Mom’s shoulder has been hurting for 5 months, and her neck and back for a lot longer than that, but now she’s hurting almost all the time, either a little or a lot. Her orthopedic surgeon took X-rays Tuesday & pointed out the several dozen staples in her breast from a 1999 breast cancer surgery. Obviously, they don’t set off alarms at the airport or she’d be on the No Fly List by now, but it does seem weird, doesn’t it?
It mainly sucks because now she can’t have an MRI to show exactly where the torn ligaments are, and we’ll have to do it the old fashioned way – just go in and find em, and anchor them into the shoulder bone. She’ll have an ultrasound, but that’s not as good. If she did have an MRI, all the staples would vibrate, become very uncomfortable, and probably mess with the test results. Dang! =^..^=
What’s Up, Shoulder??
Well, it’s like this: Mom has torn ligaments and a ‘loose shoulder,’ so her shoulder is unstable and moves around too much, causing a lot of pain. Her neck, back and arm muscles have been taking up the slack, holding her shoulder together by being in a constant state of muscle spasm – which makes her neck, back and arm hurt, tingle and get numb. At night, when those muscles relax, her shoulder drops back out of place and wakes her up with a sharp pain that won’t go away. Sleeping with her arm on a pillow helps some. (Thank you @Maggietkat for that suggestion!)
Mom’s Not SuperWoman (Someone Tell Her)
It’s probably from one (or several) of the times she’s fallen and caught herself with her hands, made worse by her Superwoman Syndrome. You may recognize some of these signals of Superwoman Syndrome in your Mom: “I’ve got it!” “No thanks, I don’t need help.” “I’ll do it!” or my favorite, “I can handle it!”
She’s always lifted, carried, pushed, and pulled heavy things – and twisted and turned every which way, even though she’s no spring chicken, nor in the greatest physical shape. (Sorry Mom, but you’re not. =^..^=) If she were Superwoman, she probably wouldn’t get hurt so much. Ever think about that, MOM?? A little tear turned into a bigger tear, then another tear, and now she’s got frayed freaking ligaments that need to be trimmed back and harpooned to her shoulder bone.
The Mere Mortal’s Prognosis
The prognosis is shoulder surgery in a few weeks, wearing an arm sling for a month, followed by a 4 month recuperation/physical therapy period.
If any of you – or your moms, dads or significant humans – have been through this kind of thing, please feel free to offer any tips, advice, counseling, money (kidding – she’s got her good Motion Picture health insurance back, thank Cod), or cute post-surgery clothing tips. ; )
We know of course that soldiers and car accident victims and others have had permanent shoulder injuries – big #PawCircle for them – and we are counting our lucky stars that it’s something so relatively simple – and that it’s her LEFT shoulder instead of her right one!
To be continued…
Cokie the Cat