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Proper broken - but fixable!

debbiepby debbiepMay 18th 2014
Sorry I know I have been pretty quiet since Christmas but as you will know if you have read my previous blogs I have been struggling with a ‘frozen’ shoulder now for over 18 months. It sounds so simple but is has completely taken over my life; I haven’t managed a good nights sleep in all that time and any form of strenuous exercise caused days of increased discomfort.

Determined to carry on, my stubborn streak kicked in and I entered a couple of local races. Unfortunately in both cases I had to pull out pretty early as the pain became too great.

Well at last I’ve made some progress; frustrated by the lack of action from my GP and the NHS I took the plunge and saw a consultant in the private sector. One MRI scan later and its clear that my ‘frozen’ shoulder isn’t a frozen shoulder at all but an impingement of the tendon. So despite the assertion of the GP that it would ‘heal itself given time’ surgery was needed!

I had the operation just after Easter, although it was a general anaesthetic it was keyhole surgery so I didn’t need an overnight stay. Three weeks on and you can barely see the incisions on my back although there is still some bruising on my front. The follow-up consultation went well and he is very pleased with the way that the operation went, although once he got inside the work needed was a little more extensive than he had anticipated. The pictures are the inside of my left shoulder, the pretty red/pink colours show the extent of the inflammation caused by the impingement. I am diligently doing my rehab exercises and have started physiotherapy.
Proper broken - but fixable!
So all is good?

Well almost, the only fly in the ointment is that I am not allowed to do any running at the moment as he is worried I will overuse the shoulder joint. This is likely to be at least until the beginning of June so at the moment I’m not sure what impact this will have on my plans for July.

Still the most important thing is after a long 18 months I am truly on the road to recovery and for that I am really thankful.

Once I have been back to see the consultant again at the end of the month I will be able to let you all know what effect, if any, my rehab will have to the last of my challenges.

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