No good news on the medical front

I had a talk with my shoulder surgeon yesterday. He said my MRI didn’t show any “smoking gun”. There was a little damage where the acromium meets the collar bone. There is also evidence of bone bruising, but I’m not sure how that could have happened or how it could be causing a problem that started 3 months ago. He said that might be the problem, or there might even be referred pain from the neck. He basically said that we need to try a few things to help diagnose the problem, so he injected some cortisone into the AC joint. A few hours later, when the numbing agent wore off, I was treated to some of the worst pain of my life.

I slept on a chair last night because I knew that if I slept on a bed, I’d roll onto that side and make it even worse. It’s still pretty bad this morning, but I’m trying to keep it propped on my chair arm and not move it much. I’m back to using my old Bamboo trackpad instead of a mouse because I use that with my other hand, but it registers things as clicks when I don’t mean to click and doesn’t register when I do want to click, so I don’t like it much.

Anyway, if this cortisone shot is anything like the one I got last summer, I’m hoping to start feeling some relief tomorrow or the next day.

Meanwhile I spent half the night wondering what I’m going to do for fun when I can’t paddle any more.

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2 Responses to No good news on the medical front

  1. Mark says:

    Well, there’s always flying again. ;)

    (You missing it?)

  2. alexei says:

    I recommend that you check out Walt Fritz at http://www.myofascialpainrelief.com/. He has done wonders in the past month for a 15 year old hip injury. I feel better than I have in15 years. Give yourself 2 or 3 appointments with him and see if he can’t help you. He doesn’t take insurance, it’s $110 per 50 min apmt, and he will give you a receipt that you can submit to your insurance. For me and the guy that recommended me to him, it has been a relief, 15 years in the making. I hope that it gets better for you.
    -Alexei

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