A patient's perspective
The pain in both shoulders started around midnight and got worse as the night went on. It felt like someone was stabbing me. No matter what position I was in, I couldn't sleep. In the morning, I went to work. The pain was bearable, but when I picked up something a little bit heavy, it felt like somebody was trying to pull my arm out of the socket. At that point, I realized, "Okay, this isn't just aches and pains."
At the first hospital, they didn't really know what was wrong with me. The doctor was thinking maybe shingles. They gave me some steroids and Tylenol 3s and sent me home. The pain got worse throughout the day. Again, I couldn't sleep. In the morning, I called my family doctor. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, he just talked to me over the phone and suggested I go to another hospital. They did x-rays in emerg and the doctor tried to get hold of a specialist, but they weren't around. They released me and within a couple of days, I got a call from the specialist's office.
Within a week of the pain starting, I noticed I had weakness, especially in my right lower forearm. I couldn't lift anything. My fingers and thumb felt paralyzed. I've always had a good grip, but I just had nothing there. That was scary. I ended up quitting my job in a stockyard because I...