Friday, September 28, 2007

Shouldering the burden

My OOS flared up in a BIG way last weekend, which resulted in my going slightly insane on Monday and Tuesday (my husband will probably disagree with my use of the word "slightly"). My right arm kept going numb but somehow still managed to ache and throb with pain. Constantly. Plus my neck joined the pain party and I couldn't turn my head all the way to the right - which made driving kind of challenging. Add in lack of sleep, due to waking up umpteen times during the night with a dead arm, and things were getting a bit fun-sucky. Try saying that 3 times quickly.

On Tuesday my osteopath inflicted some excruciating pain on me, but I walked out of there feeling a lot better. The upshot is that my infraspinatus and teres minor are all screwed up and are squeezing a major blood vessel, which is causing the arm numbness. My wrist flexors are also in a bad way, and my trapezius and several of my neck muscles are not too happy either. It's going to be a long road to getting this sorted out - there'll be no overnight fixes, unfortunately.

My posture is generally pretty good - actually, compared to the majority of the western world it's outstanding. But I still tend to let my shoulders roll forward, thanks to spending a large part of my day sitting over a keyboard. So, I'm now using a rolled-up towel, wedged between my shoulder blades, to remind me to SIT UP STRAIGHT, GODDAMMIT! Very high-tech, I know.... I'm also using my spiky butt ball on my shoulder, doing some wrist flexion exercises with a thera-band, and trying to remember to do some prescribed stretches several times a day. As well, I'm backing off a bit on the chest training, and putting extra time and effort into my back exercises. Ice and heat are helping, and I've been staying off the computer as much as possible.

All that plus my good friends codeine, paracetamol and ibuprofen have made life bearable once again.

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Yesterday I got over myself and went to the gym, then took the kids factory outlet shopping. Even little boys can understand the joys of retail therapy.... The Baby bought the iPod Nano he's been hankering after and The Middle Child stocked up on groovy brand-name surf wear at ridiculously reduced prices. The best part? They paid for it all with their own money. :)

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