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I have had shoulder pain for 5 years. Yes, you read it correctly. FIVE years!
My first orthopedic doc said I just needed PT. He did not do any images. I had pain in my right shoulder and down the front of my arm but had good ROM.
I went to PT for over 6 months and she said she did all she could and released me saying to see how it goes and call if I had more issues.
In that time I had a frozen shoulder as well.
I lived with the pain on and off until I saw another ortho (PA) in October of 2018 after finding a swollen painful bump on my bicep. The PA felt the bump could be due to a flu shot (she said she had seen this before). She ordered a CT on the bicep and it was negative (she did not have them image my shoulder). She then ordered an MRI of my shoulder but my insurance BCBS refused to pay and wanted me to do PT.
I returned to PT late October of 2018 with moderate to severe pain in right shoulder along with this new bump in my arm at bicep. My PT felt the bump and pain was from over compensating for the shoulder. I had relief with PT 2x a week but had to continue going as pressure points, pain were continuing. We were constantly chasing the pain.
In March of last year I saw another PA who did an X-ray and said I did not have a torn rotator cuff and to continue PT.
I continued PT and in September of 2019 at the urging of my PT saw a different ortho doctor (not a PA) in a different group.
He ordered an MRI and this is the result.
"Focal tendinopathy in the posterior fibers of the supraspinatus which may be related to impingement in the setting of associated subacromial bursitis and small subacromial spur."
I had a cortisone shot in October that wore off completely by mid December and even while going to PT have had two very painful episodes, one mid December and one mid January.
I saw my ortho doc last week and he said he likes to treat things conservatively but because this has been going on 5 years and PT is not resolving it nor did the cortisone shot it may be time to do surgery. It could be A) frayed bicep tendon, B) impingement with bone spur causing all this pain or something else in addition to this not seen on the MRI. My ROM is very good as is my strength leading my PT and doctor to think it is not a torn rotator cuff.
I am scheduled for surgery in late March and am dreading it knowing the pain that will come afterward but also so sick of having this pain for 5 years, I just want it to end!
Can anyone here tell me their experience with the surgery? TIA
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