Old-timer needs some info and advice. Hurting!
As some of you know, for the last few months I have been getting acupuncture. This has been very tiring but it was causing some muscles to reawaken. I rediscovered my back and stomach muscles and, while not perfect, my right hand has stopped deteriorating and is rehabilitating.
Two weeks ago I did a 6-pill pulse. It took almost 2 weeks to recover from that. This past Thursday I did acupuncture paired with 1 tindamax and am not too bad off at all after 2 days, except . . .
I needed to buy a new mattress. I read about all the chemicals being used in mattresses now and that it takes several months to outgas. So I decided to get an organic latex mattress and found what seemed to be a good one online. It was delivered Wed.
Wednesday night I woke up after a few hours of sleeping on my back with my heels and hips burning. My skin was cool. I thought I might be having an allergic reaction and took a Benadryl. Thursday night the pain was worse and I not only took Benadryl, but slept on top of the blanket. Last night I woke up after a few hours of lying on my side feeling like my left hip and thigh were on fire. I moved to another bed where I slept well as long as I stayed off my left side.
My left side, heels, and the back of my thighs still burn as though I were badly sunburnt. It’s not nearly as bad as last night but it is obvious to me that I can’t sleep on that mattress. ($$$!!)
Something tells me that the burning is peripheral neuropathy.
I did not experience it before the new mattress but now, apparently, I’ve got it. So am I pushing myself too much with the pills and the acupuncture? Or is it just the mattress? What kind of mattress does one sleep on if one has peripheral neuropathy?
I feel like, despite all my efforts, I’m losing ground and I don’t know what to do. I keep expecting to get better and to be able to walk better but, while I can better signal my muscles, my life is getting smaller and smaller. I use a walker outdoors because I can’t climb curbs as I did in the fall. But yes, my hand is better. It’s confusing and disheartening.