Shoulder Pain

Information on shoulder injuries seems to be a bit filled with nonsense. The purpose of this posting is to explain the few things that I have learned and what I’m doing about it.

Before the end of 2005 I never had shoulder pain. I would occasionally hear the fellow gym member complaining about it and think nothing of it. In November of last year I started getting some shoulder pain when I was doing the bench press or push-ups. “No Problem” I thought. “I’ll just take it easy for a week or two and things will be better”. Months went by and I was still having problems. It would ache a little in the morning after waking up and benchpressing and push-up where straight out. I started looking into some causes but not much seemed to fit. Most shoulder problems come from either the rotator cuff, problems with the bursa (in form of bursitis) or tendonitis (there are bunch in the shoulder). There can also be calcium deposits and/or torn tendons. The shoulder is a very complicated place.

The major helping/temporary solution is to take a lot of Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drug. This is because tendons can’t really heal if an area is inflamed. Taking anti-inflammatories and resting the area for a prolonged period of time will let it heal.

I was taking my time giving it plenty of chance to heal until I woke up Tuesday morning and could not move because of it. Taking deep breaths or sniffling killed. Putting weight on the arm and lifting up was not a problem. This meant it wasn’t a rotator cuff problem. I went off to my doctor, got x-rays and waited to hear back. She mentioned calcium deposits which I new my mother recently had.

I tried beer which helped but was very temporary. Naproxen Sodium (Alleve) did a lot better than Motrin (Ibuproffen) in my case.

Well I had to call back 2 days later as my shoulder was still on fire. There was an irregularity and I was being refferred to orthopedic. Unfortunately the first appointment was going to be 2 weeks from now. I was also getting a prescription for MethylPREDNISolone which is a cortiosteroid. When I picked up the prescription around 8:00 last night it came with 18 pills in a blister pack. You are supposed to take 6 the first day, 5 the second and so on. Seeing as how it was already 8:00pm I took 3 and then 3 again right before I went to sleep. One interesting thing that I read was “Abruptly stopping methylprednisolone in these individuals can cause symptoms of corticosteroid insufficiency, with accompanying nausea, vomiting, and even shock.” That must be the reason for the doses thinning out.

I was in such pain the few days before I couldn’t believe anything would help me out. When I woke up… WOW. I’m feeling damn good! Obviously I will still see the orthopedic on the 12th but I am damn glad that I was able to get over this until then.

I really hope one person with a shoulder injury finds this post and this leads them down the right path. If it wasn’t for this prescription I wouldn’t be typing this right now.

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