I’m 46 and recently went to the doctor to describe this pain that I’ve been having in my shoulder. He asked a few questions, worked my shoulder around a couple of times and told me that it was probably arthritis. He had the nurse give me a steroid shot (in my butt) for inflamation. He also gave me a couple of exercises to do. For the first one, I stand next to a wall and reach up as far as I can by slowly reaching farther and farther until I can stand next to the wall. It’s not too bad.
For the second exercise, I stand up, bend over and make circles with my arm and slowly make them bigger and bigger. It’s starts off easy enough. In a little bit, I can feel some resistance and then WHAM!! excruciating debilitating pain that knocks me to my knees. Exercise time is over. Having never had arthritis (that I was aware of) I don’t know what to expect or if my symptoms are normal.
So I’m turning to other Old Fart Dopers (Band name!) What can you tell me about the pain that arthritis has caused you? What are you doing for it?