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?