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Do I have a torn rotator cuff?

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  • Posted By: ~Teresa~
  • November 17, 2007
  • 01:23 AM

Hi, I am new here and really appreciate some advice if possible. Recently I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis due to joint aches nearly everywhere in my body. I have been tested for RA but the tests came back normal. My arthritis doctor says I probably have bursitis in my left shoulder. For the last few months I have had excruciating pain in my upper left shoulder. Right on top of my shoulder. I have trouble lifting my arm up or backwards. I have sharp pains that radiate thru my shoulder. My arthritis doctor never took xrays of an MRI to proove it was burisitis. I recently went to another doctor just for my shoulder. He examined me and took xrays. He said he thought I have a torn rotator cuff. After doing an MRI, the test came back normal. They even injected dye into my shoulder for contrast. Now I am puzzled and desperate to discover what the heck is wrong. I have all the classic symptoms of a torn rotator cuff. My question is, can the MRI be wrong. Could the test have been done wrong or something? Could I still have a tear in my rotator cuff and the MRI not pick it up? Has anyone ever experienced this? I would really appreciate any feedback you have. Thank you so much.:)

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  • Hi, I am new here and really appreciate some advice if possible. Recently I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis due to joint aches nearly everywhere in my body. I have been tested for RA but the tests came back normal. My arthritis doctor says I probably have bursitis in my left shoulder. For the last few months I have had excruciating pain in my upper left shoulder. Right on top of my shoulder. I have trouble lifting my arm up or backwards. I have sharp pains that radiate thru my shoulder. My arthritis doctor never took xrays of an MRI to proove it was burisitis. I recently went to another doctor just for my shoulder. He examined me and took xrays. He said he thought I have a torn rotator cuff. After doing an MRI, the test came back normal. They even injected dye into my shoulder for contrast. Now I am puzzled and desperate to discover what the heck is wrong. I have all the classic symptoms of a torn rotator cuff. My question is, can the MRI be wrong. Could the test have been done wrong or something? Could I still have a tear in my rotator cuff and the MRI not pick it up? Has anyone ever experienced this? I would really appreciate any feedback you have. Thank you so much.:)I had a similar problem. Throw a lot of ball with my baseball, football playing son and started to have pain at night in my shoulder. It got worse. Eventually I could barely get my wallet out of my back pocket. Raising the arm and moving it back were the main symptoms during the day. Night pain was the first regular symptom. Sometimes I could still throw but then moving my glove quickly to catch a ball would result in excruciating pain. Had to elevate the shoulder under a pillow just to sleep.Finally met a doctor through a referral who looked at me with a bunch of residents/students around. Seemed to know immediately what it was after maybe two minutes of asking questions and looking at range of motion.Frozen shoulder was my problem. I'd never heard of it and don't remember the real name but one horse needle full of a steroidal straight into the shoulder joint and I could reach my back pocket without pain before I even left the office. At home PT and I was back to form within a week or two. I had the problem increasing in severity over a few months. Sometimes even just pulling a weed would set it off. Back to normal in just a few weeks.
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