I know professional writers are prone to self-inflicted liver problems, but no one warned me about joint injuries. I just started on pain meds for my left shoulder, which has been bothering me for months. Physical therapy and rest haven’t helped so I finally got an MRI that revealed:
There is bursal sided fraying/partial-thickness tearing of the anterior supraspinatus tendon with extension into the musculotendinous junction. There is a partial-thickness detachment point tear of the posterior supraspinatus tendon. There is severe acromioclavicular degenerative change. … There is increased signal intensity in the superior labrum that extends into the posterior superior labrum suggesting labral degeneration and a type 2 IabraI tear.
“. . . fraying . . . tearing . . . detachment . . .degeneration . . .” could be describing my psyche as well but there’s little hope for mending that. Next week I’ll see the surgeon who repaired my right shoulder (twice) to learn what my options are.
My vocation didn’t cause my impairment but it’s a more flamboyant explanation than just getting older.