Friday, February 22, 2008

(un)Comfortably Numb

There is something very wrong with me... different wrong with me, smartasses.

Mostly, I'm very, very tired all of the time. Also, the outer surface areas of about 75% of my body have been numb and tingly for about two and a half weeks. Even my scalp is numb and tingly, and for some reason that's making it very hard to think.
And there are burning bolts of pain -- like little elves stabbing me with tiny smoldering twigs-- s from my armpits around to my triceps and elbows and down to my wrists and also along my sides and across my chest along my rib cage. These same evil pain elves have tied hot itchy ropes of itch and irritation under my feet and around my ankles.
I'm going to the doctor Monday, but I don't put a whole lot of faith in the medical profession's ability to separate its sphincter from a knot in the pine paneling.
The whole thing is making me whiny and very un-fun. So sorry, gentle readers.


Zoro said...

Been similar too Jen - I figured I'm anxious due to withdrawing completely from booze for the past 6 weeks. And i started supplementing to get over the pains in my left arm that probably wasn't folate/B12 deficiency but supplements help don't they?? You could do a search on Anemia which is definitely bollocks from a man who admires other people who know medical phrases but who himself has the retentive powers of a small coy carp.
I might have said try cannabis or booze except that would be dishonest of me as I can't imagine how either of those things could actually help.
I'm reading Everyman's Zen Poems which seems to be located across 6 centuries in a mountain range with numerous rivers, clouds, bells and bamboo groves about 400 km from Beijing.



Nigel St.John Regina Smegmatica Howle-Raines said...

It's probably something relatively minor, and I bet and hope you'll find that to be the case. Please take care of yourself (I know about not doing that!)

La Sirena said...

Zoro -- I agree about the supplements. According to the internet, among the 2 dozen things that my symptom constellation could indicate -- 2 0f them have to do with a vitamin B1 deficiency, which in turn is caused by smoking and drinking coffee and tea -- 2 habits I am guilty of.

You seem to be going through a health / transformative era. Good luck and keep up the good work. Thanks for your support and kindness.

Nigel -- I am trying to take care of myself, thank you. It's kind of hard, but worth it. You are probably right that it is something small. At any rate, I hope so too. Thanks for the good wishes.

Nigel St.John Regina Smegmatica Howle-Raines said...

So--how are you doing? Better? Turned out to be something minor, I hope--let us know. We're concerned.

La Sirena said...

Thanks Nigel. It isn't minor, but I'm ok. I'll blog about it at a later date.

I.:.S.:. said...

Well my sincerest hopes it's not neuropraxia or any form of neuropathic pain... The nerves in one of my legs are still all short-circuited from an accident a good while ago and it feels just like you describe it... simultaneously numb and hyper-sensitive, with occasional random elves with red-hot needles... Thank goodness it's not all over my body... The neurologist recommended B-vitamin supplements for nerve regeneration... And I do actually find cannabis to help the pain... But daily use has its own disadvantages...

La Sirena said...

IS... Thanks for your thoughts and advice. It's actually multiple sclerosis -- not the end of the world but not exactly excellent news either. I see a neurologist next week.

I hate those damned stabbing elves! :~)