Fear of Needles: No
Sick of Shots: Yes
Skeptical about Public Health Officials’ Guidance: Definitely
After receiving four injections in my arm in 2021, I wasn’t too excited to get a fifth shot in my shoulder this past week.
I experienced a good bit of trepidation as I entered my doctor’s office in Phoenix, Arizona. The plan was to get a corticosteroid injected into my shoulder capsule (bursa) to help with the pain and immobility I have been suffering with since the beginning of 2022.
Like millions of people around the world, I received three doses of the mRNA vaccine in 2021. My frozen shoulder started shortly after 12/28/21, when the Wal-Green’s pharmacist administered a flu shot and a COVID booster shot in the same arm. While I don’t know if these shots were the direct cause of my shoulder issue, the location and the timing are awfully coincidental. At this point, I am in no hurry to get another mRNA vaccine in any arm until there are longer-term, controlled, randomized studies conducted.
So now, after seven months of physical therapy, yoga, massage, chiropractic adjustments, healthy eating and oral medication, I am giving corticosteroids injections into my shoulder a shot.
Healing from frozen shoulder is a long and frustrating mind game and I hope that this latest treatment helps me get past the plateau I have hit.