I know it’s bad) but they took the edge off the pain. Fast forward a few hours, my right cheek was hot so I got my phone out and brought the camera up, yep, the rash was starting.
Apart from resting and taking pain meds there’s not much else I can do apart from wait it out. So, I did. By the time I wanted to sleep I couldn’t because I had chest pains, they started in my chest, went to my ribs and around my back. They got worse when laying down so I tried propping myself up, no relief what so ever. They were sharp pains but at the same time it felt like I had pressure on my chest. I was sure it was Costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage that joins your ribs to your breastbone) but then again, I wasn’t because I’ve never had it go to my ribs and back like that. I was contemplating calling 111 (non emergency number) for some advice but I soon realised that when I tell them my illnesses I would be told to go straight to A&E. It’s not that I’m stubborn and wouldn’t go, I just knew it wasn’t an emergency. I’m learning that when you tell medical professionals that you have this and that wrong with you, they won’t touch you and would rather you go to a hospital or get in contact with your consultant. I decided the best thing was to just stay put, I took some codeine and it must of knocked me out because I can’t remember falling asleep. I do remember that when I last looked at the clock it was nearly 4am. It was a long painful night.
When I woke up this morning, the pains were just in my chest and less severe so it was Costochondritis after all, I’m glad I didn’t call 111 and waste their time. The rash seems to have gone, touch wood! My joint pain settled too, not fully but it hasn’t been constant. I haven’t done much today, I didn’t want to aggrevate the pain that’s already there and make it worse. I’m completely exhausted from last night, I’m hoping I’ll sleep better tonight. I have just started to get a dull pain in my right side though, hopefully it’ll go soon. I wouldn’t say today has been great, I’ve still had pain but it’s definitely an improvement from yesterday.
Tomorrow is a new day, let’s hope it’s better!