I hope you are all well. I thought I would tell my story, for reassurance, information and for support.
14 months ago I stupidly injured my left shoulder whilst at work, lifting a heavy piece of equipment one handed. I lifted the equipment in a sharp, upwards jerking motion and heard a crack/click in my shoulder. Ever since that day, I have been unable to swim, lift weights, run for prolonged lengths of time, exercise in any measure longer than 15 minutes without suffering for days afterwards. Driving, putting a coat on, using a mouse, drying my hair, combing my hair, everything that involves any rotation or jerking of the shoulder is now so painful. This injury and the pain I suffer really is affecting the quality of my life massively, and has done for the last 12 months.
I sought medical advice from my GP 2 months after the injury occurred. I was given physiotherapy for 6 months to no avail. Stretches, ultrasound, exercise, NSAIDS were prescribed to no avail. I have seen chiropractors and orthopaedic specialists and no one had a clue what I had done until last month when I finally succeeded in getting an MRI scan on the NHS and was forwarded to a private shoulder specialist.
The scan results were given to me last week by my shoulder specialist, I have a slight depression in my labrum, no tear. The main issue is that I have severely inflamed cartilage around the head of my humerus. Unusually, I also have a large 'humeral lip' on the end of my humerus, apparently we all have humeral lips, mine is just larger than normal. This is then grinding onto the inflamed cartilage surrounding the head of the bone and causing further inflammation. The doctor gave me a corticosteroid shot there and then - straight into the joint and told me to keep exercising over the next 3 weeks gently. I am then returning to see him the last week in January. He also briefly mentioned that if this shot does not work, I may have to have surgery to shave part of my humerus down.
Unfortunately, so far, the injection has made no difference, I have been to the gym and gently ran for 20 minutes every other day since the injection last Friday. I am having to ice my shoulder as often as possible to manage the pain and discomfort I am in.
I apologise for the huge essay I have written here. But it really is getting a bit too much for me at the moment. I wonder, have any of you been in the same scenario, experienced the same injury, had a similar operation? Any thoughts, comments or information would be wonderful, and gratefully received.
Thank you for taking the time to read