Hi all, hope you are all having a better day than me.
Having had to come off MTX twice this year because of breathing issues and then shingles i wasn't suprised to be having flare ups in most joints and my right shoulder being the most painful.Have been back on my injections for 3/4 weeks now the flare ups seem to be subsiding a little apart from the said shoulder.Last week i realised that i couldn't even hold my arm up long enough to change a light bulb without being in agony, so gave up and asked my son to do it ( felt a tad pathetic at that point ).My rheummy app. is at the end of sep. so i rang the rheummy sister and after explaining it all to her she put me in to see the consultant this morning.I was expecting to be given a pain killing injection or steroid to tide me over until the MTX kicks in fully, but he didn't seem at all concerned about my pain level or my shoulder.
By this time i was getting a bit annoyed and said i cant even change a light bulb and it's keeps me awake at night .Unconcerned he said well i suppose we could try a shoulder injec. again, when was the last one done ? I said on the 1st of may this year using ultra sound !!
Looking through my notes he said, oh yes it showed you have a tear !! bit stunned, i said do you mean a rotator cuff tear . The very same he said !! So thats the reason i'm in pain then i said, when i really wanted to say WHY THE HELL WASN'T I TOLD THEN !!
Think the look on my face jolted him into action and he offered to refer me to the surgeon to discuss my options but said that he thinks we should try another inj. first.I agreed to that and asked if i could see how i go until my app. at the end of the month, he said well i've cancelled that,so see the the sister in 3 months and me in 6 !!
I walked out of the the hospital thinking, well rotator cuff tears must be so trivial that it's not worth mentioning,but the pain is telling me otherwise :/
Am i right in thinking that i should have been told ? If i hadn't have insisted i wouldn't even know and there would be no plan of action, if you can call it that !!
The wait for ultra sound injections is about 6 weeks ,so i think an app. with a gp might be a good idea for a bit of advice.
Hope you are all as well and pain free as possible,
Beth 48 xx