Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
James writes: I was listening to Bill Meyer’s radio show today and heard about your torn rotator cuff problem.
A few years ago I had the same problem. I didn’t want to go to the doctor, even though am on Medicare and the bill wouldn’t have been to high for me. I just don’t like going to the doctor. Anyhow I came across a little book on Amazon titled “Treat your own Rotator Cuff” or something like that, by Jim Johnson. It is kind of spendy, but I was desperate for relief. Let me tell you I was amazed at what the simple stretching and strengthening exercises in this book did for me. And I only did the exercises for a couple of weeks. He has a new title that evidently contains all the same info as the original book. Read some of the reviews on Amazon and see what you think. Plus it’s about $10 cheaper! BTW, I really enjoy your interviews with Bill every week. I have the same feelings about electric vehicles as you do.
My reply: I know this isn’t a question – but the subject is perhaps of interest to people, so I decided to post your comment and my reply!
I’ve actually been doing stretches for several months now and have seen incremental improvement but the shoulder still keeps me up for half the night and I am perpetually sleep-short now. I gather this happens in middle age! The mystery – to me – is what ails me. I don’t think it can be a full tear because I can still use my left arm – even lift weights (though not as heavy as I used to lift). The range of motion is much less than my right (normal) arm but I am basically functional. I can even do push-ups!
But when I lie down, I get a dull ache almost immediately that will not go away. It’s not severe pain – just enough pain to keep me from getting sleep.
For awhile, it kept me up all night. Lately, it keeps me up for most of the night. I credit the improvement to several stretches, including one I’ve been doing every day that entails standing against a wall and rotating your shoulders back to touch the wall – sentry guard posture, basically – hold it a few, then release. This feels really good and – apparently – corrects for poor posture/rounded shoulders (and misalignment) caused by sitting hunched over a keyboard for hours each day!
Thanks for the kind words…
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