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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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