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I did sign a petition to save some endangered giraffes, come to think of it.  Perhaps a rocernocerous  (my elder son's word when he was small)?  

 

Thought For the Day:

 

post #272 of 286

Sigh, I may be 43 years young but right now I'm feeling very old.

 

Went to the doctor today.  Again.  The same arm has tendonitis in a third spot.  So right now I hurt from where the neck and shoulder join to about midway down the lower arm.

 

At least he was able to figure out why all this is happening.  Sigh.

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Sigh, I may be 43 years young but right now I'm feeling very old.

Went to the doctor today.  Again.  The same arm has tendonitis in a third spot.  So right now I hurt from where the neck and shoulder join to about midway down the lower arm.

At least he was able to figure out why all this is happening.  Sigh.

Have you considered a cortisone shot?
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Have you considered a cortisone shot?


He did that today because the shoulder is OWWW, compared to the owww of the elbow.  It didn't help much.  He said he couldn't inject it directly in because doing so could cause the tendon to rupture, so he put it close and there's a bit of dulling but not much.

 

Oh well.  It hurts and I'm not really looking forward to work tomorrow.  But it could be worse.  Last year the same arm hurt so bad that Pitocin induced labor prior to the epidural was a walk in the park.  That 1-10 pain scale where 10 is the worst pain you've ever had got reset last year because that was by far the worst pain I ever experienced.  I'm not hurting like that now so I'm just grumpy.

post #275 of 286
That's too bad because cortisone should work immediately to alleviate all the pain.
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That's too bad because cortisone should work immediately to alleviate all the pain.

 

I've never had a lot of luck with steroids.  Last year I was put on prednisone three times, I didn't even bother to finish the third course.  Someone (non-medical) told me that of course it didn't work, it works on inflammation pain, but what I had was inflammation in the nerves.

post #277 of 286

I have had cortisone shots=sometimes it takes a few days to weeks to see noticeable results...remember it takes basic tissue to rebuild itself in 7 to 10 days. Hoping you feel results soon. I didn't have luck with them. I had 2 of them in my elbow but they said it was only a 1 time shot or 2 at the most..something about risk of damaging tendons if more than that BUT that was in 2006. So here it is 11 years later-maybe it has changed.

 

ICE and PT exercises are the only things that help my elbow- and rest. I tend to overuse it.

 

Hoping you get some relief soon. Sore elbows STINK!

post #278 of 286

I have had many cortisone shots, between my shoulder and my knee, I have had 6 of them... no more for me..

 

It takes about 2-3 days before you feel any relief. It also feels worse, because they are injecting fluid into an already tight space. If you are having it done in your shoulder, it is best to go to a specialist who can inject it directly into the area, (muscle, tendon) with ultrasonic guidance. Yes, and ultrasound; otherwise, you can never be certain where the injection will end up.

 

Cortisone injections are variable as to how long they work. Some people have relief, lasting a very long time; others not much relief and not lasting for very long. 

 

I think the rule of thumb is no more than 4 injection for any area. Cortisone does weaken and break down ligaments, and joints. That is why it is limited. 

 

I guess in a severe case, then some physicians will agree to constant injections, but that is not the norm.

 

I also get a 'Cortisone Flair" when I have an injection:  blushing, heart racing, feeling antsy....

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Cortisone injections are variable as to how long they work. Some people have relief, lasting a very long time; others not much relief and not lasting for very long. 

 

 

Exactly what I was told by my doctor.  I'm on my feet a lot for work as well as being a runner for many, many years and do a lot of speed walking now. I developed tarsal tunnel syndrome, similar to carpal tunnel syndrome but in the tibial nerve of the foot/ankle.  My doctor gave me a cortisone injection and it helped immensely.  He also told me some different strategies to help it which I now recognize, anything to avoid surgery. eekyellow.gif  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsal_tunnel_syndrome

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I have had cortisone shots=sometimes it takes a few days to weeks to see noticeable results...remember it takes basic tissue to rebuild itself in 7 to 10 days. Hoping you feel results soon. I didn't have luck with them. I had 2 of them in my elbow but they said it was only a 1 time shot or 2 at the most..something about risk of damaging tendons if more than that BUT that was in 2006. So here it is 11 years later-maybe it has changed.

