You know, the funny thing about improvements is that you don't always notice them rightaway. You usually notice if something gets worse straightaway. That you notice. But if there is an improvement, you tend to take it for granted, until one day you wake up after another full night's sleep and think Wow! I slept! ...and not for the first time this week!
Most healthy people don't realize how amazing and important a full night's sleep is until they become a parent. That's when you really start to miss something you had previously taken for granted. But at least when you are a parent, you can usually fall straight back to sleep after the baby has been fed, burped, changed and settled.
Waking in pain is another matter. High-level pain is probably the easiest to manage, because you know to take the Strong Meds and then do whatever you need to do to combat it.
However if you wake with low-level pain, there is a dilemma: Do you try and tackle it with a Tylenol, which will rule out taking some of the Strong Meds later should the pain get worse? Or should you try and tough it out, hoping it will fade? (because most of us don't want to waste the Strong Meds on low-level pain). And sometimes you don't even fully realize the problem. I have tossed and turned for ages before I even noticed that pain was keeping me awake. Heck, I have been in labor and not known! But as we have established in the past:
I'm strange. Clinically so.
So pain. Yeah: Even when you take the meds they take awhile to kick in. So begins the whole business of trying to find a comfortable position in the meantime. Because pain -back pain in particular- is rarely static. it can change in nature and force depending on the forces of nature exerted upon it, especially gravity. And back pain is rarely alone. It likes to take other pains along for company. So you get into a position where your back doesn't hurt (much) and after a little while, the shoulder pain starts. You change position to alleviate that, and the original back pain gets worse. So you change again, and neck pain starts. This can continue all night, until you are practically crying -not from pain- but from lack of sleep.
My main areas of back pain are in the lower back -right at the sacroiliac junction (which is made up almost entirely of connective tissue) and in my neck where I have three herniated discs. The lower back pain is the bugger that keeps me awake most. It is so constant I barely notice it sometimes.
So I think it was Thursday when I woke up and I realized that my back pain had not woken me in a night or two. I confirmed it on Friday and again today. My back has hurt very little (relatively speaking) in several days.
The vitamin C must be doing some good. Except in the cold-fighting department, because I have had a horrible cold. But I will take a cold over back pain any day of the week.