Second shoulder surgery failed ?

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Hi all, 

I had my rotator cuff repaired last year and got a complication and had to do revision surgery earlier this year which was end of January (removed anchor and shaved off the bone) . As it is still pain in the shoulder joint, Dr ordered an MRI to see what actually could be the problem. They suspect there might be a problem with the Rotator cuff again or arthritis in the joint. However, my PT was not rally worried as per he thinks everything seems okay by his examination and the movement is getting better ( he thinks I m on right track though ) even sometimes I feel I am getting better and sometimes it is in decline. 

LONG story short,  had an MRI today  and I was handed the films straightaway but the report from the Radiologist will come next Friday, also I have an appointment with the surgeon a week after.  Why I am worried now is there are few ‘White Spots’ around the image of my shoulder which seems very abnormal. I tried looking up in the internet too, the normal shoulder anatomy vs abnormal in the MRI  and the normal shoulder MRI doesn’t have any white spots.  would anyone have any idea about it ? Those white spots are really problematic ? Now I am too scared to go for third surgery if anything comes up. I am 30 years old and working  as a full time chef  as well as I do play sports and exercises regularly. My life has been hell since the surgery. I was really hoping this time I would get through this pain and hell of time but things don’t seem to be going well. 

Still I am positive about it !! 

Any suggestion or ideas about those MRI ? 🙏🙏🙏 thank you !! 

And I can’t go to my GP too until Tuesday since we have a Long weekend here. 

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     I don’t know if I can give you any answers. But I would say this, trust your gut. If you feel like somethings wrong and it’s not healing right for you, I would seek a second opinion. I had my rotator cuff surgery January 30. Removed a calcium deposit and had a 95% tear, cleaned up with two anchors placed. I’ve been in physical therapy for a few weeks now (after my 6 week with the immobilizer)

    Now I’m pain-free! I am going back to work as a hairstylist starting today.

     The only thing that I can think is different than most people that post here, is that my doctor was very very restrictive on moving my shoulder at all, too soon. He told me I’m still not allowed to lift anything more than 10 pounds. I’m four months postop. No physical therapy should hurt. I just started strength training at PT last week.

    My ortho surgeon is extremely careful because he’s very experienced. He’s been written up in medical journals and he goes to seminars once a month to teach about this surgery. His protocol is very strict!

     From what I’m reading here a lot of people have to get this surgery done over and over because they don’t listen to the doctor or they have a surgeon that isn’t experienced enough. I’m lucky because my surgeon is in my town. I know this may not help you much but it’s very important not to do any exercises after the surgery until six weeks. And you should be wearing that immobilizer 24/7 prior to that. 

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      Yeah, some surgeons and pt are very strict. I was told that use the hand as much as possible , not to be so protective. I don’t understand what’s going on with my shoulder. I am 30 yo and active person ,also I don’t smoke and eat whatever.  I have already suffered enough from previous surgery to this second, I just hope that I won’t need third one to fix this problem. Too young to be at this position, i believe . Hope you getting better !!! 
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    Wow sorry to hear about your shoulder.   I had my 3rd repair Feb 15.....ugh.   This time they did a reconstruction and had to use cadaver tissue to build a sort of bridge over my shoulder.  After the 2nd surgery I started having some sharp pains at about 4-5 months.  My PT was certain it was not a tear because I could move my arm well, including over my head, but unfortunately it was not the case.  I must have some buffed up deltoid or something.  ha ha    The MRI showed white spots also, on mine it turned out to be pieces of the tendon when it retore.  It also could be calcium deposits.  Either way I imagine you are not in for good news.  I hope I'm wrong.  I'm sure no expert.  Good luck to you.  These shoulders are a challenge and you are way too  young for that kind of problem.  Sorry I couldn't be more positive 

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      Yeah, my PT believes there is no issue with the rotator cuff, since there no any restriction with the movement. However, the MRI doesn’t look good.  Thank you for your words and hope you are doing okay too. 
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    Maybe the white spots are scar tissue that needs to be broken up.  MRIs are difficult to read.  Glad that you have a copy but leave the analysis to the specialists.  Are you using ice and heat?  If not, why?  How about taking a break from worrying about your shoulder for a few hours and do something that you enjoy, i.e. a walk in the park; sit by the water; read a good book; watch a movie; spectate a sporting event or volunteer at a local community event; gather a friend or two for a card game or dinner - step out for tea or coffee?  Hope that you receive manageable news Friday.  Good luck!
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      Thanks for your words. Yes, I have been icing every now and then , also straight after the work ( I do light duties 12 to 15 hrs a week ) I hope it is just a scar tissue that casing a problem. I do feel great after the exercises( strengthening exercises ) yes , like you said I am staying positive and spend time with friends, also bought a keyboard and started a class for it. since I am a chef , I read cook different cook books and watch videos. But it’s juat a pain of my Shoulder making me think again and again. hopefully, there will not be a further damage ( like my PT believes )  

      Thank you and have a good day !! 

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