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Pushing for normal

Ever woken up and felt a pinch that lets you know  that… ooh … this is not going to be your best day?

I did. Yesterday morning, I woke up to a fat lip and a tingle that told me how, overnight, an excruciatingly painful cold sore had taken hold of my lower lip.  Right in the middle where the coffee cup hits, a spoon rests, and where teeth can connect.  Ouch.

Lysine helps drive it under; image from NatureMade.com

I’ve gotten these beauties since I was a wee girl; probably a leftover from a well-meaning relative’s kiss at Christmas-time. Now … they appear whenever I’m stressed or run-down .. or both.

I had a long day before me then, today and tomorrow … 8 hours of training + a 1 hour commute.  8 hours of training, talking, role-playing, learning and communicating.  All while sporting a bubbly, painful thing smack in the middle of my mouth.  Where I greet people.  Where it can’t hide.  Where I can’t hide it.

What’d  they serve us for lunch you ask?   A salty soup, a crusty bread sandwich and potato chips – Oh my goodness, nerve endings screamed as shock waves of pain radiated through my face.

It looks bad.  It feels much, much worse.

And it reminds me that my “normal” days… my 360 days a year without these …. are pretty darned wonderful …

    What symptoms tell you that you’re stressed?

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  1. Oh, how I can sympathize. Cold sores (or fever blisters as my mom called them) were a regular part of my life for many years! I had them probably until I was around 30 – haven’t had one in 20+ years. (knock on wood! I have no idea why they stopped.)
    They are so painful, and you’re right: no way to hide them! I once heard that – IF you have time – when you first feel one coming on, hold an ice cube on the area continuously as long as you can. I’ve had luck with that, but it’s hard to have time to do that! Hope it’s GONE soon!

    • I have heard them called that as well, Dianna. I wonder if that’s just a nicer name? 🙂

      So painful .. so gnarly. I will admit to sucking on some ice in class today and casually pushing up against that bottom lip; it helped deaden the pain. That is a great tip to know ahead of time. I’m sorry you suffer(ed) too…. Thank you for your kind words of support, as always,
      MJ

  2. alanamokma

    MJ,
    “….probably a leftover from a well-meaning relative’s kiss at Christmas-time.” Ohhh, YOU make me laugh!

    It is interesting to hear how stress manifests in other peoples’ lives. When I get stressed I get a lump in my throat and it is hard to swallow. I usually deal with cold sweats and the worst thing is having a hunger pain in my stomach like I haven’t eaten in days. When I get that hunger pain even though I have eaten, I KNOW something is stressing me out.

    What kind of things do you do to de-stress? My most successful and recent finding of how to deal with stress is to make faces while I am commuting to/from work. At first I felt strange that people would think I was weird, but once I got over that – it was amazing. 🙂

    • I have never heard of having that hunger pain (even though you’re not hungry) as a sign of stress. Good for you though for knowing yourself and your signs … I love your idea for the commute home. Normally I do not have a long commute but these last 2 days my stress relief has been cranking up my music and singing along .. as much as my sore lip will allow, of course. Cheers to you! MJ

  3. Judes

    I have a scar on my upper lip as a result of these recurring beauties. My home cure is perfume. It doesn’t taste very good but my face smells wonderful. 🙂

    • I have on as well, Judes. Right below my nose. In fact, when I get cold, it glows bright red – think Rudolph, but not as cute :).

      I like your home cure .. think it’s the alcohol? 🙂 Great to hear from you; thanks, friend .. MJ

  4. Ohhh…I am so sorry. Does Blistex work? I’ve heard of people using that to reduce the swelling. Matter of fact I learned about it at MSU. It’s so tough when it hurts even to smile when you’re a smiler. Acne plagued me in my teens and 20’s when I was stressed…and I hated that it hurt to even smile.

