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Old 07-01-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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Began working a very physical job in October. Much heavy lifting. I have severe pain now in my shoulder joints, and am to the point where I cannot lift my arms above my head or reach behind me. Only in front and to shoulder level.

Unfortunately I do not have any health insurance and make just above Medicaid qualifications (I make $24,000). I'd love nothing better than to get looked at, x-rayed and treated, but I just can't afford it.

So I need so good advice on how to manage this. I've started a bit of swimming, which is slightly painful while I do it, but excruciating afterward. I take Tylenol Arthritis for very bad days, which helps, but I know I can't live on that. Also taking the 1500/1200 Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate daily.

Any exercises or treatments anyone could recommend?
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Began working a very physical job in October. Much heavy lifting. I have severe pain now in my shoulder joints, and am to the point where I cannot lift my arms above my head or reach behind me. Only in front and to shoulder level.

Unfortunately I do not have any health insurance and make just above Medicaid qualifications (I make $24,000). I'd love nothing better than to get looked at, x-rayed and treated, but I just can't afford it.

So I need so good advice on how to manage this. I've started a bit of swimming, which is slightly painful while I do it, but excruciating afterward. I take Tylenol Arthritis for very bad days, which helps, but I know I can't live on that. Also taking the 1500/1200 Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate daily.

Any exercises or treatments anyone could recommend?
If your pain is a result of your work then you can file a workers compensation claim and go to a company-paid physician for assessment. I would talk to my HR manager in the morning. If your company is small and you do not have an HR Manager, then I would contact my local labor board and find out how to put in a workers compensation claim.

You need to find a different line of work. I was working a physical job and in so much pain I cried every day. I got a different job and now my quality of life is much better. No job is worth being in pain and miserable.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Also taking the 1500/1200 Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate daily.
It to late for this supplement to work for you now so save your money.

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If your pain is a result of your work then you can file a workers compensation claim and go to a company-paid physician for assessment. I would talk to my HR manager in the morning. If your company is small and you do not have an HR Manager, then I would contact my local labor board and find out how to put in a workers compensation claim.

You need to find a different line of work. I was working a physical job and in so much pain I cried every day. I got a different job and now my quality of life is much better. No job is worth being in pain and miserable.

20yrsinBranson
Good solid advice I'd consider strongly.
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