I too have had other surgeries so I have put the shoulder on the back burner, but now it's really getting worse.
My surgery on the rt was misdiagnosed for about 3 years. They gave me steroid shots that never worked. I moved and the next doctor diagnosed it as bursitis. Nothing worked and after 1 1/2 years I was finally referred to an ortho doc. He did an MRI and diagnosed it as torn RC. I had surgery and am [retty much OK. Just a twinge every now and then.
The Lt shoulder problem started when I fell on it while riding a dual sport motorcycle. It was diagnose within a few months as torn RC. Had surgery and about 2 weeks later I went to move in bed and felt a "pop" in my shoulder and had excruciating pain. I told the doc and he said it would be alright. I went 5 years until I couldn't hardly use my arm and had so much pain. Had another doc and surgery for torn RC and I think a torn tendon.
I was in an immobilizer sling and 5 days later I was at home when my home caught fire and I was lucky to get out. Had to move in with a friend. After a week the friend stated outloud(not directly to me, but I knew who she was talking to) that nothing was going to get done if no one did anything. Her daughter was trying to prepare a trailer for us to move into temporarily. Well, I wound up taking the immobilizer sling off and had to clean out the trailer and the yard. So, it was my own doing that I screwed up the surgery.
I went back to the doc and told him what had happened and he said that he didn't think anything else could be done. My cousin told me to seek a second opinion. The thing I worry about is losing the mobilty of my arm. My mother had 2 surgeries for basically the same thing and wound up not being able to lift her arm above her waist. She could lift it and put it up on the table or counter and use it that way. She just couldn't lift it on it's own. I fear that is happening to me. I can lift my arm but it is excrutiating past a certain point. For instance, when I'm lying in bed on my back I can lift my arm and out it behing my head on the pillow. When I go to take it down I have to use my rit hand to hold my arm to get it down and it hurts like heck.
Also, I never had PT after any of my surgeries. The doctors didn't feel that I needed it.
I'm just wondering ifI seek a 2nd opinion and the doc thinks he can fix it, will it wind up worse than it is. Would it better to just live withe pain? Will it come a time when I can't live with the pain or can't lift my arm?
Anyway, I just had a total knee replacement and had problems after that. I'm having a hard time straightening my knee out comletely. I'm going to PT for that. I think that between the crutches and walker it put too much of a strain on my shoulder and it started hurting more. I've already decided that I will not have the left knee done until it comes a time I can't walk on it anymore. Until that time it will just have carry me along.
Last Oct I had weight loss surgery and now I have to have a hernia repair from that. I really thought that after the weight loss I would have been in better shape, but it appears that my body is falling apart.
Anyway, I hope that I can get more opinions about my shoulder and it's future.
Feelbad, thank you for your response. After I get the hernia taken care of I will see about an MRI to see what's going on with my shoulder.