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I feel like an old man!

I have another ear infection. Same ear, the left, but not quite as painful or tender as before. I still have plenty of unexpired Cipro from before, so rather than waste a co-pay I've decided to administer the Cipro twice a day for a week.

I was woken up from a most interesting dream (covered in another post) by the physical therapist I'm going to start with. My left shoulder is not getting better fast enough, and I want to get this fixed before I leave for England, so I'm starting with my first PT session today at 3:30.

And, because the shoulder has only partially responded to a month of chiropractic, we decided it was best to have an MRI done. I will be going to Winthrop Hospital tomorrow to check for any tears in my rotator cuff. At this point, we're pretty darned sure there is one, that it's not just a sprain or something. Muscle tests on Wednesday revealed I have practically no pectoral strength on the left and diminished deltoid strength accompanied by searing pain. I'll find out for sure tomorrow afternoon.

As for the rest, it's nothing worse than occasional lethargy, reflux, and diminished fitness. I miss the physical challenges of rugby season and have not dragged myself to the gym yet. My fitness and energy are suffering. I do situps, leglifts, and sidebends at home, but that has only a very limited effect. I've attempted to do pushups, but the pain in my shoulder stops me after only a few. I want to go run, but I'm either too lazy about it or there's snow/ice everywhere. I need to get involved with organized sport again so I can feel youthful again!


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Jan. 20th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Why do you have extra Cipro? Did your doctor give you extra pills by accident or did you not take your full course the last time?

Rotator cuff injuries are bad -- I hope you don't have one. :(
Jan. 20th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
I was given Cipro eardrops and told to do a 10-day course. There was still plenty left in the bottle after the full course.
Jan. 20th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
If you have a rotator cuff tear, or suspect you may have one, stop all exercise of that muscle post-haste. Seriously, you can do some nasty damage and it takes a long time to heal. Are you icing that shoulder and/or taking anti-inflammatories?

When I managed to damage my left one some years ago, I got some help from some PT-massage. It can be uncomfortable, but I do believe it promoted the healing.
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