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    07-29-2011, 03:01 AM
Blah! This week is NOT making me happy! X(
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    07-29-2011, 04:14 AM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
My biggest problem now is my shoulder. When I landed on my back, it jarred old scar tissue loose that was limiting my range of motion (I tore my rotator cuff a year and a half ago) and suddenly I could raise my elbow above my head (something I haven't been able to do since I tore it). Well, Saturday I went to a barbeque with my parents and I went to go to my mom's car after it was over. I got up, put my crutches under my arms and started toward the car. No problems. Then all of a sudden, my shoulder went *POP* and there was a sharp pain. Now, it's like it was when I first tore my rotator cuff. Extremely limited range of motion and constant intense pain. In fact, my shoulder hurts so much that it literally drowns out the pain in my ankle and makes me feel sick. It hurts all the way up into my neck to the base of my skull and is giving me a massive headache...and it's gotten worse since I *stopped* using the crutches! I'm really not sure what to do now.
That's really not good I hope you see someone about that quickly.
If it's of any use, I would recommend acupuncture for your shoulder, I dislocated my shoulder blade a while ago and had it in a sling for months, then took the sling off and still had problems with it, went to osteopaths, massage therapists, a pain specialist, orthopedic surgeon, doctors etc etc the list went on. Then I gave up and mum dragged me into acupuncture, and the pain is far less than it was, the muscle is a lot free-er, and so is the rest of me (half of it I never even knew I had hurt)
-and even though it's needles, the process doesn't hurt.
    07-29-2011, 01:54 PM
Here's the weird thing...it only hurts toward the end of the day. Last night I was in so much pain from it, I thought I was going to pass out. I took some ibuprofen so I could sleep and when I woke up this morning (eight or so hours later), I have no pain and almost full range of motion back.
    07-29-2011, 08:55 PM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Here's the weird thing...it only hurts toward the end of the day. Last night I was in so much pain from it, I thought I was going to pass out. I took some ibuprofen so I could sleep and when I woke up this morning (eight or so hours later), I have no pain and almost full range of motion back.
I know that feeling all too well it could be a build up of whatever you've been doing throughout the day maybe.
But if it continues like that then go see someone, I know all to well what happens when you ignore the pain and carry on
    08-02-2011, 12:50 AM
Drafty, that's rotten news. I'm a bit relieved that you don't have constant pain; that sounds promising. If it's not steadily getting better you should go to the doctor, though, just in case there's something that you really should or shouldn't be doing while the shoulder is a fresh injury. Hang in there! But take care of yourself; you have no business swinging up into the saddle yet, unless you want to have a longer layoff later. Take care!
    08-02-2011, 01:30 AM
Okay, made a rather "startling" discover yesterday and today about my shoulder...it only hurts when I'm at work. I know that sounds suspicious, but I'm dead serious! I was fine all day yesterday while at church and then while watching Lonesome Dove with my parents (can we say "Longest movie EVER?!" I thought the book was slow!). Today, I was in massive amounts of pain all day at work, but then when I went out to the stable and cleaned Aires stall, dumped his water and cleaned it, and then came home, my shoulder was absolutely fine. I'm thinking the pain is either stress-related or maybe even from repetitive motion (we have touchscreen registers that are about shoulder-height on me).
    08-02-2011, 10:16 AM
Only hurts at work? Hrm...is your workplace a union shop? If so, you need to speak to your steward about getting you a Workers' Comp exam. If not, go see the doctor. Repetitive motion injury is real and not something to be taken lightly.

I am so sorry you are hurting. Constant pain blows.
    08-02-2011, 11:53 AM
HA! Arizona is a "right to work" state, so no unions here. I don't think the "injury" itself is from repetitive motion, but I do think the repetitive motion may be aggravating it.
    08-03-2011, 11:25 PM
It might also be the angle you have to hold your arm. Try using the other arm, or try a stool to raise you up a little higher (may be tougher on your back but easier on your neck and shoulder). Maybe if you talked with someone who's good with physical therapy or physical rehab they would have some ideas that would help you avoid the particular motion that you're experiencing. I hope you find the solution!
    08-04-2011, 01:15 AM
It doesn't matter which register I use or which hand I use, it still hurts when I'm at work. Our registers are back-to-back and I've used the one where I use the screen with my left hand (shoulder that hurts) and the one where I use my right hand on the screen and it doesn't make a difference.

Today, I was at the stable all day cleaning stalls (helped my friend clean her two stalls and spread sand and shavings in her mare's stall), and even went to the tack store to look at saddles and reins, and my shoulder didn't hurt at all throughout the day.

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