Monday, August 25, 2014

And the MRI result is - there's no injury. Wah wah.

I went to my PA on Friday and he told me that the MRI definitely shows inflammation, and some bursitis and tendonitis, but no tears anywhere. Which to me just sounds like I have to learn to live with it. He did say that there might be a surgical option where if there's some impingement they can go in arthroscopically and shave off some bone, and clean out the bursa, and that's helped some people. He said surgeons usually like to see you've tried everything else, including more than one cortisone shot.

So I got another cortisone shot and promptly almost passed out. I had a stomach ache Friday so I hadn't eaten lunch. Whoops. It's actually been a few years since a needle has made me pass out, and that was when I got blood drawn. The soreness from the shot is finally wearing off today and I can still feel that one painful pinpoint right in the front of my shoulder, which tells me the cortisone hasn't touched it.

I'm just not sure what else I can do. I did PT for 4 months and have been on a prescription anti-inflammatory for 5 months. I've had 2 cortisone shots and now the MRI just shows vague "inflammation." I guess the next step is to meet with a surgeon in a couple of months (after we take a trip in October) and see if that would be useful for me to consider.

In the meantime, I am so bummed out by my lack of activity. I was so excited for PiYo, and I've had a couple of friends and teammates who worked the program for the 60 days and have seen incredible results. Meanwhile I purposely did nothing last week just to see what happened and my shoulder is still sore. I suppose that shows that I can work out some and as long as I ice my shoulder after, it doesn't really make it worse, so that's something.

I need to walk more, since I can do that. I was going to wake up early this morning and do just that, but then I had a really restless night and couldn't pull myself out of bed at 6 AM. Tomorrow! Or maybe today after work, actually.
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    Ugh... how frustrating. I'm sorry.

    You are thinking along the same lines as me. As long as lessened workouts don't make it worse, I'm going to keep doing them. I rested for ten days while the pool was closed, felt a bit improved, swam yesterday, and felt no worse. In fact, sitting still seems to make me feel worse than moving. So that's the plan for now. I need to walk too. Should we start a challenge for September?
    2336 days ago
    Bummer. This is so frustrating for you.

    The steroid shot I had in May worked wonders. It was a mixture of who knows what but I had relief from my "perfect storm of inflammation" within 24 hours. I did lay off swimming and weights for about 2 weeks. My son's shoulder impingement improved with PT and gradually adding back swimming. He doesn't swim everyday and hasn't for a long time due to too much water polo, so he runs on the off days. He can't do 2 days in a row of running from an ankle injury playing a stupid end of year water gun fight game as a senior in high school. This one came back to haunt him a few years ago and he had to spend some time with his foot in a boot. It's amazing how things come back to haunt you and you need to readjust.

    Hang in there!
    2337 days ago
    Ugh. Well, you'll have to make do with what you can do. Focus on the torso and lower body maybe. Do you think it's a repetitive motion injury, like from computer/mouse use? Does desk work make it worse?

    emoticon emoticon - just not with that shoulder!
    2338 days ago
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