Left Shoulder Instability

Tuesday was already going pretty slow because of gastric cramps, and later in the day, my left shoulder startedFullSizeRender-13 feeling really unstable.  It got too loose again. All the muscles around the joint had tightened up in order to hold it up in place. I think I first noticed this when I went to collect medicines for gastric, but I had no clue that it would flare up this way!

I didn’t get a good sleep last night. Slightest movement in sleep and I’d wake up because of pain. I did what I usually do to calm it down….I used a really strong ointment on it, gave it a light massage, used hot bags… and somehow got through the night. I went for an extra Physiotherapy session this morning because there was no way I could’ve gotten through this week with such intense pain in my left shoulder and arm.

The left side of my neck was more bumpy than usual, which is a sign that something is a little more serious. I can always feel these bumps in my neck, they’re just always in thFullSizeRender-12ere, but they swell up right away when something goes a little off in terms or my joints or when I’m really sick.

My Physiotherapist spent one entire hour on my left arm. Everything was so tight! She needed to release all the tensed muscles slowly. IT WAS SO PAINFUL. It seems that the instability of my shoulder is causing my rotator cuff muscles and postural muscles to spasm and guard. This causes pain, stiffness and intolerance to movement to both shoulder and neck. Myofascial adhesions build up and reduce mobility and power of the muscles. These adhesions sort of look like I built biceps overnight. Horribly painful biceps though. I don’t think anyone wants such biceps.

I’ve been told to do scapula protraction exercise over this week, but only if I feel that it’s not causing me more pain. I’m also going to need a sling for the next week or so. It’s time yet again for my right shoulder to take over and my left to rest.

What caused my left shoulder to suddenly become more unstable? I don’t know. All I know is that this is a part and parcel of living with Hypermobility Syndrome so it doesn’t make me feel as bad anymore. I just have to take each day as it comes because each day brings something new and no two days look entirely the same.

Now I should stop typing and get some rest.

Good night!

Gastric Attack!

Monday! This week started off well – I got back to eating right, went for Pilates and also managed to walk again! My mind kind of felt fresh; like it was ready to take on whatever came next.

Guess what came next.

Tuesday. I got up on Tuesday with really acute gastric cramps. It was sort of on and off over the weekend and since this happens to me quite a bit, I’ve got all the required medication at home. This time it didn’t help much. I’d feel better for a bit and the abdominal pain would come right back. I had to see my Family Doctor once again to get something stronger. I’ve been prescribed Esomeprazole, which is specifically meant for gastric acid suppression and, Buscopan for abdominal pain or cramps. Along with that I’m taking Axcel Eviline Forte suspension, which is an inorganic salt (Aluminium Hydroxide) used as an antacid. It helps to neutralize Hydrochloric acid in gastric  secretions.

Gastric pain, acid reflux, and other Gastrointestinal issues are some of the secondary symptoms (i.e. those symptoms not directly associated with joint pain) of HMS. It took me a while to understand why HMS is considered a ‘multi-systematic disorder’, but now that I do, all the other symptoms that I deal with seem to make a lot more sense. It all boils down to the collagen defect in people with HMS!

Over last weekend I also developed a sore throat. The same had happened during my previous gastric attack and I was told that there is always a slight possibility that the acid reflux causes throat irritation or inflammation, which can feel as if one is about to fall sick. I’m waiting to see if my throat gets better as my stomach starts to feel better.

On days I have gastric pains, I spend a lot more time at home, drink more camomile tea, put lotsFullSizeRender-11
of strong balm on my stomach and a hot pack over it, and try to sleep more. Camomile tea works as an anti-inflammatory and helps to relax the stomach muscles if the lining of the stomach has become inflamed. Combination of a strong balm + heat from a hot bag always helps relieve the severity of pain for me. I manage to get some sleep this way too. There’s not much I’m able to do with gastric pain that severe except be at home till the pain  reduces. This is the time I eat super bland food and go completely off any sort of caffeine and dairy.

A few other home remedies that I read can help with gastric pain and which I’ll probably try next time are:

1. Drinking rice water (the water leftover after you cook rice)

2. Peppermint tea (helps with indigestion)

3. Ginger-root tea (helps with nausea and relieving stomach muscles)

It’s my second day in bed because of gastric pain. I think it’ll be okay by tomorrow or so. Till then, more camomile tea and rest!