I've continued to lift twice a week but had to stop doing o-lifting because my shoulder was really killing me. Did some trigger point therapy sessions which reduced the quality of pain quite a bit but still not enough to feel like I should get back to explosive lifting.
I was still doing heavy front/back squats but it was sometimes quite tough to get the arm into the back squat position. Wider grip and lots of slow arm circles made it possible but it took extra effort.
So, off to the sports med doc I go. He does a bunch of those bilateral tests..."lift up, resist, hold at 90 degrees, resist, etc. etc." Then he has me lift both arms up about 45 degrees off straight ahead, rotate thumbs down and resist... wow, the left side has no ability to resist being pulled down but the right is fine. This, he says, is bursitis sign.
So I get a shot of cortisone in the left bursa of my shoulder. Repeats the test after a few minutes and, voila, I can resist equal. Pain much better but still a bit of hitching. No lifting anything heavy with the shoulders for 2 weeks... no squats, etc. Fortunately, I'd just finished back squats at 65kg for 3x5 that morning so I'm good with that. Now its weighted vest lunges and step ups in the meantime.
Here's the interesting thing... while he's doing all the different tests I mention I've been having hot flashes and other signs of perimenopause... how could I not as I have a flaming flash right then. He nods, finishes, diagnoses.
He says that bursitis often occurs when women's hormone levels change at perimenopause. Bursitis is very common in the 40-60 age group for women, he says. I have never heard of this.
Anybody ever hear something about this (bursitis w/ changing hormone levels)? Any experience with this? What did you do?
I'll be doing a bunch of scapular retraction strengthening stuff when I can start weighting my shoulder again. Face pulls, etc. Increase fish oils (thank goodness I just got a Flameout order in) and chrondroitin/glucosomine/MSM. I've got my list of Cressey articles lined up for exercise choices after the 2 weeks.