Wednesday, February 01, 2012


I wake up every morning because I'm in joint pain. Mostly my knees. My fingers are the second most often. The other day it was my ankle and my thumb. The next day my shoulder and this morning my hips. I can stretch and shift my position and get some relief but most of the time the pain is louder than any alarm clock.
I'm in some amount of pain all day. On a scale of one to ten I'd say I travel from four to to seven. It can shoot up past ten usually as a result of movement.
My doctor and I have had conversations about all the kinds of arthritis and the treatments. The problem with drugs is the side effects. She gave me a pain killer that knocked me out every time I used it. We tried another that was a bit better. I take herbs and I have ointments and patches. Swimming helps. Yoga helps. There is a perfect combination of exercise and rest that works but is always changing. 
Cold makes it worse. Rain makes it much worse.
Mom being here has thrown me off. I'm either over doing or recovering from having over done. When she leaves I'll get some of my rhythm back.
It seems like the constant presence of pain makes me tired and unfocused and edgy.
And. I just felt like talking about it.