20+ dislocations, possible nerve damage, and moving abroad.
Hello to everyone here, I'd be happy for any response or advice anyone has as my left shoulder has always been an anomaly to me. I dislocated it initially about ten years ago and had rotator cuff surgery a few years later. I've been on and off taking the rehab seriously ever since the first dislocation and it would pop out a few times a year, I'd need a few days to recover, and that was that. However I haven't had a dislocation in almost three years, which could likely be a result of me being more careful and favoring it like a gimp at times.
But around a year and a half ago this random pain I had never had before crippled me and I was essentially debilitated for about two weeks. It has never been that bad consistently since that happened, though it gives me various levels of discomfort/pain every day. I had an MRI done but apparently nothing showed up so I still have no idea happened. I spoke to a doctor of a friend of mine (not ortho) who said it sounded like nerve damage from my description. It came out of no where though since it was the longest I had gone without dislocating it, and all pain I had ever felt before was a direct result of a dislocation, or obviously following that horrendous surgery I wish had never been done.
I didn't want to see an ortho because it was expensive and they get the reputation as 'boys who like to use their toys' sometimes, but another doctor mentioned I see a physiologist.
When I try to rehab hard it can result in tremendous pain, when I do nothing it can be even worse. It's difficult to find a middle ground and I still have no idea what changed a year and a half ago. I would put my dislocation at over 20 times, which is a lot, so we obviously have some problems here.
Anyway, I plan to see a specialist but I'm moving to Korea in about a month and I don't trust doctors there. What kind of specialist should I see? Does this sound like nerve or tissue damage or anything anyone here has experienced or may know about? As a disclaimer, I never take pain medications, ever, but, strangely enough, the thing that supplies the most arthritic pain these days is smoking marijuana. I didn't touch it for at least 7 years, and not until after the random killer pain incident a year and a half ago, but maybe it's worth mentioning. I turn 27 this weekend so whatever problems I've had to this point will only likely get worse until I figure out what is wrong and how to fix it. Any insight or advice? Physiologist, Orthopedist, physical therapist? I appreciate any feedback in advance and apologize for the long-winded post.
Last edited by Jfromtheway; 04-21-2011 at 10:52 PM.
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