I'm Camille, and I’m a moderator for this topic. I sent your requested professional a message to follow up with you here, when they are back online. Unfortunately I do not know when this may be, as the professionals come on line as they are available. You don't have to stand by, you will get an email telling you when you have received a response. If I can help further, please let me know. Thank you for your continued patience.
Hi there! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. So, you had an injection on Thursday? How does that shoulder feel today? Usually after a day or two, the injecton will be fully therapeutic. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery is done by making very small incisions in the shoulder region, inserting a small camera to visualize the area o concern and then determining if an area(s) needs 'cleaned up' or repaired. The procedure takes less than an hour in most cases and recovery time is anywhere from one week to several weeks (depending on what all had to be done). Did your Dr tell you what all needed to be done to the shoulder? (did they mention if something needed repaired or removed?)
At this point in time, no.
Until he does the other X-Ray and an MRI, he will not know:
(1) Whether i need the surgry or not(but i suspect i WILL :( ;
(2) What EXACTLY is "wrong" to fix....
In the meantime--ice/
I DO feel better, but pain is "muted"-- Thanx, Nurse Milli!!!!
GREAT Advice, as always, Nurse Milli!!!!
No PT has been suggested, but i sure like the idea of a massage!!!! Is there anything SPECIFIC i should tell the massage therapist (assuming i FIND one!!)before he/she begins the massage, so it won't hurt me?
I got the Biofreeze (store brand; same amount of menthol)--
How do you use it? Just slather it on?
Hi there! Glad to hear you picked up some Biofreeze.
Yes, you can apply it liberally and allow it at least 30 minutes to reach it's maximum 'cooling'. In the meantime, don't apply any heating pads or other devices to that area in which you are using the Biofreeze. I do think you will like it. :)
Thanx--i will let you know how it goes; 'will be using it before bed tonight.
I have another question in the meantime, as long as you are 'on:"
The shoulder shot helped SOME, but oral diclofenac(Voltaren) is helping more: i take 2 a day.
What does this "tell" me about my condition (that the pills help more than the shot0if anything??
Again--my deepest thanx--Hope things are going well for you (you sound like a very upbeat person ANYWAY--)!!
I think you will like the Biofreeze.
Don't cringe when I tell you this but sometimes the medication that goes into your shoulder does not reach the area that it needs to reach. So, some will 'get there' but some will not. If the MD 'hits the spot' so to speak, then it will be very beneficial but by him/her hitting the spot 'exactly' would be like playing darts (ouch! -I know that sounds bad)...but you get my point. So, while the injection works to some degree, the anti-inflammatory medication will be systemic and will help the area in ways the the injection cannot reach. Make sense?
Yes, I am a very upbeat person. I am always on the go and love to help all of my patients...whether online or in person! :)
Thanx, Nurse Milli--i guess it is back to the Drugstore!!
Does it get on your nightshirt, or is it more quickly absorbed?
Today is 3 days after my epidural for my back--LEG hurts--this is to be expected, right? (Stenosis, disc bulge: issues it is s'pozed to address)?
Thanx for all of the EXCELENT advice! I wish you were here to massage the Biofreeze IN...i suspect that that is 3/4 of how it actually WORKS!!!!
Sorry about that delay there....I was in a dreadfully long meeting :)
The BioFreeze can get on the sleepwear if you don't allow it dry for a few minutes before getting dressed....and you are correct, the more it is massaged in, the less messy it will be on the clothing (and the massage will feel pretty darn good too!). The leg pain from having a bulging disk/or spinal stenosis is what we call radiculopathy and it certainly can happen with that condition. The nerves run down the leg(s) and can definitely be effected. Now, if you've never had leg pain until AFTER the injection, that might be something you will want to share with the Physician who did the injection. But just having the leg pain itself can be expected with stenosis or HNP (bulging discs). I would tell you that I am a good massage therapist but I'm not totally sure I am. My husband is constantly asking me to rub his back and shoulders so maybe he's desparate or who knows? :) Hope you are having a good Friday other than that dreaded leg pain.
Hi there! I'm relieved to know that this 'leg pain' is not new (and not caused by the injection). While I don't wish for your leg to hurt at all, I AM glad it's not a new issue. But back to the leg, the epidural should indeed help with the pain (as long as the medication being injected 'hits the spot' as we talked about earlier).
And yes, let me know how the store brand biofreeze works tonight.
You know, I was wished a Happy New Year today and thought the person wishing it had been at work too long. How funny and how insensitive of me (all at the same time). I should have known better! I typically don't celebrate it, but I will celebrate it with YOU! :)
Hi, Nurse Milli-:
I got the brand today, and shall apply it as directed tonight; wish me luck!!
Ok, i won't use it TOO much--
By the way, i keep trying to get you paid at the top of this page, and it keeps saying that They are having a prob on the Site.....so i guess i will have to actually close this to get you paid, and start a new thread.
Thank you for sticking with me....i ALWAYS have questions, and you ALWAYS seem to have GOOD answers!!
P.S. I like the other photo of you better--more ACCURATE,