Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Withdrawling from drugs stinks....sick yet AGAIN!

Sorry for the lack of posts. I had an extremely busy two weeks and tried to use the steroids to the best advantage (no I did not lift weights like I wanted to because the gym is too long of a drive.

I started thetaper of the steroids (meaning I started taking a lesser dose from 4mg to 2 mg) on Friday March 18th. On the morning of Saturday the 19th I started getting headaches again and using tylenol everyday.

Yesterday I stopped the steroids and had a difficult time but was still able to function and run some errands downtown (Redmond). The headaches, muscle pain in my body, and vision seemed to worsen. My balance has also decreased and I was embarassed walking around the stores as I think other customers might have thought I was drunk. I had to take 2 tylenol 3 times yesterday.

Today was just unbearable! I forgot how sick I become when I withdrawal from the steroids. I was kind of scared for when the prescription ended but I did not think I would get so sick so fast. The pressure and pain in my head was unbelievable! On top of that I was experiencing muscle pain throughout my whole body like a bad case of the flu accompanied by shakes and chills.

I am not sure why but it has affected my back and spine. I noticed Monday when I walked down to the mailbox that it hurt to walk and was difficult. I could feel every step shoot up my spine. It was as if I had no shocks in my body. I also began to start having visual problems this weekend and it turned to double vision again.

All this was happening today and I could not get any relief or even go back to sleep due to the pain. I must say that I now really empathasize with people trying to kick a drug habit. It is horrible! I had Harley call the doctor and he decided to restart the steroids again (I think this will be the 9th or 10th time on them since July). When I tried to drink water and take the medicine I threw up all my fluids and dinner from the night before. Thus I had to shower to clean myself up. I was so exhausted that I fell asleep in a robe and with a towel on my head.

When I awoke near 11 am I was able to take a few bites of a frozen meal and hold down my medicine this time. Then I think I went back to bed. I got up again at 1:30 pm and was able to check my email and wash the dishes. I got tired out so I lied back down until almost 5:30 pm and it was time to get ready to go to my asl meetup tonight.

I am still really weak and missed my daily walk or workout. I definitely feel better than this morning though and the headache and double vision are gone. I could actually read the tv captioning this evening from 15 feet away whereas the past couple nights I had to sit directly in front of the TV (about 2 feet and I still had problems).

I wish I had something more positive to discuss but the reality is that not everyday is a sunny day. I would like to write some catch up posts about the good things over the past 2 weeks but my dang computer is infected with something and I can't access the web. I am using Harley's laaptop but I have a very hard time typing on it (takes me FOREVER on this little keyboard).

Hopefully I can get the computer fixed soon. I am just glad to be able to function again and feel somewhat better. I hope tomorrow goes well. I will be going to phyical therapy in the afternoon.

Have a good one tomorrow!

19 comments:

Angel said...

I am so sorry you had to go thru that. If you are not up to coming to my bday party thats ok. I will still love ya!

padmini said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. i hope it's getting better now.

What problems are you having with your computer? Send me an email and I'll try to help.

Rebecca said...

Angel we had a good time at your birthday party! It was great to meet Melinda and the boys and to see Dionne and Blue again.

Stop overfeeding that damn dog and get it some exercise!

Padmini we are still working on the computer. I cannot find my operating system disks from when we moved here and we need to reload the operating system.

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