This Is Gonna Hurt… #socs

I apologize in advance for any pain you might experience reading this…

The most excruciating nerve pain I have ever experienced was the time when one of the muscles in my groin trapped one of the nerves down there. This had been bothering me all day, and when I tried to lie down, it was so tight that I was afraid to, because I knew it would make the muscle tighten up more and trap the nerve even further, and it was going to hurt like hell.

I sat on the edge of the bed and tried easing myself into a supine position, and it tugged and started to hurt, and I sat back up. I did this multiple times over two hours, hoping that the megadose of naproxen sodium I take every night would kick in and maybe loosen things up enough to where I could lie down and it wouldn’t hurt as much, but that wasn’t happening.

Finally, I was tired enough and pissed off enough that I said, "I know this is going to hurt like hell, but I’m just going to lie down really fast and maybe, just maybe, it’ll be enough to yank the nerve out from under the muscle." I took a deep breath, counted to three, and threw myself back on the bed.

It was all I could do to keep from screaming and waking up the neighborhood. I saw stars for a good five minutes. Gradually, the pain lessened. I tried to move my leg, and it was fine. I guess the sudden movement did yank the nerve out from under the muscle.

Then I got mad at myself. I reasoned that it would have hurt just as much two hours earlier, and I should have just sucked it up and done it then. I was too tired to continue with berating myself, rolled over and went to sleep.

(Yes, I know: Childbirth is worse….)


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31 thoughts on “This Is Gonna Hurt… #socs

  1. That took courage! Getting it over with seems to go against our natural instincts, and sometimes we just don’t know until we try. I laughed out loud at (Yes, I know: Childbirth is worse….) There’s a built in follow up euphoria that softens the memory of childbirth pain.

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  2. Oh ouch. Pain is pain and some people’s tolerance level is higher than others. Certainly doesn’t sound like fun and I can understand the sitting on the side of the bed for a while.

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  3. All pain is relative. I feel for you, thank God it eased.
    Having broken my back twice I am familiar with nerve pain , I have also had three children …..pain is pain ..stay pain free 💜💜

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  4. I don’t know whether to grimace or count my blessings, but I understand the concept. This one time, my right hip joint popped out, or something, and it hurt like hell, got inflamed, hurt some more, and got so there was no position that relieved the pain. About a week into this, much like you I decided I was going to walk around the block, NOT favor that leg, and let the chips fall where they may. I started out, down the walk across the front lawn, walking erect like a homo sapien, tears welling up, then turned right at the sidewalk, beginning to moan and curse under my breath now, forcing myself to walk in a regular fashion, and then, I say in all seriousness, the hip popped, a crack so intense it was clearly audible, and the pain instantly went away. I experimentally crouched, stood, made a little jump, and it was as if it had never happened.
    I hope it’s the worse thing that happens to either of us.

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  5. hope your better now. Any pain is bad, we just compare, but pain during childbirth is one of its kind. Surprisingly we forget it when the baby is in our arms 🙂

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  6. Ouch! I’d still be sitting up. Oh and childbirth isn’t worse IMO. The worst pain I ever experienced was impacted wisdom teeth.

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  7. Thank you for apologizing for any pain your post might cause. My groin is hopping right now!!
    But I kept reading till the end. Good story John!

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  8. Hi John – oh I can feel your hurt and pain in trying to release the nerve. I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen again … that statue is ‘awful’ as you say … it’s going to hurt. All the very best and hope you can get some recovery sleep in … stay safe – Hilary

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