shoulder impingement

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Im new to this and if anyone can help me it would be much appreciated. Im 22 and have been having shoulder pain for around 9 months now in my left shoulder.

Its a constant dull ache with sharp pain that even runs down my arm when I lift it.

So far I've had a ultrasound scan which revealed that I have impingement and bursitis. I've just had my second lot of injections which haven't helped me at all and my physio has signed me off 'because its not working' brilliant, right?

So my question is, what next? Has anyone else had this problem? Will it ever go away? Im struggling at work because my job is very physical and its getting me down.

Any help will be appreciated, Georgia x

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    You HAVE to go back to your GP and INSIST that you are in great pain and that

    you want to be referred to a consultant.  NOW. Stand your ground. I found that NHS

    physio's are lacking in knowledge, and probably over cautious when administering

    shoulder injections ,as they could cause more damage you will more than likely

    need surgery .

    O.K Georgia,you asked for advise.Iv'e given you some, It's up to you now.

    Don't whinge ----do something 

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    I have just had my op for an impingement on my left shoulder(last Friday)  I will also need this for my right. I to had the injections but the pain was back in both shoulders within 6 should go back to your Dr and insist on the next step I spent a lot of time having blood test etc as I had it in both shoulders I was told to have a thyroid and diabetes blood test.After just one round of injections I was then sent to a shoulder specialist and have now had my op after 6 days I can say that I have a lot of pain and it will be a slow process to heal, whenI was in the bath today(the highlight of my day) I felt a pop or snap in my arm I am off to see the specialist tomorrow as I may have a cuff injury ... To get anything done you need to be in to see the doctor every week and be honest about how it makes you feel as I know it's not just the pain in the arm it's the fact that you are also loosing the ability to get on with life. I wish you well regards Tracy

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      Hey thanks for commenting, I hope your shoulder isnt in too much pain and there is no further damage.

      Im waiting for my consultation with the surgeon to find out the next steps and I understand that its a long and slow process. How did you manage the pain on the run up to surgery? At the moment im just taking 30mg codene but the pain is still present at work. Hope you're well, Georgia x

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    Hello yes pain can be a problem I was having good and bad days previous to surgery I Was taking Naproxen along with Codine and Paracetamol dailyThe biggest problem was sleeping at night so the doctor prescribed me me wiith some non addictive sleeping tabs  . Speak yo your HR department and ask for occupational health to either meet with you or to do a telephone interview they were very supportive and my work went along with any decision they made so I was working for 2 days a week prior to my op

    It feels so much better today I now need to secure some  physio.When I had the operation I had this fantastic blocker as well as being asleep when I woke my shoulder and arm was dead I could not feel a thing this took a couple of days to wear off and I also had a drip into the shoulder with pain relief drugs the trick after surgery us to keep the Iain relief up to the highest level it will be 2 weeks tomorrow that I had my surgery and ism already thinking about when to get the other done


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