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Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:23:26 AM »
So, remember this time last year when I had a rotator cuff tear that resulted in a painful frozen shoulder for months?  Well, seems like it is happening again, only to my left shoulder.

I got a flu shot back in September or thereabouts, and after the ache in that arm failed to go away and instead started to affect areas lower in my arm, two weeks later I sought medical help.  At that time, the problem seemed to be tendonitis, so I was prescribed a course of steroid pills and told to just ice it when it acted up, take prescription strength ibuprofen for the pain, not to over-exercise the arm, and that it would eventually clear up.  So I did as instructed, although I tried to be careful not to curtail my movements with that arm too much, for fear that the shoulder would freeze, because even then I realized that might become a possibility.

Unfortunately none of the above worked, and the problem grew steadily worse.  When it started to affect my upper shoulder/neck area and caused discomfort to outright pain while sleeping, I decided to go back to the urgent care clinic.  This time around, I had a doctor who was more thorough in his examination.  At first he couldn't figure out any reason why the problem might be linked to the shot I had in the fall, since normally this sort of thing isn't a side effect.  (And I've had flu shots for years without anything similar happening.)  X-rays revealed nothing that might be causing the problem. It was acting more like an inflammation or injury to a nerve that runs down the arm in exactly the same path that most of my achiness tends to occur.  Then I showed him where the arm had initially been warm and hard to the touch in the initial days after the shot, and it turns out that the shot was given to me lower on the arm than it should have been, in a place where inflammation in that area could have affected the nerve that runs very close behind it. 

So now the tentative diagnosis is a complicated one of 1) nerve inflammation or injury, resulting in 2) adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) due to me favoring the arm a little too much despite my best intentions not to, and/or 3) possibly a pinched nerve affecting the neck/shoulder area when I lie down or recline and complicating things further.  He gave me a lidocaine and a steroid (I think?) shot in that shoulder, which at least has helped with some of the pain, although not all of it, and a prescription for a medication that is supposed to help with nerve damage.  (It's usually prescribed to people recovering from shingles, but he says it might help with this as well.)  And I'm back to ice and shoulder exercises every day to try to keep the frozen shoulder from getting worse.  Arrggghhh!!!

Oh, and did I mention DH and DD have both had the flu, and that I'm on a preventative dose of Tamiflu so I won't get it? And that this was also DD's final exams week for the term? 

I am so ready for my Christmas/New Year vacation to start this afternoon, so at least I won't have to deal with work on top of all this!   ;D
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2014, 11:48:51 AM »
Poor you - definitely prayers coming your way.

I always refuse flu shots because they make me feel worse than the flu although I'm supposed to have them because of being chronically asthmatic. Your story sounds horrendous - only positive that I can think I that it wold be quite within the bounds of decorum for Duncan to lay hands on you just as long as Helena is around too.

Seriously I hope it doesn't dampen your enjoyment of Christmas too much and that DD and DH recover well and keep their germs to themselves.
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2014, 12:47:24 PM »
Oh, no, Evie.  That sucks.

Lifting you up and keeping you in my thoughts.

(Yes, it probably was a corticosteroid shot that the second doctor gave you; that's a common treatment for joint problems.)
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2014, 01:25:53 PM »
No, not the other shoulder! So sorry to hear that you are in pain. Tell you boss you have to go home early. It is time to start your holiday and relax.
I usually avoid the flu shot because I have an aversion to needles, but this year the county has mandated that all health care workers must get the flu shot or ware a mask while at work from November to March. So I got one. It seems the mandate will be in effect for the rest of my working career and the prospect of being forced to get a flu shot every year is upsetting. Unfortunately, that is just the way of it. I'll remember to be sure they don't give it too low on the arm.  Yikes!
Get better soon, I hope it doesn't slow you down for the Christmas holiday.

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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2014, 01:39:22 PM »
Good heavens, Evie - that's not fair at all!   :(

And then to have to get a needle to fix what the other needle did (I'm phobic like Laurna, unfortunately) seems to be the ultimate awful.  I hope you feel better soon, along with DD and DH.

We should definitely send Duncan over to see you.  Even if he can't make it all better, I'm sure his appearance will brighten your day.  ;)
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2014, 03:11:04 PM »
Duncan's appearance would absolutely brighten my day, once I recovered from the dead faint.  ;D

Laurna, as it happens, we all got to leave work early after the lunchtime Christmas party today. :) And re: the flu vaccine, are you required to have the actual injection or is the Flu-mist vaccine an option? My daughter is needle phobic but she is required to have the vaccine yearly due to her heart condition, so that's what she gets instead of the needle in her arm. I just usually get the regular shot because my workplace offers it for free, and my military brat upbringing accustomed me to being a pincushion (lots of shots required for out of country transfers), so vaccines don't usually bother me.
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 07:55:35 AM »
I have tendinitis in my right Achilles tendon, and the limping has thrown my back out.  I am not a happy camper today.

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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 08:33:23 AM »
Sorry to hear your tendon and back are unhappy with you!  I'll keep you in my prayers.
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 10:14:19 AM »
Sounds horribly painful - lots of prayers
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2015, 10:18:18 AM »
Ive had knee tendonitis, and a frozen shoulder but I got tortured by a little redheaded healer (surely Deryni) who then gave me a lecture and a routine for the gym.  I follow it and have had no recurrences.  Its basically doing about 10 different flexibility exercises (half legs, half arms and shoulders) about 20 reps each.  Some gym chains have a variation of this as a regular thing.
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 11:53:57 AM »
Ooh, ow, how painful! Prayers for a quick recovery.
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2015, 12:11:55 PM »
Ouch, Elkhound!  Achilles tendinitis is no joke, and back pain on top of it makes it even less fun.

Hoping you feel better soon!
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2015, 12:32:31 PM »
Feel better soon, Elkhound.  I recommend a warm, furry, purring hot water bottle to help with the recovery.  :)
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Re: Shoulder/arm issues yet again
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2015, 12:39:23 PM »
Get better soon Elkhound. I do hope your means of transportation to work is heated and that you have not been riding your bike to work, not in this winter cold. Take care of yourself. Rupert, I am sure, will help.

 


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