Tuesday of last week I had an appointment with my orthopedic specialist concerning my shoulder. For those of you who aren’t up to date with my shoulder, here’s the quick version…well as quick as I can make it. Back in the summer of 2015 I took a nasty fall while doing childcare. I screwed up my foot and shoulder. My foot was worse than my shoulder so I started doctoring with my foot. With taping and adaptations my foot got better. Occasionally I’d have a bit of a relapse but I could get it better. Then that December on my 50th birthday I took a fall going up the stairs. I hurt my foot badly then.
I went to my local doctor a week or so later for my annual physical and that’s when she found the nodules on my thyroid. We did an x-ray on the foot. It wasn’t broken. My thyroid and then my thyroid cancer took center stage. After the cancer became manageable, I finally started paying attention to my ailing foot. In August of 2016 I had foot surgery. That didn’t go as planned and ended up needing a minor surgery on the foot in April of this year. That healed quickly.
So now it’s time to pay attention to my ailing shoulder. It’s never been the same since that original fall back in the summer of 2015. The pain ebbs and flows. Sometime the pain is worse, sometimes a little better but something has always been there nagging. In March it got significantly worse. I ended up at the doctor and then onto physical therapy. It got a little better, but still nagging.
In May I was gardening and that was the end of it. My shoulder was really bad after that. I went to the chiropractor. I started doing my physical therapy exercises really seriously again. I put off and put off going to the doctor again. It had gone away some before, I was certain it would again. That’s when it got really bad. I started waking up in the night in pain. I couldn’t sleep. It was miserable. I could tell I was more easily irritated. It wasn’t fun. Finally I ended up a the doctor again. This time, she suggested an MRI, physical therapy again and if we didn’t see improvement, to the specialist.
After the MRI and four weeks of physical therapy, things weren’t improving as they should. I was still in pain. I was still waking at night. Things like vacuuming, reaching into the cupboard for a glass, snapping my bra, pulling up my pants, reaching to pick up toys, gardening and making beds and similar activities are very hard and induce pain. Tuesday, I finally had my appointment with the orthopedic specialist.
She was awesome-very helpful and kind. Here’s what I found out. I have:
1-degeneration from use and aging with typical arthritis
3-Something rotator cuff related
4-a tear in my bicep tendon
Everyone who has previously seen me was concerned about the first three things….in the end, she was most concerned with the last thing, the tear in my bicep tendon. She said that’s the main cause of my pain.
Of course….anything with me is never text book. Nothing is ever easy. Here are my options.
1-a ultrasound guided cortisone injection. This may or may not work. If it does, there is no guarantee on how long it will last. I am told this is a harder injection. Little to no time off work.
2-Go in and snip the tendon. Pain will be gone. Other tendons and muscles will work and my arm will be functional. I will have a lump that will be visible in my upper arm. 2-3 weeks off work.
3-Go in and pin the tendon. Pain will be gone. I save the tendon and pain should be done. 6-8 weeks off work.
BUT…there’s always a but.
There is “thickening” in my rototar cuff. It’s a mystery at this point as to what or why the thickening is there. So there is a #4. If I choose #2 or #3 they will look at what the thickening is. If it need attention, they will address it. Once the rotator cuff is touched, that means 8-12 weeks off. Oh my. That option I HATE.
So she suggested we send my info on to the person above her. Once he looks at it, he’ll give his opinion and we’ll access what he has to say. He might know what the “thickening” is…he might know if option #1 is promising. Hopefully we’ll hear back from him soon and know what’s next.
Has anyone gone through any of these procedures? I, of course, know each person’s situation is different but I’d love for anyone to share your experience. Hearing about your situation might help me make a decision about mine. Hubby right now is VERY against anything rotator cuff related.
Being I had to take the day off to see the specialist, I decided to go shopping. I asked the girls if they wanted to come. Kelli and Kalissa had the day off so they tagged along. I don’t go shopping for clothes often. It’s crazy shopping with these two. We often like the same things. Proof…here we all are in the same sweater. We all liked it…all thought we wanted it until we tried it on. None of us ended up getting the sweater. I love this photo though….
I can’t tell you how many pieces of clothing Kelli and I have the exact same of.
I ended up getting two jackets, a cover up, a pair of athletic pants and a dress. That’s way more than I ever buy. The girls were a bad influence….not really. I actually needed a couple things. When we had the garage sale I really cleaned the shelves heavily.
Kalissa insisted on Ruby Tuesday’s for supper.
From there we went on to pick up Carver. Grandma Friedman watched him for the day. She doesn’t always get to see him as they live over an hour away. I suggested to Kalissa often to get Carver to their house. I know if I had a grand baby and didn’t see him often, I would feel sad. I do all I can to encourage a good relationship with Carver’s other grandma. He’s got plenty of room and time in his life for LOTS of people and LOTS of love.
All in all it was a good day. I was a little sad that my shoulder issue would wait another week before we had more answers- but I’ve done it this long…I can do it awhile longer.