What a wretched week it's been so far. I've been in so much pain. Yesterday, I was seriously starting to worry that I might need a cane to get around because of my hip. My hip is better today, for which I am very grateful. I didn't want to have to buy a cane.
But what isn't doing better is my nervous system. I'm going through one of those times where it seems like I have bionic hearing. Every noise seems super loud. And it feels like every nerve in my body is exposed and raw and vibrating to every noise. AND, it feels like every noise makes my chest feel tight and weird, like the center of my chest is a huge guitar string that gets plucked with every noise. It's driving me batty.
I was supposed to go to my son's curriculum night tonight. I should be leaving right now, actually. And I just can't do it. I can't be in a room with a bunch of people. My nerves can't take all that noise. Or the feeling of jumping out of my skin just because someone walks up beside me.
Of all the symptoms of a flare, the overactive nervous system is the hardest for me to take. My heart is pounding right now just because noise is driving me crazy. The kids have the TV on, cars are continuously driving by, my neighbors are getting their carpets cleaned by the Stanley Steemer truck and the sound is humming throughout my entire house. Etc, etc. There's so much noise. I can't get away from it.
So far, I haven't found anything that helps this. Sometimes, a small glass of wine can help numb it just a little bit temporarily. But other than that, I haven't found anything that helps. I didn't have one of these "episodes" the whole time I was on Elavil but I was so tired I was barely conscious for the three months I was on it, so that really isn't a viable solution.
Do you experience this? Have you found anything that helps?