My Health.

I am overwhelmed by the concern shown by my blog world friends and others about my health.  From some of the messages that I have received, it would appear that my illness has been misunderstood to be something life threatening or major.  I hasten to write this post to set at rest such speculations.

From mid November of last year I had some muscular problems which my GP treated and solved with one exception.  A persistent shoulder pain.  Giving allowance to the fact that I practice yogabhyas, both of us thought that I must have sprained a muscle and tried to cure that symptom.  When that failed, by late December he advised me to get myself tested for diabetes and cholesterol indications and came up trumps in that both were present for the first time ever though the first one was just latent and marginal.  I went for treatment for those two problems but by the end of January when the shoulder pain would not go away, he suggested that I consult an orthopedist which I duly did.

I underwent training for physiotherapy, invested in some gadgets to carry that out at home and regularly exercised as learnt. While movement improved, the pain would not go away despite taking pain reliever medication.  Eventually the orthopedist suggested that I undergo an MRI scan and I was unable to because I am claustrophobic.  I therefore underwent a sonography session which showed some minor tear to the muscles of the shoulder.  The orthopedist suggested that I undergo surgery to rectify the situation when I decided to consult the surgeon who had originally operated on my hip joints for three revisions, as he is fully aware of my problems.  He promptly guided me to a shoulder specialist / arthroscopist who studied a new set of X-rays and concluded that I simply have what is commonly known as a frozen shoulder which given time will revert to normal.  He has put me on new medication which has already eased the pain to a considerable extent and as per his opinion, before the end of another fortnight or so, I should be totally normal, and that there will be no necessity for any surgery.

During the investigation / consultation cycle I felt quite depressed and perhaps that reflected in some of my blog posts or facebook posts and I now hasten to assure my friends that I am perfectly fine and with the relief of the new diagnosis and being under the treatment of a seasoned and experienced specialist, quite cheerful and back to normal.

I thank all of you for your concern and messages of support, get well soon wishes and prayers.

snowman

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32 Responses to My Health.

  1. srinivas says:

    Glad to hear you are in better shape than feared. Hope you get better still and soon.
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  2. Mike says:

    Glad to hear that it’s manageable and not too terribly serious. Best wishes for continued improvement!
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  3. Big John says:

    How about a swap ? Your shoulder for my knees ! … 🙂

  4. shackman says:

    I know you well enough to guess you’d have told me if something serious was amiss – and as one who lives with chronic pain I understand the mood swings associated with same. More synchronicity – LOL – I too have a shoulder that is acting up -I am just writing it off as old athletic injuries coming back to haunt me. Apparently we should have no expectation of ever meeting on the tennis courty. No problem – we can settle on a nice restaurant and or coffee shop.
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  5. nick says:

    Glad to hear there are no major health problems. Not sure about the “latent and marginal” diabetes though. Normally, any blood sugar reading over 7 mmol/l suggests diabetes and appropriate action should be taken. Or maybe your reading was just under 7?
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  6. tammy j says:

    remember last year? an MRI showed that i had a torn rotator cuff in two places… and a partially dislocated shoulder. how can one be partially dislocated? i would think it is or it isn’t.
    they said ONLY surgery could help it.
    well. it has healed.
    i did my own gentle exercises here at home after letting it rest completely for a few weeks. they said i would have to keep it moving or because of the injury it would ‘freeze up.’ luckily mine didn’t.
    isn’t it wonderful that in time our body simply heals.
    i’m glad you didn’t have surgery. that should be the LAST resort!
    and btw… i WILL NEVER have another MRI. NEVER. HORRIBLE!!!
    it lasted for 35 minutes. (usually only 20. but she blamed me for not relaxing.) you lie in a tunnel strapped down and it sounds like machine guns are going off in a metal drum. i will never go through it again.
    i didn’t even know they had an alternative like you had. they never mentioned it.
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    • tammy j says:

      ps…
      i DIDN’T have the surgery.
      they push that first.
      always.
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    • The first preference is still the MRI for the first Orhopedist. If I had agreed to undergo surgery, he would have arranged for me to be sedated and sent inside the MRI scanner. The sonograph tech suggested further linking via the MRI scan. Who knows, I may still have to undergo that if things don’t improve but I know that I will get rid of the shoulder problem sooner than later. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  7. Mother says:

    Oh, I’m sorry. I had frozen shoulder a few years ago and was treated to physical therapy and exercises which eventually solved the problem. Perhaps it would have solved itself but it felt good being proactive. Nice to know you have everything check and re-checked. And hope you continue to feel better physically and emotionally. Always cheering for you!
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  8. That chronic pain can be so wearing. I’m not sure I have “frozen shoulder” (exercises do help some); I definitely have a pinched nerve somewhere between C4-C7 that runs down the back of my left hand, so that it alternates between aching and numb. Moving it helps. Not sleeping on that side helps, too. (But it’s my FAVORITE side to sleep on!) I can only offer sympathy and hope that it is all better soon. I think the non-surgical approach is always best, until surgery is clearly indicated as the only option. Here’s hoping that won’t ever be the case!
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    • Your sympathy is much appreciated Holly. Thank you. I had ulnar palsy due to a dislocation in the neck region of the spine and am still not fully up to using the right hand.

  9. I’m so glad you don’t need surgery. When I had my frozen shoulder years ago I was so relieved it wasn’t a torn rotator cuff and that I didn’t need surgery I didn’t even bother with pain medication. I was just happy it wasn’t something more serious. I did have physical therapy (“torture time”), but I don’t know if it helped speed the process. I was conscientious about doing the exercises, too.

    Please let us know when you’ve recovered.
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    • It is funny that after I wrote my blog post so many people have commented / written / phoned to say that they too had a similar problem. So, it is fairly common a problem for seniors and I am glad that it is manageable without surgery.

  10. Mitali says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. wisewebwoman says:

    So very happy to see you are on the mend and becoming unfrozen. Health is so very precious at our ages, I’ve had my challenges this year 🙂
    XO
    WWW
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  12. Grannymar says:

    What a great relief. Take care!
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  13. KRD Pravin says:

    Now can I say Take care uncleji?

    I remember our last meeting in Jan first week when you had this issue. However, I know you were the same cheerful, jolly at that time too.

  14. Cathy in NZ says:

    glad you’ve on the mend…

  15. I loved that pic. Good luck, Ramana!

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