I've been reading through all of your posts, it is amazing to see such a strong, passionate and caring group of people. I fell on the ice in February of 2008, landed square on my left shoulder and have had problems since. At that point I was in Iowa, saw doctors at almost every hospital in my area before getting sent up to Mayo. I saw a number of physicians and surgeons up there, was told not to come back by their top shoulder specialist. Their pain clinic was wonderful, but started really pushing a spinal implant before I'd had a final diagnosis. The doctor I spoke with was amazing, and actually told me that he himself had gotten the implant and that it had changed his life, but without having been diagnosed up to that point (I'd seen over a dozen specialists by then and had been diagnosed with 14 different things), I was very wary of spinal surgery of any sort.
In June this year, my mom and I flew out to Colorado and saw a handful of doctors out there. They diagnosed sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia and nerve damage all down my left arm and shoulder. That put me up to diagnosis number 22, which ranged from carpal tunnel to a displaced rib and everything in between. They recommended pain meds and pt, and said that the spinal implant wasn't really an option. Since then I've shifted through a number of pain meds trying to find the right mix. The problem is, I haven't found anything that cuts my pain under a four that still allows me to function. I was seeing an amazing pt in Iowa, but am now located in a small town in central New York, where my options are extremely limited. My current pt is of the McKenzie school, and I have been very frustrated with her but have no other options within an hours drive, which in itself is physically difficult for me.
I'm currently enrolled in graduate school, working for my MA in History Museum Studies, but fell again two weeks before Thanksgiving and set myself back even further. I have only gone to one class since then, and am staring at a huge pile of homework that I'm struggling to deal with. If I try it with limited meds, it kills my arm. My professors are wonderfully understanding and are working hard to keep me caught up and in the program, but my classmates are a little less so. If I take my meds, it puts me in a state not quite worthy of graduate level school work
On a brighter note, I'm in a relationship with an amazing man who wants to marry me despite not having really known me before all of this, but at this point even planning a wedding would be too much for me.
I guess I just wanted to toss my story out there to people that seem to understand, and to thank everyone for the advice and support of each other that I've seen, even though it hasn't been for me. My support theivery has really helped me put things into perspective a bit. It amazes me how strong some of you are, and how long you have had to deal with your pain. I haven't even hit the two year mark, and some of you have suffered for over twenty. I just hope you know what an inspiration you all are
Pain Issue: Sub-scapular bursitis, scapular dyskinesia, nerve damage down left arm, shoulder and neck
Treatment: PT, Tens Unit, Oxycodone,Diazepan, Hydrocodone-APAP, Tramadol, Voltaren/Duac gel