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Thursday, May 27, 2010


This bursitis I've got is a right royal pain in the....well, in the shoulder actually. After waiting 3 months for what I thought was a strained muscle to settle down and stop hurting, I finally was persuaded by my supervisor to see a doctor. Her exact words were "Go! Today!" So I have bursitis, an inflammation of the lining between the shoulder joints. A cortisone injection in the back of the shoulder, (ouch), followed by another in the front of the shoulder, (oh my god he's killing me!). Doc then told me to take things easy, don't do too much, this sometimes can take up to a year to fix itself. Ha Ha. Think about this for just a moment. How many times do you move your shoulders every single day? Showering, dressing, general housework, (oh wait, there's one I can stop doing). Plus my job requires a lot of arm/hand actions. So for a while there, I was eating panadols like they were smarties. But I did wise up and start taking things easier and working slower. I still have limited shoulder movement (no underarm shaving is possible), and if I forget and move the arm suddenly or in the wrong direction there is pain that makes me swear, but it is beginning to settle down. The most annoying thing of all though, is having to shampoo my hair with only one hand. Thank goodness I had it cut short.
Is there a point to this story? No. None. Just putting it out there.


  1. Oh no . . then underarm hair is very French, or so I believe!

  2. Ouch!
    Hope it settles down for you and lets you enjoy the little things in life again, River.

  3. Oooh, no, I hear you. Having a frequently-cricked neck and now a dodgy right elbow that is NOT getting better I realise, like you, just how hard it is to do basic things.

    Did the cortisone injections help?

  4. Cortisone injection didn't help immediately, Kath, but I did notice less pain and stiffness the next day. But not enough to have made it worthwhile. I think eventually it'll be like the old back pain/stiffness that I've gotten used to, to the point where I hardly notice it.

  5. Baino; I'm not a fan of anything French, least of all underarm hair. I do ignore the leg shaving in the winter though.

    Jayne; thanks, it's not so bad now if I'm careful.

  6. I had that once and my doc said the cortisone had to hit the inflammation point spot on or it didn't work. It means you'll have to have another one, bwahahahhaha.

  7. Forget it JahTeh! I'll just be uber careful with the reaching and lifting until it fixes itself. Should only take a year or so.

    More ouch than OUCH now Veronica.

  8. You never know how much you use a part of your body until it hurts.

    Hope you feel much better very soon.

  9. From the very first twinge to the moment it left me was just over 18 months. This is an early post of yours so I sure hope its left you by now River!