April 29, 2011


I've had chronic clavicle and shoulder and neck pain on my right side for 10 years. No, strike that . . . 12 years. Sheesh . . . I'm getting old.

It's become progressively worse as I've gotten older (imagine that) and for the last few months has been about as bad as it's ever been.

I've seen doctors, specialists, physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc. and they all agree (to quote the shoulder specialist I saw a few years back), "There's nothing wrong with your shoulder." Which is interesting, because my right shoulder sits about 3" higher than my left and there is obvious asymmetry in my sternoclavicular joint. By the way, I spelled that right on my first try.

The pain is often severe and ibuprofen and acetaminophen (again, spelled correctly on the first try) have become like daily vitamins.

In October, my doctor told me that picking up my kids was probably aggravating it. So {enter sarcasm} I told her that I'd let my staff of nannies and personal assistants do the picking up for me for a while. She also said that it might help to not work at a computer for few weeks. Which is also ok, because we have that big pile of money just sitting there in the back yard, so quitting my jobs is no problem at all.

I've been dealing with this for over a decade and it's recently really become more of an issue. Likely because Ben is getting heavier and still needs to be carried from time to time. I'm tired ALL of the time, because . . . well, pain is exhausting. I wake up and can often barely move because everything is so tense and tight that it's 10x more painful until I can get everything stretched out.

So, after some coaxing from my family doctor, I finally made an appointment with a D.O. I made the appointment at the beginning of this month, but the appointment is on Tuesday.

And of course, this week, for the first time in several years, I've had almost close to zero pain in my shoulder. I'm not complaining, because the relief is so great.

I just hope she doesn't tell me that there isn't anything wrong.


ann said...

The most positive experience I EVER had with anything medical was with a D.O. saw once. Instant relief, and no blank stares. I hope for similar results for you.

Amy said...

Not that I'm biased at all...but I think going to a D.O. is a great idea! If the one you see doesn't work out, let me know, I know some great ones I could recommend for your shoulder (...sternoclavicular) pain!