Arthritis in Shoulders??

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Arthrichick
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   Posted 12/12/2005 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it possible to have arthritis in both shoulders?  Anyone have this and can share the symptoms with me?  What helps?  Is it possible for this to occur in both shoulders?

CaMama
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   Posted 12/12/2005 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW.
 
I'll have a nurse answer the question (they are here), but there is something called Brusitis - I think that is in your shoulder blade though. I have something they say isn't brusitis but is mimicking it in both shoulders (one side worse than the other, though.) I have pain between the shoulders, they get stiff and pop easily. I have to stretch a lot otherwise it gets really bad and I have mobility troubles.
 
There is not set rule about how arthritis affects you, so I would guess it is possible to have it in both. It could also be that you are hurting one shoulder to compensate for the pain of the other with arthritis.
 
Good luck and take care.
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Ides
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   Posted 12/12/2005 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, one can have several different types of arthritis in the shoulders. In addition to the arthritis, pain and mobility limitations can come from bursitis, impingement syndrome, and/or tendonitis. I have spondyloarthropathy and it effects both my shoulders. I get inflammatory bursitis and enthesitis [inflammation in the end of the tendons where they insert into the bone]. Both shoulders have been injected with cortisone and it has helped greatly. I have pain when I try to raise my arms, reach back or across the chest, and the shoulder will get "stuck" on occasion. The symptoms really vary among people.

Have you had an evaluation? xrays? MRI? Are you seeing a rheumatologist? Good luck! --Ides
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Arthrichick
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   Posted 12/12/2005 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not been to a Dr. or rheumatologist for my shoulders.  I did go to an ortheopedic Dr. about my knees years ago.  At that time he told me my joints are hyper extendable and I will get arthritis and will need a knee replacement (torn ligament also from car accident).  I don't know if that could affect my shoulders also.  Also I was diagnosed with Crohn's but I changed my diet, starting eating better and haven't had any symptoms of that since.  Don't know if it could be related or not. 
 
Thank you for the advice. 

Ides
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   Posted 12/12/2005 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have Crohn's disease, there is a type of arthritis that 20% of CDers get - spondyloarthropathy. Here are a couple places you can read about it:
http://www.rheumatology.org/public/factsheets/spondylitis_new.asp
http://www.spondylitis.org/about/main.aspx


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cbrossman
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   Posted 12/14/2005 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
When my RA gets really pissed, it hits my shoulders hard, but never both at the same time. One nite it will be the left, the next it will be the right, then it moves onto another joint.
During a particularly nasty session about a year ago, the pain was unbearable, and that was after several morphine and oxicotin pills.
So I know that RA can attack the shoulder joints and it can be terribly debilitating.
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