Saturday, September 30, 2006
So....after about 6 months of trying to ignore a problem with my shoulder, I finally stopped in to the Spine Institute to get an exam. I have a frozen shoulder, which I learned was not uncommon in diabetics. A few small exercises and a possible cortisone shot and its over, whew!~ Other diabetics out there with a frozen shoulder? I am really curious about whether it has recurred or moved to the other shoulder. Thanks for you comments!
I got over it using only physical therapy. A few months later I did develop it in the other shoulder and again had to get physical therapy for that one.
One exercise my therapist suggested was 'bowing to your fridge'. Put your two hands on top of your fridge and bend your waist as if bowing to it. That will stretch those shoulder nicely.
I have had frozen shoulders for about 4 years. At the time the symptoms showed up I was also dealing with retinopathy so ignored them. I think treatment is more effective in the early stages.
There was a time when I could not put on my coat without help. Then I broke my ankle, and being on crutches really worsened the situation.
At present, I cannot reach over my head with my right arm, and cannot reach into my back pocket with my left. Fortunately, between the two, I can accomplish most of the tasks involved in daily living.
I never get colds, flu, or any of the winter crud that circulates through my office, but I've had many joint and connective tissue problems - carpal tunnel, tmj, trigger finger, knee stuff. A PT told me, "diabetics stiffen up as they get older" - lovely.
Your post reminded me that I need to get back to my exercises.
Did you have an MRI? Or were you just diagnosed based on symptoms?
I am interested to know how the cortisone helps (although in my case, I may have let it go untreated too long).
Good luck and best wishes.
Does it strike more often at certain ages? I was in my early 50's. I had physical therapy and it went away after a month or two. Never did go to the other shoulder.
Put on my bra.
Pull up my pants.
Comb my hair/put hair in a pony tail.
Wash my hair with one hand
Hug a friend.
Hold the phone to my ear with my bad shoulder.
Take my own jacket off.
Reach for something behind me.
Pull something out of the left side pockets.
Pull something down off of a high shelf.
Climb up a bunk bed, or a ladder.
Pick up a child.
Wrestle with my kids or husband.
Shave my arm pits (OK I can but I have to position my elbow .....
The rest of my article is posted on my blog, but can I just say Frozen Shoulder Stinks!!!