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  • Rebecca Caldwell

    Member
    2 March, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I have shoulder impingement syndrome and it has been bothering me a lot lately and seriously getting in the way of my practicing and playing. I went to the doctor today and I’m planning on getting cortisone shots soon. I’ve never gotten them before, does anyone here had them? Do they hurt a lot? I am nervous but I hope they will help me get back to doing my favorite things again.

  • Cynthia Griffith

    Member
    2 March, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Hi there, Rebecca! Christy-Lyn let me know you posted (we’ll all be getting used to how forums we subscribe to come through for notifications)… I can’t help you with this particular issue, but I understand how joints (and pressure points) can cause a lot of pain and also cause limitations. I’m hopeful that if your doctor thinks it will be good for you, it would be a good thing to do and hopefully build up strength and normal movement etc again. I’ve had to give up (or put off, I prefer to call it) things due to pains and pressure points giving me a pain. I hope that you will build up a strength and tolerance that will enable you to figure out how best to re-approach your favorite things again after you and your doctor try to treat this. Like I said, I can’t totally understand your specific situation, but I can understand the frustration of feeling like your body limits you and puts up barriers that holds you back. At least for the moment. Please don’t feel like what hurts or happens now might affect you forever…. it might eventually level out and let you work through things and even improve on them. (I say this as someone who thought she might never again be able to play fiddle, and has re-learned relaxing and not stressing or building tension and can play again with happiness, which I thought might never happen again). That said, anyone else who has actual experience in this situation who could offer advice and tips?

    • Rebecca Caldwell

      Member
      2 March, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you for responding! I am so glad to hear you are playing your fiddle again after some limitations! Seeing the category of shoulder and hand injuries I got excited (maybe I’m not alone!) I just wanted to post something to say hi and participate in this wonderful new website ?

  • Katie Atwell

    Member
    2 March, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Hi everyone! I’ve also been suffering from what is likely shoulder impingement as well as tendonitis in the wrists. I haven’t found it easy to go to doctor or therapy appointments but I have found some useful resources on Youtube that have helped me learn exercises and stretches that have helped me make decent progress in healing and feeling physically better in general. One of the channels that has a lot of information on shoulder impingement is Bob & Brad on Youtube. They are both physical therapists and post lots of videos on different exercises for healing from all sorts of injuries. Another one is Dr. Levi Harrison on Youtube who has some great videos for hand and wrist exercises to stay in shape and prevent straining from repetitive use. His videos are directed toward gamers but the exercises themselves would be beneficial to anyone I’m sure, especially anyone who uses a computer frequently.

    It’s been really hard having my injuries the past few months, especially since it’s at the same time as I started trying to get into harp, and I empathize with any of you who are working through injuries. But Cynthia is right, we can get better! In fact, having these injuries has taught me about the importance of exercises and stretching, and I want to do what I can to heal and become strong in the future so I am more capable moving forward. We hear that suffering can be a blessing in disguise, and though it’s really hurt to go through, I definitely believe that.

    • Rebecca Caldwell

      Member
      2 March, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Katie, thank you for your response. I will look into the videos, I’m glad to hear they were helpful for you! I am waiting to hear back from my doctor about the cortisone injection, I think I’m just going to do it because it sounds like it can really help relieve the inflammation. I will post an update and let y’all know if they were painful and/or helpful. Every day that passes that I can’t practice my harp I feel a loss.

  • Amanda Munson

    Member
    2 March, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    I don’t have a shoulder injury, but I do have a wrist injury (likely a TFC tear) and received cortisone shot for that. It was quite uncomfortable; you feel more pressure in the joint than pain in my experience, which itself feels really weird. If you’re concerned about pain, you could take a couple of ibuprofen before your appointment and that might help. Any pain I had from the injection didn’t last long after it was done.

    • Rebecca Caldwell

      Member
      2 March, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you ❤ it’s very anxiety producing to think about an injection into an area that already hurts and you feel guarded about…so I’m trying to muster up all the courage to just relax and not worry so much. I am looking forward to some relief though, so I can get back to doing all the things I like doing! like practicing the harp, which is so healing in and of itself (for stress and anxiety anyway! Not so much for injuries hehe!)

  • Theodore Hagmann

    Member
    2 March, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Hey Rebecca, I don’t have experience receiving cortisone shots, but I’ve given them before (knees) I can’t comment thoroughly on the pain at the moment of injection, but I can say most patients don’t “jump off the bed” in pain.

    After the first day, nearly everyone is incredibly glad they made the decision. Most people have significant pain relief for anywhere from 3 months to a year. Subsequent injections usually last a shorter length of time than the first, but how much shorter is quite variable.

    • Rebecca Caldwell

      Member
      2 March, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much for your words, they are comforting to hear (read). Gosh, I bet getting them in the knees is even creepier than the shoulders….joints are just creepy places. I have an appointment on Friday morning for the injection so I just have to relax and get through the week and try not to worry. I think the anticipation and anxiety is probably worse than the procedure itself…I hope! I’m sure it’ll be fine (I keep telling myself ?) I appreciate the support Theodore. Thank you for helping others with their pain ❤

  • Helen Gosnell

    Member
    2 March, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I had one in my wrist. It does hurt, but it also helped a lot. My wrist was sore for a couple of days afterward. I had a hand injection recently (not cortisone) and I played relaxing music through headphones and did some deep breathing and got through it fine. I just had to tell myself the pain is temporary.

    • Rebecca Caldwell

      Member
      3 March, 2021 at 12:52 am

      Thank you. I think I will have to do something similar to stay relaxed. I still feel very nervous but I will be brave. ❤

  • Rebecca Caldwell

    Member
    11 March, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    So glad the site is back up! I just wanted to update my thread here, while the site was down I was getting a cortisone injection in my shoulder and resting a bit. I would like to report for those who may stumble on this thread that the injection was not painful. It was unpleasant and anxiety producing, but not ‘painful’. The injection location was numbed with some cold topical stuff, then she prepared me for the possibility that she’d have to move the needle around once she was in there. Right before the injection she told me to breathe in, then out, then she asked me about my dogs! Perfect question for me because I love talking about my dogs, so it was the distraction I needed. The unpleasant feeling of the needle in the shoulder felt like a worm wiggling around (creepy! it was a dull creepy sensation but not pain) but once I got done naming and describing my beloved dogs, it was over! Unfortunately It has been almost a week and I’m not feeling much relief (yet?). So I don’t know that it works for everyone. Maybe it’ll take more time. I’m starting physical therapy (again) next week. Meanwhile, I practice my harp in short sessions and try to focus on my good (right) hand/arm.

    • Cynthia Griffith

      Member
      11 March, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks for the update, Rebecca, as well as describing how it went for you! Sorry to hear it’s not working yet, but I hope that soon you will get back to feeling better. Good idea to limit practice so as not to over do it. Best Healing Wishes!

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