Slight tear with bursitis. Update

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  1. ed629

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    My shoulder has been bothering me for a couple of weeks. Some stabbing pain along with throbbing pain down to the elbow. Wound up having an MRI last week. The results came back with a slight tearing of the rotator cuff with bursitis.

    When first saw a doctor, I had a possible diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff, which could mean surgery. Lucky (?) after the MRI it came back with the above. So I'm going to have a couple of weeks of physical therapy to start.

    And something else that is sort of cool. I got a medicine patch that uses iontophoresis. It's a medical patch that uses a battery to drive positively and negatively charged medication into the skin.

    And, yeah, physical therapy kind of hurts.
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    Aren't you the wrong sex and religion to be wearing a bursitis?
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    I needed physical therapy once. The tab was $300 a visit, even with insurance. I decided that I could live with the pain.
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    That's crazy, mine is covered under workman's comp. So that's good.

    I'll be out of work for a few weeks though. But I did the math, at the end of it, accounting for what I'll get for temporary disability plus mileage, I'll make about 93% of what I would earn at 40 hours per week.
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    Ummm... ok?

    If I include what I'll save in gas and eating out breakfast and lunch, I'm at about 96%, so overall it doesn't affect me too much.
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    An update.

    After an initial assessment before starting physical therapy, which involved taking measurements of my range of motion, my shoulder isn't really better. I know a week isn't long for therapy, but now I have a slight improvement in one direction, no change in two other directions, and less movement in a fourth direction.

    I've been doing stretching and movement exercises three times a day, they take about 15 to 20 minutes. Then at therapy I did some additional exercises. There therapists also did some stretching and movement massage (?) on me. Basically stretching my arm and shoulder in different directions. I've also been given two more of the iontophoresis patches. Today I received some ultra sound therapy. Yesterday I was given electro stimulation. After he put the electrodes on me, and then connected the leads to the hand held control, my shoulder spasmed pretty hard, enough to hurt my shoulder. He had accidentally left it on full strength from the previous patient. So that was pretty funny.

    On the less funny side, my shoulder has gotten weaker since last week. And was in more pain then before. But I wasn't there only one, the therapist commented that everyone was sore and in pain today, which he did attribute to it raining today, and there was a fairly strong thunderstorm that came through.
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    Kind of makes you feel old when you start predicting the weather via your joint pain.
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    I'm not to the point where the weather affects my joints (I've never had any joint pain) but a few folks at work experience this - I never studied the science behind it but it is pretty interesting.
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    This is the first time I've experienced weather affecting my joints. Thursday was pretty bad, today and yesterday not too bad, but definitely could feel it as the storms got closer and the pressure dropped.
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    Goddamn, motherfucker, shit, fuck.... that hurt. Reached over to the side to pick up the Ebola book, forgetting that reaching out hurts. I felt like I had a spike or something jammed into my shoulder. It hurt so bad that when I looked up, there room looked like it was shaking, and felt like I was going to throw up.
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    Get better soon Ed.
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    Thanks.

    The worst thing about it, to me, is not working. I'm starting to go stir crazy.

    I'm also a bit worried, I've shown a slight improvement, but should have better improvement than I have. If I don't improve in the next 3-4 weeks, surgery might be needed. The surgery itself won't be as bad as the amount of time I'll be not working. I don't know how I'll handle not working for a few months.
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    yowza! A few months of not working would be a big financial hit!
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    shoulder getting any better?
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    It was yesterday, had more range in the motion. Then woke up this morning at 4am, in a lot of pain. Got up, took a pain killer. Wasn't able to go back to sleep. Had a doctor's appointment for a follow up. Another three weeks of therapy. Went home and took a nap for about an hour. Feeling a bit better.

    I might of slept on it wrong out something. Aside from today, it seems like it's slowly improving.

    Thanks for asking.
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    I know you probably won't care to hear any advice from me, but working with athletes many years with shoulder problems (having suffered from some persistent ones myself at one point) and most importantly my daddy having the same problem for many years (though he was in his late 60s by then) I would advise you to avoid at all costs doing anything to overwork the joint until you are not only sure it has healed but beyond that.

    There is a real temptation to think "it isn't hurting anymore so it must be fine". That is far from the truth. Lack of pain doesn't mean that full strength and mobility have been restored. Many doctors because they use pain to gauge the extent of damage will also instinctively make the "not hurting, must've healed" diagnosis.

