|goeskaboom (goeskaboom) wrote,|
@ 2014-11-09 12:34:00
Shoulder Pain Mystery: Solved!
For about a year now, I've had a problem with bad pain in my shoulder. It comes and goes randomly, but when it comes, it can be excruciating, to the point that I can barely do anything, since it's my dominant side. When my shoulder hurts like that, I can't use a mouse, and trying to write anything, even just a signature on a reciept, is very painful. It got to the point a few times that I considered going to the hospital, because I was afraid that something was seriously wrong, but I was also concerned that insurance wouldn't pay for it, or that the doctors would tell me that there's nothing wrong with me. So I dealt with this for a year, always hoping that one day when I woke up I wouldn't have the pain. I had thought it was bursitis, but because I didn't have a fever or any weird discoloration on my skin where the pain was, I was pretty sure it wasn't the potentially fatal bacterial bursitis, so I didn't do anything about it except take painkillers, and occasionally put Mentholatum on my shoulder.
A few days ago my mother suggested I get a professional massage, since she thought it would help my pain. I was skeptical at first, but since she was willing to front me the money, I decided it wouldn't hurt anything. So I went to the massage therapist, and as soon as she touched my neck she knew exactly what the problem was.
I had three very deep, hard myofascial trigger points on my neck, that were referring pain to my shoulder every time they got aggravated. She spent about an hour working on extending and stretching out those points, and it was very painful at the time, but now I can say honestly that my shoulder is already feeling better, despite my neck being sore now.
So I have to go back in a month to get the treatment repeated, to help prevent them from coming back, or if they do come back, prevent them from getting to the point where they cause the level of pain I had been enduring from the shoulder.
I'm so happy that I finally have an explanation for why my shoulder does this, it's a huge relief.