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Pain in the dream theater last night

January 26, 2011

I’ve gotten pretty good at managing chronic pain but occasionally it gets away from me.  While I’m sleeping, my dreams often invent explanations for it.  There’s the “hip pierced by sheet metal after auto accident” dream, and the more common “legs crushed by collapsed building” one.  I’ve spent a few nights dreaming that my shoulder or hands were crushed, to wake up in pain.  Not a recipe for restfulness.

Last night was a new one that I hope isn’t loaded into the dream projector again.  My hands had somehow gotten pierced by little sheet metal bits, some 1cm deep, and I was sitting at a picnic table pulling them out one by one with needle-nosed pliers.  An old friend from Tennessee was there watching; we were on the lawn in front of his church up in the hills there.

I only woke up when I pulled the last bit.  It was still dark and Diane was breathing slow and regular.  My hands were hurting like crazy, with some accompaniment from my shoulder.  I’ve been up for an hour and moved around a bit; they’re mostly better.  Going to have to be a bit more rigorous in the pain management.  Waking up this tired makes for bad days.

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  1. January 26, 2011 at 14:20 | #1

    Not a restful night. I can only wish you a more comfortable sleep but I haven’t the power to make it so.

  2. dof
    January 27, 2011 at 02:47 | #2

    Thanks. I am trying for better tonight. Just did a long cardio session with a lot of stretching. Will dig into the apothecary as well.

  3. EdK
    January 27, 2011 at 03:15 | #3

    I get leg pains at night if I don’t exercise on a regular basis. Maybe the cardio will help put you in a deeper sleep cycle. Being tired and a dose of melatonin might not hurt.

    BTW looks like your computer clock is several hours ahead of mine by the post time.

  4. dof
    January 26, 2011 at 21:52 | #4

    Thanks Ed I’ll pick up some melatonin tomorrow and try it.

    Just checked the clock and it was set to UTC-0. Since I don’t live in Liverpool, I changed it. Let see… (presses ‘Submit Comment’)

  5. dof
    January 26, 2011 at 21:52 | #5

    Yea! Correct comment times!

  6. January 27, 2011 at 01:10 | #6

    I’m with Momma, on this. My best friend still gets those dreams, from a car accident that happened in July. I just wish there was more I could offer, besides words of comfort.

  7. dof
    January 27, 2011 at 10:53 | #7

    I hope your friend recovers! Chronic pain can persist for years.

  8. January 28, 2011 at 05:01 | #8

    Yeow. Your brain certainly does like the sheet metal images, doesn’t it? I just hope the folks researching chronic pain make some breakthroughs soon, because no one should have to put up with this.

  9. Webs
    February 3, 2011 at 22:31 | #9

    Melatonin does work, or at least it’s a one hell of a placebo. But gotta be careful not to take too much. You can really doze of with that stuff.

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