Thursday, April 21, 2011
STARTING PHYSICAL THERAPY - TAKE THREE
1) Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) is the most painful PT that there is. It is less painful to have a total knee reconstruction.
2) The PT is so painful that I will have to be doped up on narcotics for each session (three times per week) in order to be able to tolerate the pain. The less conscious I am, the better, so that means I have to be driven to and from each session. I do not tolerate these narcotics well, which means that I will spend the rest of the day in bed after each therapy session.
3) I get to have a machine at my house that I get strapped into a few times per day that will stretch my shoulder.
4) I have to do 15-20 minutes of PT on myself every two waking hours.
5) My husband needs to learn how to PT me at home for the things that I cannot do to myself.
6) My left (good) shoulder is giving out because of overuse, and is becoming very painful.
7) The therapy will take a few to several months, and every step will be very painful.
8) Although the other PTs have told me that my muscle spasms are involuntary, the new PT says that I am doing it consciously and I need to learn to control my muscle spasms with my will power. I need to learn to concentrate and will my muscles not to go into a spasm.
9) After the shoulder is released, then it will be time to make a decision on whether or not the rotator cuff needs to be surgically repaired.
10) Basically, my life, for the foreseeable future, revolves around my shoulder. Unfreezing my shoulder will be the focus of each day. It's a good thing that I am not working outside the home, because if I was, the PT said I would have to go on disability or quit my job. You cannot work and go through this rehabilitation at the same time.
Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. No, I am not happy. I am feeling overwhelmed.