This will be my journal updating my progress/recovery from distal clavicle resection shoulder surgery.
First I'll give a little timeline:
*June 2010 - Injured myself incline benching 265, felt a little something in my shoulder
- Given anti-inflammatories and recommended to an Orthopedic
- Visit with orthopedic who thinks it's tendinitis/bursitis, gives me anti-inflammatory packets, and thinks I was doing too much weight for my frame throughout the years
*July 2010 - I am taking anti-inflammatories and going light on weights, and only 2x week
*August 2010 - Have X-Ray which shows no structural damage, but pain won't go away
- Have MRI which shows bursitis buildup in right shoulder
- I request a Cortisone shot
*September 2010 - No real issues except a constant cracking in my shoulder. I am out of the gym completely, pretty down about it.
*October 2010 - I request a second cortisone in my shoulder, just in a different spot
*November 2010 - February 2011 - Everything feels fine, shoulder is still iffy but better. I began to put size and muscle mass back on
*March 2011 - The shoulder bursitis comes back and once again I'm down about it. I stay out of the gym and make an appointment with my orthopedic
*April 2011 - May 2011 - visit with ortho about recurring issues and we both agree another cortisone won't do much. He tells me about what he could do surgically, distal clavicle resection. He tells me it's something I DON'T need, and I can live without it, which is true because the pain wasn't as bad as it was in the beginning stages. But I can't lift heavy, and basically can't lift much without feeling something in shoulder.
*June - September 2011 - Work all summer, one job as an intern. I stay out of the gym all summer as I lost about 20-25 pounds since originally injuring myself.
* October 2011 - I decide to get the surgery, and surprise myself in the process as I didn't think it would come to this, but the nagging/discomfort wouldn't go away, and the pain was low, probably 3/10, but all this prevented me from doing what I love to do, and I'm only 25 and have some prime years ahead of me still.
*** This has been a 16 month process and I've been miserable throughout, and I didn't decide on surgery on a whim. I went through all the steps before, and they helped some but ultimately failed. Again, surgery wasn't a necessity, but it was something I decided on. And I do not have health insurance. Only time will tell if it was the right choice, but I hope it will be. I do know I will try to stay away from the flat bench as I did that far too much.
**** I am doing this to show my gains from recovery. I hope you guys read and like what you are seeing. Any questions, feel free to inbox me. Recovery is said to be 3-6 months.