A month after surgery my pain has become less intense. I started physical therapy last week, and am working with a top therapist. The therapy has been easy, because she doesn’t push me past where I should go. Each appointment shows greater range of motion for my shoulder.
Physical therapy makes me tired, because I have to do 3-4 sessions at home each day. The list of exercises grow with each treatment, but I’m glad to see it making improvement. The PT is only working on range of motion, and that will be the case for another month.
The surgeon got new x-rays today and he went over the results with me. He wanted to see more healing and could see it only in one little area. He tested my range of motion and thought it was progressing well. He didn’t want me to try any strengthening exercises for at least another month. He hopes to see healing of the bone break by then.
I remember his remarks before the surgery: that Sjogren’s patients and Ehlers Danlos patients may not have as good recovery as the average patient. He said that range of motion doesn’t completely get back to normal with my health conditions.
Another improvement is that I quit taking the strong pain medicine. I’m now only taking Naproxen and Tylenol for my Sciatica pain. With this flare, I haven’t been able to get much sleep. Adding my Tens unit has really helped with the intense throbbing and burning pain of Sciatica.
Recovering from surgery with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Sjogren’s Syndrome isn’t what it could be without the two conditions. The fact that I had surgery and the inflammation that came with my severe bone break, my body has been flaring. My Sciatica came back with a bang and my fatigue became severe. My body wants to sleep most of the time.
Thankfully, I have great support with my family taking over everything. I’m thankful that I don’t have a job that I’m being pressured to return to. This way, I’m able to nap whenever I need it and do nothing in my home. Hubby has done everything for me and it’s been a lifesaver.
It’s amazing how a broken bone can cause so much pain and disruption to my life and the lives of my family. And, with 8 more weeks of prescribed physical therapy, it ties us down to home during the time we had planned to travel. Chronic Illness really does affect the entire family in practical ways and emotional ways. The stress is not what anyone wants to deal with.
I feel more determined to work hard doing my physical therapy exercises and continuing in prayer. I will continue to ask God to heal the bone, especially because I don’t want to end up having to get a full shoulder replacement. That would be such a huge setback in pain and expense. Every day and in every situation, I need God to help me and answer prayer.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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