This was a question that I would never have thought of. When I was asked it I had to think a little as it is the one question so far that no one else has ever asked me. I am still getting my head around the fact that what I have lived with my whole life is not everyone’s “normal”. Have you ever rolled an ankle? Sprained it maybe? Or sprained your wrist? At a very basic level that is what it feels like. And after thinking on it that is the closest I could get to how it feels but the person who asked looked at me blankly and said “no”.
No??? What do you mean no, you have never ever sprained anything? … and she said no. Hmmm. I don’t think that I have ever had a day in my adult life that I have not sprained something. It might be a finger, a toe, a knee, a hip, an ankle or a wrist. I blamed my busy lifestyle, the fact that I do (did) much of my own building and the fact that many days I held a paint brush, a hammer, a drill or a sewing needle in my hand for hours on end, days on end. I blamed bad shoes every time I went sprawling across the footpath, walked into a wall or a door, or smashed a hip or a knee into the corner of a piece of furniture. I also thought that everyone else did these things on a regular basis as well. So I learnt something knew from this question: some people never sprain anything? I am truly shocked!! So if that is you then I am sorry that I don’t know how to explain what it feels like any differently.
Spraining something is different to being hit which is a deep dull ache, or cut which is a sharp kind of pain. It isn’t like healthy muscle pain after exercise either. Tendons and ligaments hurt more in a twangy kind of pain. It is deep like a bash but sharp like a cut and it kind of makes me feel a little ill in the tummy like when you hit your funny bone REALLY hard.
That is basically what happens with my joints and they can take up to two years for a bad one to heal, never for a few to heal and small ones a week or two.
Less often I “pop” a joint which usually means that it pops out of place (technically called subluxation which is partial dislocation) and that is also the same kind of pain but it hurts a TON more and often takes my breath away. Sometimes it pops back in a few hours later, other times a few days later, and the residual pain is similar to the sprained pain with the same long lengths of healing.
The muscles pain is hard to explain. Have you ever shivered a LOT for a long time? My muscles tense to compensate for my floppy tendons and so at the end of the day they are exhausted. A good hot bath relaxes them and takes most of that pain away but when we have no water, electricity or no bath then I have a really rough night.
That’s what much of it feels like in a nutshell…