About 8 years ago,after some X-rays and a Bone Scan, I discovered just how much arthritis I have in both shoulders.
The past couple of years, it has been getting worse and with my last set of X-Rays (1/09), it should basically bone on bone and the solution is total shoulder replacements. Since I have had so many spinal surgeries, I am not jumping at the idea of replacing both shoulders. I know that will just play havoc with some of the cervical and thoracic area muscles that I am trying to get under control.
I have been going for cortisone injections to treat my shoulders when they become too painful. I had two injections last week. My worse shoulder responded very good with the cortisone as it has in the past. But, my better of the two shoulders did not. The doctor did tell me he had all sorts of problems getting those long needles in place for the injection. A week went by and the shoulder was getting worse. I went back to the doctor and he put me on a Medrol Dos Pack (Steroid) for 10 days. 10 Days is about up and no improvement. I had a monthly follow up appointment with my Pain management doctor and she was a bit concerned about the swelling in my hand and arm... I really hadnt noticed it.
She just put me on Flector Patches. They are basically topical treatments that contain diclofenac which is in the same class as Advil, Motrin, etc.
I sure hope this helps. Right now, we just feel that the doctor hit a nerve when doing the injection. Guess its easy to understand that since
I do have so much arthritis there and my muscles and shoulder area are real tight. So, it should take a while longer until the pain in my right shoulder starts to feel better
Next week my wife and I are heading down to Sarasota Florida for a family vacation. We are driving, so having two good shoulders would help.
I am just curious to know if anyone out there has had shoulder replacements. I really do not want to go that route, but I think as time goes by, my shoulders are just going to cause more problems.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences