Sometime in late March and early April, because of my handheld (?) scanner machine dragging my right arm1 for a long period of time, I can no longer able to lift my arm all the way up high like I used to because there is a “painful lock” that’s keeping my right shoulder from being able to lift my right arm— my strong arm— way up high. I can no longer raise my hand using my right arm whenever I do things, most especially if I am stretching and even with dancing.2
I’ve looked around the internet to see if there are any home remedies of some sort to help my frozen shoulder problem. I tried cold/heat packs, muscle pain ointments like Ben-Gay and Icy Hot pain relieving gel, and none of them worked. Then I discovered some stretches and simple exercises that I needed to do on a daily basis for my shoulder, and for some reason, my shoulder gets a lot more painful than it already is. During my researching, I learned that having a frozen shoulder is common for diabetics, and that diabetics suffer the most from this injury. This worries me a lot, as I have begun to be more active with myself, especially with exercise and proper diet.3 My current job does require a lot of physical movement with your arms and legs and with this frozen shoulder problem, I would definitely find my job slightly harder.
According to articles that I found on the ADA4 and other medical sites, it could take up to two years5 for our shoulders to be healed and normal again, which even worries me more. However, my shoulder may get healed again at a slightly faster time than 2 years if I start going back to doing those rather difficult physical therapy exercises again. I could still lift my arm a bit, but only at the point where I can actually raise my hand to my shoulder level and not higher than that. I even began training my left arm to be my temporary “strong arm,” so I can become ambidextrous. There have been some success, but I wouldn’t count on it.
The physical therapy part will start gradually tomorrow. I’m heading off to bed now.
On the sidenote...
- to scan incoming packages to be delivered to designated U.S. post offices around the Bay Area and Northern California [↩]
- I haven’t been doing U-Jam for a long time now because of work… [↩]
- Well I do as I can anyway, eating the right foods that are not just safe for diabetics but also taste good too… [↩]
- American Diabetes Association – http://diabetes.org [↩]
- whut?! 2 years?! [↩]