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Jan 19, 2011 12:08AM voraciousreader wrote:
OY! OY! OY! WHERE DO I BEGIN.... How about with TODAY. Schlepped off to the orthopedist for my SECOND cortisone shot in three weeks. Last week, I was on an oral cortisone for 6 days. I'm STILL in agony! The DH offered to accompany me to the doctor to tell him how miserable I am. I told him that was kind of him. But I worried that he would tell the doctor how miserable I've been for the last 31 years! I think he's MISERABLE because I wake him up every night..two or three times...YELPING in PAIN!
I posted a few months ago that I was having shoulder pain and a pain running down my armpit as well. Turns out, after numerous visits to the doctor and an MRI... I HAVE THE TRIFECTA! I have an axillary web syndrome,a nerve entrapment AND a rotator cuff tear with tendonosis in MY GOOD ARM! The bad arm, until recently had a rotator cuff tear, an elbow entrapment and a pinky fracture that were all fixed over time. I know... Just call me bionic.
So...what have I been doing? Physical therapy and lots of ice. There's so much snow here in New York, that when I wake up in the middle of the night in pain, I want to run outside and lay down in the snow.
I tried the Voltaren gel and it helped get rid of some of the burning. Anti-inflammatories did nothing. Can't take pain killers because they make me sick.
I'm heading back for physical therapy on Friday...The doctor told me today to try and rest it for a few days and remain calm...But he also said, "Frozen shoulder can take months to subside." Yikes!
He also offered surgery to fix the rotator cuff. I declined. Not only did I have enough surgery last year for breast cancer...my last rotator cuff surgery took me two years to recover from!
My advice. Get to a good orthopedist and a good physical therapist. Put the ice on it as much as possible. I have an ice pack that has velcro straps that seems to work well. I found it at Rite Aid.
Good luck...and I just want you to know... I feel your pain.
Doctor told me regarding my prognosis that I WASN'T on the Titanic! Hmmm...Really?....Okay! 2/10 Pure Mucinous Breast Cancer, Oncotype DX 15, Stage 1, Grade 1, 1.8 cm, 0/2 nodes, ER+ 90% PR+ 70% HER2- (+1)