I’ve had bad shoulder pain for the last 3-4 weeks and its been gradually getting worse. I can’t wash or brush my hair without a pain coursing down my arm and an odd feeling like the kind you get when you need to “pop” your finger joints. Sleeping has been awkward and I have woken several times in pain as its the same side as I sleep on. So alongside being in pain I am also tired, and when I’m tired I get grumpy and irritable.
Driving is a nightmare, as there are so many shoulder and neck movements that you perform without really thinking about it, looking out of the mirrors or windows to see what is coming, turning to look out of the rear windows when reversing, steering, changing gear. I’ve been lucky that I’ve not really needed to drive in the past week and my friend has been able to give me a lift to and from work.
I finally decided it was time to see a doctor, though getting an appointment was a bit of an ordeal. At my doctors surgery you need to call in the morning (9am onwards) for an appointment that day or for the next day, by 11am they stop taking appointments. I called them on Monday and all appointment slots had been taken and had to call back Tuesday morning. At 9am I was on the phone, the phone rang and rang and rang before eventually disconnecting. This happened a total of 8 times, no one was answering the phone. Luckily my surgery is one of 2 that work together so I decided to call the other surgery and see if I could make an appointment there even though they only deal with patients from my surgery if we have been referred. The girl I spoke to was lovely and took my number, called me back and had made me an appointment in my surgery for 11:30am.
I left work and went to the doctors, had to wait around for 40 mins to be seen. The Dr performed a few tests and I was poked and prodded. I came out with a prescription for really strong Ibuprofen and a painkilling gel to apply to my shoulder and have been referred for physio.
So what have I done? I’ve pulled my rotator cuff muscle, specifically the Supraspinatus muscle which runs along the top part of your shoulder. It can take up to 6 months to fully heal.
The other question I bet you are all thinking is how did I manage that? I was out in my garden, collecting weeds in a big flexi tub, the kind that has handles. I decided to empty the contents into my garden waste bin, lifted the tub and managed to drop the whole thing into the bin. This did not cause my injury, what caused my injury was caused by me trying to reach into the bin and flip the tub over to pull it back out. Common sense is not always my strong point, what I should have done was to lean the bin over then get the tub out. Just to give you some dimensions…the wheelie bin is 3.5 foot tall and I am little over 5.5 foot and the bin was empty before I dropped the tub in. It was the overreaching and stretching that caused the injury.
So I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself and hoping that the painkillers will kick in soon and that my shoulder will heal fairly quickly and I can start doing the things I have planned.