Update on work injury

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Kopykat

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So I’m sure I’m posting this in the wrong category again but here it goes...

I followed up w an orthopedic doctor today at the request of my neurosurgeon bc I’m still having symptoms from my work injury. And they gave me a cortisone shot in the shoulder (cortisone shots hurt don’t let anyone tell you different and I have a high pain tolerance). I have to go back in a month and they are talking about surgery. 3 surgeries on my left arm. All at once. Bc my ulnar nerve is being compressed different spots and causing me to lose function in half my hand, weakness, pain, etc. So not really what I was hoping for.

Just really frustrated. Who knew one punch could do so much damage?
 

Kopykat

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It’s just been a year of non stop crap not to mention the last few weeks. I was feeling comfortably numb and now the depression is creeping back. It seems I go from being totally numb to intense feelings. I feel I complain a lot here, sorry for that.
 

whiteraven

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So I’m sure I’m posting this in the wrong category again but here it goes...

I followed up w an or...

Wow, so sorry about this. One thing I've learned after so many medical issues and a couple of major surgeries (I had brain surgery in 2006) is that my mental state is usually affected by pain or that feeling of "no control" that often comes with medical care and treatment. I don't know if you've had major surgery before, but if you end up having this one, I recommend heavy preparation for your own emotional well-being ahead of time. I did all sorts of things, including setting up my own support (I belong to an online book club and I let everyone know I was going to be out for surgery - they sent me books and letters for the 3 months that I was in recovery), having all of those comforting things packed up and ready near-by for afterwards, and other stuff.

Keep us posted!
 

digger

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Hi @Kopykat

Don't know if it's something you've considered, but you might want to look at starting a diary thread. A lot of people find them useful for checking in, updating, tracking how things are going etc.
 

She Cat

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I’ve had so many steroid injections in my life that I definitely KNOW how bad they hurt. Especially when they are in a joint area. Right now, I’ve had 3 in my hip in the past 18 weeks, not to bad, but the pain afterwards is horrendous for days and days.

Injuries that last are just so hard to deal with. Mine was from a fall over a yr ago, and I’m still dealing with this shit....
 

Kopykat

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@whiteraven i had a disc replaced in my cervical spine last year from this injury and prior to that just a gallbladder removal. I know mood can affect things. I didn’t prep very well for that before my spine surgery bc I was so scared. My mom had brain surgery and never recovered from it so that affects my view of surgery and health issues. With this news I go back and forth from wanting to be alone to wanting support. Usual push pull pattern I guess.

@digger I will do that, sorry.

@TexCat I’m sorry to hear you’re still in pain. The PA yesterday said steroid shots are just like flu shots and I’m like “no, no they’re not”. I have tattoos on my chest and all over my arm’s and would rather do those any day over another steroid shot.
 

whiteraven

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@Kopykat Oh yeah, I get that. I didn't prepare at all for my hysterectomy and didn't do nearly as well as I did after my brain surgery. I'm so sorry about your experience with your mom; I can certainly understand your being so ambivalent.
 
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