Well, if I could cross my fingers, they would be crossed but I am crossing them figuratively, if not literally.
Friday morning at 11.30 a.m. I had an appointment with Dr Ken. I asked him if he would give me a cortisone jab in my bad shoulder to which he agreed. Mainly people say these injections are painful but Dr Ken is so skilled that there is very little discomfort, except just as the fluid goes into the joint.
No, this is not me, I remained fully dressed. (*:*)
He injected this same shoulder with cortisone about 8-10 years ago when it was completely frozen and it worked like magic. Can I hope for the same outcome again I wonder?
I asked him were there any rules and regulations about looking after the shoulder and he said just not to overdo it for a couple of days (as if I do anyway?) and after the injection the local anaesthetic should be easing the pain and tomorrow (today) the cortisone should be starting to work.
If last time the shoulder was completely frozen and this time it's only half frozen should that mean the injection will work twice as well? One can only hope.
The shoulder still gave me trouble during the night and it is now just gone 9.30 a.m. and the magic has not yet kicked in as I had hoped but they say patience is a virtue. I think I can feel some improvement so as I said above....fingers crossed!!
P.S. I have just been reading up about frozen shoulders and apparently diabetics are 40% more likely to suffer the condition than 10% of the 'normal' population. Just another good reason to try an avoid *diabetes like the plague.
They seem to think it is something to do with a type of collagen that possibly interacts with blood glucose causing the shoulder to 'tighten up'. It seems me having the cortisone injection was a step in the right direction but so far (12 noon) not a lot of relief.
I think now it is back to Jenny (physiotherapist) (have an appt on Tuesday) for more massage and continue using the arm/shoulder as much as possible even if some pain as a result of doing so.
*Diabetes is one of those insidious diseased that causes problems to the body without one realising it so good blood sugar levels are imperative in an endeavour to keep those problems at bay for as long as possible. Next year it will be 20 years since both Phil and I were diagnosed as Type 2 diabetics and now, of course, are both on insulin. Obviously during those years some damage will have occurred but so far nothing too serious that we are very aware of.