 

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It takes about 2-3 days before you feel any relief. It also feels worse, because they are injecting fluid into an already tight space. If you are having it done in your shoulder, it is best to go to a specialist who can inject it directly into the area, (muscle, tendon) with ultrasonic guidance. Yes, and ultrasound; otherwise, you can never be certain where the injection will end up.

 

 

I am such an idiot!!!

 

So I woke up this morning feeling like a million bucks.  Pain?  What shoulder pain?  I saw your posts and realized the cortisone had kicked in.

 

When I have a passenger in the car I put my purse in the seat directly behind me.  I needed my cell phone and reached behind me for my purse.  I've done that so many times I barely have to turn to wrap my arm behind me to snag it.

 

Well, when I did that today, my shoulder immediately reminded me why I went to the doctor yesterday.  So now I'm hurting again.

post #281 of 286
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SILLY WOMAN!  And now, you will go to the doctor and say, "Doc, it hurts when I do THAT!"  and he will say, "Stop doing THAT!"  I canNOT count the number of times I have reinjured myself just when I was feeling normal again, doing something without thinking.

 

I am so tired tonight I could cry.  I don't even want to cook supper.  Would a handful of Cheezits and a scoop of ice cream count?  I got up at 8:30 this morning to wait for the maintenance man and the cable guy, who was due at 10.  Sean never made it, but called to say he had gotten tied up on an emergency call, and would see me tomorrow.  I do understand, but could have used that extra hour of sleep.  Cable guy was here for an hour, but the internet isn't going out twice a day now, so time well-spent.  THEN I had to go to WalMart and do the monthly shopping.  Got back, got everything put away, went out to sit for a bit before feeding Little Bit.  My neighbor came by and offered to take me BACK to WalMart in his van to pick up the daybed, SO IT IS HERE!!!!  :woohoo:  I'll put the little bassart together tomorrow.  LORD I'm worn right out!  I was thinking about hot dogs for supper, but I don't feel like dicing the onion.  I may do a fried egg sandwich.  Although the idea of Cheezits and ice cream really better suits my energy level right now.

post #282 of 286

It's times like this that a box of cereal comes in handy.

 

1.  Take box down from shelf.

2.  Take bowl out from dishwasher and try to remember if it's clean or dirty.

3.  Rub with towel, just in case.  Repeat process with spoon.

4.  Open refrigerator.

5.  Shove stuff around until you find milk.

6. Take cautious sniff

7.  Whew!  It's okay.

8.  Open box and pour a big pile of cereal into bowl.

9.  Pour milk over cereal. 

10. Quickly stick milk back in refrigerator.

11. Rearrange when refrigerator door won't close.

12. Take bowl of cereal, glare at Hekitty and tell her "Paws off."

13.  Collapse in comfy chair.

14.  Eat one or two bites.

15.  Fall asleep.

16.  Wake up as bowl slips from hands and contents land on rug.

17. Glare at Tortie drinking milk.

18.  Throw paper towels over mess to keep Tortie from drinking milk she can't digest.

19.  Stomp off to bed.

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My neighbor came by and offered to take me BACK to WalMart in his van to pick up the daybed, SO IT IS HERE!!!!  :woohoo:  I'll put the little bassart together tomorrow.  

 

Glad you were able to pick up the daybed - Yay! :bigthumb:  I'm sure the little son-of-a-gun can wait until tomorrow. 1bluewinky.gif  Did you end up having Cheezits and ice cream for dinner?

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I have had cortisone shots=sometimes it takes a few days to weeks to see noticeable results...remember it takes basic tissue to rebuild itself in 7 to 10 days. Hoping you feel results soon. I didn't have luck with them. I had 2 of them in my elbow but they said it was only a 1 time shot or 2 at the most..something about risk of damaging tendons if more than that BUT that was in 2006. So here it is 11 years later-maybe it has changed.

 

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Originally Posted by Artiemom View Post
It takes about 2-3 days before you feel any relief. It also feels worse, because they are injecting fluid into an already tight space. If you are having it done in your shoulder, it is best to go to a specialist who can inject it directly into the area, (muscle, tendon) with ultrasonic guidance. Yes, and ultrasound; otherwise, you can never be certain where the injection will end up.

 

 

I am such an idiot!!!

 

So I woke up this morning feeling like a million bucks.  Pain?  What shoulder pain?  I saw your posts and realized the cortisone had kicked in.

