The first time I noticed something wasn't quite as it should be, was probably sometime in February or March. It seemed as if somebody had drawn a line on my right leg and that line was then made to hurt. Or burn. Either way, it was very uncomfortable. But, it was only for an hour or so, every few days. At first.
By the time I was on holiday in Northern Ireland, visiting my sister with Pepperfly, the pain had progressed. To the night. Which prevented me from sleeping. It meant that several times I would wake up in the middle of the night and unable to sleep again. And worse was to come.
Because not being able to sleep is one thing, but when you wake up at 1am and unable to go back to sleep after only two hours of the very needed rest it isn't only annoying, it is dangerous, since I am after all a professional driver and being rested is a necessity. So, there was only one thing for it: see the doctor.
The doctor told me it was a muscle and that the only thing would be to excercise more. Loose weight would be good as well, but mainly excercising. He did gave me some medication to help me sleep at night. Paracetamol with codeine. Which worked a treat. But it was more of a sedative than a pain killer I felt. And besides being quite addictive, it was a drug I wasn't allowed to take right before going to work! This was in May and here's what I wrote about it at the time.
It is now August and I have finally decided to do as the doctor told me. I am nothing if not slow! Mainly because the pain has moved on to the groin area and it can be agony, especially at night. Also, it doesn't go away at all. AT ALL! So, for the last few days, I have been out walking at night. Getting caught in the rain once, only taking my rain coat and still getting soaked on the bottom once. It is not a long tour. About 4 km (3 miles), but it takes me about an hour nonetheless. More if I take my camera along like I did the other day.
So, does the excercise work? Yes, it does. It actually factually does. While I am walking I do not have the aches and pains and uncomfortableness I feel otherwise. Once I get back inside however, it all comes back. I just hope it will diminish with time. So, here's to me continuing with the walks...