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severe impingement-both shoulders

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  • Posted By: ibtammi
  • February 24, 2011
  • 00:10 PM

I have had severe pain in both shoulders for two years now. I have seen 7 doctors in that time for other medical problems. I have fibromyalgia and a few other conditons and when I tried to tell them about my shoulders..the pain and the popping and grinding etc...I think they all just figured that it was the fibro. I tried to tell them I have had shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff problems that have come and gone for over 20 years and that this isn't the fibro but they just keep writing or keyboarding away and ignore me. If I get emotional and cry they just tell me I need an antidepressant! One dr. told me it was because I have no insurance and they don't want to order the tests. I save up and pay cash for these visits...it shouldn't be their decision whether or not I can afford a test. I finally convinced my rheumotologist in December of 2010 to look since he uses a sonogram while giving me shots for the fibro (this was my 2nd visit to him and my second time for shoulder injections, he wouldn't look the first time) He agreed to look and said,"Yep, severe impingement with an excessive amount of scar tissure in both shoulders". He gave me deeper injections and a script for 10 mg. steroids. One a day for 2 weeks then a half one for 4 weeks and see you in a couple months. That was it. He was rude but at least I know I'm not crazy. So now the pain is back in both shoulders and both my collarbones hurt and I almost hate to cough because of the pain there and the upper half of both arms still hurt. Sometimes it hurts all the way to my shoulder blades. Doing anything hurts...laundry, making beds even unplugging a stuck wall plug. Another dr. I went to a couple days ago for possibe pneumonia told me they had probably waited too long and wouldn't be able to do surgery as there would be nothing left to put back together...this after just telling him the story while he was writing in my file. Said I would have to live with the pain the rest of my life...Thanks for listening ya'll. This is the first time I have gotten to vent and get this off my chest. I'm so glad to have found this forum and to be able to read about others but I feel so much for all the extreme pain out there. Hang in there guys... Lucky'star

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  • If you haven't already, I would recommend seeing a physiotherapist for appropriate treatment of subacromial bursitis and rotator cuff tendonitis. It is important to address factors contributing to the developtment of these conditions. In the mean time you may be interested in checking out the above links for detailed information. Hope that helps and good luck, PhysioAdvisorwww.PhysioAdvisor.com
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  • Thank you for the reply. I have went and seen a sports medicine dr. (can't remember what they are called) He did a sonogram on both shoulders and turns out the long head of my bicep tendon has a longitudal split on both arms...also a rotator cuff tear on each one. He gave me 2 shots in each shoulder and recommends I get a tenotomy. When I asked if they splits were frayed and were there possible bone spurs causing it, he just replied, "if it makes you feel better to say they are frayed then go ahead....either way they (the splits) cannot be fixed." He didn't know if I was born with the splits but said it was unusual for both arms to be the same. The shots helped my right arm some but my left arm still hurts alot. Hard to imagine they can't be fixed but he says they are too damaged for too long. I can either get the tonotomy or just leave them and see if they break on their own. Besides...he said at my age (52) I probably wasn't worried about the cosmetic appearance and I probably wasn't too active at my age...excuse me....how do you think they got this way? Anyway...that's it. Waiting for them to send me the disk with the pictures of the splits to take to my dr. Pain is just pain right? Thanks for listening y'all. Luckys'tar
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  • I too have it in both shoulders and arms for two years now. Just dressing, driving, putting my seat belt on, pulling my blanket on, or a ton of things that I have to reach bring on such a horrific pain that I can't talk until it starts to subside. The pain feels like a Charlie horse that you get in your legs from stretching to hard in your sleep. They said I need my biceps snipped. I'm 54 and I am an independent woman. I need to be able to lift and move heavy items when needed At home and work. I can't accept the snipping as the answer. However I don't want steroid shots forever. So it's been a few years since your post. What did you end up doing?
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