My Follow Up Visit To The Doctor

by Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley on August 10, 2012

in Daily Update, Injuries

Some of you may remember my trip to the doctor last week in order to check out the pain in both of my shoulders. If you recall, the doctor was only able to treat my right shoulder – injecting cortisone in the joint, and prescribing an anti-inflammatory.

I was worried because I didn’t feel that the doctor took the time to listen to my description of the injuries. He went off of an x-ray (which showed no bone damage or arthritis), me telling him that they hurt when I moved them, and grabbing it and asking where it hurt.

Doctor with Needles

This second visit was much better. We focused on my left shoulder this time, and he asked how my right one was doing after the treatment.

I felt that he listened to me, and he actually had a conversation with me about the injury, restrictions, and further treatment.

I made another video (I am really getting into making videos now) giving a short recap of my visit, which you can find below:

In case you are not able to view the video (if you are reading this via email, you will have to click through to the site, or click the link above to be taken directly to YouTube), or you just don’t want to, I will write a few of the main points below:

  • We are both pleased with the progress of my right shoulder, but it is not completely healed
  • He diagnosed me with tendonitis in the left shoulder as well
  • I received another cortisone injection, but the shoulder wasn’t as stiff as last time
  • I am still taking the anti-inflammatory
  • I have to go back in two weeks for a follow up visit

If either shoulder still has pain at that point, he will then give me another injection, but this time into the small joint. If there is still pain after that, then he will send me for an MRI.

I am so happy that he changed his mind about physical therapy being the next step, since that can make things worse if there is muscle damage that needs to be repaired.

Oh, I am not allowed to do any strength training for the next two weeks, so I guess I will have to continue with my running efforts. They seem to be helping, based on the results of my week 37 weigh in!

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Brad Chaffee August 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Khaleef great update man! The physical therapist will be able to help you a lot more. An MRI will definitely reveal more helpful info. I had a similar issue last year (called frozen shoulder) and the therapist had me doing a variety of stretches once a week in the office, as well as a few for me to do daily at home. You are probably going to have to wait longer than two weeks before you can do any strength training though.

Generally the inflamed tendons have to be stretched and slowly strengthened before you can use any weight lifting programs. The stretches really helped me out too. (15 minutes daily)

Good luck Khaleef and be sure to keep us updated. :D

Lance @ Money Life and More August 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I guess I’ve been pretty lucky because I haven’t really had any major injuries and very rarely go to the doctor. I’m glad things seem to be getting better for you though and the doctor sounds like he is listening… shouldn’t that always happen though :)

Jessica @ Budget For Health August 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Ouch. Take it easy. It looks like running has already done you some good in terms of kicking up your weight loss an extra 3 pounds, might as well keep it up!

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