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.