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severe shoulder pain

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  • Posted By: budisit
  • January 29, 2007
  • 02:42 AM

Recently had 12 weeks of rehab for open heart surgery. For 12 weeks I did vigorous stretches that I think might have torn a rotator cuff. That was about 3 or 4 months ago. I'm 53 years old.

Left shoulder wakes me at night. Pain is severe. Right shoulder is a milder version of the same thing.

5 or 6 weeks ago went to a shoulder specialist - did an MRI but no injury was apparent.....even though the doctor said the results are inconclusive.

The condition is not generalized soreness.....but rather intense sharp shooting pain when you move an arm in some specific manner which could be as simple as lifting a cup of coffee. Also I can feel grinding.

Very extreme during sleep....which is generally an indicator of torn rotator cuff muscle. I cannot lay on one side because of the pain and have to keep my left arm pinned to my side and roll out of bed to avoid sharp shooting pain.

Pain seems to cycle every 4 or 5 days with some relief then comes back with a vegance.

Getting worse, not better.


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