Is This The End of Zombieland?

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Once again, I am guilty of not writing (for over a month this time).

Once again, I’ve been internalizing what I’m experiencing instead of venting.

So here goes.

Mentally, I’ve been okay. Not good, not bad, just kind of here, you know? Physically, however, things have not been good.

I have had a problem for the past several months where it’s painful to get out of bed in the morning. Some mornings, it’s not so bad. Others, well … I need help getting out of the bed.

They had me on meloxicam, which is an NSAID like ibuprofen, and that did a fairly good job of making the pain go away. But they switched my doctor out (my former doctor left the practice) and my new doctor said that the meloxicam was contributing to my high blood pressure, so she took me off of it, put me on muscle relaxers, and scheduled an MRI to look at my back.

The result is that I’m still in a fair amount of pain throughout the day, and I’m sleeping it off. I’ve been averaging about 16 hours of sleep a day over the last few weeks, and it’s frustrating as all hell.

The results of the MRI came back this afternoon. Herniated disc between L3 and L4. I have a follow-up Monday morning to discuss the situation further and look at options.

It’s unfortunate that it’s a herniated disc causing all this trouble; fixing that tends to be expensive and invasive. But the good thing is that I can come off the cyclobenzaprine and maybe get a normal night’s sleep.