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Shoulder pain / Kanika's health and food


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My shoulder which has now been hurting for two weeks got so bad today that I took acetaminophen and ibuprofen and it is still just aching very badly. I don't understand it. I'm bringing my exercise ball to work tomorrow and hopefully that will help.

But in encouraging news Kanika seems to feel much better. I went googling trying to find the ideal diet for a cat who gets recurring UTIs and apparently dry food is just all around a bad choice health wise? That many cats are chronically dehydrated because they have a low thirst drive and need to eat their liquids? So I've started mixing Kanika's dry food with hot water and flaked up freeze-dried turkey, and they're eating it with seeming enjoyment (I was really worried they wouldn't). When I can afford it, I'm gonna try getting them a pet fountain. Tellingly, they're playing more - they brought me a toy to throw both yesterday and today. I am dreading ever having to go out of town now, because it is a lot harder to find someone to come over daily, but I feel like I have hit on a solution that will keep them happier and healthier.

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kehlen ══╣╠══
Do you know what's wrong with your shoulder.

*sends good thoughts*
garrulous
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
I think it was the way I was sitting at work. I brought in my exercise ball to sit on instead and the pain has gone away entirely.
eristic_writer ══╣╠══
I don't want to type out a bunch of advice if you don't want it, but I have chronic pain from head to toe due to an assortment of old ballet injuries. Shoulder pain is the WORST. I can give you some tips on managing it if you'd like. Just let me know. Most people don't realize that this sort of pain is inevitably muscular, which means the right combination of exercise/stretching/massage will get rid of it.
garrulous
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
it has gone away, but I would love to know remedies in case it comes back!
secret_keep ══╣╠══
also I've been using Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue, and it has some specific stretches that are low-impact and highly effective.
garrulous
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
maybe you could teach me them next time we hang out?
secret_keep ══╣╠══
yeah definitely!
And that'll help me get in the habit of doing them more often, and of referencing the book.
zimtkeks ══╣╠══
I hope your shoulder is better!

What about canned cat food?
kanika kitty
belenen ══╣kanika kitty╠══
it is, thanks!

I supplement with canned cat food but can't afford to feed it for every meal, and when I tried it it upset Kanika's stomach. Kanika gets one small can or pouch a day, plus the dry food.
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