Some of you folks may know that I have been dealing with shoulder problems for the past year or so. The major problem is advanced arthritis which is creating bone on bone in areas and has begun to fray several tendons.
The 'cure' will be to have total shoulder replacements. But I am in no hurry to do that, because of my existing situations, that type of surgery and recover will be really long.
As a band aid, I have been going for Steroid injections every 6 months. I had the last in November 2009. However, there was a problem in the right shoulder injection. As a result, my right arm is pretty much out of use.
I went to see a shoulder specialist in New York City to confirm the condition. Plain and simple, shoulder replacements will have to happen. When is the only question.
Meanwhile, I am going in for another steroid injection into the right shoulder, this time under fluoroscope.
My pain management doctor just increased my Pain Medications (per day), increased Soma usage and is scheduling a series of acupuncture sessions and just prescribe Voltaren Gel. Never heard of this before, but it is pretty intense. I use it 4 times a day. It is the first and only prescription topical NSAID FDA approved for OA joint pain. Its objective is to reduce hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
It will be interesting to see the results
The main reason for this post was just to indicate what can happen as a result of multiple spinal surgeries. I know that if I did not have those 7 spinal surgeries, I would not have the degree of arthritis I do today.
Its like just watching one part after another start to fail.
And there is not a heck of lot you can do to stop it.
But much is my fault since I didnt do what I should have done in my early years.
So really, this is a Warning to all Spinal patients.
Take care of your body the best you can, have the surgeries when there are no other options. And above everything, make sure you follow all the instructions/limitations/restrictions your doctors gave you.
Trying to be a super person and push through the pain may have sound stoic when I was 30 years old, now I realize it was just plain stupid.
But as always, this is not going to stop me or shut me down.
I will deal with this as I have dealt with all other problems. Take them face on and do the right things.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences