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  Posted by: Waterbird on Jan-27-13 1:01 AM (EST)

I had severe shoulder pain for several years. X-rays showed I needed replacement due to osteoarthritis. The stage was described as severe. I didn't get the surgery done because I couldn't afford it.

To be able to kayak I got a lighter kayak and a very light paddle---Werner Athena full carbon. The paddle helped a lot. Still, no stroke was painfree.

The bizarre thing is that after almost 10 years of pain I started to feel better. I'm thinking that part of my pain was due to inflammation. Maybe we can't tell the difference between bone-on-bone pain and pain caused by inflammation. I stopped eating sugar entirely and lost some weight, which may have reduced the inflammation.

Steroid injections helped also.

I guess my point is just that sometimes these things get better without surgery. Sorry, I know that's not very scientific. To be even less scientific, I found that my thinking and attitudes had a pretty big impact as well. I decided to adapt to my arthritis rather than resisting it.

I never regained my range of motion but you know what? You can live just fine without being able to rotate your arm 360 degrees or put your hand on your lower back.

I was mad at my doctor because he said I was too young for surgery. Now I'm very glad I didn't have it (yet).

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