My Trip To The Doctor And An Update On My Week

by Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley on August 3, 2012

in Daily Update, Injuries

As many of you know, I have been having problems with my shoulders for the past two months. Because of this, I haven’t been able to do much strength training at all during that time. I finally went to the doctor on Wednesday to get them checked out.

On the way to work today I made a video going over every detail of the visit, so you can watch it below (or click this link to be taken directly to the page on YouTube).

Since I went through everything in the video, I am not going to write out all of the details here. However, I will list a few bullet points in case you don’t have the time or patience to watch the video:

  • Due to the payment structure of the insurance company, the doctor claimed that he could not treat – or even diagnose – both shoulders on the same visit
  • He didn’t take a lot of time to listen to me, and therefore I am not confident that he made a proper diagnosis
  • He took an x-ray and felt my right shoulder, and the diagnosis was tendonitis
  • He gave me a shot of cortisone (which hurt and made my arm stiff at the injection site), and prescribed an anti-inflammatory, and I do have more mobility in my shoulder
  • I am still not able to engage in strength training until he looks at it again
  • I have to go back next week for a follow up visit, and at that time, he will take a look at the left shoulder

3d Doctor With Syringe

So, my shoulder feels a lot better, so I am confident that tendonitis was at least a part of the problem. However, as I stated in the video, the tendonitis could be the result of me changing the way that I have been using my arms for the past month. Those repeated awkward movements (attempting to lessen the pressure on my shoulder) could have lead to inflammation of the tendon, which would mean that he is not treating the real problem.

If my shoulder does not feel back to normal by the time it should (depending on what he says), then I will request an MRI to be done, so we can be sure that there is no muscle damage that wouldn’t get picked up on the x-ray.

Over the past 2 months, I have realized just how important my shoulders are to my fitness plan – I can’t even participate in my own push ups challenge! There is no way that I will take a chance and risk doing further damage.

Running/Eating

I have been making good progress with my running – I went 1.6 miles straight before needing a quick walk break yesterday! I am also routinely jogging/walking over 3 miles each day.

I am tracking my meals each day – even logging them in advance. I am making sure that I stay within my allotted calories, as well as my macro-nutrient balance for each day. If I see that I may have too much carbohydrates in a day, I will substitute the entire meal or just a portion of it for more fat (for example).

I feel like I am having a great week, although, I don’t know if the scale is going to reflect that in 2 days. I weighed myself today and had a small loss, but I am not going to pay attention to that number this weekend. The weekend is usually a struggle for me because I don’t have the tight schedule of a weekday. Sometimes I don’t get a full gallon of water, I don’t eat enough, and I will crave something bad. Let’s hope I can stay on track.

Ok, I am done typing since the air in our apartment is not working and it is extremely hot and humid here. Have a wonderful day!

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{ 9 comments }

Lance @ Money Life and More August 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Ugh no AC… so painful when it is hot and humid. I’ve been there and feel your pain.
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Fat Guy August 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

Yeah, it was brutal…almost 90 degrees in our house overnight!

Thank God that they replaced the unit the next day and it was cool by the following evening.

shanendoah@the dog ate my wallet August 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

If you feel like your doctor isn’t listening to you- change doctors. I work in healthcare, and I really, really wish more people would vote with their feet. Doctors who don’t listen to their patients shouldn’t have patients.

On another note, I have a problem with recurring tendonitis in my right shoulder that is likely caused by a nerve in my neck. (I also have carpal tunnel issues in my right wrist and knee issues with my right knee.) When it flares up- which it did a little over a month ago, the anti-inflammatories were excellent in giving me motion back, but my doctor didn’t even want me to come back for a follow up- just wanted me in to PT.
I’ve successfully used a combination of PT and massage therapy (helps with the neck issue) to get full range of motion back in my shoulder.
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Fat Guy August 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

I go back to him today, and this is his chance to get it right. I won’t stick with him if I feel as though he isn’t listening to me and is trying to rush through the appointment.

I am willing to do PT, but I would like an MRI first to make sure there isn’t muscle damage that can be made worse by the PT.

shanendoah@The Dog Ate My Wallet August 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Unless you have a specific reason to believe there was muscle damage, I would recommend against getting an MRI. (Your doctor probably will,too, and there’s a good chance that if your doctor doesn’t think you should have an MRI, your insurance won’t pay for it.) The reason for this is that more and more studies are coming out showing that our increased use of radiology is a major factor in our increased cancer rates.
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Fat Guy August 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

The right shoulder definitely feels like some sort of muscle damage – especially given how the pain extends down into the outer part of my bicep once in a while. He now says that if the shots don’t work, he will give me an MRI instead of PT.

shanendoah@the dog ate my wallet August 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

Cortisone shots? That’s just me being curious.
I am not a MD or a PT. But I do have tendonitis in my shoulder. I feel the majority of my pain in my biceps and triceps. When it gets really bad, it also causes my carpal tunnel in that wrist to act up.
Best guess is that mine is all fed by a nerve in my neck, as at the same time my tendonitism and carpal tunnel were acting up, so was my right knee (luxating patella). Anti-inflammatories, PT and massage therapy in combination get me back in working order.
I hope you find something that works for you, with the least amount of medical risk.
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TB at BlueCollarWorkman August 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

That sucks about yoru doctor, dude. Only one shoulder at a time? My daughters are on state aide and dumb rules and things like that happen all the time. It can really make me mad! But good on you for scheduling your appts and going like you need to. Will you try another doctor if you don’t think tendonitis is correct?
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Fat Guy August 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

Yeah, I was annoyed by having to make multiple appointments; but I do have to thank God for giving me a job that makes it easy.

I had my follow up visit with him, and he changed his plan to giving me an MRI if the shots don’t work. I just posted an update if you want to read it.

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