by: Peter J. Mahon
June 14th, 2018
BACK PAIN AND LOO-NACY!
Recently the chronic pain caused by spinal arthritis, stenosis and a bulging disc in my lower back had become so debilitating that my day to day existence had become a Catch 22 of a mutually conflicting regimen of anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, muscle relaxants and that most accursed of all opioid pain medications, Tylenol with codeine. The anti-inflammatory I was taking had to be taken with food in order to avoid some really nasty heartburn. The muscle relaxant only served to make me drowsy to the point where I only wanted to sit happily in my recliner meditating while examining my belly button lint. The real problem came when I discovered that the codeine painkiller resulted in a continual state of constipation which then required the use of a nightly laxative which of course had its own side effect of stomach cramps. It seemed that all I was doing was eating, meditating in a chair and arising only when my stomach cramped up from the laxative signaling it was time to run, not walk, to the loo!. What made matters worse was the fact all of the above was doing very little to alleviate the chronic low back that was slowly driving me to the "dark side". It goes without saying that, although I was not a happy camper, those family members (including the pets) who had to live in the same house with me during this time fared much worse. Grace and girls began referring to me as the "constipated curmudgeon" who constantly barked at everyone in between trips to the john and picking lint out of his belly button. It was not a pretty sight. Obviously, something had to be done!
See at the BBQ this Saturday up at the VFW!