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Met with my Orthopedic doctor; Hernia surgery will put me out of action for a bit.

Thursday, April 15, 2004 by  
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I met with my new orthopedic doctor yesterday and he went over the x-rays and MRI pictures with me. He said they showed all the classic symptoms of someone who has been lifting heavy weights: rotator cuff tendinitis and Impingement syndrome. He feels that it is too early for surgery, and wants to try more aggressive cortisone treatments combined with physical therapy. Yesterday he gave me two injections of Depo-Medrol right into the rotator cuff. He wants to see me again in two weeks and will probably administer two more injections, along with a referral to a physical therapist (if needed). He said if these things don’t correct the problem, I’m looking at surgery.

As for my hernia, that is going to be a little bit more of an ordeal. I met with the surgeon yesterday and we’re shooting for the operation to take place on Friday, April 23. His office is going to call me later today and let me know if that date is okay. I won’t be able to do any lifting for about six weeks after the surgery, and I won’t even be able to do cardio or drive a car for at least two weeks after the surgery. There seems to be little point in doing daily updates to this site while I am recuperating from my surgery and unable to do any physical activity. Therefore, from Friday April 23, 2004 through Thursday May 6, 2004 it is very likely depending on how I feel) that the daily updates to this site will cease.

It’s going to suck not being able to workout for 2 weeks, but I’m glad I’m getting this taken care of. Also this will be good rest for my shoulder, so I’m just going to accept it and make the best of it.

Thanks for the support – have a great day!

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