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Old 05-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

I went to the Dr. and he made me do the range of motions but my shoulder didnt hurt and i couldn't replicate the position that causes it to hurt.

now i've figured out the position and try to describe it: my left arm is at my side, i pick up my forarm 90 degree. keeping my forearm 90 degrees in relation to upper arm, i pick up my elbow 90 degrees. now i start to swing my elbow out to the left and when my elbow hits about 45 degrees out that's when it's painful.

 
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

You might try researching Shoulder Impingement Syndrome.

It is quite common for people with shoulder problems. I started off with pain when I made certain movements as I raised my arm. Eventually, it progressed to a constant low-level pain with sharper pain upon movement, then I started losing ROM. This happened over the course of a year.

It can often be treated well with PT.
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

thanks for the info.

should i avoid doing push-ups and other strenuous activities?

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Old 05-17-2013, 01:55 PM   #4
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

MountainReader:

i read your post where you describe your Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and you mentioned exercises that were helpfull. can you share them with me?

would greatly appreciate it.

 
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

I do exercises that my physical therapist introduces. I don't know what most of them are called. You can find most of them on the internet if you search rotator cuff (or shoulder) physical therapy exercises.

The 2 exercises that I do know the name of are the Jobes (done to the front and the side) and Blackburns. Both of those seem easy, but you will really feel them. I also do various exercises with the therabands, several are internal and external rotation exercises.

If you look up the names of the 2 exercises I named, you may come across some of the others in the series.

Sorry I'm not more help. I will say that PT can really help.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:17 PM   #6
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

thank you for the info.

i am trying to get an apointment with an orthopedist, but till then i was wondering; if a exercise doesn't hurt does it mean its ok to do?

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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

Your best bet is to go to a shoulder specialist. They have very specific tests to identify problems in the shoulder area. As for exercising, if it hurts, don't do it! At least until you have seen the doc. The shoulder is very complex and the tendons and such do deteriorate with age and/or overuse.

 
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #8
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

I understand that If it hurts you shouldn't do the exercises. My question is if the exercise doesn't hurt does that mean it's okay to do it?

 
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

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I went to the Dr. and he made me do the range of motions but my shoulder didnt hurt and i couldn't replicate the position that causes it to hurt.

now i've figured out the position and try to describe it: my left arm is at my side, i pick up my forarm 90 degree. keeping my forearm 90 degrees in relation to upper arm, i pick up my elbow 90 degrees. now i start to swing my elbow out to the left and when my elbow hits about 45 degrees out that's when it's painful.

Hello zak87 -

I think you have dysfunction of the muscle known as subscapularis. This muscle is on the underside of your shoulder blade which attaches from the shoulder blade to the humerus. You may consider checking the following combination of muscles: the infraspinatus, the supraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis, just to make sure. It may be something called a trigger point that is causing your pain. Speak to a physical therapist or a massage therapist trained in trigger point therapy. I believe getting treatment for this will help resolve your issue. Medical doctors are not trained in this area. It's better if you go to a therapist. They do specialize in muscle issues. Also, no xrays or mri's will show dysfunction and no exercise gets rid of trigger points. Those can only be released manually. So, see a therapist. I wish you well. Take care and let us know how it goes. Thanks.

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:59 AM   #10
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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

Here2chat, thank for your reply. I'm considering going to a pt.

I had x-rays done on my shoulder, and pinky b/c it started to hurt at the base and along the metacarpal when I press it downward like when cracking my knuckles. the dr. said it he doesn't see anything

Could it be RA? a while ago my blood showed high levels of RNA or something like that, the autoimmune marker.

 
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Update:

i lowered my alcohol consumption and started exercising and stretching my shoulders and the pain has completely gone!

Bless the Lord!

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Re: Dr. doesnt know why I have shoulder pain

Glad to hear that

One thing I have realised is that I let my fitness level drop prior to my shoulder problem
I am 2 mths post op now and still in physio
And I am determined to buck my ideas up and have been researching daily stretches...well, it's a start

 
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