A Pain in the Back, Part 1

A Pain in the Back, Part 1

First in a series.

So this is what an earthquake feels like?

Well, it wasn’t that dramatic, but it was the middle of the night, and I’d been abruptly awakened to find myself lying at a 45-degree angle. This took a bit of processing.

The frame of our bed had broken!

My wife was oblivious. She claims to be a light sleeper, or maybe she just can’t sleep with the light on. But she can most certainly sleep through anything else!

I endeavored to wake her and was firmly told to “go back to sleep.”

It took a few minutes to convince her, and I felt like a male spider tentatively approaching a mate that might eat him. Or in this case provoke severe disdain.

Eventually, she realized that I wasn’t “just being me,” got up, and took in the situation.

We’d been lumped into a Laurel and Hardy mise-en-scène replete with the slapstick of trying to get someone with MS out of a collapsed bed. Luckily, it was a few years ago when I was more able-bodied than I am now. Although I could help a bit, I was as encumbered as an upturned beetle. (Still, I was no longer a spider!)

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It took a while, but eventually, we got a new bed with a high-quality mattress. And that’s where my problems began. …

The trouble with having MS is that you presume anything that happens to your body is due to the disease. I started having terrible backaches from sleeping; they were so bad that they’d wake me up. As soon as I transferred to a chair, it went away.

I stayed in a few hotels — no backache.

It wasn’t MS; it was my physical relationship with the bed. It didn’t affect my wife; indeed, the bed’s firmness was good for her back. Hey, she can sleep through anything!

The internet is a wonderful repository of knowledge, but you need an inkling of what to look for. I had never heard of a “topper.” It’s a mini-mattress that goes over your current one. My sister-in-law told me all about them as soon as I moaned about my constant backaches.

So, off I went and researched. I ordered one designed to soften harder mattresses. It’s a memory foam/gel mix, so it’s both soft on the body and allows perspiration. I think. Hey, it works — no more bad backs.

It arrived just in time for my lumbar puncture.

Next week: John describes a failed lumbar puncture.

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2 comments

  1. Peggy says:

    Funny story…wonder if that’s my problem with pain in back…hate say anything about it though is it possible to get a topper for just my side?

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