attack_laurel (attack_laurel) wrote,
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Non-specific Neuropathy

I'm in a goofy mood this morning - I took my first dose of Lyrica last night (it's indicated for neuropathy, and my doctors are agreed that this is nerve pain, not muscular - especially since the steroids did nothing). I slept through the night instead of needing to take a painkiller, and I woke up this morning without any of the usual withdrawal symptoms I get when I don't take a pill for 7 hours (I usually dose every 4, and since I'm only taking the Lyrica once a day, I still have to take the painkillers during the daytime).

However, I'm having a slight tendency to walk into walls.

But we're going to give it a try, since I appear to have diabetic nerve pain without the diabeetus. Seriously - I have stabbing, shooting, and burning pains in my arms, and that's exactly how the diabetic nerve pain is described (it can also happen elsewhere). More specifically, I have some kind of nerve damage that isn't showing up on basic tests, hence the designation "non-specific neuropathy".  I want to take the Lyrica rather than Cymbalta (which was also suggested), because I don't need an anti-depressant.

(They kept asking me if I was depressed. I may be in pain all the time, but depression? No. At the risk of sounding smug, my life is awesome, and I have everything I've ever wanted.)

(Except that damn pony. But I wanted that when I was 13, so maybe I don't need it anymore. I'll go for that winning multi-million dollar lottery ticket instead.)

Those of you who have read my diary for a while know that I am in constant pain, and have been for almost 7 years now. I could really do with a break, and if the Lyrica does the trick, I will be ecstatic.

In a completely unrelated thought, I also now have both Bunny: The book of random, and Bunny: The book of perpetual bewilderment. The first I had to get from Amazon.uk and pay in pounds, but they're totally worth it. As you can see from the proliferation of bunny icons, I like Bunny.

Anyway - I saw an extremely funny thing yesterday, and I am desperately disappointed that I didn't have my camera with me, because if there was ever something that needed to be made into a macro, this was it.

As I was driving out of the base onto 16th street, there was a metrobus blocking the right lane - fortunately, just after the turn I needed. It was billowing clouds of white and black smoke (no flames). As I turned, I realized that the ad on the back was a public safety message that said "See or Smell Smoke? Call 911". I thought it had to be a joke, except for the fact that there were a bunch of irritated passengers sitting on the sidewalk (no-one appeared hurt).

Oh, such a good macro. sigh. Maybe one of the Demotivators - "Economy - The money you save on equipment will help to pay off your lawsuits". 


Oh, and tudorlady?  Just in case you need a bigger icon picture:



We love Lennie, yes we do.

Update:  You can now buy Convocation 2008 tote bags!  http://www.zazzle.com/convocation_party_bag-149062506827366861  Look for more Attack Laurel products soon!
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