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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I thought I'd give it a few weeks to see if the pain and spasming came back, but they haven't. Getting a distensive arthography -- that's where they inject your shoulder joint full of saline solution and cortisone -- seems to have stopped dead the nasty process of my shoulder freezing up. Since the (really shockingly painful) procedure, I haven't been waking up in agonizing pain, and I've been able to start to get movement back in my shoulder.

So, kids -- if your shoulder starts to freeze up, get yourself a little distensive arthography before it gets worse. Don't wait!

This has been a public service announcement.

Tag: shoulder


This is the topic the storytelling books never venture into, isn't it?

Writing is physical work: always pay attention to ergonomics. And give your body a rest every once in a while!

By Blogger Ismo Santala, at 12:20 PM  

Glad you're feeling better, dude.

I had a similar problem with my knees when I was a teenager. I have (or had) some sort of syndrome that mysteriously hits mostly girls at puberty. The knees freeze up, crippling you for years. The worst cases end up in wheelchairs until they're in their 20s -- and the doctors still don't know how it happens or how to cure it. Patients just grow out of it on their own, eventually.

But during my worst years with the disease, the doctors experimented on me with cortisone shots, four inch needles driven directly into the soft tissue under the kneecaps.

Yeah, that wasn't nearly as much fun as I was expecting it to be.

By Blogger Kelly J. Compeau, at 3:57 PM  

Alex - did you injure your shoulder? Or was this a hereditary or some other condition?

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 9:39 PM  

Torn rotator cuff. If you must yank on the 100-lb. dog's leash, do not involve your shoulder in the transaction.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 11:30 PM  

Please tell me the dog leash had something (anything!) to do with writing.


I actually rolled in bed for a couple of hours thinking of what I'd posted.

By Blogger Ismo Santala, at 4:06 AM  

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