I was so happy to find that the recommended Epsom Salt soaks would bring some relief to my painful shoulders.
When I saw my Naturopathic Doctor last week, I asked her about Serrapeptase, which a friend who suffers with joint problems had told me about. My Doctor agreed that it might be helpful but she felt that a similar product might be even better for my particular circumstances. She suggested I try Wobenzym N (Here is the official Canadian website). So I got me some of that on Saturday.
Saturday I got moving a little too early for me, I think. I met up with Carol and Pat for a very nice breakfast meeting at Tastebuds ... I hadn't seen either of them for ages, so it was great to get together. Then Kevin and I ran some errands. By supper time I was cooked and was feeling dragged down by my shoulder pain. I had a nice, long soak in Epsom Salts and experienced some heavenly pain relief! YEAH!! When I went to bed, I remember thinking ... "ahhhh ... my shoulders feel SO much better!" I put the Wobenzym N beside my bed so I could take it when I woke up to pee in the night. I thought that would be when my stomach was most empty, since it works best on an empty stomach and I like to be able to have breakfast as soon as I wake up in the morning.
I woke up at 5:00 a.m. after sleeping very soundly but was a bit saddened that my shoulders were hurting more. While I was awake, I took 10 Wobenzym's and then, after I swallowed, I remembered that I was to take 10 or 12 but split up during the day. Oops. No worries, though, because I knew it wouldn't be harmful to take them all at once. I stayed awake for about an hour because of shoulder discomfort and about half an hour after taking the Wobenzym's my stomach felt a little unsettled. I then got a solid 4 hours of sleep and when I woke up, my shoulders felt the best they've felt for a long, long time!! AMAZING!!
Kevin and I were busy all day getting ready for the party and, as usual, even though yes, you're going to keep it simple, and no, you're not going to fuss ... you still do a lot of stuff you wouldn't have otherwise done. I was worried that I was going to wear myself out but my shoulders held up all day and night!! I didn't even have an Epsom Salts soak yesterday! And I did lots of things during the day that would normally cause my shoulders to ache later, but they didn't ache more! You can't imagine how happy I was to feel good all day and night!! Last night I remembered to just take half of the Wobenzym's in the night and then I took the other 5 about an hour before dinner tonight. My shoulder pain diminishes noticeably about an hour or so after taking them.
These frozen shoulders will take some time to go through their cycle, but as long as I can better manage the pain with Epsom Salts and now ... maybe Wobenzym ... it won't be nearly so bad.
I'll be interested to see what the masseuse says when I see her on Friday. I hope it won't be a matter of pain before gain. This window of pain relief is soooooooo nice!! I just want it to last.
Interesting and disappointing, though, is that my legs aren't any better from the Epsom Salts and Wobenzym. I wonder if I'm still feeling the effects of the Arimidex?! I bet the Doctors can't say either.
Breast cancer motivated me to start a blog, mostly to keep track of everything for myself but also to allow family and friends to keep up to date about my progress. My blog has evolved and so have I.
Now, along with my continuous breast cancer experience, I also blog about my kitchen experiments, my return to quilting as therapy, and my return to full-time work.
I didn't realize when I was diagnosed that breast cancer and the treatments would take so much out of me and that the effects would be so difficult and last so long. That said, I'm glad to be alive and now I need to leave a legacy. Time's a wasting. Must make quilts.
Breast Cancer (booooo) was the opponent. I hope I won. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2009. I had a sentinel node lumpectomy later that month and on June 10, 2009, I started Chemotherapy followed by radiation treatments - the last one being December 20, 2009.
I thought it was all over. The cancer part seems to be over so far but I hadn't anticipated the awful effects of Arimidex (the aromatase inhibitor/estrogen blocker) that I started taking after chemo. The effects were long lasting and really awful. And then both my shoulders became frozen. I see that frozen shoulder is not uncommon for women who have been through breast cancer treatments but nobody seems to know why. And now I'm on Tamoxifen and there are the side effects from that, which are much milder than I had with Arimidex but at this point I don't know what's caused by either of those drugs or what might be the lingering effects of chemo and radiation. It's a much longer haul than I initially understood.
This blog has been my game's colour commentary starting 6 days before the kick-off of my first chemo treatment. I hope I won. That's the funny thing with cancer, though. You don't know for sure. You just have to be cocky enough to act like you've won.
Everyone who visits here has been on my team (because there's no "I" in "TEAM") and this blog was for them to to follow the game plan and the progress. It turned out it's also been therapy for me and a record of so many details I forget because of the also unanticipated "chemo brain". One thing I know for sure is that I wouldn't have made it through this without my team of family and friends. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!! We're here. We Might Have WON!!
To learn the details about my particular discovery of my tumour and my diagnosis and treatment, please read this.
If you're more interested in my new quilting hobby, visit my blog that's supposed to be JUST about quilting at Peace.Love.Quilt.