Seashell...I saw the sports doc about
6 weeks ago. He referred me to the surgeon and ordered the MRI. I requested a copy of it for my own records and to show to out of state family who are in the medical field. They seem to get much better care there than I get here in CA. The PT therapist said he was 99.9% sure I shredded this thing after the first evaluation and visit. The pain and loss of strength/ROM are consistent with a torn rotator cuff & labrum (sports doc said same thing). I think the MRI was just to pinpoint exactly where the tears are. What is so frustrating is the sports doc told me it would take 9 months of recovery (6 weeks off work) if I got it repaired or 2+ years if I let it freeze up and then thaw it out. I seriously can't imagine 2 years of this pain and inability to even get dressed without screaming. A friend had the surgery and didn't sugar coat the recovery. From what I've been told this is a beast to recover from. A family member opted out of the surgery and went through the horror of frozen shoulder recovery (she told me to do the surgery bc I'm still relatively young (mid 50s). All I know is I just want this pain to at least drop to a tolerable level so I'm not grumpy or screaming when I move it the wrong way. I know I'll have pain but this is just beyond where I was before the injury (went from a tolerable intermittent 4/5 to an insane constant 8/9).
I do appreciate just being able to vent on this forum since folks here know what it's like to be in constant pain. It takes a toll on a person. So I guess my big decision is do I deal with this for another 2 years or go on disability and try not to go broke in the process? I have a parent who has late stage dementia and the cost of the care is crazy (another reason not to have surgery as I need my full paycheck to cover expenses). Pretty pathetic that we have to weigh finances when deciding on injury/illness treatment.
As for Kaiser, I know they've improved their care over the past 20 years but I had a very bad incident happen with them 25 years ago where an arrogant idiot doc made a mistake and darn near killed me. Back then they were cheap and you most definitely got what you paid for. Now I still pay but can't get treated. Go figure. Anyway thank you for listening and offering your advice. It's nice to be able to get feedback like this.
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