 

When I have a passenger in the car I put my purse in the seat directly behind me.  I needed my cell phone and reached behind me for my purse.  I've done that so many times I barely have to turn to wrap my arm behind me to snag it.

 

Well, when I did that today, my shoulder immediately reminded me why I went to the doctor yesterday.  So now I'm hurting again.


This is one of the big problems with cortisone shots.  A lot of professional athletes have had career-ending injuries because they got cortisone shots and kept playing, turning a fairly minor injury into something major.  And some team owners, coaches, and doctors have knowingly sacrificed players' careers (and bodies) for the sake of winning a big game.

 

You have to be careful about this with all effective pain meds.  When they really work, they can tempt you to forget that you're injured and do something that aggravates the injury.

 

So, now that the damage has been done, you may be tempted to think, "Well, that's that.  There's no point trying to take care of it; I've already made the injury worse."  Please don't do that.  Take care of it and give it a chance to heal.  It may help to get an Ace bandage and wrap your shoulder, so that the bandage reminds you not to do things that further aggravate the injury.

 

Margret

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It's times like this that a box of cereal comes in handy.

 

1.  Take box down from shelf.

2.  Take bowl out from dishwasher and try to remember if it's clean or dirty.

3.  Rub with towel, just in case.  Repeat process with spoon.

4.  Open refrigerator.

5.  Shove stuff around until you find milk.

6. Take cautious sniff

7.  Whew!  It's okay.

8.  Open box and pour a big pile of cereal into bowl.

9.  Pour milk over cereal. 

10. Quickly stick milk back in refrigerator.

11. Rearrange when refrigerator door won't close.

12. Take bowl of cereal, glare at Hekitty and tell her "Paws off."

13.  Collapse in comfy chair.

14.  Eat one or two bites.

15.  Fall asleep.

16.  Wake up as bowl slips from hands and contents land on rug.

17. Glare at Tortie drinking milk.

18.  Throw paper towels over mess to keep Tortie from drinking milk she can't digest.

19.  Stomp off to bed.


 

I've told myself not to laugh so hard at this.  Didn't work.

 

:lol3:

 

 

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Glad you were able to pick up the daybed - Yay! :bigthumb:  I'm sure the little son-of-a-gun can wait until tomorrow. 1bluewinky.gif  Did you end up having Cheezits and ice cream for dinner?

Sort of.  I actually grabbed a handful of them, and after eating them my blood sugar was high enough to go ahead and cook a pork chop with rice and broccoli.  With Ice cream for dessert!  I should NOT skip meals, especially when I have a lot on my agenda for the day.  I have very mild diabetes, and letting the blood sugar get too low is counter-productive in the extreme.  I get just wiped out.  I do control it very well with diet, to the point that occasional ice cream and such is not an issue.  Maybe later, but I keep it to a VERY low roar.

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It's times like this that a box of cereal comes in handy.

 

1.  Take box down from shelf.

2.  Take bowl out from dishwasher and try to remember if it's clean or dirty.

3.  Rub with towel, just in case.  Repeat process with spoon.

4.  Open refrigerator.

5.  Shove stuff around until you find milk.

6. Take cautious sniff

7.  Whew!  It's okay.

8.  Open box and pour a big pile of cereal into bowl.

9.  Pour milk over cereal. 

10. Quickly stick milk back in refrigerator.

11. Rearrange when refrigerator door won't close.

12. Take bowl of cereal, glare at Hekitty and tell her "Paws off."

13.  Collapse in comfy chair.

14.  Eat one or two bites.

15.  Fall asleep.

16.  Wake up as bowl slips from hands and contents land on rug.

17. Glare at Tortie drinking milk.

18.  Throw paper towels over mess to keep Tortie from drinking milk she can't digest.

19.  Stomp off to bed.

LOL...and THIS is PRECISELY why I now have instant oatmeal in my cupboard!   This has happened before.  More than once.  More than twice.  And dealing with a tortie with attitude AND violent diarrhea is NOT my idea of a fun evening!  She doesn't care for the oatmeal with fruit, so I'm reasonably safe.  I had to stop getting the maple and brown sugar, it wasn't worth the battle.  One of those few, odd human foods she likes.  That and raspberry sherbet.  Don't ask me why!

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