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shoulder tendenitis/rotator cuff pain

Posted by @virtuous69, Fri, Apr 13 6:04pm

@all. yesterday I sent out a post asking if anyone has/treats their shoulder tendonitis/rotator cuff injury with a sling or shoulder brace? My pt thinks its shoulder tendonitis, but it sure hurts. Internet suggests ice 4 x day, ibuprofen, and not to use shoulder for 48 hours. My arm sling keeps me from using my left arm and lets me have pain free sleep, but I seem to need to be medicated and not lift anything anymore. Lifting grocery bags and water bottles probably started the whole mess. Any comments on slings or braces?? Victorious69

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Did you have an MRI done to actually be able to see any damage that might have happened? I’ve had shoulder pain for two years. My primary care doc took X-rays and said it’s only a little bit of arthritis. I finally had an MRI done at Mayo in Rochester showing tears in my labrium. I had a cortisone shot. Physical medicine and rehab made a plan for me for some intensive physical therapy to be able to move my arm and shoulder without so much pain and also to wear a shoulder brace. Haven’t found a shoulder brace yet so I’m not sure what will happen with that. If this doesn’t help then my next step will be to visit orthopedic doc.

hi, no MRI yet, only exam by pt who suggested shoulder tendonitis. We are in the throws of losing our mobile home, husband forcrd to retire
At 79 1|2 must find senior housing out of silicon valley. so much to clean up before we can even pack up.I do have an ortho but haven,t met my deductible yet. Wearing an arm sling just to remind me not to use my left arm. Sports store |sells shoulder brace for $60. Feeling overwhelmed. Dear lady, good luck with resolving your shoulder issue. Victorious69

my shoulder pain started doing yard work almost 2 years ago. I have had a full session of pt, 2 cortisone shots, and advice from 2 drs. I refused mri and surgery. I tried limited use of my r.arm for 1 mo. without a shoulder brace (I am r. handed and my husband does the groceries). now I use ice packs (mine is long and narrow for use on neck) draped over my shoulder. I have returned to light gardening and limit time at sewing machine. I use aspercreme with lidocaine massaged well into shoulder and upper arm, Tylenol, and a script for tramadol. I researched a surgical cure which involved the same after care only more of it. have patience. daa1942

Hello 1942, thx for reply and encouragement for pstience. Mine started by pulling rolling grocery cart and water bottles up our mobile home back stairs. I,m doing pretty much your routine for the last week, no shots or MRI, do exercise band stretches and other exercise recommended by my PT, ice pack, arm sling to carry some of the weight off my arm and shoulder and advil for all my many spinal arthritic issues plus Tiger Balm muscle salve.
At least I sleep good now. Looked at internet for home treatment advise. Husband has his own aches and pains, retired last month, but helps drag up the groceries. We have to move to senior living type apt, so I delight in , and am envious in hearing of your sewing and light gardening that I have no time for (was my favorites) Have to mop some seriously grimy bathroom floors today and that terrifies me. Hope to hear from you again sometime. Blessings, Victorious69

Hello any advice how to treat tendinosis in the shoulders? It has been diagnosed as mild tendinosis however I understand it is a degenerative disease and I would like some advice or tips on how to slow down the process.

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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I also have tears in my shoulders from basic degeneration. I am only 66. I had a cortisone shot for Pain which lasted two weeks. Physical medicine and rehab doc at Mayo is prescribing a physical therapy trial because I have difficulty moving also. She is optimistic that with therapy and exercise to get and keep moving that these tears might heal. Advised about not over doing anything when feeling better after this PT. Said it was extremely important to get moving the shoulder or that could lead to further problems. Starting PT next week. She said heat is better than ice so suggested using a heating pad; but, also said could use ice with heat if I thought it felt good. Can I ask you what you did to now have no pain in your shoulders?
I have also started learning Tai chi exercise, specifically for arthritis, to help with movement.

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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Hi I'd like to jump in her several years ago I had a car wreck where I bent the steering wheel a bit ended up with frozen shoulders Dr sent me to P.T went for quite awhile. It helped I could move They told me to do stretching everyday ,use heat of ice which ever felt better If shoulders felt swollen from overdoing use ice 15 min.then heat which brings blood to shoulder then for healing this is the way she explained it to me.Now arthritis has set in,Im75 and use lidocaine rubbing it in and let rest But stretching does as much good for muscles heavy weights will hurt.hope my experience helps

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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Gemmax. That sounds horrible. How did the pain stop?

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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@bonnieh218 Very concerned about your shoulder. I fell down a mountain and did a number on my shoulder at about your age. First surgery was to attempt a repair. Did not work. Tried cadaver graft. Same problem…..too big a tear. Finally got insurance approval for a reverse or Delta replacement. Never have pain anymore. However it is kind of funky. All of the rotator cuff had dissipated, so had to beef up the deltoid with PT and exercise. Basically learned to use the left arm for eating and most everything else. Then, fell down a flight of stairs and trashed the left shoulder. Surgical repair did work on that one. Feel gratitude for the pain free solutions. Am trying very hard not to fall. Even installed an elevator so I can avoid the stairs. Take good care.

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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That's horrible bless you ,keep moving shoulders as best as you can

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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Tai Chi is supposed to be so good for us!!!  Congratulations!!! You are being proactive in your own recovery.  I have a bad rotator cuff myself.  PT helped as long as I was doing it.  My daughter is a PT Assistant and guaranteed me that I would have less pain and greater range of motion I'd I would stick with it.  Peace and light.

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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@oregongirl girI practice gentle stretching and and I walk when I can, moving my arms, only in a “slow walk”.I stopped all attempts to ilft more than 2-3 pounds. I am able to do some light gardening, but if they hurt at all, I stop immediately. I need help with getting dressed at times and always with things like coats and sweaters and sweatshirts and my socks and shoes as well. I’m 69. This has been going on for a long time now. I also support my upper back and shoulders when I sit to do anything, as I am doing now.

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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@artscaping falling is a real risk for those of us who have these problems, you are not only brave having the surgeries you have had, but wise to consider your limitations. No moe falls for you!!!

@gemmax

I have tears in both shoulders that were apparently caused by excessive wear and tear since as a very young person i did alot of repetetive lifting that was much too heavy for me. My orthopedist said that surgery would not work, since they would simply tear again. Since I have Chronic pain from auotimmune disease, I had assumed that the pain in my shoulders was just a part of that. I’m sure it adds to the problem. I no longer have pain in my shoulders but I have limited movement, such as the inability to pull a shirt over my head, very limited lifting ability, etc. My doc did not suggest any treatment,.Has anyone else been diagnosed as basically untreatable?

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@bonnieh218, @gemmax and others at risk of falling. My friend Debra Rose heads the Fall Prevention organization you can find at stopfalls.org. Lots of good information. Wish I had known about her before I started falling. My friends even locked themselves in the car with me for an intervention to try and talk some sense into my adventuresome albeit careless head. Wish I had known about Debra before I started falling. Hope some of you can avoid the perils of falling by becoming more aware of the risks of falling. Please take good care.

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