: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?