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Rotator Cuff Pain (shoulder)

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  • Posted By: OLD JON
  • November 13, 2006
  • 06:42 AM

After lifting heavy cement blocks in garden I had pains in both shoulders. On the web I found a list of eight symptoms for ROTATOR CUFF PAINS == I have them all! After three months suffering I saw my doctor and told her my story and that I had been using heat pad on shoulders, liniment, and pain killer pills Paracetamol. She said to keep up the heat and pills at night; it could take three to six months to improve and if I'm not careful I would lose the use of the arms!! Can anybody suggest anything useful?
Back in the 70's I had "tennis elbow" and that was speedily cured with CORTISONE injections -- but docs don't like to use it.
Oh, by the way -- I'm 80+.
Old Jon.

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  • Hi John,I fell about 2 months and hurt my left shoulder. I had xrays and an MRI and it showed I had a torn rotator cuff. The surgeon, of course, suggested surgery. I am 54 female and he said that at my age, I would need that shoulder in the years to come and if I didn't get it fixed it would always bother me. It's alot better, but certain ways I move it, it still hurts. So, I guess I will have the surgery anyway. Good luck to you and I hope you get relief real soon. If I were you, I would probably just take the pain pills and use the heating pad as much as possible.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 09:20 PM
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  • From OLD JON -- FURTHER TO MY EARLIER............I FOUND AN ADVERTISEMENT IN A LOCAL PAPER FOR A NEW "PAIN CLINIC" THAT HAD OPENED NEARBY, SO I MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE DR. HE SENT ME FOR X-RAY AND U/SOUND ON BOTH SHOULDERS AND IT WAS CONFIRMED "ROTATOR CUFF INJURY". HE IS NOW GIVING ME ULTRASOUND TREATMENT TWICE A WEEK AND IT IS (VERY) SLOWLY IMPROVING. THE RESPONSE FROM "UNREGISTERED" DOES SOUND LIKE A SURGEON SPEAKING DOESN'T IT? I'VE READ SURGERY IS NOT GUARANTEED. BEFORE GOING DOWN THAT PATH, I WOULD SUGGEST YOU FIND A PAIN CLINIC AND GET SOME ALTERNATIVE; MY PLACE DOES ACUPUNCTURE, LASER AS WELL AS U/SOUND. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST.JON
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    • February 2, 2007
    • 05:39 AM
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  • Thanks for the info Jon. I too have a torn rotator cuff and the doc is advising surgery. I've had cortisone shots over the last year but the pain always comes back. I'm trying to avoid surgery so I think I'll try to find a pain clinic that might offer u/s.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 03:43 AM
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  • If you're 80+, the risk of undergoing surgery is much greater and healing would be much slower (most likely). Sounds like you are doing the right thing!
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