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Scapulothoracic Bursitis

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  • Posted By: Todd A
  • March 24, 2010
  • 06:34 PM

I am writing here today to find help and communicate with people who have experienced this pain. To give you some background, I am a 41 yr old male. Very active and fit. I workout 7 days a week and have been involved in sports my whole life, mainly baseball while I was in high school and college. Two years ago after a weightlifting and aerobic session I reached down to pick up a towel. I heard a loud popping sound in my upper back and I immediatley was on the ground, unable to move. I thought that I had pulled a muscle, which normally is something that I just work myself through. Two weeks go bye and I am in severe pain still. A pinch nerve type pain, but it hurt when i took a breath as well. A Dr. that I do business with saw me one day and noticed me favoring my right side. He gave me a XRAY that day which revealed that a had a fracture of the 2nd and 3rd rib. We were both puzzled on how this could have happened. I took the next 6 weeks off from working out. My ribs got better but I still had this pain under my scapula. It wouldnt go away. I began to lose sleep and I have lost 15 pounds from an already skinny body. This injury was ruining my life. After 15 months , I had an Ortho give me a 3D MRI and CT, as well as an ENG test for the nerves. I was Diagnosed with Scapulothoric Bursitis better known as Snapping Scapula Syndrome. I was told that in the 18 months that I had this injury that my Serratus muscles have atrophied and weakend. I had an inflamed Bursa Sac. The Dr. told me that I had 2 options. # 1 to strenghten my Serratus and other muscles in that area while recieving Cortizo Injects as needed. #2 Have "Open" Surgery to remove the Bursa ( he said he could not remove it with a scope). The Dr strongly suggested that there was no guarentee that I would feel better after this surgery. He has reccommeded the therapy for now. I am now 10 weeks into the therapy. I only feel about 10 % better. I am still taking pain killers and muscle relaxers at night. I still sleep poorly every night. No way could I even play Basketball at the moment.

I read some articles here already on this. Is there anyone who has had this open surgery? If so, how are you feeling? Are you happy that you had the surgery? How close to normal are you feeling? Are you pain free? Do you feel a difference? Anyone who could help me in anyway I would deeply appreciate this. Or if there are any other suggestions to help me with this condition.

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