I read about "Frozen Shoulder" here.. it sounded so similar to what I've been experiencing and chalking up to bursitis that I looked it up online. Also known as "50s shoulder" it also sounds similar to bursitis.. which it still may be. It says it affects women more frequently than men and is associated with menopause, thyroid disease, diabetes. I just turned 49 and surely have perimenopause but no sign of menopause proper as yet. No diabetes but I do have a bad thyroid (hypo) and have recently started taking meds.
I havent been to a dr-- mainly because I've had a history of bursitis since my youth (very unusual, I know) and the treatment has always been to take an anti-inflammatory OTC (though, in the past, I did take the prescription drugs that were removed from the market). It has always affected my hips though-- never my shoulder. My understand is that much like bursitis, "Frozen Shoulder" is treated much the same way by addressing the inflammation and associated strain to tendons and ligaments and just wait it out.
I am taking very high doses of ibuprofen -- when I damaged my ulnar nerve, a PA told me that I could take up to 2400 mg a day and that is about the dose I am taking now. Still, I have a great deal of pain when doing anything with my arm that involves any kind of rotation or reach-- if I forget and try to reach back to the car console or change a load of laundry using my right hand, I'll wince/gasp with excruciating sharp pain. Putting on a bra or removing a shirt causes great pain. On a bad day, shampooing my hair or shaving arm pits is painful.. and I won't even go into the acrobatics required for basic bathroom hygiene. The worst is sleeping. I am ok on either side to start sleep-- but after a few hours I must switch and by morning I am in serious pain. This morning I woke at 4am and could not find a comfortable position to go back to sleep.
I am frustrated and tired of the limitations. Again, like bursitis, everything I am reading says that it just works out and eventually goes away. That's not reassuring to me. I don't have time to wait! I am trying to pack up and clean my current house-- trying to prep the new house-- and this pain is preventing me from doing the jobs that need to be done. I had to hire out to do the painting (though I am pretty much fine with any action directly in front of me, it would take me a month to paint a wall without any reach left or right). I pulled carpet in the new kitchen this weekend and am paying the price now. I am grumpy from the pain-- and grumpier yet from the inconvenience!
Have any of you experienced the same-- any recommendations for sleeping? Or just getting basic things done without pain? Do you use something other than ibu?