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.
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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