Wednesday, January 25, 2012

OH!! My Aching Shoulder

I haven't written about my shoulder issues in a while.  I guess cancer sort of got in the way of my worrying about that constant throbbing pain in my left shoulder.

It's been very frustrating for me because the pain has caused me to really put the breaks on my yoga practice.  I'm at the point now where I can't put ANY pressure on my shoulder at all.  

That means no inversions, no down-ward dogs, no chattarungas.   The pain has gotten so bad, that I can't even bind anymore.    

And, besides my yoga practice, it hurts just to put on a coat or open a car door.

Well, with the cancer treatments behind me, I decided that enough is enough, and I headed back to my orthopaedist today.  I haven't seen him since late August.  

We discussed the MRI I had last July, and he felt my only option was surgery.   It turns out that my shoulder construction is such that at this point if I do nothing, the pain will only get worse and worse, and it could lead to tears and further damage.

So, I have to go in for yet more surgery.   This time they have to shave down bone in my shoulder to make more space.  

It's a one day surgery and I'll be home the same day.  I won't be able to drive for 4 days, but should be fully healed within 4 to 6 months.

That means I might be able to start doing downward dogs again!!!!   I'll, of course, have to take it slowly, but at this point doing nothing only increases the pain further.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your story. Best wishes to you!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Please go to my website www.yogalign.com
    your downward dogs may have caused your shoulder destabilization. The Shoulder is not a weight bearing joint so chatarungas may be something to avoid. Would be glad to help you learn a way of doing down dog that would enlist your core and not compromise your joints. Michaelle at www.yogalign.com

    ReplyDelete