    I used to use the 75% rule. Once it stops hurting don't push it beyond what you think would be 75% of your full strength and range of motion. Take it a week each level of increasing strength and motion. Slowly build up to full. Above all avoid so many repetitions that the shoulder gets too tired. If your shoulder starts feeling tired its time to lay off.

    Just a few thoughts.
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    I welcome advice. The torn tendon and bursitis is one of the more common sports injuries, along with one of the more common with injuries.

    I've pretty much been avoiding using the shoulder. The exercises I've been doing are to keep the shoulder from atrophying and keeping it stretched out. My therapist did tell me if it hurts, only do it up to where it doesn't.
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    it makes sense! Hopefully I will remember this advice if I ever have shoulder problems.
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    Any luck? It seems that now with more than two weeks of therapy there should be noticeable improvement unless reinjury or complications have occurred?
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    Same as before, some improvement in range of motion. Today it's been hurting more than normal. Yesterday, I reached down to adjust the power seat, and felt something that felt like a spasm and a slight popping. Since then, hurts to move my arm more than 40-45 degrees up in any direction.
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    Too bad. I know its frustrating but throttle back some for awhile. Patience now will save you lots of grief in the future.
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    I've doing only what I can, and following what my therapist is having me do. One of the things he did tell me, if it hurts, pull back on the exercises I'm doing at home.
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    How has it been feeling since four days ago? Oh yeah, I should have mentioned that you can expect periodic "relapses" where you experience some pain now and then when you thought it was getting better. Don't ignore it if it persists. But the occasional pains are just part of the body's process of readjusting. They should get fewer and fewer as time goes by so don't worry much about it.

    Sorry for not mentioning it earlier.
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    Well... I'm getting surgery next week.

    Turns out that the tear is 80% detached. And the physical therapy while improving the shoulder isn't enough to let it heal on its own.

    The good news, if it can be called that, I'll be able to drive pretty much right away. The down side, the first two weeks pretty much no movement or use aside from the minimum to get dressed or shower. Then after two weeks, may or may not start physical therapy again. That could be 6 to 8 weeks.

    Went out and bought a recliner to sheep in for the first few weeks. After doing the research and thinking about it, that would work best for me. The option is getting pillows or a pad that lets me sleep somewhat reclined. But my bed has a 12 inch mattress on the box spring, which is steady hard enough to get in and out of with how my shoulder is.

    After registering and getting some pre-op tests, went back to the orthopedic doctor to fill out paperwork and pick up some prescriptions along with a cryo cuff. Also found out that I'm getting a CPM chair, it moves my arm up and down to keep it locking up and atrophying. The cryo-cuff is a pad that goes over my shoulder and pumps ice water through it. And was also given a sling as well.

    Something that didn't really instill me with any confidence. When I was doing the registration where the surgery will be, the following conversation took place with the lady doing the paperwork.

    Lady "Ok, so you're having back surgery next week, right?"

    Me "Huh.. what the fu... No!"

    Lady "Are you sure, that's what we have here."

    Me "It's my shoulder, I'm pretty sure I know what hurts."

    Lady "Hmmm... It says back surgery here."

    Me "Ok... You're not really instilling any confidence here, check again, it's my shoulder, the left one, not my back."

    She turns the monitor to me, and it does say back surgery.

    I told her that I did pull a muscle in my back in December, and that I used the same location to have that looked it. So she checks and then she did realize that it was my shoulder when looking at the notes from the doctor and the procedure.

    I'm definitely going to write"The other one" on my good shoulder.

    I did bring that up when I went back to the orthopedic doctor. All the info was correct there. And the doctor who diagnosed me is the same one performing the surgery.

    This is the cryo-cuff I was given, and the chair is something like this

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    well good luck! Too bad it had to come down to getting surgery but you have no choice.
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    Thanks. That's how I'm looking at it. T be honest, I'm kind of nervous and a bit stressed about it, I've never had surgery, even minor surgery.
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    Good luck Ed. I'll say a prayer for you even though you probably don't want me to. If it's any consolation the times I've had surgery (four) the worst thing has always been emerging from general anesthesia. A feeling like you are drowning and disorientation. But that will pass within minutes.

    Again. Good luck.
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