Left shoulder pain

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opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/16/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Y'all
I have been dealing with this left shoulder pain for around 4 weeks now, Ever since I was in the hospital for the kidney stone. I was hoping it was from being so tense and it would work it self out. It has actually gotten worse and I haven't found anything to take that will ease it up. I have tried heat and ice and can get it to ease up while I am laying down. If I roll to fast it comes back or if I sit or stand up it returns imediately. It feels a lot like the gas pain after having abdominal surgery. Not so much in the joint, but in the muscles and travels up my neck to the jar and down my arm t my elbow. It starts as a 3 to 5 pain that jumps to a 8 to 9 very fast. I get some slight relief by pulling down on my shoulder with my other arm, but only lasts about 10 seconds though. It isn't a continuous pain, but comes and goes 10 to 20 times a day. Lasting anywhere from about 30 seconds to over an hours in duration. My PCP though it had something to do with being tensed up at the hospital and tried and adjustment that hasn't worked. I see him again tomorrow for a 2 week follow up and will ask him about it again.
Guess I am asking if anyone else has had this and if so is there anything to get rid of it? I've tried to do extra walking thinking somehow gas is still trapped from the May surgery, but that hasn't helped. The pain meds I have for the nerve damage on my right side doesn't touch it either, I have tried Aleve to no avail. Unfortunately I have to watch how much of those I take do to the /GERD I have. If anyone has any ideas no matter how off the wall I am listening! After 4 to 5 weeks of this straight I have to figure something out. It is starting to take a huge toll on the family life. I feel good one minute and then as we start to leave to do a family thing it comes back. Nothing more frustrating to a 14 y/o daughter who was looking forward to doing some bow shooting or fishing with her old man and having to cancel. I have made myself cry more in the last 2 months than I can remember crying in the last 20 years over this, I hate to dissapint my family so much. There is noting worse that I can do than dissappoint them.
Well I will get of my soap box now and I thank you for letting me vent some. I do feel better mentally and now to find answers physically.

Take care my friends,
BIll devil

Chartreux
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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Try to get a referral out from your PCP, or ask about getting an MRI done or X-rays...
Keep us posted as to how things go, will keep you in my thoughts and prayers...
wish I could offer up more advise...
Lots of soft hugz...
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Chartreux-
Thanks, the wife has been hounding me pretty good to make sure he does something tomorrow. We'll see what his plan of attck is then.

Take care,
Bill

PAlady
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Bill,
I'm wondering if some massage or Physical Therapy could help? It's worth a try. Maybe from lying in the hospital bed, plus all the various positions you get put in through surgery and procedures a muscle got tightened and needs help being released.

If those things don't work, and if your doctor rules out that it's coming from GI issues, then X-rays or an MRI might be the next step.

One more thing you didn't need, right?

Sigh......

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 9/17/2009 3:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like your neck may be out of whack to me. Maybe a chiropractor could help, it is possible that your neck was knocked out of place during your surgery. Hope you find relief soon.
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


PAlady
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   Posted 9/17/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Bill,
I wouldn't suggest a chiropractor for your neck. No offense meant, Jag, but necks are so delicate - you'd better off with a good physical therapist, IMHO. I had a chirpractor make my neck worse years ago, yet I do believe they're good for the lower back. But I think your doctor needs to look at little closer and identify the problem, making sure it's not anything internal re: GI issues.

Hugs,

PaLady

Morgoth
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   Posted 9/17/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
"It feels a lot like the gas pain after having abdominal surgery." You mean a laparoscopy right? If so, was the kidney stone removal also performed during a laparoscopy? If so, the pain in the shoulder could be the result of gas build-up in your body that is trapped up there. A hospital here in Belgium (Gasthuisberg in Leuven) has done some research into sode-effects of laparoscopies. Your story comes very close.

Could you tell us some more details please? I'm extremely interested.

Hang in there.

Thierry.

PS: Greetings to the lot of you guys.
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golitho
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   Posted 9/17/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
When I had the ectopic preg I had horrendous shoulder pain from internal bleeding. Seemingly anything abdominal refers the pain to your shoulders, so it does make you think it had some connection with the surgery. I'd be asking lots of questions too, can gas be trapped for that lentgh of time? Does make you think an ultra sound or some such is needed to see whats happening.
Goodluck with the specialist, golitho

PAlady
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   Posted 9/17/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Morgoth - that's really interesting. Glad you posted that for Bill!

PaLady

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/18/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I haven't been back here for a few days. Way too many doctor appointments this week. Thanks for all the suggestions, I appreciate them very much. I got back to my PCP and he wants me to take muscle relaxers through the weekend and get back to him Monday on how it is. Actually my PCP is also a chiropractor and he said he doesn't want to adjust anything because of the way it extends up my neck and down my arm. If it isn't better by Monday he wants to do a MRI. So far it is still the same.

Morgoth-It really does feel very much like the shoulder pain that I had from the laproscopic surgery in the past. They were able to remove the stone using a laser and scope through my urethra to get to my kidney, so I am not sure it is from the kidney stone removal. I did see the urologist Wednesday and he said the IVP xray was good and he thinks it is something with my GI tract.

golitho-The GI doctors had me do another CT scan today and they were concerned about bleeding or diverticulitis. Thanks for reminding me about the effects of abdominal bleeding. I should have remembered that from my ordeal in May with the holes in my stomach.

Take care,
Bill
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