I hurt in ways that I can't even express.
Not heart-hurt, although that never has been far from the surface this summer, what with mean-girl issues on the Roo front.
No, this is actual pain hurt. The kind that doesn't leave you alone no matter which position you sit/stand/lie in.
My sciatic nerve is on fire. It's an aggravation that originally started in my back but now crawls painfully down my left leg. It's also an experience I've had a few times before, but never this bad.
I have gotten relief in the past from swimming and even from the Eastern side of medicine -- acupuncture.
This time? Nothing is doing it. And living in pain on 800 mg of ibuprofen a couple times a day isn't the answer.
So I bit the bullet and actually went to a doctor, who ordered steroids for the inflammation, something a little stronger for the pain and x-rays so we could actually SEE what is going on with my back.
My doctor is a young guy I happen to like a lot. He's easy and approachable.
And we play Words With Friends together.
Words With Friends is an iPhone app for crossword/Scrabble freaks that is very addictive and consumes a fair amount of my phone playtime. I have a lot of games going -- and I have my good days and my bad -- but it is ALWAYS satisfying to whup the young doctor's highly intelligent kiester.
Another side benefit to WWF is the chat feature. It allows players to gloat about a 123-point word, moan about the lack of vowels, or just say hi.
I have occasionally traded conversation with the good doctor, but I try not cross our imaginary line between friendly game rivals and free medical advice.
So I'm just gonna say that I found his method of letting me know the preliminary results of my x-rays to be HILARIOUS:
And if you want to play WWF with me, it's Jsongbird4. Game on.