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Hi, I'm 68 and have had this condition where I get pain at night and the pain gets worse when swimming. I broke my collar bone at age of 23 and on healing it left a bump on top of my shoulder so I think this may have been the root cause of my problem which started at age 38 whilst doing a lot of swimming.The pain is at the top of my right arm under the thick fleshy muscle and feels like it emanates from the bone. The point of pain seems to be at the bottom end of where the cuff tendons attach to my humerus. I've managed to control it with ibrufen and period of rests from swimming which is the main cause. I've had several bouts of NHS physio which did nothing and a NHS cortisone into the top of the shoulder which was also no use and in fact I thought they put it in the wrong place. Recently it can wake me up when my arm is in an upward position and I find it hard to get my arm in a position where I dont get pain. When I'm swimming I have to be careful with my front crawl stroke as it can give me a sharp excruciating pain which makes me stop the swim. Doing the back and breast stroke dont affect me.
I know that if I stopped swimming then the problem would subside but I do enjoy to swim up to 800 metres. I have stopped for periods of 3 months and then on the first swims the 'twinging' will come back and steadily get worse again.
I am going to seek a good sports specialist and think a steroid injection might sort it out with good physio but I know the condition could be too chronic to respond.
i would appreciate if anyone can confirm my diagnosis of rotator cuff problem and if there is any remedy or physio that could help.
Thanks for reading.
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