This is a bit graphic, so please skip if you are eating. I've been aware that I seem to be flaring the last few days, with joint pains and swelling. Last night I went for a quick meal out with my son. These occasions can be hit or miss in terms of how much I can eat, get down my narrowed gullet and into my stomach. This was a miss! I could only manage a little, then was up until 3am trying to get it "down" and take meds, so they could get down, too. I was chilled to the bone, too, although it isn't as cold as it has been.
When I got up this morning, it was as if my stomach was in reverse (not vomiting, but as if the muscles were pushing the wrong way). When this has happened before, my routine is to sip water and sort of regurgitate (sorry) to clear the blockage. Once my innards start to gurgle, I know the blockage has gone. It's started now, so that's 24 hrs. No meds, because they can't get through and taste foul when they come back.
On top of that, the pain is quite bad. I've only passed a little urine since morning, and I got a fright coming downstairs when it seemed my legs gave way at the knee. Managed to grab the bannisters to get my arms to do the work. The knee thing has happened in the past - I had to tell physio that standing and locking my knees as she suggested = faint and knee giving way. I'm long used to avoiding anything that makes my low blood pressure hit the floor, but the knee locking thing took me by surprise. It seems I only do that (and very easily) if I am sitting or lying down, and she noticed that when I walk I'm very flexible but don't "lock" my knees as she thought I should. Has anyone had a similar experience?
Now I just have a bright red face and stone cold hands. Sweaty, and heart beating hard. No temp. The water's going down and I'm craving salt - might get out the marmite and a teaspoon, but I must cencentrate on hydration. Banging headache, so much of the day has been half- lying, propped up on the sofa, receptacle handy, and sleeping on an off with an audiobook playing. Back to chapter three for the plot next time around.
May have to see a GP in my new practice tomorrow.