It"s a Crazy Wonderful Life

This is a blog about my family and the crazy life in the Sims Household. We have 5 children, ranging from 14 to 5, and seem to be going in all different directions sometimes. The purpose of this blog is to help keep our friends and family up to date on what is going on in our lives.

Monday, April 7, 2008

I knew my body was out of whack!!

For about a month now, I have been dealing with some shoulder pain. It hasn't been unbearable, but has truly been an annoyance. It hurts to do my hair, brush my teeth, turn when driving my car, vacuum, mop, wash the table, and during many other of my daily tasks. I have had shoulder issues off an on since I was 16 and I tore my rotators cuff. Often it comes on and bothers me for a few days, then goes away. This time, I kept expecting that it would go away, but it hasn't and has only been getting worse. So, last week I went to the doctor to have it checked. They did x-rays and as far as I know all is well with the bone structure, but the doc says he suspects that I have Tendinitis. No big surprise there, that is basically what I was expecting. He wrote me a prescription to see the physical therapist and I went to see him today. He basically told me that my whole body is out of whack causing undue stress to my shoulder. He says it starts with my left hip, which, when he performed a diagnostic test, had very little flexibility. That has messed up my pelvis, ribs and eventually my scapula which is in an awkward position causing the tendon pain in my shoulder. So he has given me hip exercises to do twice daily to help ease the burden on my shoulder. He also told me I should not vacuum, mop, wipe the counters, pick up the kids, or do anything else that I do not absolutely have to do using that arm. He says the combination of the hip exercises, resting my arm, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and bi weekly PT treatments to reduce the inflammation in my shoulder, should get me feeling better. He says his hope is that by treating my hip situation it will help so this doesn't continue to be a recurring problem. Treat the source of the problem, not just the symptoms...imagine that.

I don't know why, but it seems like things have just been going downhill where my body is concerned ever since I turned 30. Up until then the only medical issues I had were a couple of gymnastics injuries as a teenager, and having my babies. Since I turned 30, I have had 2 babies, 4 surgeries, a broken foot, and lots of aches and pains. Oh well, such is life.


Jaidi, Justin and girls said...

YAY for getting out of cleaning the house! I guess it pays off to have older kids right now! Make them do it all! Maybe they will appreciate all you do more! :)

Sorry about the shoulder and the other problems...But good luck getting it better!

Michelle said...

Jaid, it doesn't really get me out of doing anything. I just have to do it all left handed. Besides, I can't put all that work on to my kids. They have their chores and I will continue to do mine. I don't mind the housework so much. It is my job as a atay at home mom afterall. I'm sure Mike will help as he can to lessen my load.

Michelle said...

Ugh! I'm so sorry, tendinitis is miserable! At least you made it to 30, I'm already in chronic pain and PT hasn't ever helped get rid of it. I do hope you feel better soon, you've still got 5 kids and a hubby to take care of!

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