Archives for: April 2006, 03
I wrote several months ago about what I was doing to relieve pain in my right shoulder. All I can say is that nothing I have tried so far has made the pain go away.
Neither exercising nor letting it rest has made a clear difference. Massaging pressure points gives temporary relief if I get a sharp pain, but has had no long term effect. None of the supplements I have tried stops the pain; neither does Advil.
I am indebted to Don for writing about frozen shoulder. I did some reading about that syndrome on the internet, and the description matches my symptoms exactly. I seem to be at the beginning of the thawing stage. Most internet sites are brutally honest - there is nothing you can do to change the course of a frozen shoulder once it gets started. The good news is that it will eventually return to normal.
One of the things I tried that didn't work was the anti-inflammation protocol from the encyclopedia. I could not find Joshua Tree, but I have taken the other supplements for a month - glucosamine, ginger, cayenne, and bromelain.
While I was disappointed that they didn't cure my shoulder, I got an unexpected benefit. I had started to get stiffness and popping in my jaw. I asked my dentist about it, and he said that it was related to my Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). He said he wouldn't do anything medically unless it got a lot worse than it was.
After a week on the anti-inflammation protocol, my jaw was better. After two weeks, my jaw was almost normal. So, the anti-inflammation protocol in the Encyclopedia worked beautifully on the inflammation in my TMJ.
I will continue to do shoulder exercises and take the anti-inflammation protocol. The duration of the syndrome can be from 11 months to 3 Â½ years. Since I am at the beginning of stage 3 after 6 months, it appears that the action I am taking, while not making the symptoms go away, is keeping me toward the low end of the time frame.