Posted 9/9/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)
I'm new to this section but not to the forums. I tend to live in the Fibromyalgia section since I've been saddled with that affliction for more than 10 years now. :(
OK, some background. Over 1 year ago (in July of 2008) I had a bad fall. I landed on my face with my left arm straight over my head and somehow twisted my body over that arm. I felt something 'give' in my shoulder and was unable to move it at all. I went to the doctor who sent me for xrays, told me to take tylenol and handed me a sling. Over a week later, with no response to repeated calls to their office about xray results, I changed doctors. The new one sent me for more xrays and an MRI. Three days later (now approximately 2 weeks out from injury) I called the office for the results. A nurse told me that the MRI came back "normal" so I just sucked it up and learned to live with the pain and limited range of motion. I bought a back scratcher because I couldn't reach behind my back with my left arm, and switched to mostly button up tops because pull overs were torture.
A few months ago (in July of 2009) I went back to the clinic for some routine blood tests. I saw a different doctor and made a casual comment about still having pain and limited range of motion in my shoulder. This new doctor looked through my file while asking me if I'd had any tests done. I told her about the MRI and the "normal" result. She stopped on a particular page in my file; her eyes got big and she literally paled in front of me. She then proceeded to tell me (and even showed me the paper) that when I'd fallen ONE YEAR AGO, the MRI had actually shown a fracture in my shoulder. I was stunned and appalled. I'd gone an entire year not having the proper treatment. She sent me back for another MRI (and I got my own copy of the previous report from them), fearing that I'd done some damage to ligaments. When the results came back, I was told I had "post traumatic arthritis" in that shoulder as a result of the fracture. They wanted me to have physical therapy, but I can't afford it.
Most of the preceeding was to rant and get it off my chest. I'm still upset by the whole situation. What I came in here for though, really, was hopefully some help in dealing with the pain. I take tylenol every night to help me sleep, but still wake up in pain if I lay on that shoulder for too long. I've been using a liniment and ice packs, but I'm still having more pain and discomfort than I can deal with.
Has anyone else had to deal with this post traumatic arthritis? (which according to some web pages I've read is like OA on roller skates, causing degeneration at a very fast rate.)
Thanks for "listening". :)