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   Posted 10/18/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-
Well to add to my list of goofy problems it seems my left shoulder now has arthritis. I am currently trying the injections because he said the PT would be long and drawn out how jagged the arthritis is in there. Has anyone had the injections for arthritis or tried the PT for it? If so, how well did each work? Really trying to avoid having to get the rough areas ground down.
HE said he usually gives the injections a few months and then sees if surgery is needed. Hs anyone had to have surgery for arthritis in a shoulder?

Take care,
Bill devil

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   Posted 10/18/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill!

I have arthritis in my spine, neck mostly plus my right hand is becoming a mess and a few other joints are beginning to growl at I know it not funny at all because it can be so horribly painful. I have had injections for a collapsed and messed up disk area around L5/S1 and it didn't do much. Also have had tender point injections which were numbing medication called Marcaine to help with the pain of fibromyalgia. Those were in the muscles around the shoulder blades. Did have a bit of PT before I had the fibro diagnosis and all it did was make the pain worse.

I know this isn't the same as you had but I thought I'd share something similar. We do have several people on the forum who have had shoulder surgery, one very recently. They should be along before too long to share. One thing to consider for those reading this that any kind of cortisone injections really mess up your blood sugars if you are diabetic. So do be careful if it applies to you.

Please keep us posted on how your shoulder is doing and let us know how the injections do. The ones I had in my spine weren't bad at all so no need to worry in that department.

Good luck!
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   Posted 10/18/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill, I have RA and have had cortisone injections in most joints, sometimes I get 3 weeks relief and sometimes 3 months!!! The injections themselves seem to hurt more where there is a lot of swelling or not much space like wrists. Shoulders and hips are usually ok. Just an uncomfortable feeling of pressure. I'm due for surgery at some time to clean up my wrist joints which involves scraping the bones(sounds delightful) but my rheumy reckons it will give great relief and is very successful. As for PT I found the best PT was after the injections and hydro PT or aqua PT. The water supports and allows you to build strength without creating further damage. I also have a velcro shoulder support made for me by OT and it sort of wraps around my biceps and across my back, especially good when I'm tired and working. Goodluck with the jabs.
Let us know how you go! Golitho

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   Posted 10/19/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bill,

Sorry to hear you are having so much trouble with your shoulder. Its just not much fun.

I have impingment and arthritis in my right shoulder due to a fall off of our motorcycle in the early 90's. I also was being seen by a neurologist for neck and low back pain. We really thought all this shoulder pain was coming from the neck, but then I started losing use of my right arm because the pain became excruiating. I drove a standard  shift jeep and got to where I was not able to shift the gears, so had to find me an automatic to drive. I couldn't hold a hair dryer or curling iron in my hand, just nothing. So, finally the he referred me to an ortho to see if it could be the shoulder. I had forgotten all about the fall from the motorcycle.

I go see this cat one morning at 7:30 AM, he specilaized in shoulders. We discussed the problems with the shoulder and he said there was alot of inflammation going. He recommended injecting the shoulder joint, I said ok.  Big mistake. He went down thru the top of the joint and hit scar tissue immediately. I nearly came undone, tried jerking to get away from him, screaming at him to stop that I was done. That was the one of the most painful experiences of my life and never again would I ever do it. I did not get any relief and for about two weeks the pain became worse, as if he had aggravated things.I  have had my knees done and more needles stuck in me than a pin cushion so, I am familiar with pain. I went back to my neuro and told him what happened and let him know real quick, I had no intentions on returning back to that guy. I ended up doing trigger point injections which were much more tolerable because theu do not go so deep. I am not telling you this to scare you. My neuro said he should have numbed my shoulder prior to the injection and he didn't. Be sure the dr numbs your shoulder.

Alot of times they are able to scope the shoulder and go in and clean it up on the inside. That a much easier surgery than an open procedure. I hope the shots help and give you some relief. Take care.

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   Posted 10/20/2009 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the replies. I did have the first injection. It wasn't as bad as the ones in my ribs. Those get the nerves and hurt like .... Anyway, I have to wait a week to see if it helps or not. I had to have my knee cleaned out a few years ago, so if it isn't any worse than that I could handle having it cleaned out some day. I am quite sure I will have to since I am getting to the point I can't hardly hit balls to the girls on the softball team anymore. 3 weeks ago I was able to hit 10 balls then I couldn't lift my arm. That ting was hurting for about 4 days after that.

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