A little history lesson before we get to what has happened lately. Ten years ago I dealt with Paget-Schroetter Syndrome and had surgery. Post surgery I never got full feeling back in my right arm from my elbow to my breast. My pinky and ring finger would often be numb. For years I never really had a severe pain but more so a dull pain that was just there and made some movements tough.
I would go to see an orthopedic surgeon to get everything looked over. He would perform a number of tests to see how my strength and mobility were. I would then get a couple x-rays to make sure all was well with the bone. During the strength tests the doctor started to laugh and was like "ohh man". He would say the x-ray was fine but that my rotator cuff is not right. He suggested PT for a couple of months and go from there.
Present day, thanks to Kate I have some great people that have been taking care of me. The goal is to try and strengthen the muscles in my shoulder and back. Right now my shoulder caves in, obviously that isn't good and needs to be fixed. Surgery is an option but seems that it could be put off if my shoulder gets stronger and where it should be. Immediate surgery is not an option because of how weak the shoulder and muscles are. It would be better to strengthen the muscles before surgery, hence the two months of surgery.
It has taken a couple weeks of being "off" due to injury for me to miss running. Early on I wanted to fix my arm and understood running might not help. Last week I asked about running and was told "try it, I wouldn't run more than five miles but give it a shot" Thats what I have done and it has been interesting. I ran two miles for fun last Tuesday, a 5k Thursday and four miles yesterday. Each time it hasn't been good, don't get me wrong I can run no problem but have pain and can't feel my arm. I ran the 5k and finished in the top 100 but looked like my arm was in a sling during the race and after the race for about ten minutes. Yesterday it felt better while running but post run has been a little more painful.
I will be at PT on Wednesday morning and see what happens. I still plan on running a 50k in June. That means with or without surgery, I will find a way to do it. Having an athletic trainer by my side will help a lot moving forward. The truth is I want to be okay for the 50k but being perfect for a wedding is more important. I mean who would want shoulder pain on a honeymoon!! I'll keep everyone updated but for now all is good.