My Stupid Shoulder

Mulder and his Crabby on his THICK bed

Back in early April, I was home alone, and bringing a newly laundered tablecloth downstairs. I was holding it just so, so that it blocked my line of sight in just the right way that I tripped over Mulder’s bed. He has a thick bed, and my foot caught on it in such a way that I could not pull my knees up and catch myself. Instead, I fell flat on my face, while my arm went above my head. I fell hard. I was bruised and sore.

After a few days, the bruising and most of the pain went away. But my shoulder continued to hurt, badly enough that I couldn’t raise my hand up high, and it woke me up in the middle of the night. So, after a couple of weeks without improvement, off I went to the doctor. I said I wanted to try physical therapy (Maya’s suggestion), and I didn’t want to pay for X-Rays or anything. I have better insurance now than I did back in 2014 when I came down with the stupid arthritis, but of course there are still expenses, and I hate expenses. The doctor said it didn’t sound to her like a torn rotator cuff, and she was OK with sending me to Physical Therapy. So off I went.

I went 3 times a week for about a month, and it helped with range of motion and strength, but the pain was still there, still waking me up at night. My physical therapist said it might be time to see an orthopedist, just in case. Sigh. Off I went, had an X-Ray, and the diagnosis was a tiny fracture in my shoulder. He wanted me to have an MRI, to check for further damage, but for that, you have to wait for insurance approval. The word surgery was suggested, which I did NOT want. Another thought might be a cortisone shot, which would be fine. But I had to wait for the insurance approval. That finally came through, only after I called the office and asked about it, 2 weeks later. Last week was the MRI, my first. If you’ve never had an MRI, it’s fine. Not painful or scary (unless you’re claustrophobic, which thankfully I am not), but it is loud. A few days later, back to the orthopedist to review the MRI results. The good news? No surgery needed! There’s no tear to the rotator cuff, thankfully. Just a bruised bone, which has another name, Bone Marrow Edema. Which means, inflammation in the bone. Sigh. A cortisone shot won’t help. Only time will help. And my inflammatory arthritis might make it take longer than it would for most people, as that is my body fighting with inflammation, and my body takes it seriously.

So, WHEW, no surgery. That’s a huge relief. I’ll keep up with the exercises that my Physical Therapist gave me, and spend some time in the pool this summer. Keep Ibuprofin around, as I do seem to sleep better if I have that.

4 thoughts on “My Stupid Shoulder

  1. Oh, J! And doesn’t Mulder look suitably guilty and upset for enjoying such a plush bed when it is partially to blame for all your troubles!?

    (What a huggable, handsome gentleman he is.)

    So sorry for your latest trials. It seems gigantically unfair to add them on top of what you are already dealing with. I was just remarking to Rick over the weekend that I am ready myself to be put into a medically-induced coma until I am fully well, only so that I don’t have to go through all this bulls*t fully lucid. Sigh. I wonder if you sometimes–like NOW–feel the same.

    • Nance,lol, no, no medically induced coma for me. Back in 2014 or early 2015, my answer would have been totally different. This is somewhat miserable, but it feels manageable, whereas that most certainly did NOT.

      That is a ridiculously thick bed, isn’t it? It’s memory foam. He got it for Christmas, spoiled boy that he is.

  2. Falls like that are scary. I did something similar a few years ago where I was walking fast, caught my toe on an upraised rug (cat play result) and went hard and flat out unable to totally stop myself from hitting my nose and breaking it. As you experienced, I had lots of bruises and after researching broken noses, I used my fingers to make sure it was straight and it healed with no problems (straighter than I think it was as I believe I broke the same place as a kid). I am glad your result didn’t require surgery but those kinds are successful from what I’ve heard.

    • Ouch! My orthopedist did say that the number of pet related accidents he sees is large. Not always caused by the pet themselves being rough or whatever, but often things like a rug out of place or tripping over a thick bed. I’m glad your nose healed properly.

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