I’m so so tired again. It’s no wonder thanks to the lack of sleep which the sore shoulder caused in the last few days. When I saw a doc the day before Christmas Eve I probably should have been more alert and ask more questions and demand some kind of treatment. but I was so stunned with the diagnosis at first. This doc made it seem like some ibuprofen and rest would take care of the immediate problem and that I just had to train the arm and shoulder muscles later on to prevent from getting a calcific tendonitis again. The doc probably was just too lazy or maybe he didn’t gave me any other advice or treatment option because he knew his practice would be closed during christmas and new year.
Anyway the pain got worse in the week after christmas and I could move my arm less and less. The pain meds (opiod drops) from my GP did help, but not for a longer stretch of time and especially not really at night. I usually sleep on the side, but I couldn’t do that in the last week, because I couldn’t lie on my left side (shoulder) and I couldn’t lie on the right side either and pull up the arms like I usually do. Even lying on the back didn’t gave the shoulder enough rest to let me sleep ok. I realized that sitting (in my comfy armchair) didn’t bother the shoulder/arm that much, so I tried sleeping in a more or less sitting ( leaning against the headrest and wall) position in bed for two nights. It was better than lying down, but still not good. Probably because my shoulder pain got worse and worse. I spent the last two nights sleeping in my armchair in the living room. It’s pathetic, I know, but I slept better than in bed. Last night probably was the first night in almost a week in which I slept more than four hours. I still woke up several times during the night, but I also slept for a longer stretch of time. I was suprised when I woke up at it was after 8.30 am.
I have to admit my visit to the orthopedic surgeon yesterday morning might have something to do with me being able to sleep. I finally received the kind of treatment I had wished the first doc (before christmas) would have already suggested: An injection with corticoids to fight the inflammation of the bursa (“Schleimbeutel” for all the german readers) in the shoulder. I’m pretty sure the non-treatment of the shoulder made it all worse and caused this heavy inflammation in the first place. And before the orthopedic surgeon can treat the calcium deposit itself, the bursitis has to be treated. The corticoids did seem to help and I’m getting another shot tomorrow and hopefully the inflammation and pain will be gone by the end of the week. After that I will do a shock wave therapy to get rid of the calcium deposits and I really hope that will do the trick. For now.