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shoulder injury

I hurt my left shoulder kayaking about 4 months ago. I had some slight pain when extending my left arm to the side. For close to three months I didn't pay much attention to the problem because I was busy organizing my moving to Canada, and it didn't really interfered with regular everyday life. Finally I saw a doctor that gave me an anti-inflamatory med that caused some relief after about a week taking it. However, it quickly came back when I started using my shoulder normally. Heat patches and cold mint patches have also helped, but that slight pain doesn't seem to go away completely. Last sat i wasn't feeling any pain and tried doing the paddling motion, and right away I felt it again. Very slight pain, more like a reminder that it hasn't completely healed. Although I'd say that it may be 80% gone, I feel that if I paddle or climb it'll go back to where it was.

I'm considering getting a cortisone shot. Has anyone have a similar experience, of low pain, but also long lasting? How did you fix it?

Thanks,

Emilio
Lethbridge, Alberta
emu@umd.edu

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