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Shoulder history and 5 years of healthy eating progress due to my great spark friends!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Total shoulder replacement is the thing that will help the most. Till that, get a shot not sooner than every 3 months. The shots might stop working.

At my pool there are 3 people I know of who had shoulder replacements. I thought this was an awful surgery from what I heard before. Long recuperation time and not getting full function back. These 3 people said it wasn't bad. I think the surgery has improved greatly over the last 10 years.

I even met one of these people coming out of the same doctor! He had one done and was talking about his other shoulder now.

My pain was so bad I almost want it done soon. I feel the bones clunking together when I move my arm up. Wall pushups are the worst. The PT tried that and I said forget that one.

The muscles now show deterioration because I have not been using that arm for a few years. I did not know what was wrong. Only recently did I have an MRI.

With the shot I can do the water aerobic arm exercises. I want to get the muscles as good as possible. I have the exercise tied around the house to do a few shoulder exercises, too. (But I have neglected those home exercises!)

My big problem is taking care of my husband during my recuperation. I think I'd only be in the hospital one overnight. But then at least 4 months of therapy. That is what a woman at the pool just had. She is delighted with her surgery and was so scared she almost canceled it.

I just checked AARP online about the meds I take. I hate my years of fatigue. I did not check before on fatigue caused by meds I take. Wow! I found problems. I just stopped(gradually) my sertraline for depression. I still take bupropion-Wellbutrin--for years! The sertraline was added in the last few years because I was teaching full time and caregiving. I was crying way too often at "nothing." When I ran out of sertraline for 4 days, I noticed I was less sleepy. I think I can do without it! Yeah!

I hope my healthier eating of veggies (SP friends advice) will help me get healthier without some of my many meds.

This is a long process, is not it! But because of my years using SP, I am finally making good progress! I have lost 25 lbs. in 5 years. That is a big deal. I was always craving food. I am much better now.
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  • OOLALA53
    Given that an awful lot of people gain as they get older, you can be proud! And keep moving. I think mobility problems are more significant than weight, though weight contributes a lot to loss of mobility. But a mobile overweight person will trump a sedentary thin one.
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  • LIS193
    1421 days ago
    Go to the hispanic spice section of grocery store, or international section and then go to the spices - many times they are hanging on pegboard in cellophane bags. Buy big yellow bag of turmeric, for little money. Put a teaspoon in a 16oz water glass, add water, stir, and down it. Excellent for pain and inflammation. Excellent for diabetes reversing and prevention. Excellent for cancer prevention. It won't replace bone in your shoulder, but it will help your body throughout.

    I think you're right about advances in the last 10 years. My dad had an earlier, nightmare kind of shoulder replacement. So limit your conversations to people who've had them in the last year (or so). Very recent, only. Don't listen to the nightmare stories (notice I am NOT sharing). Avoid negative people and stories.

    However, don't be slow or ignorant, either. Be smart as a fox, sharp as a whip about it. Dif surgeons vary greatly in their ability and DEGREE OF success. Is your doc board-certified in orthopedics? If you don't know, find out. If he/she has a website, it's probably noted on there. Do a search with their name and see what info comes up. Those who are board-certified, usually say so. If they don't say so, ask. If you can't find it on the net, call the office and ask the receptionist. Also search for "review of" and your doctor's name.

    3 servings FRESH fruit a day, every day, is proven in studies to be very beneficial to the immune system. Eat some kind of berries every day. If you already do 3, up it to 5. Vitamin D3 is excellent for pain relief, as well as omega 3s. If you're taking fish oil for omega 3s, eat green vegetables with it, which will increase the uptake of the omega 3s by 50%. The oil needs the greens; and veggies need the oil.

    Many people have pain relief when they change to an alkaline diet, and learn to eliminate stress. Bible calls that, "pursuing peace".

    So aim for FRESH fruit, not juice and not any other kind of fruit (not canned, not packaged); turmeric; alkaline diet like dark leafy greens; omega 3s; Vit D3; FRESH lemon squeezed into water and squeezed on salads and greens; apple cider vinegar is excellent for joint relief, make your own salad dressing with apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil; pursue and jealously guard your personal serenity, like you would guard and protect precious gems or precious metals (pretend your serenity is a gold bar); all these things working together will help your immunity rev up for surgery, help you recover faster with fewer complications; help your efforts to build muscle, and help fight infection during surgery and rehab.

    Cherry exception: eat fresh OR canned OR frozen OR juice as long as it's 100% juice - of CHERRIES - cherry juice or extract is usually bought in a health food store or online. Cherries are nature's superstars of arthritis pain relief. Fresh (when in season) eat 6 - 8 a day. Canned or frozen, eat 8+ a day.
    1422 days ago
    I too think many of my problems were caused by medication side effects and am trying to wean off all of them.. except the pain meds. I like those too much because they allow me to stay active, hehehe. Hard call. It is what docs do when we ask for help.. write presriptions. I think though that stretching and meditation are very helpful and I love my chiropractor. I have such crunching in my shoulders. Most of my floor work I use a ball between me and the floor because honestly I still weigh a lot and it it too much to put through my shoulders. Crunch crunch. But the pool is so amazing. Good strengthening and no crunching. I think we are on the right track. So... do you have options for if you have the shoulder surgery? Can your husband go into a respite care for a little while? You don't want to risk wrecking the good work done with the replacement. Hmmm.
    1422 days ago
    glad some things are working for you.
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  • _LINDA
    I never get sick with colds or flu and I sure attribute it to my diet, which is usually five servings of fruits, especially dark ones. Veggies 3 or 4 servings -avoid the nightshades. Always choose the most vibrant, darkest colors as they have the biggest bang for your buck for nutrients. A red pepper is better than green. I have daily servings of garlic and ginger -ginger is great in a fruit smoothie -really bumps up the flavor! I have also heard tumeric is really good too.
    I am mostly vegetarian but do have eggs and cheese. You have to have fat with your freggies for the nutrients to absorb properly i.e the fat soluble vitamins..
    Just a note about your shots -are they cortisone? Because too many can lead to bone and muscle loss, its not a good long term solution. It sounds like you really need the replacement and have to find a way to work it in..
    You are doing great for your circumstances! You must always make sure you give yourself 'me' time as that is critical for good mental and physical heath..
    Take care of yourself!

    1422 days ago
    You are doing awesome!
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  • RHOOK20047
    Good for you and keep working at it. I am sure you will succeed. You definitely have the right ideas! I know what it is like to have constant pain. For me it is my knees, which walking hurts all the time. But thank God for cortisone shots! I know they are not very good, but they help for now, and I need to have both replaced. Good luck and keep up the hard work! emoticon
    1422 days ago
    cook a lot with turmeric but have pain in my right knee but you might try it all the best
    1422 days ago
    You might try turmeric - it has a whole list of benefits for things I have - I swear by it and take it routinely - it has even been shown to be as effective as some anti-depressants and I wasn't even taking it for THAT - helps with arthritis (I WAS taking it for that) because it is anti-inflammatory. Read up on it.
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