Acknowledging Defeat. At least, it feels that way.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ok, ok, ok.

I get it. It has been 6 months of shoulder pain. I thought it might heal on its own, I tried resting it (mostly....sort of), I tried massage, I tried ice packs, I tried 800 mg of vitamin I (ibuprofen, for those of you not familiar with the chronic pain sufferer's drug of choice) every day for a week, I tried paying a chiropractic sports-medicine doctor to torture me once or twice a week for 8 weeks, I tried a compression/activation shirt (ever tried to play Ultimate Frisbee on a 90-degree day in one of those? My advice - it's not a good idea), and now I guess I am accepting my limits. I am no spring chicken. Maybe this is not the sort of thing that will get better on its own...especially since I am unable to stop exercising for long enough to let it heal....

But, I am tired of this pain. I want to be able to lift weights overhead again. Even just lifting my arm without pain again would be a good place to start, but I want to be back to 100%. After much prodding from my bf, I have decided I may need to seek out some medical advice. Not that the chiropractor isn't a great doctor and great at what he does, but since I'm not making any forward progress, maybe it's time to seek a second opinion.

What's great about it is the cost....regular doctor, referral to an orthopedic specialist, x-rays, MRI...maybe surgery? It all could be mine for my $5,000 deductible. Wonderful. And then, 6 to 12 months of rehabilitation? Woo!

But I am getting ahead of myself. Until I know for sure, there is no point in worrying about it. Sigh.

All Right, Universe. Let's try turning things around.
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  • SPERRIN2012
    Having a little experience with shoulder pain I say go have an MRI done. Don't do any rehab before the surgery if you find (it sounds to me) you've torn something and if so have it taken care of immediately. You shouldn't be doing any exercise with weight over your head for shoulders period from now on.

    I did the MRI which said I had a torn labrum in 12/10. The Dr. suggested rehab which only made it worse then I had the surgery (4 holes) on my shoulder and after a year six months it's still sore if I push it. You aren't getting any younger so remember to take it easy with the workouts so you don't continue to hurt the shoulder.

    Mine feels good today but I haven't been in the gym since 6/1/13. Golf hurts too? I just try to do as much as I can and take it easy when I do shoulders.

    I wish you the very best and hope that you can get some relief soon.

    1771 days ago
    You can make payments...little ones at that so long as you keep making them. Don't let this pain beat you.
    1771 days ago
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