May 15, 2006
I don't feel any better yet
I saw the sports medicine doctor today. He shot me up with steroids in both shoulders, which is supposed to help with the pain. I hope to hell so, because I start physical therapy tomorrow, and I ain't lookin' forward to THAT.
The doc wants to try the physical therapy before he does any cutting on me, which is fine with me IF it works. He looked at my X-rays and said that I have bad bone spurs in both shoulders, which is why my rotator cuffs are fucked up, so I don't know how much good exercise is gonna do to cure that problem, but I'll give it a try.
My shoulders don't feel much different right now, but the shots take some time to work. I just hope I am somewhat better tomorrow. I don't know how much exercise I can do with the pain I feel. (I asked the doc for some paid meds, but he wouldn't give me anything--- the bastid.)
If nothing else, I should get some excellent blog-fodder out of this ordeal.
wow. Bone spurs and exercise. That's a combination that hurts to think about.
Maybe after a few days of therapy, you can squeeze some painkillers
out of him... Maybe wants to see how your shoulders react to a new program.
If he knows you are an Al K, they won't give you pain meds as a rule. Sad, but true.
Hope you're feeling better Rob.
I've had those shots in the joints too... and if they work at all they work wonderfully.
If not, you've just been stuck.
If your stomache can handle it, perscription strength Ibuprofen can help. That's about 800 mg , or 4 of the over the counter variety.
I just did it until I needed glasses and my shoulders are okay.
Cortisone shots usually take a day or two to work. Then it is bliss.
Some doc's are reluctant to prescribe mild narcotics; but, I had to use them at night for about 3 months in order to sleep. Tylenol and Etodolac (prescription anti-inflamatory) together worked good for about a year, while I was doing PT. Too bad your doc is reluctant to prescribe meds - he must think those bone spurs don't need pain management. Ouch.
Try some commonsense, too.
If it hurts, try to avoid it. Don't push yourself or "play" through pain. Pain is simply your body letting you know damage is being incurred.
I suppose with some cortisone shot making you feel better, you'll rush out to your garden and do silly stuff which will just make the damage in your arms worse.
Take it easy.
You were a juicer, right. Avascular necrosis is one side effect of liquid courage. Hope to hell you DON'T have it 'cause it's worse that arthritis.
Steriod shots are temporary and some research indicates that they end up dissolving cartilage anyhow, so it's not a solution, just a temporary relief.
I've lived arthritis to the bitter end, so I'm not shitting you.
Yoga, deep tissue, nutrition are the best options, then you will need surgery, if you are lucky. If not, joint replacement.
Ain't it something? For most folks it's just the senseless sheit they have to go through.
But for a blogger, one of life's ordeals gets recast into the role of fresh blogfodder!
It may not be lemonade, but it's an improvement on lemons straight up.