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Frozen Shoulder?!

Does anyone know what that means? I didn’t until searching online and talking more with my chiropractor.  My shoulder’s been stiff, sore and achy for over three months now. I can’t lift my arm over shoulder high, out to the side or behind my back. The strange thing is… I don’t remember injuring it in any way. No slips or falls, jerks or hard knocks.

Tuesday was my first visit with Dr. Sawyer. After a few X-rays, his verdict was that vertebra’s C3-C6 were rotated in the wrong direction, (that’s the neck area) plus a pinched nerve between C5 and 6, and a frozen shoulder. After he’d manipulated my body, contorting me in all direction for about thirty minutes, I made another appointment for Thursday. Confused by what a frozen shoulder was, I went home and following orders, applied ice packs to the inflamed area. A hard thing to do when it’s cold outside, but this had been going on for so long, I’m willing to try anything. My shoulder and elbow are swollen, the ache, bone deep with a burning sensation running all the way to my fingertips.

Yesterday, my oldest daughter, Shannon went back with me. She moaned and groaned the whole time the doc adjusted me. You’d think she was the one being tortured. Lol. When he’d done his thing, I finally asked him to explain what frozen shoulder was? His answer, “Your arm is pretty much dislocated and only barely hanging in the socket. Guess you could say I had a light bulb moment. All the pain and agony made sense, the constriction of movement.  Relief flooded through me. I had feared it was rotor cuff issues.

Although painful, this is good news. It could be worse, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how I got myself into this shape. I’ve been told that sometimes this happens for no apparent reason, and then other times, the condition is due to traumatic injury. All I can do is pray the manipulations work. If not, my next option is manipulation of the shoulder under anesthesia to relocate the ball and socket to its proper place. Although I’m getting no instant relief and the route I’ve chosen is  a bit painful, I’d rather try the slow and gentle way first, as thoughts of being put to sleep scare me.

Sort of cuts down on computer time, which is why my blog post is so late, housecleaning is on hold, so is fixing my hair until I’m back to normal. Lol. And, with the weather finally breaking, I need to be outside working and soaking in the sunshine to combat all the depression I’ve experienced since these issues started.

Thanks for letting me vent, guys! Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Before I go, I’d like to remind you that, One Touch, Once Glance, A Collection of Romantic Tales is now out in PRINT at Freya’s Bower.

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And, coming March 3, 2011 to Pink Petal Books

A Celtic Lover’s Magic


Liam Macauley inherits what he believes to be a mansion in Ireland from an uncle he’s never known. The moment he sets foot on Irish soil, he’s plunged deep into ancient Celtic magic, and the course is set to fulfill a millennia old prophecy.

Caileaan, descendent of the Sidhe, ancient gods of Eire, the Tuatha De Danann, longs to dig her toes into freshly turned earth, toil side by side with a husband, birth his children, know what it is to be loved and alive as one with humans.

In a battle of darkness and light, will the evil Fomhoire destroy the promise made to Caileaan along with her world as she knows it?  Or will Liam, using his newfound powers, rein triumphant, winning his heart’s desire in the process?

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12 responses

  1. At this very moment, I’m going through the same thing but because of my extreme advanced age, I’ve got degenerated cervical discs and arthritis added to the mix. Not easy to keep typing out those novels when it hurts to move the ol’ arm. Vent all you want…I know what you’re going through and my sympathy’s there for you!

    February 18, 2011 at 5:15

  2. Lisa Alexander-Griffin

    Thank you, Toni. I’m so sorry you’re going through the same thing, only yours sounds worse. Typing is very hard and I wear out fairly quickly. Hope you get better soon. It’s really hard to do every day tasks that we have always taken for granted.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:15

  3. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I actually cringed when I read that about your shoulder, hon. I’ll pray that it heals without the extreme method of fixing it.

    Woot on your new release!

    February 18, 2011 at 5:15

  4. Lisa Alexander-Griffin

    Thanks, Faith. So do I. lol. And thanks on the release too.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:15

  5. Sometimes I think it’s a matter of being put together a certain way and then one day things just give out, without whistles or bangs but…time’s up! I really hope they can put it back in for you without resorting to surgery Seems like it’s worth a try first. Personally, I’m hobbling around with a blood clot in my ankle and I didn’t really hurt anything, either. Just broke through the crust of ice coating our world one too many times, bankged my ankle in the same place for the umpteenth time and it couldn’t resorb any more. Isn’t getting older wonderful? (NOT!)

    February 19, 2011 at 5:15

  6. Lisa Alexander-Griffin

    I hear you, Miriam. Getting older really does suck. 😦 And you’re right, our body’s are only built to last for so long, or take a certain amount of abuse or repetitive motion.

    I hope the blood clot in your ankle gets better soon. This winter has been hard on all of us.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:15

  7. I keep thinking about when you were painting the upstairs of your house. Maybe you over did it?

    Take care and I hope your shoulder gets better soon.


    February 19, 2011 at 5:15

  8. In 1977 had what was called frozen shoulder though with loss of range of motion and no ongoing pain. The x-rays showed a reverse curve in my neck/ It was fixed with chiropractic and exercise. A year later other things started to happen and after a lot of tests found the problem in C 4-6 of my neck and I needed surgury.
    So be careful, get a second opinion and begin some “gentle” range of motion exercises.
    Email me if you like:

    February 19, 2011 at 5:15

    • Lisa Alexander-Griffin

      Amber, that sounds terrible, and very similar to mine, but I’ve had lots of pain with this. It’s pretty much constant. But, one day about two weeks ago I cried for two hours after moving my arm the wrong way. I do not want surgery if as all possible, but think I’ll contact you anyway. 🙂 Thank you.

      February 19, 2011 at 5:15

  9. Lisa Alexander-Griffin

    No, the arm was giving me problems before that. I could hardly use it then. Just got more and more painful as time went by. Thanks for stopping in, Janice, and thanks for the well wishes. 🙂 With luck, the doc will be able to help me get my full range of motion back, and the pain will lessen as the ball and socket are repositioned.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:15

  10. A few years ago I fell and dislocated my shoulder and fractured my arm. I didn’t have any medical insurance. The emergency room was bad enough. I had no means of affording physical therapy. My doctor gave me a series of exercises to do and warned me that if I didn’t do them I could end up with a frozen shoulder. That was the first time I had ever heard of it. And it scared me enough that I faithfully did the exercises even though they hurt. And today I have full range in shoulder movement.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:15

    • Samantha, the chiropractor has given me exercises to do too, and I’m doing them. You’re right, they’re very painful. He calls it ‘breaking up the freeze.’ I don’t have insurance either, and that’s the reason I waited so long to get checked out. Thought maybe I could just work through it. my range of motion has improved a bit. Hope to get all of back soon.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      February 28, 2011 at 5:15

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