November 2, 2020
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I have had some arthritic stiffness in my right shoulder for years. It has been bothering me a little more lately. I rummaged through our medicine cabinets, in both bathrooms, and came up with three tubes of rubbing compound for arthritic pain. The fine print on the tubes indicate that one expired in 2004. another in 2014 and the last in 2016. Does that mean anything?
My parents kept a bottle of oil of wintergreen in their medicine cabinet. We used a little from time to time and I don’t think they ever needed to replace it. As far as I know it never lost any of its effectiveness. Certainly never lost its scent.
Judging by their scent, oil of wintergreen is one of the principal ingredients in two of these tubes. It seems to help a little when I rub it on my shoulder, and does no harm as far as I can tell. Except I’m not sure my wife will want to sleep in the same bed with me tonight.
October 21, 2020
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I got a flu shot Monday afternoon, in my left shoulder. By evening any movement of my right shoulder was very painful and I got very little sleep. Who knew a flu shot could do that?
If a man can smile when things go wrong,
He’s thought of something he can blame it on.
In reality, to blame arthritis in the right shoulder on vaccination in the left shoulder makes no sense. There is no cause and effect, just coincidence. Kind of like the anti-vaxxers who blame autism and a whole bunch of other things on vaccination, even though scientific research has never found a connection.
I’ve been troubled with arthritis in that shoulder for years. Most of the time it’s pretty minor, but I must have done something Monday to aggravate it. I’ve been using Voltaren, last night I slept on the recliner and tonight I have almost full movement without pain.