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Shoulder status

Well, the shoulder is healing..., very, very slowly. Too slowly. I'm at a point where the joint gets inflamed very easily (even with simple stretching exercises). Doctor told me about 2 weeks ago that a steroid injection would probably be needed, but decided to hold off back then. Two weeks later, I think it's time if I'm going to make any significant progress on the shoulder. I'm also getting tired of taking 1800mg of ibuprofen daily--time for that to stop. I am spending more time in the pool doing specific exercises there to help get my muscles back in alignment, but it's still a slow process.

I see my PT tomorrow and we'll discuss this again and I'm pretty sure she'll be in total agreement. At this rate, it will be months before I get 100% back. I'm just stuck at 80% right now and that means no mountain biking.

With all that said, I feel like my sleeping position is contributing to some of the inflammation. I can't sleep on my back because my sleep apnea kicks in. I can't sleep on my right side for obvious reasons. So, I'm left to sleep on my left side only and that gets really old. I think it allows my shoulder to rest in an awkward position.



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Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
Try using more pillows to make your left side more comfortable. Put one between your knees. Hug one or two to your chest with your right arm, laying it across them so that your upper arm is supported with the elbow bent. Experiment with right arm position. Put another pillow across the end of your head pillow, and let your left forearm rest on it, with your elbow on the mattress. This allows all your major joints to be supported and rest in an open position, rather than dragging down with gravity. This is a total of at least four pillows.

You may also be able to tuck a folded pillow or two under your back, and roll back onto them. This will support you in between on-your-back and on-your-side, at least taking pressure off the same points for awhile. Unfortunately, it can be tricky to get the pillows right without a nice nurse to put them in the right places.

Left-sided sleeping tends to bet best for untreated sleep apnea, but unfortunately, you are still likely to have events that awaken you.

Edited at 2010-03-02 05:43 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
At this point I'm even considering going back to my arm sling.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
1,800mg a day? That's pretty heavy...

Hopefully, your PT can think of ways to move you past the 80% mark.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Uh, I hope that gets back to normal soon. 1800mg? WOW, a lot...

Mar. 2nd, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
I'm not one to take medicine if I really need it. My body is tolerating it, but it's a bit much. Doctor said I could go up to 2400mg, but I think that's over the top.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what an uncomfortable situation. I hope you get some resolution to all this soon. It sounds incredibly frustrating.
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