    • .. I think it would be soothing at first … And yes, I am a smiler and it hurts to talk, to speak, to smile, to anything. Even sleeping, I felt the pain of it radiating up into my eye last night. Again = grateful for how I usually feel pretty great.

      I’m sorry that you had to bear the pain and trauma of acne. Ugh!
      MJ

  5. Ugh. I get those as well. During times of stress, lack of sleep or the last time I had one pop up it was too much sun that triggered it. Crazy how it’s always, always in the same spot – and you are so right…there is nothing to hide them. When I feel one coming on I too take L-Lysine and also use Abreva right away. Hope yours makes a speedy disappearing act!
    ~d.

    • I have had one come in because of the sun, too … forgot about that. I have tried the Abreva but it must be used straight away because what it does it dry it out .. and that can cause a painful scab to form. Ugh. They’re just nasty, on any level. I can live with how it looks but the pain is dreadful… thanks for your kind wishes for a speedy departure, D 🙂 MJ

  6. Just be thankful that your relative only gave you “cold sores” or Herpes Simplex 1.
    My ex husband gave me Herpes Simplex 2. Mine flares up with stress and becomes so painful that I just sit with a robe on until better because panties exacerbate the problem.

    Good old Blue Star Ointment helps shorten the time.

    Bet this is more than any of you wanted to hear or know about me!

    • I have to say … yes I am thankful that I only have this on my lip or .. sometimes nose. Thank you for the tip about Blue Star Ointment; I shall check into it.

      PS – I do appreciate your heartfelt sharing .. and I am sorry you ever have to experience that,
      Hugs
      MJ

  7. My symptoms of stress? Grouchy, grouchy, groucy and add in a big dollop of sarcarsim
    Relief? Adding a huge cup of devotion time
    Prayers for your day and your sore lip

    • … yep the grouchy is the good warning sign isn’t it? 🙂 I agree, some devotion time and time to be still/thankful … very beneficial
      MJ

  8. If I’m stressed, I notice that my dreams are usually about conflict or anger. I wake up tense and often have a headache. Lately I think my stomach has been acting up when I’m stressed as well. Sorry about your lip — ouch!

  9. I take Lysine every day, and it seems to keep them at bay. Stress and injuries, as well as certain things in my diet, bring them on. A prescription of Zovirax (Acyclovir) helps kick them to the curb. Good luck! You apparently have a lot of people who feel your pain.

    • I should probably take this every day; the other thing that can trigger them, that I forgot about is Clementine oranges. I eat them like an addict when in season (smile)
      -MJ

  10. I get testy about stuff and start saying things that I shouldn’t say….but then feel guilty and go back to that person (usually an employee) and say “I’m sorry for being a horses ass earlier, I’m having a crappy day.” It usually gets a laugh and acknowledgement that they “could tell I was having a bad day”. Still…I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. I also get tired.

    • You are good man to 1) acknowledge it and 2) take ownership for it. I wish more of you existed, Rich Ripley 🙂
      MJ

      PS – the tired thing? Me… 2

  11. Are lunches always that salty or was it just horrible timing? Just the thought of the meal meeting your sore made me cry out in pain for you.
    I hope it looks better and feels the best tomorrow.

    As for me… when I am stressed, well you know what happens when I am stressed; sadly the hubs put me on a four pint per month max, and I’ve already met that quota. Plus, it has been a very stressful several weeks. Ugh. No matter. As you pointed out – out of 365 days in a year, I still have way more awesome days than icky days. Thanks for reminding me!

    • they have been salty 2 days in a row. Today’s sandwich was about 9 feet high. OK I’m kidding .. but not so much. On the good side, I enjoyed the beef/barley soup but I sure was hungry when I got home tonight 🙂

      …. I am sorry you are stressed and it’s OK to have your ice cream fix .. maybe smaller bowls? 🙂 Hugs LD
      MJ

  12. Pimple zingers indicate I need a break. Oh, and the blood pressure, and the blood shot eyes…..yikes. I need a compress just thinking about it.

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