Hi. With knees and hips it's definitely sudden. One day - fine. Next day - OUCH. With the shoulder I'm not so clear on the answer. Seems like it might be fine one day, next day a little weird, and then a full blown flare.
[Right now it's my shoulder I'd like to heal! Hard to put on a T-shirt, let alone a long-sleeved shirt! (A long sleeved shirt is nearly impossible to maneuver my arm into.) Good thing it's too hot for long sleeved shirts.
But I'd like to be able to don a jacket if I need to attend a business event.]
You know, one really shouldn't think about body parts too much. I mean, I *never* think about my little pinkie toe unless I stub it on a door frame or a piece of furniture. Body parts just shouldn't normally call attention to themselves in any way. With my shoulder (or knees or hip), I'm not thinking about the body parts and then all of a sudden --- blammo --- they consume all of my attention. How can I reach for that salt shaker with that arm? How can I put on that dress? How can I ... x, y, or z? It really shouldn't be that way. I should be able to put on apparel with equal ease on any given day. Not reserve certain items of clothing for good-shoulder days versus bad-shoulder days!
Thank you for your thoughts.
It honestly didn't occur to me that this was anything out of the ordinary. I just figured it was a fact of life. And I hoped there might be some easy way to prevent it or mitigate it, like "stop climbing stairs on your knees" (which I don't do, by the way) or "eat more chopped liver" (which I also don't do, by the way!)
I watch my children on the swim team... four kids on the swim team... they do Butterfly or Breast Stroke and all I can think is "Wow, I can't get my arm to do that move ONCE let alone over and over and over again for 200 meters!"