Today is a frustrating day. For once I have a symptom for which there’s a solution. However, that solution is not available because it’s a holiday weekend. This situation is very unusual for me. I’m not talking about having a symptom. Days with symptoms are much more common for me than days without them. The fact that there’s a solution for this symptom is the part that is unique about it.
The symptom I’m referring to is muscle pain in my upper back. For more than a decade, the most common solution to this particular pain for me is a simple adjustment by my chiropractor. Because of my hyper pain sensitivity due to fibromyalgia, I’m very aware of when one of my ribs has moved out of place — even a little bit. The first symptom is slight tugging or discomfort in the muscles on one side of my spine or the other. Too often, I attribute this sensation to having slept in a weird position or having reached awkwardly to grasp something. But when that slight discomfort spreads a bit and morphs into true pain, I know for sure that my spine is out of alignment.
Of all the physical symptoms I experience, this is the one over which I usually feel I have the most control. Sadly, this control is shared with the hands of my skilled chiropractor. My role in the process is to get myself to him as soon as I recognize the issue. Sadly, this time, that recognition occurred on Saturday evening. Today, being Sunday, means that his office is closed as I write this. Worse, there’s only a 50-50 chance it will be open tomorrow, which is New Year’s Eve. If it’s open, my problem is solved. If it’s not, my situation becomes a bit more complicated.