A little more than a year after undergoing elective shoulder surgery, I was faced with another surgical decision.
This time around, I was trying to eliminate throbbing knee pain and limitations in my lateral movement. I learned a lesson from my subacromial decompression shoulder surgery. While it’s important to explore all of the conservative measures, at some point I had to decide whether surgery would make the difference.
To avoid shoulder surgery, I worked for two years with doctors and physical therapists. I was optimistic that things would get better even though my quality of life sucked. My active lifestyle was put on pause. I was frustrated.
If you read my original blog— Should I Have Surgery?— and the subsequent blog about rehabbing tips, you know that my story eventually ended on a happy note. I regained full use of my arm and shoulder. I returned to all of my previous activities, including swimming. In retrospect, I should have made the decision sooner.
Now, press the fast forward button and arrive at September 2016. I was walking with my husband on a city street in Victoria, British Columbia when pain radiated through my leg. At first, I ignored it. After all, it was the first day of a four-day birthday trip. The more I walked, the more it throbbed. When we returned to the hotel, I needed multiple ice bags to cover all of the areas that hurt. I persevered. Despite the pain, I found a way to trek on uneven surfaces along the coastline of Vancouver Island. Before leaving Vancouver Island, I called to make an appointment with a Colorado orthopedic doctor. Read More