Meggie, what happened with PT?

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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Meggie. I haven't seen you here for awhile so was wondering how PT is/was going. Are you still going? How did the desensitizing program go? Did you look into trigger point release therapy? If you get the chance please give us the update. Hope you are having a good weekend.  Lisa

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   Posted 11/2/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, sorry I haven't been around much, I have just been so tired.  I slept through most of yesterday and am feeling pretty foggy today.  I need to keep pushing myself to move.

I was released from therapy last week.  I'm no better than I was when I started, actually worse because it has put me into a flare and just getting through the day takes all of my energy. The therapist was very understanding and wants me to consider going back to the doctor but she said that my next step most likely was surgery and I'm not open to that right now.  I am considering getting a stablizer for my shoulder at night.  The therapist said that it would help to keep my shoulder back and even with my neck but I noticed when I sleep on my side that my shoulder naturally falls forward and it really hurts when I get up.  The therapist is going to call me this week to see how I'm doing (which I think is very thoughtful), I think I'm going to get her opinion on a stablizer.  I also have done some research and found a massage therapist that works with fibro patients.  She was highly recommended so as soon as I have the money I'm going to make an appointment and give that a try.  I did ask my therapist about the trigger point release therapy, she gave me some information and showed me a few tools that I could use but I haven't actually tried it myself.  Maybe the massage therapist will be able to show me more because I do think that would helpful to me.  

As far as the densensitizing, I think it is going ok.  Some days I can scrub pretty hard but other I need to be more gentle.  I'm going to continue working on it, especially in my feet where it is the worst.

I really appreciate your concern and hope I will be able to check in more soon :-) .

Meggie


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   Posted 11/3/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again Meggie. I am glad to hear back from you but am so sorry to hear that the PT was a bust. I was keeping my fingers crossed for you on that one. Surgery might be your best plan but only when you are ready for it because it takes commitment also to do the follow-up PT and home exercise program. If you aren't willing to do that then you shouldn't bother with the surgery. By the time I was able to have surgery for my inpingement syndrome, I had severe pain in my shoulder, arm, armpit, neck, chest and severe burning pain in my upper back on that side. When I woke up in the hospital all that pain was gone and it felt like a miracle. I had a little trouble post-op but that was from overdoing it but it has been a non-problem since, almost 5 years. I know my experience can't guarentee your success but I wish it could. I also wish I could clone my rehab guy and send him to you. I know so many people he could help. I looked and there aren't any people in the UP that are certified in the therapies that he does-major bummer. (my guy is in Green Bay which is a long trip for me to see him but it has been worth the effort). I hope you do follow through with the massage therapist. Just don't be too surprised if you are sore from it. Remember that sometimes it hurts before it gets better. Remember too that it is going to take more than one session to make much positive change. I'll be hoping for you.   Lisa   ps. please let us know how the stabilizer works out for you if you go that route.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Lisa,

I guess I should explain my reason for not wanting surgery.  I have had two surgeries on my left knee and I didn't respond well to the anesthetic? and my recovery was very slow.  With three kids and a full time job, it just isn't feasible right now.  I may reconsider this next spring, it all depends on whether or not I work over the summer.  Right now my job only runs for 10 months but this past summer they extended my contract, so I'm not sure what next year will bring.  I'm also not real confident in the doctors around here, I would probably need to go to Green Bay or Appleton (We take frequent trips to Wisconsin).  Did you have your surgery in the U.P.?  Another question, how long did it take you to recover? 

The stablizer I'm hoping will allow my shoulder to heal a little while I sleep.  Right now it remains pinched by the position I sleep in.  I'm only looking to use it during the night and until I'm feeling better.  I do plan on continuing the PT exercises, I think they will be very helpful once I reduce some of the pain and swelling.

I will let you know how things go.

Meggie


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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Meggie, all your reasons for waiting are very valid. I just hate to hear that you are still in pain despite all your efforts. I am glad to hear that you will continue the exercises when things calm down in that shoulder. I had my shoulder surgery done in Green Bay and would do that again if ever needed. There are several top surgeons down that way and mine has been a blessing. For me I set myself back a bit by overworking my shoulder after the pt set me free. I had been in pain for so long that when she told me to let the pain be my guide as to what to do or not do, I went a little nuts and almost put myself back under the knife by doing that. Despite that I would say that I was pretty much recovered within 6 months or sooner. That was actually pretty good considering all the scar tissue the ortho found in there. It was so bad that the doc (who has been doing this for over 20 years) was actually surprised by what he found. I am so glad I was able to have the surgery. If the doc had just blown it off to fibro, I would be in major trouble. I wish you the best with whatever you do. Lisa

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   Posted 11/3/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Lisa!

It really helps talking with someone who has gone through this, I feel much better about the whole thing.  I usually have a more positive attitude but this has been bringing me down for such a long time and I was really hoping that the cortisone and therapy would make a difference.

For now, one day at a time and I will deal with whatever comes along.  I'm actually feeling a little better today so that is a good thing :-) .

Again, thanks!

Meggie

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