Thursday, February 7, 2013
Muscle spasms, both physical and intellectual
So, at 50 years of age, my body has decided to further betray me. A few days ago I was home, working on the computer when I realized I had a client coming to my office across town in 45 minutes. No big deal when I'm already showered, shaved and dressed. As it turned out, I was none of those. As soon as I turned and stood up quickly, I felt it...the muscles on the left side of my back, my left shoulder and the left side of my neck all spasmed and cramped. So, there I was, 45 minutes later (I got there on time, showered and shaved no less) hypnotizing a client while being unable to turn my head and look her in the eyes (we call this Less Than Ideal). There was a time when I took Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) for this sort of thing. Of course, that was before my ulcer made NSAIDS (like ibuprofen) a no-no for me. So, I've been taking Flexeril, a muscle relaxant, for the past few days. It's great. It relaxes my muscles (convenient for a muscle relaxant) which does help with the pain...and turns me into a blabbering idiot who can barely string together a coherent sentence. Did I mention that I make my living with words? I haven't taken any today and can feel the muscles tightening again and I'm losing range of motion in my neck. So, that's it for me today, I think. Off to my pharmaceutically induced idiocy until this thing gets better (insert sound of grumbling).