shoulder pain

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I fell and put my arms straight down to save my fall, I don't know why I fell and at the time felt no lasting pain but over The past 6 months the pain has become unbearable on top in front and down left arm, granted the pain is not constant but I cannot sleep on it, lift my arm above my head or put arm back over,  the pain can come on doing nothing. Doctor said ring physio they took details and sent out exercises to do with a exercise band telling me it would hurt but help, has anyone else got through this and if so could you share your experience please.

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    Hi, if you cannot lift your arm above your head, instead of having an x-ray I would try to insist on having an MRI scan.  I was given physio after my injury, it was dreadfully painful, and after the scan I found I had a severe rotator cuff injury and should not have been doing physio.  Good luck.
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      Thanks for your reply, as I said I did have phone appointment with doctor which is the way it's done now and was told to ring physio but didn't even get to see them just mailed exercises! I agree with you about getting scan as I don't know what the problem is and as you said might be doing more harm than good, I will take you comments on board and ring docs next week 😊
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      Hi deni1,

      I agree with Graham. An MRI gives the best picture and you should be able to request one since the regular x-rays did not show much, yet your pain continues for this long. TELL them what you want. In the meantime, I cringe at the thought of you doing anything that causes you pain! Perhaps wait until you know more about your condition because it would be awful to damage something worse. Use your "ouch-o-meter".

      Sincerely,

      Dawn

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    Hi Deni. Your explanation of your symptoms sound horribly like Adhesive Capsulitis aka frozen shoulder. It would be worth mentioning it to your GP. Do not go on with physio until you know exactly what is wrong as it can be extremely detrimental to recovery. Good luck.
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      3rd time of trying to write post and site crashed :-( trying to cut it short. Not been to doctors thought they would just say persevere, agree could be frozen shoulder physio on phone physio thought rotor cuff tear, think there is slight improvement although some movements send pain through roof. Still cannot sleep on it hence it is now 4.48 am. Have to put arm in pocket to act as sling when walking a distance as it drags and hurts, BUT can lift my hand just above head now..yay putting clothes on over not too bad taking them off very painful must be different movements, Iv thought iv had no chance of getting things off, just thought ..now what do I do. Right sending this post before it crashes again. Thank you for your comments.
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      Been to doctors getting appointment for musculoskeletal clinic to see what they think ie: mri?injection or whatever. Anyone had the injection and was it effective? ???
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      Hi Deni 1 - I agree with Mymaude it sounds like frozen shoulder sad

      There is a whole thread on here dedicated to us FS suffers have a look - you will get good advise & support...........It can come on from your fall just like that with no warning sad  Its vile sad  Go to your doctors and get a diagnosis then you can start treatment..........

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      Hi linda, had xray which confirmed the diagnosis of frozen shoulder, I was given more exercises which to be honest I haven't stuck to but have used the shoulder and stretched it and have seen an improvement, I can now lift my arm further than before and also I can now lay on that side albeit uncomfortable but I stick it out for a bit then turn over. Sometimes the odd movement can still cause bad pain along with lifting my arms outward or upwards past the comfort level but on the whole I feel it's going in the right direction. I'm due back at hospital for a check up in May so hope to have improved more by then. Think its going to be a slow recovery.
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      Oh thats good news smile

      Yes it can take quite a long time to get all your range of movements back but at least you are well on your way smile  Lying on the effected shoulder can be very painful for some time! Hope you are managing to get good quality sleep? There are a lot of us with this awful condition on here - some get sorted quicker than others - some take the surgical route others injections........worth a read.

      Good luck & wishing you a speedy recovery smile 

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      Thanks for your good wishes my thoughts are with you and all others dealing with a frozen shoulder, I personally would avoid the injection I was told I could have it but would rather not....if possible. My husband stopped the car quickly when reversing a couple of days ago and although I didn't hit my shoulder on anything the pain was awful for a few minutes so I know although I'm improving it's still can take me backwards sometimes. The forums are a great help you learn a lot and it's good to listen to people who are experiencing the same symptoms. Best wishes, keep smiling 😀
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