Skeye & Pam,
There we go w/ our swimmers pains again! Me too! My whole family has bad shoulders, got them from my Dad who had both his wired to keep them from dislocating! My little sister had her's done too. My coaches told me thats why I was such a good breaststroker, my shoulders were so loose that I could get extreem extention and outward scapular rotation. On underwater films, they looked like they would dislocate when I would thrust my hands/arms forward. What they didn't tell me was the damage I was doing to them! Yes, shoulder surgeries suck! Thems thangs hurt bad! Much worse than knee or hip, I can't say about back or neck surgeries yet because I've declined having them a bunch of times. I don't know, it just seems like no one I know or talk to ever gets any releif from them (back or neck). But shoulders are different. Before I had rotator cuff surgery on both of them, I couldn't lift my arms up much past my waist. It player hell w/ my fly fishing and we just couldn't have that! Oh they still hurt and ache and get stuck while trying to sleep on them but at least I can fish. Not for hours like I used to, I have to stop and rest them and forget doing any kind of overhead working like painting the ceiling, ain't gonna happen! Pam, a good Ortho and an MRI will detect any problems pretty easilly. Good luck and keep us posted!