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Severe, Chronic Pain in Biceps post SLAP tear

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  • Posted By: MountainHi
  • April 11, 2007
  • 00:30 AM

Hi all,

I had a SLAP repair and capsular shift on my right shoulder in 2005 followed by rehab. After a long and painful recovery, pain returned in earnest last fall and I have had an excruciating burning/tearing sensation in both biceps that is present at rest, but increases during activity. I've traced it down my arms by pressing on my shoulder, and the pain exactly follows the track of my biceps tendon. It's most intense at the attachments and in the middle of the muscle... I still have more or less 80% full range of motion, but am not able to find relief from pain... I got an MRI and it showed there was scarring on my biceps tendon (long head)... Orthopedics MDs aren't interested because there isn't something straightforward to cut/stitch. I don't know where to go with this and am getting desperate and depressed... The pain is so intense I'm nauseated, but I hate taking pain pills. I take lots of vitamins, have no immune problems and work in a service profession... I'm 26 and was, prior to my shoulder injury, very active....

Why are my biceps tendons tearing? What can I do? Who could I go to?

Thank you for anything you might be able to suggest... Please help!

:( :( :(

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  • Does anyone have any suggestions? Talk to a neurologist? Physical medicine? Anyone experience this? Thanks,Sherry
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  • I am having the same problems. Am going to look into prolotherapy, which is a method of strengthening tendons. Google it and see for yourself.Had labral tear surgery and then the problem started with the biceps tendon. Doctors suck.jim
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  • jim, sorry to hear you're suffering... please let me know how things go. i had heard of the concept, but wasn't sure how to evaluate the therapy... or practitioner. do you have any numbness on the front of your arm? i do... and i wonder if they nicked a nerve or something... S
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  • Hello i did slap surgery on March 15th (8th week), still i am having should pain and stiffness. Iam regularly doing PT. When will the pain go? S.Kannan, India
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  • Exact same situation for me! I do Feldenkrais therapy for the pain it has saved my life. I think I have to have more surgury but Feldenkrais helps sssssssssssoooooooooo much with the pain level and range of motion!CynthiaHi all, I had a SLAP repair and capsular shift on my right shoulder in 2005 followed by rehab. After a long and painful recovery, pain returned in earnest last fall and I have had an excruciating burning/tearing sensation in both biceps that is present at rest, but increases during activity. I've traced it down my arms by pressing on my shoulder, and the pain exactly follows the track of my biceps tendon. It's most intense at the attachments and in the middle of the muscle... I still have more or less 80% full range of motion, but am not able to find relief from pain... I got an MRI and it showed there was scarring on my biceps tendon (long head)... Orthopedics MDs aren't interested because there isn't something straightforward to cut/stitch. I don't know where to go with this and am getting desperate and depressed... The pain is so intense I'm nauseated, but I hate taking pain pills. I take lots of vitamins, have no immune problems and work in a service profession... I'm 26 and was, prior to my shoulder injury, very active.... Why are my biceps tendons tearing? What can I do? Who could I go to? Thank you for anything you might be able to suggest... Please help! :( :( :(
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    • September 2, 2010
    • 09:04 PM
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  • I did regular PT for 3 1/2 years with no pain relief, I now do Feldenkrais therapy and get a massage, helps a ton with pain, regular physical therapy made me feel so much worse.cynthiaHello i did slap surgery on March 15th (8th week), still i am having should pain and stiffness. Iam regularly doing PT. When will the pain go? S.Kannan, India
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2010
    • 09:09 PM
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  • Hi guysI also have severe chronic pain in my biceps post SLAP tear.I had a grade 2 slap repair in May 2010, ten months later I'm left with only about 10% rotation and an awful stabbing pain in the front of my shoulder and down the long head of the bicep on movement.I have done everything I can to alleviate the pain and improve the immobility but nothing works. I finally went back to see the surgeon this week and am having another MRI/arthrogram next week :( He thinks it's a rare complication with the biceps tendon that may require more surgery.I will keep you posted once I've had my results.Amy
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    • February 2, 2011
    • 10:40 AM
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