Gut Rumbles

May 16, 2006

that worked wonders

Bejus! I was harpooned in both shoulders with steroids less than 24 hours ago. That crap was supposed to make me feel better. It certainly worked wonders.

That's why I'm awake at 3:30 in the got-dam morning while I wonder what bunch of sadists stuck rusty corkscrews into my shoulders and why they keep twisting on them during the night. I woke up convinced that I was gonna puke again. This crap HURTS!!!! And I'm supposed to start physical therapy just five hours from now?

Oh, yeah. I can see THAT happening, with no pain whatsoever. I'm just as good as new!!! I'm CURED!!!

I think somebody needs to be dragged off and shot. And right now, I wouldn't mind if that person was ME!

(MANY times in my life, I've been told that I have a high threshold for pain tolerance. When my urologist gave me that wonderful prostate biopsy, HE called me "intrepid," because I did not whimper or moan while he defiled my innards with his boom-stick. I never missed a day of football practice when I broke my left hand, and THAT really hurt. I stuck my head through a car windshield in a 55-MPH T-bone collision on Highway 278 in South Carolina, and I went to work on a midnight shift that night. Yeah. I can "take it."

But I can't take much more of THIS.)


you know, if they had told us about the chronic pain, do you think we'd have done anything different, like take better care of ourselves?

most days when i'm scuttling around like i'm 190, i think "i definitely would have lived harder".

my best to you this fine painful morning

Posted by: richard on May 16, 2006 05:10 AM

Sometimes it does take a day or two to produce results. Sometimes not much at all will happen. My wife had several of these shots in her back. Some helped some did not. The real thing to worry about is the number of shots. I alway heard no more than three per year. Well, the kindly doctor gave my wife 8 and it led to cataracts. Be careful.

Posted by: Titan Mk6B on May 16, 2006 09:48 AM

After several years sober, shoulder pain from damaged nerve roots in my neck had me unable to function. My sponsors ganged up on me and told me to get to a pain doc. I now take ibuprofen and hydrocodone every 6 hours, and it's enough to let me work and have a life again. ( I also get the shoulder/neck shots every 3 months. )
Get someone to get your butt to a pain doc ASAP. Can't hurt and a good chance of relief.

Posted by: Stu on May 16, 2006 10:55 AM

I've never heard of doing physical therapy if one has bone spurs in the joint. They'd tear it up. Pay attention to your own instincts, and get a second opinion.

Posted by: Bonita on May 16, 2006 12:33 PM

What Bonita said.

Posted by: Indigo on May 16, 2006 01:46 PM

Physical therapy is very important when you have bone spurs. It is even more important to strengthen the muscles around the bone! Exercise will not tear anything, if done properly.

Posted by: livey on May 17, 2006 01:49 PM
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