Hello all. Well, the good news is I'm feeling MUCH BETTER
The pain has gone back to being a heavy weight in my chest and a kind of ache all around my ribs (and a gigantic muscle spasm, but that's always there in one form or another, so we won't talk about that). I had a fright yesterday because the ribs on the other
side started hurting too, but they've given up on that idea now. I have been sooo good, you'd all be proud of me. All I have done for the last two days is sleep, make toast and surf the internet. It wasn't until I gave myself permission to have time off work that I realised exactly how much pain I had been in denial about! I have a truly astounding capacity for 'carrying on regardless', I think that a few of us on here are like that. I also noticed that when I take all my pain meds plus the diazepam I instantly fall asleep. So there I was at work, irritating a traumatised rib by expecting it to do normal tasks, ignoring vast amounts of pain and forcing myself to be awake when my body was saying "mmmm...Diazepam...sleep"
I have a history of doing things like this. My body generally has to do something dramatic (fainting on the poor IT man, case in point) to make me take notice. Do feel very silly afterwards though.
Tomorrow I get to go and see the rheumatologist, which for once has come at a most excellent time. Can't say I'm looking forward to it though, as those of you who have read my previous posts about him will understand!