I went to the doctor back in July and had finally decided to give up on my shoulder. I was miserable. I wasn’t getting any relief. I was waking up at night due to the discomfort of my shoulder. I talked to the doctor. He said as far as he was concerned, surgery was my option- but it was up to me to decide if I wanted it.
I left the office a little miserable. It sounded like it might be up to a year before I was “back to as normal as I would get”. I’ve had enough surgeries in my life to know that after surgery things can be better but they are never exactly they was they were before. For example, my foot. It’s MUCH better but it’s not the same as it was before the initial injury.
With that knowledge, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore and I was doing the surgery. I scheduled it. The soonest opening they had was September 27th. That was two month away. UGH. Well I decided that I would do a little on line checking and see what recovery was like for shoulder surgery. He made it sound like it would for sure be bicep tendon surgery and then a look at my rotator cuff- If there was damage there, they would fix it while they were there.
So I looked up rotator cuff surgery. I stumbled upon some Youtube videos that people did each week as they recovered. One of the biggest things that I got out of the videos is that the shoulder needs a lot of support. They talked about pillow placement when sleeping a lot. Time and again people were referencing pillows. The pillow placement sounded a little uncomfortable. Well, me being me, I thought I am going to try to sleep that way and see if I even can. Sleeping with a pillow under my arm is just strange…and likely hot….but try it I did.
Oh my word. I woke up in the morning and my arm oddly was feeling quite a lot better. I continued to sleep that way and a week later, my arm was pretty good. I started questioning whether I should have surgery or not. I decided I would give myself until Labor Day. If it was better, I would cancel the surgery. If not, I would have it.
Well I went to the retreat…I brought extra pillows and slept with the pillow wedged under my arm….It was still working. The pain was almost gone.
Back home, I saw that I had quit babying my arm. I started being able to snap my bra again. When I went to buckle my seat belt, I wasn’t in pain. Hmm. Could something be as simple as a pillow? It’s either the pillows or the magic pillow cases (Connie made them for me!)…my arm has changed for the good.
Well today is Labor Day. It’s decision time. I need to cancel the surgery if I truly feel better or start planning….and I am going to-cancel the surgery. Tomorrow morning the call is going in. No surgery for me at least not now.
I’ve gotten back that I can do a lot of things that I previously couldn’t do….putting dishes away on the second shelf using my right arm is now no big deal.
From what I’ve observed, the only thing that still bothers just a bit is putting on deodorant.
I moved all the furniture from the garage sale with my arm. No babying it all…I was fine. I don’t know how long it’s going to last….I don’t know if this is the cure….I don’t know if it’s partly in my head….I don’t know. All I do know is that I haven’t been waking up in the night due to pain. I don’t have the sharp stinging pain I used to have if I bump my shoulder. It’s so much better.
I can also tell when I snap my bra that my arm is gaining some of it’s mobility back. Slowly I’ve seen continued improvement. I can reach my arm back to the hook my bra. At first I would reach WAY over with my left arm and my right arm could barely get around to my back. Now my right arm moves closer and closer to the middle of my back.
When this all started my chiropractor said it could be frozen shoulder. She said that it can take a year or two for that to go away….but it goes away on it’s own. Hmm… I wonder if that could be it. I wonder if it’s all the pillows….When I went to physical therapy the therapist told me some people get relief from sleeping with a pillow and putting their arm into the pillowcase. I tried that one night and it was weird so quit. BUT, now what I do is similar to that.
I don’t know what it is but I’m going to let nature take it’s course. The doctor did assure me that I’m not doing damage to my arm by doing nothing…He also said if I change my mind in a year, we can do it then…So the decision is made…I’m cancelling the surgery and I couldn’t be happier!!