Cashier with calcific supraspinatus tendinitis

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I have been a cashier for 30 years, I am 50 years old. I filled out a first aid report after loading groceries into a customers cart. I reported it as a strain. After getting an ultrasound and xray I found out I have longstanding degenerative genohumeral joint changes and right calcific supraspinatus. Work Safe Bc is fighting me and saying that it is not caused by my work. I am finding that now with customers bringing in their own bags they are alot heavier and we load the bags into customers carts as well. I was wondering if there is anyone with a similar problem

Kellie

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    Although I don't have specifically same as you Kellie,a large percentage of damage in any joints is caused because of long time wearing down of bones,through work,sport or whatever.Work Safe are well known in any Country,to deny any problems as being the fault of workplace issues.The Physio I am going to after a fall in a local Supermarket before Xmas,has said,they will argue against anything to get out of paying.I would recommend that you get a Doctor's letter,and results of the scans,and seek legal advice,as the Rheumatologist I saw with Osteoarthritis problems said the damage is because of my previous work as a Telephonist/typist for many years.Your job is far more physical,and hard on your bones and muscles.Good luck.
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    I am now told that I might have an occupational disease and am still waiting to see the surgeon. I might have to file a new claim now and need to find out if it is actually going to be a waste of time and wonder if there is anyone else that have succeeded with a claim with this disease
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    Hello: My shoulder problems started out the same as yours, I even had the calcification tendinitis. I originally injured it at work, when I injured it, I felt a pop and a sharp pain. After a year of PT, and MRI scans etc, WSIB finally accepted it and said I had a permanant disability with it. The original injury was 10 years ago. For the past 9 years I had been working with light duty restrictions, but last year the pain was getting worse. I couldn't sleep for more then 3 hrs without waking up in severe pain, and after 9 yrs of over compensating with my left arm, it has finally given out as well. I went of work last October 2014 and had 2 debridements which didn't work. 2 months ago I had a total shoulder replacement in my right shoulder, the arthritis caused by the 9 years of immflamation and calcidfications had caused so much deterioration that I had no bursa fluid left at all and the scar tissue had built back up just 1 month after my first scraping of the glenoid. Now WSIB has denied my claim saying the arthritis is not caused by my injury but rather from age( I am only 50). I am fighting them as my surgeon said once you injure any joint you can expect arthritis to set in. Plus I have been doing 15 years at the same place doing heavy repetative work. It has been a long painful struggle, and I had hoped the replacement would start to feel better by now, but I am still in severe pain as he also had to do a major repair to my bicep muscle and tendon. If you have been doing your job for 30 years, then YES, it is caused from heavy repetative work. Have your surgeon fill in a form explaining this to them, do NOT give up, fight them as long as you can. Also find a surgeon who will do the debridement, and replacement if needed. Take it from me, wasting time with PT and antiinflammitories will not work, in the long run the more you wait the worse it will get. I also forgot to mention that cortisone shots did not work either for me.
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      I also forgot to mention that I am scheduled to have my left shoulder replaced as well in the new year, sue to over compensating with it, because of the injury to my right shoulder.
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    I just went to get a  second opinion and the surgeon said I am to young for shoulder replacement surgery and he wants me to get another shot but in a specific spot and said that is why the first one didn't work. My Union has lawyers and they are appealing the decision from WCB. The doctor is writing a report which I haven't seen yet. I asked the dr if he thinks my OA , calcified tendinitis  and bone spurs in my R shoulder are work related and he said it will be hard to prove. I then asked why isn't it in my L shoulder . I am left handed but have always worked on R sided tills.I am still working but only 20 hrs a week on modified duties. I just don't get how some people can  get away with going on WCB again and again and people like myself that have never had a time loss accident in 30 years are denied. If the Drs letter is not in my favour then I think I will be SOL. The union lawyers will not continue to appeal if the letter states that my OA is not work related or the original strain that I reported didn't aggravate my condition.
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    Just had an MRI and it says that  Moderate degenerative changes are seen involving the AC joint. There is sclerosis  along the inferior surface of the acromin with cystic change wihin the lateral aspect of humeral head.

    Findings sugesting moderately advanced oseoarthritis involving the glenohumeral joint.

    No rotator cuff tendon tear.

    Findings suggesdting subacromial impigement with possible sudeltoid bursitis and supraspinutus tendinopathy.

    My doctor wants me to go on LTD and I am still working modified duties.

    The first claim I made to WCB I am still fighting.

    At work in Feb I reported another strain and it is pending I sent them my mri results but I think due to the OA it will be hard.

    I can't believe how long this is going on my dr also wanted me to send all my reports to a physiotherapist who specializes  in orthopedics. I have a conference call with a surgeon after who doesn't think I need surgery because I am too young (52) I have had two cortisone injections that were short lived ...I am still tossing and turning all night.

    I only missed one week of work since my first injury Sept 2014

     

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      Just seen another orthopedic surgeon and am getting my third cortisone shot but not until Oct new xyray showing moderate articular margin osteophyte and advanced glenohumeral osteoarthritis WCB just called and informed me once again that being a cashier for 30 yrs is not the cause of my condition I cannot sleep and am told I am to young for surgery I am still working modified duties
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