Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Arm Woes


I found myself in the walk-in department of our local minor injuries unit shortly after eight this morning. Having woken with a sore shoulder on Monday morning, it got steadily worse until this morning I couldn't stand the pain anymore so M said right, no more messing about. Hospital. I couldn't lift my arm and I couldn't move it without excruciating pain. I've never experienced anything like it.

It wasn't busy at that time in the morning so we didn't have long to wait. I was dreading that I'd injured the rotator cuff which can take ages to heal. I was also dreading having to move it for the examination. It had eased off a little in the car so I had some movement back, but I still couldn't lift it out to the side without the sort of pain that makes you feel faint and cold.

The nurse asked lots of questions about falling on it (I hadn't), did it come on suddenly? (it did), were there pins and needles in my fingers? (no), then asked me to lift it in various ways and push against his arm. He poked and prodded and unbelievably, there was no pain at all.  Nothing, even when he eventually asked me to lift it sideways. I just couldn't believe it and kept saying to M I don't get it? 

The good news: the nurse is fairly certain no rotator cuff injury, damage to the bone or ligaments. The not so good: it's probably soft tissue damage (either muscular, which would be OK, or tendon, which would be less so) and it will probably take a week/ ten days to heal with rest and ice. If it isn't better then I have to go to the GP to follow it up.

I felt a total fraud what with the complete lack of pain throughout the examination and having the full range of movement in the joint, but he said increased shoulder/ arm pain is common at night with these type of injuries because of the position of the arm. The blood flow settles and inflammation increases plus calcium can gather around the joints. I'm dreading going to sleep tonight, it really is the most uncomfortable thing I've ever experienced, way worse than childbirth!

As you can imagine, I am like a bear with a sore head (arm) cooped up at home with one working arm and unable to work, go running, drive, walk the dogs, do yoga or anything else remotely useful or productive. I hate waiting for things to get better. I HATE being inactive :o(. The only good thing is that it is forcing me to rest my hip, which was fine by Monday but which I think probably does needs a decent chunk of time off if I want to be fit for my next marathon in three weeks. I had pencilled in one more twenty-mile run this week and a half marathon the week after which I very much doubt I'm going to be able to do now. I just have to hope I've banked enough mileage over the past few weeks to get round. That's assuming my shoulder heals in time. Grrrrr. The dogs are fed up too because I can't get them up into the fields for a good run :o(

Hope you are all well? 

CT.


25 comments:

  1. Oh, I feel your pain. At least with childbirth there's a positive end result. Here's hoping it will improve quickly, meanwhile find a pile of good books to read and put your feet up. B x

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    1. It eases off a little during the day....just hoping tonight it doesn't cramp up again :o(. I'm not very good at sitting down during the day, it makes me restless. Hoping I can get out to walk the dogs down the lane at least this afternoon xx

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  2. I too have been having some arm woes. Yesterday I woke up and discovered when trying to get dressed that I had no ability to pull with my right arm. I must have slept on it wrong and perhaps pinched a nerve. Luckily my other half is a bit of a magic healer and he fixed it before I left for work. :)

    I will hope that your arm is healed just as magically as mine was. I think a rest for your hip is pretty important, I did something to mine back in 2017 and it took a while to sort itself out because I just kept going and refused to take a break. Sometimes our bodies are trying to tell us something. :)

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    1. Glad your arm is better. I think mine just needs rest. Running has taught me the importance of listening to your body... trying to keep running through last year's knee pain was hopeless, much better to take time off straightaway and be able to get back to it quicker :o)

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  3. Hope you feel better soon, its a real pain being restricted.

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    1. I hate not being able to whizz about :o(

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  4. How unfortunate for you! Judging by your last post I thought it would be the hip that would bother you if anything… Hope you have a speedy recovery and will be ready for your next marathon <3

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    1. I think it’s probably connected to the hip. Hope your weekend of five dogs was enjoyable x

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  5. What a mess ! Do you have any idea how you hurt it ? Well do not do that again.... But really I do hope you feel better soon.

    cheers parsnip and badger

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    1. I suspect it’s connected to the hip pain and running fast at the weekend ☹️ It does seem to be easing now.

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  6. What an annoying injury - one which disappears when professional help is at hand.

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    1. I couldn’t believe it. Very strange. It did come back afterwards although less bad.

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  7. Oh no, poor you, what a thing to happen. Get well soon. x

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  8. I hope you're feeling better soon CT. Sending healing vibes your way. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. its on the mend I think but I am being very cautious what I do! X

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  9. I sympathise, CT. When I was young I had repeat dislocations of both shoulders and recently have been experiencing pain when I abduct my right arm. If I do it suddenly without thinking it can take my breath away. I'm currently hiding my head in the sand and hoping it's not arthritis. Luckily it doesn't stop me swimming! Typical about the doctors - I think just sitting in the waiting room can frighten most symptoms away! Fingers crossed for a full recovery in time for your marathon. xx

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    1. Oh gosh I really understand now what that’s like. Could it be a partial dislocation or strain to the rotator cuff? Worth getting it looked a in case it’s something relatively simple? Xx

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  10. Grrr as it may be...its your body telling you to rest up and slow down. Hope you feel better soon. xx

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    1. I think it’s my body telling me my shoulders could do with some strengthening work 😂 xx

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  11. I have had that too! Exactly that, the unbearable pain, for no apparent reason, worse than almost anything else. I didn't see anyone, it came and went over time, mostly fine, but occasionally happening. Never did find out what it was. But yes, it did REALLY hurt. Anyway, I hope yours doesn't recur, and that it eases off soon. Sorry you're on enforced rest, but I hope that your hip benefits in the meantime. CJ xx

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    1. It's not a nice experience is it? It's much better now thanks- back to running so all is well :o) XX

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  12. That sounds very painful- I hope it's feeling better by now. At least the enforced rest should do your legs some good though.

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    1. Yup, a horrid experience. Evidently, running fast is not good for me!! Better now thanks, ran yesterday and parkrun today all good.

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  13. Please take good care. I hope you can enjoy comfortable autumn days.

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them and will try my best to reply to every one. CT x