Calcific tendonitis shoulder pain

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I woke up one month ago Feb 3, 2023 with excruciating shoulder pain with no know reason. I ended up going to the Emergency Room where I got an xray. They said they found nothing and said I might have frozen shoulder. I went home taking NSAIDS and was in horrific pain for 11 days , not able to move my arm. I finally saw an orthopedic Dr 10 days later who said I needed an MRI for a possible tear in my rotator cuff. I did that and nothing was found except for calcific deposits on my rotator cuff tendon. I followed up with the Dr who told me there is no way this could be causing my pain, pain doesn't happen suddenly overnight and he didn't believe this was an issue. I walked away thinking -- have you ever read anything about this condition? It's the definition of pain! So looking for a specialist who understands. It's been one month and I was finally given a steroid shot for my 'mystery' pain with no known cause. I know it's caused by the deposits. My arm is better but had deep aches all day long. Do you think it will progressively get better or have you experienced repeated acute attacks. They are excruciating for sure! The drawbacks of living in rural, very isolated Montana. People think 'Yellowstone' is so cool but this is the real life of living out here. Love it but medical care ..... sketchy.image

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    Those deposits on your rotator cuff are fibroblasts or collagen build-up. Frozen shoulder is linked with Psoriasis, Dupytrens, Periones and Ledderhose. The shoulder capsule has a build up of collagen inside the joint capsule restricting movement . It's like a domino effect one fiber on top of others inside the capsule. Xiaflex can remove the collagen which is what scar tissue is made up of . It does have it's application issues had that done 9 years ago . This is not a cure all once this begins the possibility of it returning is always possible . There is no cure important to just keep moving stay ahead of the issue with yearly shoulder check-ups. This product helped my hands , shoulders and is a very tricky process.

    Also radio therapy can blast the node build up as well as other techniques designed to break up the collagen, fiber/scar tissue build up in the shoulder capsule. Steroid shots is offered in many cases not successful for long term, this can also exacerbate the shoulder causing the collagen release to excellerate, as well as surgery. Surgery should not be considered.

    Also the xiaflex has been in studies for years for these collagen / scar tissue build up was approved for use in 2011. Eco pharma company announced last dec 2022 that they have stopped the production of xiaflex.

    It can be very painful injections with several reactions which in my case was only temporary. see xiaflex.

    Xiaflex helped my shoulder, hands . Regained movement and use of hands .

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    Hi Montana girl


    yup it really sucks when a shoulder causes you grief. and you cant do squat about it.


    is it a pain or an ache !!!. does the attacks happen when you stretch or extend past your range of motion.


    and these attack are they earth stopping / shattering for about 2 mins then its back to ache.


    this is how my frozen shoulder was and its crap and long winded problem.




    ps " hi barb"

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      cold weather also initiates swelling, pain and rotation movement. keeping a heat application is very helpful . Usage restrictions can be both frustrating and agonizing. keep the shoulder restricted at night . if weight is presented on the shoulder this can prolong the ability of the shoulder to heal causing pressure more injury to the already weakened areas . some sleep in a recliner is easier .

      it may take up to a year or more to regain use and there may also be other limitations and restrictions long term.

      Colin hope you find some answers soon. if you ask about xiaflex it may be a solution if only scar tissue is involved. don't loose heart time your shoulder will heal.

      both mine are still painful and under certain movement restrictions. however not nearly as painful . i know this is not a life threatening illness, thank God...although definitely a bomb to my ego ,lifestyle and change to how i used to perform . it is important to accept the new differences , adjusting to limitations and knowing life is full and still doing daily tasks but differently. or not at all and that's ok too.....

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