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  • Anybody here have a rotator cuff problem?

    I have an old shoulder injury from the accident. My collar bone was broken and my shoulder a bit whacked out of joint. They were more concerned with my head injury and then my knee injury and then my arm(triage thing) so I never got the therapy I needed for my shoulder; I got some, but it was not priority according to the P.T. dept......so..8 years later, my shoulder clicks and my scapula looks like a wing. It was bugging me enough last year and I went to a doctor who said he thought my rotator cuff was a bit dinged up....when I went to get X-rays to confirm, I told them I was trying to get pregnant and they decided that it was not worth the risk in the event I was pregnant and did not know......Good thing because I was pregnant!
    Anyway, I did the exercises he taught me to do and just dealt with the minor pain during the pregnancy ..basically ignored it; it did feel better with those exercises. I told the doc I would just grin and bear it.
    He warned me that the rigors of motherhood would probably force me to have it looked at eventually if it was rotator cuff stuff.....I laughed it off.
    Well, last night, I heard a lovely click and this morning in a mad rush to keep Bunny baby from flying off the bed, my damn shoulder popped and some process things that are not supposed to be showing are showing now....I pushed it in and now I hurt.....I have a headache and when I tried to lay Bunny baby in her crib right now, my shoulder gave out and PLOP....she landed on the mattress (Thank GOD) and woke up and laughed at me. I just picked her up like a sack of potatoes with the other arm.
    SOOOOOO....I am SOL....I guess.....I dont want to check this out because what if I need surgery.....anybody ever have a rotator cuff thing and anybody have any advice...I guess I should not ignore this anymore; I am functional, but it hurts.....I am typing right now and with every finger movement, I feel a pull and slight irritaion....not killer pain...compared to labor; I give it a 2 on the pain scale in relation to childbirth. Men....if you have ever passed a kidney stone the size of a cue ball, then you have an idea what childbirth feels like....the epidural just took the edge off. Anyway..I digress.....I have some Demoral from when I gave birth, but dont want to be a dummy while I am taking care of the baby....Mr. Bunny is at the plant and cant be reached....he will call me a baby anyway; I swear, I am going to kick him in the nuts if he comes home and says that....Oh sorry...pain does funny things you know....I would never do that.
    I have a sheet of those exercises; maybe I should do them, huh? I should just go see a doctor, huh? Baby Bunny cant be in the room when they do xrays and I dont want to leave her with just anybody. UGHHHH.... AAAAAGH..I hate being so far away from home!
    "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."
    Davy Crockett

  • #2
    Bunny,
    I feel your pain, I have had shoulder and knee problems for a while.

    There are some herbal things that you can take as an alternative to surgery they do not work for everybody but when they do work they are a great alternative.
    go to your local vitamin/health food shop and ask them what would be best.

    I take Glucosamine with condroiten for the knees and joints and LubriJoint for the shoulder.

    The exercises will definitely help if done properly. but you have to make sure you do the exercises regularly.

    A friend of mine had the surgery for his cuff and he says he still feels like his shoulder can pop at any time.

    so try the exercise and the herbal stuff before surgery.
    May the Lord grant you a speedy recovery!
    May G-d bless you, keep you safe, and always keep you in his loving care

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    • #3
      Thank you...you are kind. I am not up to another surgery so I will just have to do my exercises; I cant be out of commission anyway with Baby Bunny and all.....I could always put her in that carrier thing..she is such a big baby though......
      almost 20 pounds; that is probably why my shoulder is giving out...
      "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."
      Davy Crockett

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      • #4
        I just found a medical report of mine from 1995...accident year. I was given some nuclear imaging test about a month after the accident to rule out heterotopic ossification. It was found in my left shoulder....aha...the offending shoulder. I believe that is a calcium build up and the doctor did note that is was more than likely post traumatic in nature....so all these years, I have been building up calcium in my shoulder and now it is starting to bug me maybe....well, that is much better than a rotator cuff thing..they can just scope in there, scrape it off and I am fine.....I dont even have to be put under for that..they can sedate me mildly, give me a local and zap away. HMMMPH...if it were that easy. Hopefully,the exercise will work and I wont need to scrape the offending calcium deposit, no?
        Oh well, at least I know i am not going crazy thinking of pain I can get. Mr. Bunny is not very sympathetic when it comes to me hurting so why would i fake it? Men. He did well when i was in labor; I must have threatened to castrate him during a contraction...who knows. [Eek!]
        "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."
        Davy Crockett

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        • #5
          Have you had an MRI? My xrays showed nothing, but the MRI showed a rotator cuff tear, bicep tendon was ripped off the bone, and ligaments in my shoulder were torn off the bone. I just had surgery a month ago.

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          • #6
            quote:
            Originally posted by degrat38:
            Have you had an MRI? My xrays showed nothing, but the MRI showed a rotator cuff tear, bicep tendon was ripped off the bone, and ligaments in my shoulder were torn off the bone. I just had surgery a month ago.

            Yikes..I have had torn stuff in my knee and I dont think anything is torn in my shoulder..maybe close to it, but not quite....my mom talked me into going to the doctor so....I will check that out tomorrow.
            If I need surgery, I will put that off until I get back to Texas. The doctor who originally worked on my knee is brilliant and I would only want him to do any surgery on my shoulder..he is a team doctor for the teams that are still left in Houston..used to be the Oilers doctor before they split. He is a genius and I would not even be walking without him......he would blush if he knew I thought that!
            How are you doing with rehab? Do you have full ROM or are you still not able to use that shoulder 100%...hope it is o.k.

            [ 06-11-2003, 09:25 PM: Message edited by: BunnyFoo-Foo ]
            "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."
            Davy Crockett

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            • #7
              Bunny,
              I wouldn't even try the exercises at this point. Sounds like you need to go to the Dr.

              I have had some rotator cuff problems. Only once did I go to the hospital or Dr. I was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendonitis. A little naproxen and vicoden for pain and I was ok. It hasn't hurt in a while (knocking on wood). I have been playing softball too.

              Sounds like what you have is something different from what I have. I would have that checked out. Get it fixed now before it gets worse.

              Good Luck!
              Drug Recognition Expert

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              • #8
                Mrs. Bunny, you need to go to the dr. asap. If it getting any worse, and the dr. doesn't have an appt. for you for weeks later, go to the er. No matter how scared you are, or about baby bunny, you must get this checked! And thank G-d you're alive after such an accident. Think of the long run, ok? Best wishes, Mrs. Bunny.
                M.E.

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                • #9
                  Well since it's only been a month I only have very limited rang of motion, they had to split the tendon that allows your shoulder/arm to be spread like a wing. That takes 6 weeks to recover. I am starting physical therapy in a week. I had what was called a Bankart Repair, it takes 6 months to FULLY recover. According to the Doc. I should only lose about 5% of my ROM that I had before. It is getting better everyday though. I can't wait to get it back 100% though!

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                  • #10
                    I promise to call a doctor tomorrow..thanks guys!
                    "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas."
                    Davy Crockett

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                    • #11
                      My left shoulder did roughly the same thing except I stuck my arm out to break my fall and heard a loud "pop" and then came severe pain. 2 passerbys thought I was having a heart attack.. *&$% smokers left their sand filled "ashtray" outside a dark doorway .... Anyway, X-rays showed nothing and I have an MRI scheduled in a few weeks.
                      " Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words." - Calvin

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                      • #12
                        Moving to Health and Fitness.
                        Dave Kiefner
                        [i]Die Wahrheit ist eine Perle. Werfen sie nicht vor die S

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