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Old 10-08-2019, 04:28 AM   #1
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Both shoulders done 14 yrs ago. Pain started in rear left shoulder recently. Was thinking muscle pull?
Doesn’t seem to want to go away. Been trying to baby it, putting off doctor visit.

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I now have to sleep on my stomach, and lay one or the other arm to my side behind me to get the pressure off my shoulders and alternate. The podiatrist put me on an anti inflammatory for my plantar fasciitis and it helps with everything. Especially my shoulder pain. I will look at the med bottle and let you know what it is.

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I'm in the same boat as both of you. Moved a big cabinet by myself and tweaked my right shoulder. Hurt to brush my teeth, that movement was just right to set off the pain.

It's been a few months now and that specific pain has gone away, took a bit of time. But I didn't feel anything rip or hear a pop so I was hoping I just hurt the muscle.

And I have to sleep like you Jo. For 50 years I've been sleeping with my arm up under my pillow and I can't do that without hurting my shoulder. Problem is I can't go to sleep without being in that position. I'm learning to sleep like you described and it's taking a while but sleep is coming easier.

I think 90% of my problem comes from decades of sanding. Same motion for decades destroyed my shoulder. And then tweaking my shoulder certainly didn't help things out.
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I have problems too. I wake up from sleep with shoulder pain.
My right shoulder in particular. I could sleep flat on my back but if I go to my side my arm has to be above the halfway point or it becomes painful.
Sleeping on my back with my arms over my head helps my shoulder but then my back hurts so you can't win.
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You guys are lucky. Mine started at 28.
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So, how do you deal with it?
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It's pain. You suck it up buttercup.

Like the rest of us do.
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Both shoulders done 14 yrs ago. Pain started in rear left shoulder recently. Was thinking muscle pull?
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Rotator cuff pain is on the outside a little below where your collar bone attaches.

I'm thinking it's a shoulder muscle pull.
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Like the rest of us do.
He still has to get it healed, or it will probably get worse.
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I was sanding the side of a cabinet today, something that I wasn't able to do after my injury. I could sand flat but not vertical without a lot of pain.

Today I was sanding a side and I noticed I could do it. A bit of pain after a few minutes, but nothing like it was before. I figure I have about 2 more months before it's healed for the most part.

What helped is a shower, consentrating the hot water on the shoulder for 10 minutes and then after that working it back and forth so that you reach the pain point in your movement. I always went just a bit beyond the pain point so I know I was working the muscle. But nice easy smooth movements, nothing quick or jerky. If you heard a pop or felt a tear, go to the doc.
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The last cruise ship I was on, I made use of the sauna and the steam room. First time in a long time the pain abated. But then, I have always thought a sauna was good for what ails you.....feel a cold coming on? Sit in the dry heat for 15 or 20 minutes. If you can take it.

I kind of wish I had one, and they ain't that expensive.
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Feel a cold coming on... Take 1000mg vitamin C at least 4 times a day for a few days is my cure.
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Diclofenac sodium topical (Voltaran) seems to help. Will give it a little more time before calling doc


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I had surgery, torn rotator cuff and a torn upper bicep tendon.
They were both completely ripped in half, did surgery and it took 9 months to be good again. You know what pain is after the operation, lots of oxycontin for a few weeks!! I know your pain
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I had my right shoulder done in '13. Bone spurs and a full and a partial tear in my rotator cuff.

Left one wasn't as bad then but now the bone spurs are worse. Had an MRI the other day, waiting for the results. General consensus is I'll need surgery regardless. PT doesn't help, pain returns the day after I finished a 12 day anti inflammatory protocol, and there's no other way to get rid of bone spurs.

Had knee surgery in June to fix the meniscus. Drained and cortisoned 4 times since February and it still sucks. Arthritis. Don't want a replacement.

Chiropractor talked me into acupuncture. First time today. I think it could help with the knees (seriously hoping) but I don't see any way out of the shoulder surgery.

It may help the pain but I think the existence of the spurs causes more damage.

After shoulder surgery the best way to sleep is in a recliner. Can't sleep in a bed. Maybe that would help you get through the night, Tom.
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Actually, another thing that works for me sometimes is a body pillow.

If you're laying on your good shoulder, rest your bad arm on a body pillow in front of you.

Helps me quite a bit when I think of it.
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Went to a PT who specializes in sports and construction injuries (as opposed to one who deals with old or fat people) for two months. Only about $800 out of pocket. Fixed it, learned some stretches and exercises to continue for life. Prognosis is I will never need surgery.
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I also sleep with a pillow under my arm.. I have ice on my knee right now. Lots of pain lately,, 800mg ibuprofen seems to help.
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I also sleep with a pillow under my arm.. I have ice on my knee right now. Lots of pain lately,, 800mg ibuprofen seems to help.
ice and ibuprofen are two of my best friends...

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Went to a PT who specializes in sports and construction injuries (as opposed to one who deals with old or fat people) for two months. Only about $800 out of pocket. Fixed it, learned some stretches and exercises to continue for life. Prognosis is I will never need surgery.


Yes, there were quite a few people doing therapy like you when I was rehabbing after my cuff surgery.


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