Shoulder Injury (update)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This is for all those sparkers who read my blog post from 8/17. You asked to be kept posted and I certainly appreciate your support and concern!

Ok, often when I injure myself it is something weird or stupid in the sense that only I could have managed to do that to myself. Example? One time I was peeling an orange with a knife. I sneezed and slashed open my hand. Nearly took off my thumb at it's base. Ended up in the ER with many stitches!! To this day I'll only eat Cuties because they are easy peel.

So, I went to the doctor today about my shoulder. My father in law and Uncle have both had rotator cuff injuries and to my non-medically trained brain it seemed a lot like what they had gone through. Although, with them it was something that set it off...BAM! PAIN!!! For me, it was more gradual and increasing to the point of debilitating.

I explained all my symptoms, went down a list of supplements I am taking (for example magnesium for migraines) and medications (only Advil for the shoulder pain). Went through family medical history, work-out regimens, activity at work, posture pretty much everything under the sun and then the doctor asked me if I drink a lot of tap water. Well, I'm a Sparker, so YEAH!! I drink a LOT of water. Ah! Ha!! We have a culprit!

As it turns out I have developed Calcific Tendonitis. Between my daily recommended dosage of calcium for a woman my age with a family history of osteoperosis and the large quantities of Tennessee tap (very high levels of calcium which is why all the best racehorses are from Tennessee and Kentucky) I developed calcium deposits in my shoulder and in the soles of my feet. They are like kidney stones, apparently and they cause micro tears in the tendons.

So, I am now drinking bottled water, I am off my calcium supplements and I am resting my arm. Treating it with heat and Advil for the swelling. It will take 1-2 months for calcium reabsorption and if they pain worsens then they will zap my shoulder and feet with sound waves to break up the calcium deposits for easier absorption.

Weird, huh?

Just glad I am now on the road to recovery. Can't really work out, but I am clocking a LOT of milage walking, so hopefully that will make me feel like I am still keeping on top of things.
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    As women tho we are usually encouraged to take calcium. Who's to know you can get too much??
    1699 days ago
  • RAINA413
    M-BRUNER, my feet were hurting but I assumed it was all part of an earlier injury with the plantar fasciitis so I was doing extra stretches. I was only taking one calcium supplement a day (60% daily dosage) and seeing as how I am lactose intolerant I don't drink a lot of milk, eat cheese or ice cream, so it was somewhat necessary. However, it never occurred to me that when I started Spark and begin drinking LOTS of water that it was so heavily calcified! Can't imagine why...I have to constantly decalcify the shower head and sink and such....
    1701 days ago
    Wow - that is so crazy!! Does it make your feet hurt too? How much calcium have you been taking? I've never heard of this before!!!!
    1701 days ago
  • JCLJR4547
    better then rotator cuff surgery!
    1702 days ago
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