About three months ago I took a fall and landed hard on my left shoulder and left hip.
The pain to my left hip went away after about a month. the left shoulder, however, continues to hurt.
At first I tried all the usual remedies, ice packs, Motrin, sleeping on my back (as opposed to sleeping on my side/shoulder),offerings to the Madonna de Ghisallo.
The only thing that I have not tried is rest.
I went to an ortho about a month ago and he took x-rays. There is no rotator cuff tear/injury and there is no physical evidence of trauma or damage to the shoulder joint.
He gave me some samples of Celebrex and prescribed Tramadol. He also suggested PT and, if that did not work, then a shot of cortisone.
The Celebrex worked while I was taking it (while at the LB Tour de Cure). The Tramadol just does not seem to work at all, however.
I have not gone to PT because of time issues.
So now I am considering taking a cortisone shot.
Has any one here had a cortisone shot to the shoulder for shoulder pain? Did it help? (Much? Little? Not at all?). Any lingering side effects from the cortisone shot.
The pain on my shoulder is driving me nuts. It makes it hard to get a good night's sleep, so I am now sleepy and crankier than usual.
Climbing out of the saddle hurts my shoulder.
Because of the shoulder pain I have adjusted my riding position which has now caused the rest of my left arm, down to the elbow, to hurt.
Any suggestions, comments, ideas? I would especially like to hear about your experiences with cortisone shots.
Thanks a bunch!