I mentioned in my post Quitting Smoking, Back at Day 1 that I had experienced some symptoms that I had attributed to nicotine withdrawals — numbness in my right arm and light-headedness. Well, the arm numbness is something that I am still dealing with despite the fact I have been smoking. It is especially bad when I am sleeping.
I sleep on my right side so I have started sleeping on my back and left side. Sure, I still end up on my right side but I have been deliberately making myself move back to my left side or my back during the night when I find myself on my right side. This seems to have helped some but I have been waking up to my right arm completely numb, fingers to shoulder, and it really hurts. A lot of the pain seems to be centered in my right armpit.
This morning, I was awoken by this same pain, only a bit worse. Normally, all I have to do is change sides or just move to my back and the pain goes away and feeling is slowly restored to my right arm. This was not the case today. The only way I could get my right arm to stop hurting and get the numbness to subside was to sit up.
After sitting up, the symptoms begin to subside but the second I lay back down, on any side, it returns, the pain in my armpit and hand being the worst parts. Today, I have a pain in my neck. The neck pain doesn’t feel like a whole muscle is affected but a specific spot in my neck, on the right side. I still have that pain as I am writing this.
I think it is time that I make a doctor’s appointment just have this checked out. I’m fairly certain it will prove to be something mundane, such as an unhappy muscle causing a disturbance in the force. I can’t fix the problem myself if I have no idea what the problem is so going to someone who can tell me what is going on sounds like a really great plan.
I’ll admit there is a part of me that feels like I’m being a hypochondriac. I tend to always feel like that when I go to the doctor, despite whether or not there is a definite need to see a doctor. I’ve had some poor experiences with some doctors and it has left its mark. It is part of the reason I hardly ever go to the doctor. The upside to going this time, besides possibly finding out why my arm is going numb so much of the time, is that I can talk with the doctor about quitting smoking and find out if there is anything to help me with that and get suggestions.
On another note, I am getting rather bored with work. I usually have either some meditations playing or music but too much of my day is spent inside my head. Seeing as I tend to over think things, this usually isn’t a good thing. Mountains and mole hills.
I’ve decided to go to the library and see what they have for audiobooks. I love to learn, as I have stated many times, so I think being able to learn something while I’m working is a great idea. There are a few languages I have always wanted to learn so maybe I’ll find some language learning programs I can listen to. There are probably a million other things I would like to know more about, as well, so I am going to grab what sounds interesting to me that I can download onto my computer and then load onto my micro sd card for my phone. Who knows? By this time next year I could be multi-lingual. 😉