Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Shoulder update #2

Just went to the rheumetologist. I may have earlier stated that I was going to the orthopaedist. I was wrong. I also forgot until I was nearly in Norwood that my appointment was in Dedham, not Norwood. So I was 10 minutes late. Then I went to the Orthopaedic department, only to find out I was two floors away from where I was supposed to be. Yeah. Great morning.

Anyway, I DO have bursitis. But as I suspected, the bursitis is secondary to the original pain. THAT is caused by TWO -- count 'em -- TWO syndromes: Scapulocostal Syndrome, and Trapezius Syndrome. These are apparently caused by lots of typing and poor sitting posture and can be rather common in women of my age who have office/desk/typing jobs. I think if you look them up in the dictionary, there is a picture of me there.

So, I got a nice shot of cortasone for the bursa, and then THREE shots at my various 'trigger' points on my scapula area. Fuckin' meow. I'll go back in two weeks to see if I need another round of shots or not. I hope not. They kind of hurt a little. And when I say, 'a little', I mean, 'a REAL fucking lot'. And we'll also check my left shoulder bursa, because I do have some bursitis there too, but it's not really causing pain right now (unless you poke it) so he didn't give it a shot today.

Hopefully, I'm on the mend now.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

No poking then. Damn.

Guess what, poor sitting posture triggered my woes! The gastrologist said today that (there's no fancy medical jargon... ) a bone is swinging and unsettling my left side. The night before I fell unconscious I was sitting at 'puter, face perched on hand, elbow slipped and ouch. But a minute later there was no pain until the next evening. But he believes, as I did before being brainwashed by many, many fucktards, that there's a connection. And apparently my fingers aren't freaky enough to qualify for marfan syndrome.

May we both mend *raises glass of cider*

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-tom/peaks.

Annika said...

Oh my. That is a lot of shots! I hope they make you feel better.

Jess said...

Aww, poor pincushion.

jenn said...

Do you all have good massage therapists (or maybe a physio?) Up here our registered massage therapists can also treat some of these things and off crazy pain relief as well. I'm so sorry you've been dealing with this, I hope all the pokey pokey helps!