When a build-up of calcium in the shoulder became too painful to bear, Camellia Podmore was advised to undergo surgery, despite having a severe phobia of needles.
Camellia explains: “I went back and forth to the GP due to really bad pain in my shoulder, which had been going on for ages. I was passed from pillar to post as they didn’t know what was wrong. I have a young family and it became painful to pick up my children. I was in agony.
“I was eventually diagnosed with calcific build up. From the moment they told me what was wrong, I was so grateful to have some clarification.”
After an x-ray, Camellia was referred to The Horder Centre to have an MRI, followed by a consultation with surgeon Mr Jamie Buchanan. She was soon scheduled for keyhole surgery to remove the calcium build up in her shoulder, also known as calcific tendonitis.
“I have a really bad needle phobia,” adds Camellia. “The staff were fantastic and really looked after me from the moment I arrived for surgery. They did everything possible to make me feel at ease and accommodate my needs.