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myjoy
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   Posted 8/15/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
It's me again - I went to see my internist on thursday. My MRI came back that I have a tendon tear in my left shoulder. I'm being sent on to an orthopedic surgeon this coming friday. My internist said I will more than likely need surgery. I have tried therapy twice, but to no avail.

Has anyone had this diagnosis? Did you have surgery? How was your out come?

Thanks
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/15/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Not me but my BIL just had shoulder surgery, about a week ago. Had a lot of pain post-op. He got his stitches out yesterday. Pain is somewhat better now and he's told he can drive as long as he doesn't take pain med. 3 more weeks in the sling and then PT starts. Long road ahead. He's 78 yrs old, I think.
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   Posted 8/15/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
check out Super Cissus RX. It repairs tears to ligaments, tendons and muscles,   It's an herb I've been using with great
sucess. I wish I found it before my knee surgery. They wanted to do  my other one......now I don't have to!!!!! smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 8/15/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had two shoulder surgeries. The first was arthroscopic and really wasn't bad. The second was an open surgery and took longer to recover. My doctor had them use a nerve block in addition to general anesthesia, and that controlled the pain well. I started passive therapy on the third day.

Be prepared for some pain, although for me it was less than the pain I had from the shoulder before surgery. And be prepared to work hard in therapy to rehab. It isn't fun and it isn't easy, but it is necessary.

Good luck.
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donnaeil
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   Posted 8/16/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not want to even think about this. I sprained my shoulder and can feel the tendon move. Yuch.

Oh, get well soon please.

Donnaeil

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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Depending on exactly what is torn and to what degree, the fix may not be so bad. At least I hope so for your sake. I had shoulder surgery but not for a tendon tear but multiple problems. For me it was one of the best things I ever did. I had instant pain relief and increased function. I did have some post-op pain but I considered it to be constructive or healing pain whereas the pain I had before surgery was definitely destructive with no redeeming qualities about it. See what the surgeon has to say. Remember that surgery is a risk-reward type of situation and only you can decide if the possible risks are worth taking for the possible rewards waiting on the post-op side. What I mean is if you can live with what you have then maybe the risks aren't worth it but if you can't live with your shoulder as it is, the possible reward may be worth the risks of surgery, post-op pain, rehab, etc. A lot to think about. Please let us know what the ortho surgeon tells you and I'll keep my fingers crossed that he comes up with an "easy" fix for you. . Lisa
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myjoy
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   Posted 8/16/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone.....I'll know on friday.
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myjoy
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   Posted 8/22/2009 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, the orthopedic surgeon says it's a torn rotator cuff - so I will be having surgery. I'm so tired of the pain, and I cried right in his office knowing that this can be fixed. I've been hearing for 2yrs that it's "just my fibro". I knew it was more serious - it doesn't feel like my fibro does.

Now work comp and my insurance have to fight it out. Work comp signed off a year ago. I had fallen at work and landed on my left arm. I've done phys therapy twice, and it only made it worse. They won't schedule my surgery until the insurance figures out who is going to pay. I pray that happens soon....I've waited long enough.
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   Posted 8/22/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
myjoy,

I am so glad that your shoulder can be fixed. My mom had a torn rotator cuff and had
surgery and the recovery went well. Hoping you don't have to wait long for your surgery
so you can finally can get some pain relief. Prayers for a quick recovery!!!

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   Posted 8/22/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, I'm glad that you finally have a real answer to your shoulder pain. You said that for 2 years you heard that it was just your fibro causing the pain. I truly believe that is one of the greatest dangers of having fibro because way too much bad stuff can happen and fibro gets the blame and then people don't get the proper care. I'm sure that your fibro exaggerated the pain from the tear but now you know you were right that it didn't cause the pain. What you went through is why I try to encourage people here to have stuff checked out instead of assuming every pain is "just the fibro." I really think too many fibro patients suffer needlessly from or throw narcotics at "fixable" problems. Just my opinion. Hope you get your surgery scheduled very soon. You have definitely suffered long enough. Lisa
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crazyoldcatlady
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   Posted 8/22/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry that you have to have the surgery. My brother-in-law who I mentioned in an ealier post says his pain is significantly reduced now and only needs ordinary Tylenol. He's driving and back and work, although still with his arm in a sling. His PT will be 3 days a week starting in September.
All the best to you...
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Myjoy, I was thinking some more about your situation. You said that you fell and landed on that arm. That is one of the classic ways to tear your rotator cuff. I can't believe it took them 2 long years to come up with the diagnosis for you. I would think your history alone would have been a big clue. I am so glad that you keep fighting for an answer when the doctors keep dismissing your pain to fibro. Way to go. Please keep us posted. Lisa
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myjoy
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   Posted 8/23/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your support everyone. I really appreciate it. And geckogirl - I met a gal with fibro at our church this morning, and she and I discussed how "everything" is fibro once you are diagnosed. She had pain in her back that she felt was different from her fibro - her doctors disagreed. Eventually she had more tests and needed back surgery. She is doing better now. We need to fight for ourselves. We know when something isn't right!
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myjoy
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   Posted 8/31/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, work comp has denied my claim. Since it took 2yrs to get a decent MRI, showing the tear, they think something else must have happened in between. I've had no other accidents. They are just crooks!

Anyway, now my regular insurance is going to have to pay. I should find out in the next couple of days, just when my surgery will be.
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anstar
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   Posted 8/31/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel your pain! I fell a year ago and knew I'd done something to my shoulder because I felt something give. An inept nurse told me that the MRI was "normal" and I just lived with the pain. One year later, during a visit for routine blood work, I saw a different doctor in the same clinic and remarked about continued pain in my shoulder. She looked through my chart and her face went white! What I had been told was a "normal" result on the MRI was actually a fracture! The tendons are weaker now, and I have arthritis in it now. Luckily <knock wood> I won't need the surgery for a few more years, but eventually, I'll end up having to have the joint replaced. :(
My ex MIL had surgery for a torn rotator cuff a few years ago. She said she's very glad she had it because after rehab and PT, her shoulder is much stronger now.
Good luck.

myjoy
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   Posted 9/3/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My shoulder surgery is scheduled for September 22. My husband and I have much stress going on in our lives right now...so this is just one more thing. I hope things settle down by then so I can concentrate on healing. Thanks, everyone, for all your support.
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