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    one thing after another
    Wolfsong452 posted:
    been a long time since I was here, been working too much, have a web site where I am selling some things, old clothes, jewelry that I don't want etc.,

    everything is the same old same old, doctor did change the anti-depressant- now taking Cymbalta, still taking narco, muscle relaxer something for the restless leg, of course my over the counter vitamin D

    started an exercise gym, been trying to go 3-4 times a week. This is including the walking that is required with me being a security guard.

    with the gym exercise I'm noticing some bad side effects, I've been having what seems like more injuries. I already have a torn rotator cuff on the left shoulder, along with my left arm wrist being swollen and aching constantly.

    I've since been dianoised with a partial and complete tear of the meniscus of my right knee. They want to do surgery, not something I want to do, as missing work, is NOT good, could lose my job.
    still might do the surgery if I can convince the doctor that I'm able to go back to work in 4-5 days, hey, I do more sitting than I do walking. I'm walking in pain now, so how much worse can it be? I've had family members had the same surgery.

    what is happening with the exercise at the gym, is I"m know having what feels like the exact same symptoms in my right shoulder, afraid I might have torn that one.

    I'm also feeling the exact same pain in the left knee just like the tear of the meniscus in my right knee.

    I'm also feeling like something has cracked or broke in the muscles of my biceps. I"m thinking this might be some calcium deposits.. is it possible to get that in the muscle itself?

    Now when I work out at the gym, I do the treadmill, I do the eliptical, usually only 15 mins. on each one, with the easiest setting.

    I then do some machines normally using the lowest weight I can use. I've even stopped using some machines that were hurting me a bit too much.

    what the heck am I going to do now? I do not use any free weights, I am doing some floor work, using the stabalizer ball, some stretching and all sorts of things that can be done on the floor,either sitting or standing.

    I do swim, but I"m not even close to being a fish, can't even do one length of the pool. Can only do my version of a breast stroke, I can do the traditional arms over the head swimming, but am afraid of too much on the shoulders,


    I was supposed to go to the doctor today, new primary doctor. Sadly, I was half an hour late, so no seeing the doctor, the nurse asked me some questions to make sure nothing was an emergency, when she heard all the thing that have been going on, what hurts, what is pain, what feels broke,

    she said, yep, you really need to have a doctor visit. Thing is, what good is it to go to the PCP when they can't do anything, other than refer me on to either the Ortho doctor, PT, etc.

    then, what can they do? more surgery, just what I need,

    bah! hate my body,

    I was so proud of myself the way I was working out. never felt that I was over doing it, was really watching that closely.

    I even have a trigger finger in my dominant hand, where I've pulled and stretched it too much, while trying to get a sliding door open and shut at work. Constant swelling of the middle and ring finger. They will lock up, have to physically move them with the other hand.

    talk about an ouch!

    can someone cut off my middle finger, that would surely make it feel better!

    oh what's a body to do.
    Anon_2912 responded:
    Don't you have FMLA at your job? You may not get paid for the time off to heal from surgery, but it would protect your job at least.

    Until you get you shoulder & knee fixed things won't change for you. The opposite sides may be getting tired because you are over compensating for the pain on the other side.
    Wolfsong452 replied to Anon_2912's response:
    I agree, thing is, haven't checked into the FMLA I do know according to my companies policy if you don't work for 30 days, be it you're on vacation or whatever reason, you no longer work for them.

    keeping my job is one thing,

    having these things happen with my body is a bummer, MY left shoulder can't be fixed, everything else probably can,

    I just don't understand why this has happened,

    we're always told to exercise, which I was doing, lite weights, more repetations, I was told to keep up the exercise for my knee, they said I had to keep the other muscles in shape same thing with the other knee, actually all the problems, keep the one muscles in shape,

    I've tried doing this, now look what happened!

    sometimes I think this excercise thing is over rated.

    I walk, but, I've hurt my knee doing that.

    I"ve lost weight, guess it wasn't enough.

    I am going to keep up with swimming. Yet gotta watch the all that clorine
    Anon_10089 replied to Wolfsong452's response:
    Hello and good to see you back-I always enjoy your posts!

    I think doctors saying "exercise" is such an over simplification! It's awesome you've been going to the gym. If I were you, I would stop doing any exercises where your arms are away from your body. That's something that I've read about in exercises for FM. Even watch how much you are using your arms on the elliptical.

    You obviously have some joint/structural issues on top of the FM. Maybe you could get a referral to physical therapy where they could show you exercises you should do. Or maybe save up and do a few sessions with a personal trainer.

    I have problems whenever I use my arms, I think it's especially if I raise them over my head. My joints are fine, but it will often flare up into a migraine. But I feel so much better when I do exercise.

    Swimming is such good exercise. A good way to do it is to just walk back and forth. I did that a few weeks ago and tried to walk as fast as I could. My legs were burning (in a good way).

    I hope you get some answers from your new doctor.
    Wolfsong452 replied to Anon_2912's response:
    checked into the FMLA, yes we do have it, shouldn't be a problem if I need to take off.

    Yet I don't want too. I'd rather work, after I've had the knee surgery, as soon after as I can get. Being a security guard, kind of makes it easy sitting a lot, having to patrol outside and inside 3 times a shift. That would be the hard part, yet, I can take as long as necessary to do the patrol.

    what I'm concerned about is I'm doing these exercises, the walking, etc. and it's causing more problems.


    the shoulder can't be fixed, so that's always going to be an issue. I'm afraid the other shoulder is starting to have issues. I've got a request with the new doctor, to refer me on to the ortho doctors. Hope fully we've caught this other shoulder early enough that something can do be done about it. Even if it's specialized physical therapy.

    it's nice to be back and have someone to talk too, I should be kicking myself for staying away so long.

    nothing has changed, still sleeping hit and miss, pain, yeah, where,

    your guess is as good as mine, we all know, one day it's one place, the other day it's another place,


    everyone enjoy this early cool weather we're having, at least here in Indiana. Such a relief from the very hot summer we had.
    Anon_2912 replied to Wolfsong452's response:
    I have had surgery on both knee & shoulder.

    For my shoulder I had it done on a Wed & back at work Monday.

    On my knee I had it on a Mon & back to work the following Mon.

    I did have PT for both .
    Wolfsong452 replied to Anon_2912's response:
    now that is what I wanted to to hear

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