And the light bulb goes off.
The shoulder of the same arm has been painful for about 5+ years.
1) I can't sleep on it.
2) I can't perform military presses exceeding 10lbs (without paying the consequences for 2 months).
3) When it's real bad I can't reach back to grab my seat belt.
I have just mentally pushed the pain off in my shoulder and learned to live with it.
The now critical info I left out in my original post, is that while doing the above stated recovery
exercises for my elbow, I was also performing the thera-band shoulder exercises posted on Dr. Mark's
(of Houston, TX) website. In fact I've periodically have done them over the years when my shoulder
would get real bad. After a couple months, I could sleep on the shoulder again. But it's always short
lived as I would stop doing the shoulder thera-band exercises after the pain subsided.
Right now my shoulder aches.
I asked my one ortho if it could be my shoulder pain causing my elbow problem last year and he said "no
that would not cause your elbow pain." Ironically, both ortho's couldn't find significant inflammation
in my MRI's and neither had suggestions on how to solve this. My last visit I decided to try a small dose
of cortizone, my suggestion not the ortho's, he was apprehensive saying "it's hard to give cortizone to
an area with minimal inflammation". He did however give me a small dose. It had a negative effect on my
elbow for 2 months, made the pain worse.
Sounds like my first course of action is to get to someone knowledgable enough to perform the Functional Movement Screen.
Go to ortho get an xray & then MRI of the shoulder to see if the
problem warrants surgical repair. If not, I'll perform the thera-band shoulder exercises every day
of my life if that is what it takes to get me back riding.
I cannot thank you enough for your time and for contributing to this post!!
I am very grateful.