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
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.
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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