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luvthemountains 09-16-2006 11:08 AM

What causes rotator cuff pain?
I have this pain on one rotator cuff which if I raise my arm the wrong way, it hurts! It's been like that for months now. Could this be a form of arthritis? I do have a chronic pinched nerve on my neck (same side) but I doubt if that would have anything to do with it! Thanks to all!

Misty800 09-16-2006 01:56 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
You probably have tendonitis in your rotator cuff. I am currently suffering from inflammation in both rotator cuffs. Only thing the orthopedic doctor told me to do is take an anti-inflammatory and do exercises to strengthen the area. I am sure you can find the exercises on the internet for rotator cuff. I am taking a new anti-inflammatory called Limbrel. So far it is working but is not the cure yet.

You probably should get x-rays or other to determine exactly what your problem is.

I have inflammation in several areas and they have not called it arthritis, just refer to it as inflammation. I do have stenosis tendonsyvitis (tendonitis) in all fingers/thumbs.

luvthemountains 09-16-2006 03:20 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
They call it "inflamation" but not arthritis? Have they then diagnosed as to what has caused the inflamation?

kmacdona 09-17-2006 05:51 AM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
You'll need a CT scan to know for sure.

Misty800 09-17-2006 02:32 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
I had x-rays of rotator cuffs and they only call it inflammation.

A little about my history, took Actonel for osteopenia little over a year ago and 3 days after the 6th pill my body crashed literally. I had so much pain in my body of various levels, ill thru and thru for 6 months before beginning to see the light at end of the tunnel, many side effects including Plantar Fasciitis in both feet and sitting bone area. I know for a fact I did not walk too much on the sitting bone to cause fasciitis, it had to be the Actonel. Doctors reluctantly agree with me that Actonel was the cause of Plantar Fasciitis. Taking actonel definitely took me from being physically active to moving like a painful old woman.

I not only have inflammation in both rotator cuffs, also have it in feet, ankles, knees, groins, thighs, hips, lower back, upper back, arms, hands, fingers/thumbs. Actonel stays in the body 10-20 years and I sure hope it does not continue to cause problems. I will most likely go to my grave believing Actonel is at the root of my inflammation problems.

Doctors are afraid of being sued. Patients would have a hard time proving Actonel caused the inflammation without doctors agreeing Actonel was the cause. A catch 22.

In the past doctors tossed out "arthritis" as the diagnosis/cause of inflammation, it was the catch-all for what they did not know. This is what makes me wonder about my particular case, doctors do not give a name to the cause of inflammation. They could have tossed out arthritis as the cause and been done with it. When I questioned the hand specialist about the cause of inflammation in fingers/thumbs, he said it was not arthritis, stated it was stenosing tendonsyvitis (tendonitis) or Trigger Thumb/Finger.

I have read on the internet several medications can cause tendonitis, I just can't find the list naming the meds.

luvthemountains 09-17-2006 03:07 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
Wow! No wonder I have very little faith in Dr.s! I have some of the same frustration. I have had 2 dopplers (to check for clots), seen a cardio Dr., saw 4 foot Dr.s, had an MRI done on the foot and ankle, saw a Neurologist, saw a Dr. for kidney stone, and a family Dr. No one knows and yet, I know that a puffy ankle can't be normal. I have had foot problems and still do with the ball of my foot like I said, along with Chronic back pain. So, I don't know where to turn to next. I have 2 toes that tingle sometimes but what do you do? It can be so frustrating sometimes! I hope that you get some answers soon!

ispyrebel 09-17-2006 06:23 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
I have that same problem. Mine was really bad for two weeks. I just started doing large butterfly circles with my arms and listened to the popping of my cuff.
I STOPPED sleeping on that side.
Guess what. Since last week, no pain.

singer1 09-17-2006 10:48 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
I will have to try that! Thanks!

ICC 09-18-2006 05:19 AM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
be areful dr.s were telling me my shoulder pain was all coming rom my neck which is really bad. WRONG! i finally had MRI of shoulder done and i have an impingemnt in the rotator cuff.can't lift my arm out to the side, up in the air or forward. has affected my bicep and tricep. some of this i know could be coming from neck but the MRI proves that not all of it is.

luvthemountains 09-19-2006 11:46 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
What does it mean if it comes from the neck?

ICC 09-20-2006 04:49 AM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
not sure. i have alot of problems in my neck including a large bone spur compressing my spinal cord, a pinched nerve at the C5-6 and C-6-7. have bee told for 5 mos. this is causing all the problems in my shoulder, arms and hands. am seeing and ortho today who is also a spine specialist with my MRI of shoulder stating that i have a sub-acromial impingement. i don't believe all the pain is coming from my neck. the impingelment in my shoulder seems to have the tendons in my rotator cuff trapped.

gerkitt 09-21-2006 02:46 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
Hi. I saw your post and thought I should respond. I was diagnosed with a rotator cuff injury before my diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I too have a chronic pinched nerve in my neck and i can tell you it WILL affect your shoulders. Tendonitis is my first thought. I have had it many many times and I know it is painfull. It hurts with movement-normally over the top of your shoulder. Are you flexable at all? I bet your pinched nerve in your neck is effecting your shoulder as you sleep. Try a topical cream such as bio-freeze or even icy hot. It will go away, but it will take time. Also, sleep on your back. This is hard for me, but my body thanks me in the morning. If you have back pain, slip a pillow under your knees. I have found that if I sleep on my side it agrivates both my neck and shoulder. If this problem re-accurs I would definantly see your doctor. Good luck.

rosequartz 09-21-2006 02:57 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
look up impingement syndrome

ICC 09-21-2006 04:06 PM

Re: What causes rotator cuff pain?
thanks all---from what i ahve been told i have a sub-acromial impingement that probably needs surgery. that is over and above the neck problems. i also have a hard time sleeping on my back but it is the most comfortable. i think a neck pillow would also help. have a neruo, ortho, spine specialist and a shoulder surgeon all working with me now. thank God. will do aquatic therapy for 8 weeks with additons in therapy added in periodicaly. then i see the dr.s the end of november and we'll talk again then. the depression is getting to me. called my PCP today and left a message. all i do is cry, shake, can't sleep more than 2 hours a night. no appetite and am diabetic so that's not good. i just feel horrible. thank s for the support.:wave:

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