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Update on Shoulder injury

Monday, June 09, 2014

As many of you know I hurt my shoulder a couple of weeks ago. I thought I had just strained some muscles with exercises. I continued with some stretching and eased off the shoulder, bicep and triceps exercises. Pain got worse, starts having numbness in arm and pain became constant. Heat, ice, anti-inflammatory meds did not help. Finally got into see Dr. this morning. At first she thought it might be my neck causing the problems but then decided it may be another problem with my rotator cuff (had a total rotator cuff blowout with repair 3 years ago). Lateral movement is very minimal, as is lifting my arm up to my head. I can lift arm out forward and up in front of head but not above my head. After a long discussion we decided on a muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory drugs for 2 weeks and if not better will have MRI of shoulder and possibly neck. She gave me a pain shot in the office and a prescription for hydrocodone at home. She also said no shoulder/ arm exercises for 2 wks. So I am going to be limited in my exercises for awhile. All I know is I hope the pain goes away soon. I do not do pain well and I am a very impatient person. But at least I can still walk and I will do different routines for 2 weeks. I can do this. I have had this rotator problem before.
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    Be careful you don't get frozen shoulder from not moving it. I had another SPF that did get it doing what you did and I suggested laser therapy. My chiropractor does it ...she found one and is now able to move her arm. You may need a couple sessions. Physical therapist do that therapy too. Not cheap, but she is so glad she did. She is fine now. I injured my arm last year after falling off my bike and stretching helped once it started healing.
    Feel better soon. As it heals up, don't forget to do some stretches. Take care.
    861 days ago
  • JANET552
    My sympathies!! I hope you keep finding ways to exercise despite having to give up the arm and shoulder ST.
    862 days ago
    Sure hope the pain eases soon, and there isn't anything drastic going on. I will be praying for you!! emoticon
    862 days ago
    Glad you saw the doctor, just rest and take care of yourself. Once you're well you can get back to exercise. Be well emoticon

    864 days ago
    Well bummer! Take good care of yourself.
    864 days ago
    Yes, you can and you are. I like doctors that are willing to take the least invasive route and at least give the body a chance to heal. You will find other safe ways to stay active. You've got commitment! At least you know a little more and can monitor your healing now. Be well.
    864 days ago
  • NHES220
    Hope you are feeling better! Definitely rest it and see if it improves. My Mom has a tear in her rotator cuff, but has improved with anti-inflammatories.
    864 days ago
    I'm glad you saw the doctor, and hope that the prescription helps. I know it will be frustrating not being able do all the exercises you want, but at least you can do extra walking. Tryto bepatient.
    864 days ago
    " But at least I can still walk and I will do different routines for 2 weeks. I can do this."

    Keep looking at what you CAN do and do it!

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    864 days ago
    The very best sentence in your blog is "I can do this" ! I know you can with all the support and prayers coming your way. You're on my list !! Meri
    864 days ago
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