I'm gonna take a risk here. I'm gonna share some information that may not make the best blog content. But I've had a few emails and requests for an update so I thought I would fill everyone in at the same time. Forgive me in advance for sounding like Madge describing her sciatica at the Betty's Beauty Box.
I went to the orthopedist this morning to get results from the MRI I had Tuesday. Doogie says that the damage to my left shoulder is not that bad…no torn tissue, but several bone spurs and some tendinitis. He said that arthroscopic surgery would probably help, but he’s not ready to do that just yet for a couple of reasons – not the least of which is my typical really bad reaction to anesthesia. He says he’s surprised that the relief I got from the cortisone injection in June didn’t last longer than it did and he isn’t ready to give up on that treatment.
Umm…yeah. I’m a little surprised, too. Can I just say that something that hurts that bad really should be a little more effective? (?!?!?!) In other words, I’m thinking the injection is not a good overall value.
I can have another injection in late August (apparently these can only be given every 3 months) so we will see. I’m willing to give it another whirl to avoid surgery and all that goes with that for now. If the next injection proves as worthless as the first, then he will talk to me about surgery. He will have to catch me first.
Another issue is the fact that there are medications that would probably help alleviate the pain I'm experiencing, but I can’t take them because I’ve had gastric bypass. I’m pretty limited as to what I can take in the pain relief department. Darvocet really isn’t helping…it’s just making me more emotional and weepy. (Yeah, sucks to be PJ.) Skelaxin doesn’t help at all...just makes me feel like a noodle. (A noodle in pain.)
So, there you have it. NOTHING. Once again I have no solution. I was basically told to deal with it for now. And it hurts like a MUTTHA.
We're headed to the big city again tonight. Two weekends in a row! Aren't we somethin'? I wish I had time for a combat nap before we have to be at our haughty dinner party...but I'll probably use the hour long drive to bitch about my day. And my shoulder, of course.
Thanks for enduring the whiny recap. Don't worry - I will pep things up next time. Maybe I will write about the weather!