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originally posted by: Deplorable
a reply to: ketsuko
PT - If you're not in tears ... you're not doing it right.
You'll be in all of our prayers. Godspeed!!
originally posted by: ketsuko
So for those of you who have been paying attention, you know I've been fighting with my shoulder pretty much all summer starting in late April, early May.
I though it was just a frozen shoulder like I went through on the left a year and a half ago because the odds are that you will develop one on the other side sooner or later. And I was partially right, it is a frozen shoulder.
Thing is that round about August when I couldn't take the pain anymore and it was doing things the other frozen shoulder never, ever did even at its worst, Tiekiatsu finally convinced me I should go see the doctor about it, and that's where it all started -- a couple of x-rays, a cortisone shot, and a prescription for PT later, and I thought I was on my way, but the PTs were suspicious (as was I) about the nerve symptoms and all the muscle spasms I had going on. We all felt there was more to the story.
And after two months of PT 3 x a week, I was back at the doctor and referred on the ortho who sent me for an MRI after confirming the frozen shoulder. Thing is that the MRI turned up SLAP tear + biceps involvement and surpascapular nerve compression too. And *that's* likely the irritation that caused the shoulder to freeze. So I had to make a choice ... the surgeon said at that point that they could unfreeze the shoulder and if I stopped doing what I was doing, there was a chance the shoulder would subside back to where it was before this all started.
Trouble is that all I was doing was starting to sort of knock the rust off in preparation to add some water aerobics or yoga or something to really start trying to get in some actual semblance of shape. Stopping what I was doing would mean giving up the few jumping jacks, situps, pushups, burpees, etc., I was doing with my kiddo in the morning while helping him toward his martial arts goals, and that was just maybe 10 minutes work all told ... so nothing really. Give that up, and I'm living a couch potato's life with a chancy shoulder hanging over my head on top of all the other risks of poor physical condition.
Not only that, but knowing I have those issues, I also know that this repair is one that's less and less effective the older you get, and I'm on the edge now.
So ... I figure the surgeon's going to be in there releasing the joint capsule anyhow, he may as well do the other work too.
So on Thursday, I'm getting arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and I'll be losing the use of my right arm for a period of time -- at least 10 days with no bending or twisting whatsoever, and after that, it will be very limited for a long time.
I won't be dropping completely off the face of the earth, but I will be limited to what I can do left-handed and typing solely with my left hand for at least the first few days out once I feel like life again. So I won't be around much for the next couple of weeks at least. Have fun without me in the meantime and play nice, folks.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: ketsuko
Good luck and speedy recovery, the woo will be anxiously awaiting your return.
ETA: Oh, and when you say you were 'fighting with your shoulder', was this kind of an Ash from Evil Dead II fighting with yourself and busting plates on your head?