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It's tendonitis [Mar. 12th, 2008|06:41 pm]
Stephan
The tendons in my left shoulder have calcified, and I'm not going to pretend I'm smart enough to understand why this has happened or precisely what the circumstances are.

The General Practitioner of the day (who was English as a 2nd language) explained that rough (deposits?) of calcium have developed on the tendons causing friction when they move, and that friction results in inflammation and pain.

He's referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon whom I need to make an appointment for further assessment. I asked him what is likely to happen next.

Worst case scenario: They need to fuse the shoulder joint, meaning that I would permanently lose some of my movement there.

Best case scenario: They will need to REPLACE the shoulder joint.

Stop if it's just me, but NEITHER of those sound very good.
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2008-03-12 07:46 am (UTC)
ouchy :( i hope they can fix it easily

i need a spinal fusion myself :(
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:03 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Q: What's a spinal fusion?

Q: I only just posted this entry... what time is it in Alaska? :shock:
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2008-03-12 08:50 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 10:51 am (UTC)
I see. I guess that's similar to the procedure that might be needed on my shoulder, but it's something not a comforting thought in either of our cases.

Here's hoping for the best out come on us each.
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[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2008-03-12 12:45 pm (UTC)
yow. How long have you had the pain? Tendonitis usually happens over time with warning pains to start with, and working up to calcification.
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[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2008-03-12 12:45 pm (UTC)
also, look at the ergonomics of your work-place.
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-12 02:41 pm (UTC)
ow ow ow damn


Second the motion: if you can demonstrate it's a repetitive stress injury, you may be eligible for some kind of disability or Workers Compensation or whatever the marsupial equivalent of workplace medical care is called. It won't relieve the pain in your shoulder, but it might relieve the stress on your wallet.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:31 pm (UTC)
It's my left shoulder so I doubt I can prove it's a repetitive injury as I'm right-handed and rarely perform actions that involve stress on my left.

Besides, I wouldn't want to upset the only company where I've had a permanent job, especially if this affects potential opportunities of transferring to the Toronto, Ontario office.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:26 pm (UTC)
No problems there; the Human Resources division is very strict about ergonomics (in stark contrast to some looney places I worked years ago as a temp). They have routine checks of our workstations.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:24 pm (UTC)
And that's exactly how it happened. The first symptoms occured several months ago, when I noticed that while rolling over in my sleep I was avoiding putting my arm into right-angle positions.

The pain flared up over the last few days, and I'm sure that's in conjunction with my fever. I'm on higher potency anti-inflamitory medication now and the ache is easing.

(Thank heavens this didn't cause a problem while I was in Dubbo)
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-03-12 07:44 pm (UTC)
I think replacing the joint would be best--you'll have movement, even if it takes a while for it to be comfortable.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yes I certainly don't like the sound of fusing my shoulder. The notion of replacement sounds drastic though, and I'm not completely understanding what will be replaced. Bones? Tendons? And do they replace the body parts with donor pieces or synthetics? Assuming that it's one of the two I'd rather have synthetics; I hate the thought of having any part of another person inside me... much as the sound of this would excite a certain tiger-striped skunkette.
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-03-12 08:38 pm (UTC)
It would probably be the joint replaced with an artificial joint, sort of like a hip replacement for older people. It won't be real parts; the organ donation program hasn't progressed that far just yet.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:42 pm (UTC)
(Wow, another quick reply)

Sounds encouraging, thanks!
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-12 08:40 pm (UTC)
Dilbert once got "Organ Donor" as his business title.

Wally: My shoulder is acting up. Do I talk to you, or is there a form I have to fill out?
Dilbert: (sternly) I don't think that's an "organ."

Hope humor makes you feel better.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-12 08:44 pm (UTC)
I sometimes don't quite get Dilbert, but humour does help cheer me! Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-12 08:49 pm (UTC)
Are you saying that now is one of the times you don't get it?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-13 01:55 am (UTC)
I think I get it. Wally approached Dilbert expecting to requisition a replacement for his (Wally's) shoulder. Dilbert then rebuffed him for not understanding the concept of organ dontation.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-13 02:06 am (UTC)
Then you get as much as I do.

Actually, part of what made it funny to me was probably not what Scott Adams had in mind. "Do I talk to you?" somehow made me imagine that no surgical third party needed to get involved -- that Dilbert and Wally could just pop off their shoulders and swap.
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2008-03-14 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I am sorry to hear that you are in for surgery. I just hope it turns out well or that they find another option.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-15 03:36 am (UTC)
Hi Marmoe!

Thanks! Yes, it certainly has me frightened. The Doctor didn't show a flicker of emotion, but I'm staring into the dark abyss.

I hope that whatever decision the surgeon makes (hopefully I'll know by the end of Wednesday) that it's the least painful, expensive and doesn't cause a reduction in the movement of the arm.

BTW - I've had GIMP installed on my PC for a couple of months now. Since I wasn't well enough to draw I've been trying to learn how GIMP works. It certainly appears to have an excellent user-interface, and loads of features but I'm a VERY slow learner.
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