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I have terrible pain in my upper left arm from shoulder to halfway to my elbow... apparently due to calcium deposits on my tendons on the rotator cuff .

Any suggestions on how to sort this out , without surgery ?I previously had a ' sub clavicular arthrilicosis ' ( spelling may be wrong !) and this worked well for 4 or 5 years... Dr Bremer of Westville Hospital carried out the procedure using lapriscopic surgery .

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    your post is under prostate problems, you may want to try under a different area on the forum.

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    As you are in the Prostate Forum were you ever prescribed Cipro or a Fluoroquinolone for a prostate infection no matter how long ago. One of the side effects of them is tendonitis. If not at the time other later drugs can trigger the reaction.

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    I agree with Derek that the problems with the tendons on any major joint (Achilles as well as shoulder) can often be traced back to a course of Cipro (or other fluoroquinolone) - unless there is a more physical explanation.

    I think you had treatment for Subclavicular atherosclerosis? This is a problem with the subclavicular artery which carries blood from the heart into the arms. (Does this sound right?).

    Blood vessel problems are also common with fluoroquinolones (but less well known as they are not so visible). You may have seen recent warnings about possible aortic dissection or aneurysm connected to Cipro and the other FQs but it's often not realised that they can cause these problems of weakness in the vessel walls throughout the entire body.

    This is in addition to the common tendon and muscle problems and central nervous system problems. Cipro has been the first-line drug for prostatitis problems for many years (I assume this is why you've posted in the prostitis forum?). Many men are prescribed it for 4 -6 weeks at a time so are prime candidates for the Adverse Reactions which can manifest days, weeks or even months after a course was taken.

    You may have had some many years ago and then more recently or maybe you have never taken a fluorquinolone and your problems are caused by something else - we don't actually know!

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    An obvious question: are you left or right handed?

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    Hi David

    I am right handed.

    My daughter is a physio therapist.She suggested exercises in which one lies on a flat surface and with upper arms at 90 degrees from spine and upper arms paralell to spine , one puts albows and wrists on the flat surface .

    Hold down for 10 seconds , off for 2

    Repeat 3 x

    Then bring elbows together - like flapping wings

    Then there are ' wall angels ' same as above but against a wall

    This has helped ease the right hand side

    Left hand side is still very sore - especially at night while lying down - even if I dont lie on it


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