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Sheryl

Frozen Shoulder

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I will make this quick if I can. I went this morning to see the orthopedic specialist. He is letting me try therapy for a few weeks to see if it helps the shoulder. He doesn’t think it will, but was trying to appease my husband. The doctor said, that most likely he will have to manipulate my arm under sedation. I have a frozen shoulder and 3 tendon tears. I have no clue what caused it. Originally, I thought it was from a fall I had a year ago. The doctor. said it would have hurt the entire time. So I will start therapy within the next week.

My colonoscopy went well too. The gastroenterologist said he had to cauterize a few vessels that were bleeding and causing me problems. He said that it is common with scleroderma to have little blood vessels that rupture and need to be cauterized. He took care of polyps and let me keep films of the procedure. Amazing the stuff that shows up. Gastritis - diverticulosis - fissures, several things. My doctor thinks all went well. I can’t believe I got sick though afterwards. They had to give me an extra dose of medication to keep me out while he cauterized and took care of things. When I awoke they gave me orange juice. I think it was bad. Or at least I told them it didn’t taste good. We went to a restaurant afterwards and I had about 2 bites of food. Oops! I don’t think I will ever go back to that eating establishment. Any ways, I feel good all except for the cotton mouth. I couldn’t even begin to swallow my food because I had no saliva. I had to get my couple bites down with cold water. I guess I just wasn’t as hungry as I thought. The medication dried my mouth so much it is still dry after several hours. Well, I just had my cup of coffee and I’m going to lie down and watch a movie and get some shut eye. I will keep everyone informed on what is happening.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Sheryl, sorry about your arm giving you som eproblems. Mine did that last fall too. I ended up going and getting epidural steroid injections.. I can move my arm now but my neck still hurts. If I move my arm to quick it hurts. I had gone to therapy for my arm too it works for two weeks then Its started making it hurt more. So good luck.. Take care, sAm


Sam

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Sheryl,

I do hope the therapy will help. I'm sorry you had a difficult time after the colonoscopy. Hopefully you'll be able to eat more after you rest. Take care, and let us know how P.T. goes.

 

:) Bunky

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Hi Cheryl:

Good luck with the shoulder, let us know how things go with it. I hope the manipulation works for you. I had a bone scan which shows significant bone loss and was told "don't have any falls"....they say that once I'm off the prednisone though, it should come back. So I'm wondering if that is what is going on with your frozen shoulder as well, could it be from the drugs?

Glad that the colonoscopy turned out ok and that you found out what the bleeding was from. That is some relief too. It actually is quite interesting as to what shows up, they are talking now about making the colonoscopy a standard procedure in any normal physical. A good idea. Anyway, good to hear your update - Lisa


Life is NOT meant to be a struggle. Life is meant to be joyously abundant.

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Sheryl:

 

Funny, I just sent you an email, myself complaining, not knowing all you went through today. You are some trooper! Sounds like throughout all of it, you remain a positive, lovely person.

 

I hope tomorrow will be better. Tomorrows generally are.

 

Rest up, take it easy and enjoy the warm weather coming this week.

 

Linda


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It is what it is...........

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Hi, Sheryl. Sounds like you got put through the wringer. I know you try to consolidate your appointments for convenience, but either of those would have wiped me for a week. I am impressed with your stamina. I remember something in the pamphlet from my last GI exam not to eat anything for a certain length of time afterwards. I suppose it was because of the effects of the medication. Still, after going all night and day without any solid food, it must have seemed like the thing to do. Oh, well. Hope it is not the only restaurant in town. :D


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Sheryl,

 

I am so glad you are all over with your colonoscopy. The shoulder problem I can see coming with me. I have had chronic problems with mine in the tendons and partial tears in the rotoator cuff. My right is worse. I am going in for another shot on wed. this week. Let me know how the therapy goes because I have tried everything. Stretching, water, less weights. I DON"T KNOW. I think the connective tissue just wears away at out joints and tendons. Susie54

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I apologize for coming on late, Sheryl... I was wondering how your app't withthe orthopedic specialist went. I sure hope that the pain can be alleviated somehow... like Susie54 mentioned... trying everything possible is what a person must do... and hope that something eventually works, in a better case scenario. (Susie54, I'm sorry to hear of your situation too :o )

 

It sure would be nice if PT could be the magic bullet for all of us in need of it... having it work in a short amount of time.

 

Sheryl, I'm glad you're done withyour colonoscopy too... also glad they did the repairs. I hope you are feeling better today and can eat some good food ... your own preparation, of course :) )

 

I'm keeping my fingers X'd that the PT helps... it can be alot of work, but hopefully it will be the ticket, my friend.

 

Big Hugs,

Susie


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

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Hi Sheryl, I'm sorry to hear that you got sick after the test. I hope you're feeling better now. Glad to hear that they did the repairs.

 

 

It would be great if the PT helped your shoulder. Best of luck!

Sadie

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I hope your therapy does in fact help your shoulder as there is nothing worse than a constant nagging pain that you can't get rid of. I'm also relieved that you had such good results with your colonoscopy. Everyone should have these on a regular basis as they are so necessary nowdays. Take care and I hope you get some rest.

 

Warm hugs,

 

Peggy

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Are you kepted awake during a colonoscopey? If so, do you feel anything?

Sadie

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Sadie, I have had the colonoscopy 3 ways. With no anesthetic. With light twillight. This time it was also suppose to be light twillight. But, I was told ahead of time by my doctor that if there were several cauterizations to be done I would be put into a deeper longer sleep. That is what ended up happening. I prefer the light twillight. You don't feel anything at all. Everyone should schedule this proceedure a couple months ahead of time so that you can go very early in the morning. I didn't go in the operating room until almost 3:30. That is way to long to wait. My whole day was gone and I am used to snacking throughout the day. It was pure agony having to wait so long into the day and not getting a thing to eat. Best of wishes to anyone having this done soon.


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thank you Sheryl! I've never had one but I think it might be coming.

I am going to talk with my Rheumatogist next month about my bowel problems. The diarrhea is getting bad again and got pretty bad over the weekend. It made me too weak. They could already see a few weeks ago at the hospital that things were progressing in that area.

Sadie

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Hey Sheryl

 

Sorry to hear you had a rough time...I can only imagine you are finally enjoying a little rest now that it is finally over. Hope the therapy works for your shoulder!


Sending good wishes your way!

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Hi Sheryl,

I'm glad you came through everything ok, you have been in my thoughts.

 

Take care

Celia

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