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am I crazy???

Posted In: Shoulder conditions 6 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 7, 2007
  • 00:32 PM

:confused: a month ago I fell and landed on my forearm and elbow and dislocated my shoulder. Immediately that rendered my left arm practically useless. After struggling to get some kind of clothes on I got in the car (tricky trying to shut the car door) and went to the ER. The doc gave me pain killers, patted me on the head and sent me on my way with a referral to physical therapy and an orthopedic surgeon.

I saw the ortho guy and he just said PT... more PT. The physical therapist let me know that he thinks the shoulder is torn and would try to achieve some pain relief but felt it was risky to do much more.
Meanwhile, I still can't move the arm.
Back to the ortho guy...... who ordered an MRI. The MRI says there is a rotator cuff tear, excessive fluid in the joint, probable impingement, bone spurs, and that because they did not use dye, other injuries would not be visualized but may or may not be there.

THEN, I get shuffled to the OTHER ortho guy in the same office who gives me a steroid shot and tells me I just have bursitis. He cranked my arm around until I was sobbing. (crying is rare for me) I told him I wake up multiple times in the night from pain and he offered me Lunesta! I don't have a sleeping disorder....... I am in pain.

So far, I have spent more than $3000, am totally fed up and still can't move my left arm much. Does anyone know....... can bursitis come on instantly like that? What about the other stuf on the MRI?

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  • Oh my gosh, NO YOU ARE NOT CRAZY! Your story sounds so much like mine, and thank goodness I am not the only one. I fell down a flight of stairs in early October, have been seeing the ortho and a PT since then, and I STILL CAN'T RAISE MY ARM! Every month I go back to the ortho, and every month he makes me feel like nothing is wrong. My PT, who I see three times a week, thinks I need surgery. I go back for my monthly check up this coming Wednesday and am going to beg for a cortisone shot (I have already begged for surgery to no avail). Please know that my thoughts are with you.
    Carlene 2 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 07:52 PM
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  • Thanks Carlene. My motto is: SECOND OPINION! This guy I went to is well respected, but that means nothing to me! I think it is all about how to milk my insurance company for every dime he can get at the expense of my quality of life. Have you had an MRI or anything? Like you, my PT guy thinks it is time for surgery. I am gaining mobility, but as soon as the steroids wear off, I am sure this problem will worsen again. It isn't great as it is now..... but at least I can dress myself now and sleep without waking up a dozen times a night. Is there a way we can communicate directly here? Sue
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 09:31 PM
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  • Sure, my home email is bstangle@sbcglobal.net. I am heading back to the doctor this Wednesday, and if I don't like what he tells me, I plan to go to a second opinion doctor. I was planning on trying the shot once though. What are your thoughts about that? Did it work immediately? I am just angry that it has taken hime five months (4 with PT) to try the shot..AAAGH1 Good luck, and keep me posted! - Carlene
    Carlene 2 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 11:20 PM
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  • Hi everybody I have been having this constant pain from deep inside my right shouder blade. Wonder what it is? Could it be some kind of rheumatism. Could anyone tell me something that would relieve this pain pls. It is pretty uncomfortable. Sujaya Narayan
    sujaya Narayan 2 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 05:10 AM
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  • Hi Everybody, I have this rather severe pain from deep in my right shoulder pain. Wonder what it could be. There are times when my shoulder pain is pretty severe too. Could anybody out there give me an inkling of what it could be, or what I could do to get relief from this pain. It is very uncomfortable. I feel it would be better it someone could just give me some soft thumps at that particular spot. Thanks Sujaya
    sujaya Narayan 2 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 05:13 AM
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  • I had a tear in my left rotator cuff which caused severe pain and had the inability to use my arm as well. I couldn't carry a glass of water without holding my left arm up with my other arm. After 6 months of PT it finally got a little better. I can actually carry a gallon of milk now. I have permenent restrictions now though. I am unable to lift more than 10-15 lbs with it. The pain after about a year subsided as long as I don't overuse or abuse it. The surgeon said with a partial tear surgery would just make the pain worsen due to scar tissue and such... so PT was all I could do. This doctor has performed many rotator cuff surgeries on celebs and sports figures. He said if it was torn completely surgery would be the only option but on a partial tear it would only make the pain worse. Good luck! :)
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