I had my appointment with my orthopedic doctor today. It didn't turn out the way I had expected. I got the cortisone injection and did it ever hurt. I am so disappointed, everything happened so fast. The doctor talked to me a short bit and moved my arm a little. He said he looked at my MRI results and decided that therapy and a cortisone injection would take care of it. I just got the impression that he was rushing things and treating a symptom not what is causing the problem. My GP said my shoulder problem wasn't caused by the fibro, I guess he was wrong because the ortho doctor can't explain the pain.
I did start this posting with a question, Sue, when you were given the injection did it hurt? The doctor told me it wouldn't hurt but it was VERY painful and I feel just awful right now. It has been 12 hours since the injection and I feel just horrible. I can't hold anything or lift my arm very far. I can't even imagine working out tomorrow. I am so down right now and I wish I hadn't gone to the doctor today. I'd rather live with the pain than be made to feel the way I do right now.
I hope this injection pain gets better soon.
Meggie, yes, the injections hurt and my arms felt like limp noodles the rest of the day. I've been obviously cranky and sore. By obviously, I mean that my dh said he noticed I had been cranky since the shots and also noticed when I felt better yesterday. I should not have worked out right after the shots. The cortisone doesn't take effect for a couple of days.
I am not sure the the injections were for fibro. I have four diagnoses. I think a couple of these ailments worked together to cause the problem in my neck and shoulders and I was in a cycle of pain causing tight muscles causing muscle spasms causing more pain causing . . . and on and on. I have been in this cycle for years. The doc said my body might fight agains the cortisone because the muscles were so used to contracting and it might hurt worse at first.
Fortunately at the pain clinic they are treating the fibro, myofacial something or other, hypermobility joint syndrome and osteoarthritis.
I hope you feel better after a couple of days like I am.
Jeannie, I will try stopping and getting out of my car halfway to work/school. Maybe I can do simple stretches at stop lights, too. My neck and shoulders hurt all the time, the other aches move about. right now my hips are cranky. Thanks for the suggestion.
Thanks you for the information Sue. I was really wondering because the doctor said the hardest part was the needle prick. I'd like to give him an injection .
I'm still feeling pretty rotten. This has been going on for 6 years so I suppose I shouldn't expect much. I've had an impingement of the rotator cuff and the injection is supposed to fix that along with some physical therapy. I've done the therapy thing twice so I'm not expecting much. I do no one thing, I will not be getting anymore injections.
Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure that I can take another injection but I will try to keep an open mind. I think the pain was so bad because my shoulder has been inflamed for so long (six years). I am doing a little better today, well at least as long as I don't move my shoulder much. I see the PT on Friday to begin my therapy and I have a lot of questions for her. I'm hoping that she has worked with other Fibro patients. Lisa, did you have any PT or were you told not to do certain things with your shoulder? My ortho doctor didn't tell me anything and I have been trying to use my arm (normal use, no heavy lifting) but have to stop because it starts to ache. I'm wondering if I should just stop using that arm for a couple of days.
Has anyone else had an injection that took awhile to kick in?
The pain is from an impingement of the rotator cuff. At least that is what the ortho doctor told me. I have been tested for arthritis and a million other things. My GP said my shoulder pain was definitly not caused by my fibro. I'm starting to think a little differently. After the injection (on the 26th) I thought that I would not have any pain in the joint but I do. I can feel the joint as I sit here typing this, it aches and burns. As long as I don't use the arm things are good. I do know that it may take time and I have never had this done before so this all may be normal. I will give it some more time.
I was thinking the same thing about the PT. I have already done that twice and it has never helped, it usually sends me into a flare. I have decided to contact my ortho doctor tomorrow to let him know I'm still having a lot of pain and I think maybe delaying PT would be a good idea. I would think by week two if the cortisone is going to work it would have by then. I needed to take a pain killer tonight and I have ice on my shoulder. The ice is really bothering me though, I may try heat to see if that does anything for me.
There is never a dull moment with fibro is there!