Well, my dratted left shoulder is playing up yet again - tendonitis, the OA and muscular issues. I saw a GP Wednesday who has referred me - yet again - for physio locally. However, because this problem "keeps recurring" (her words), she also said I needed an injection into the joint. My actual named GP does these at my surgery so I had that done today. He's put steroid into the joint and injected from the rear of the shoulder (scapula area) which surprised me rather.
I've had steroid injections before into my knee, ankle and lumbar spine. None have worked but, I felt that as my shoulder isn't a weight bearing joint and the GP suggested this, I should at least give it a try.
Needless to say the actual injection itself wasn't pleasant, but it was done swiftly and efficiently. He told me to rest the joint for the rest of the day and to use a sling to make sure I did so. I have to say living on my own, hobbling around with an elbow crutch in my right hand and having my left arm in a temporary sling has made life very interesting! Naturally I ensured I chose the most appropriate chiffon scarf to make a sling out of. Well, one does have to be aware of one's image you know.
As usual there were the normal warnings - what to watch out for re infection and the fact it would get worse for the next couple of days. Well, it's certainly got worse during today! :roll:
Interestingly when I told him I've tried to keep the joint moving and make it move he said if it's sore I shouldn't be trying to move it. I was always under the impression with OA it was essential to keep the joint moving but hey ho, I know things change somewhat. Whilst my shoulder is this sore it hurts to move it so it'll not be doing very much movement. In the meantime I'll keep my other joints moving as I'll really run into trouble if I don't.
I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had shoulder steroid injections and how long the "it will get worse before it gets better" bit lasted. I've been taking extra meds during the day for the pain but it's still extremely painful. I'm sure it'll settle - and I hope that it's more settled before Monday when I'm due back to work as even typing this post is painful, I'm admin based and at a computer all day. If necessary, I'll take the day off Monday but I'd rather be at work as keeping busy takes my mind off my joint pain.