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March 31st, 2005
Does it hurt?

My shoulders and pain go way back. In high school, I was on the swim team. I was almost always the slowest person on the team, but whatever. It was fun. However, for some reason my shoulders didn’t like swimming and I developed tendonitis in both of them. Ouch. A sensible person would have quit the swim team. I scarfed ibuprofen and kept going.

In college, I developed this pain in my back, right around the shoulder blade, that would send pain up to the top of the shoulder and down my left arm a ways. It comes and goes and massage helps a lot. I have yet to get a diagnosis on what causes it, but my postural habits have adjusted to trying to alleviate the pain and so I have what amounts to a permanent head tilt, according to my massage therapist. If I’m thinking about it, I’ll hold my head straight, but habits are habits. I get a massage regularly now, so this one is a lot better and almost never bothers me anymore.

But the shoulders… the shoulder joint is one of the most vulnerable due to its complexity, and thus is prone to injury. Reaching behind you to grab something from the backseat is a good way to injure it, and it’s exactly what I’ve done this time. Diagnosis: tendonitis with some rotator cuff injury. Result: OUCH!!!!! No lifting, no reaching, apply ice, takes lots of ibuprofen, and best of all… vicodin to take before bed so I can sleep at night. I wake up multiple times at night when I roll over in my sleep and !(@*#&^$!! says my shoulder. I wake up in agony, not well rested, very cranky. It’ll be two to three weeks for it to heal entirely, and I promise not to reach behind me anymore. Bleh.

Posted by Claire at 11:14 AM | Days Go By | Comments (1) | Tweet This Post

One Response to “Does it hurt?”

  1. Mahjan says:

    Shoulder pain is no fun! However, I know from experience that you’ll feel better if you keep those legs movin’! Wish I could come walk with you.

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