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    Old 05-30-2007, 07:35 PM   #1
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    Question Elbow Pain versus Torn Rotator Cuff

    I posted here early about having surgery on June 4th for a tendon torn in Rotator Cuff....Can anyone tell me if you experienced this with your torn tendon in Rotator Cuff. I am having severe pain in elbow area can hardly bend it sometimes. Has anyone experienced this with there Rotator Cuff problems...also with your rotator cuff problems, are you experinecing constant pain, or pain when you use your arm or lift you ever have days you wonder if you are doing the right thing with this surgery, coz you have a pretty good day, not complete with out pain, just bearable...
    Any answers will be appreciated...

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    Old 07-27-2007, 02:31 PM   #2
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    Re: Elbow Pain versus Torn Rotator Cuff

    Well I don't know if this is relevant to you but when I had my shoulder surgery (not a rotator cuff) I was in a sling for over 8 weeks and being that my elbow was constantly bent, this caused me to have pain and numbness and tingling up and down my arm. My surgeon is a shoulder and elbow specialist so he knew that this was just some inflammation in the ulnar nerve from the constant bending of my elbow. Once I got out of the sling it pretty much disappeared. If it is still bothering you I would go back to the surgeon who did your shoulder and see what is going on.

    Old 07-28-2007, 10:45 AM   #3
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    Re: Elbow Pain versus Torn Rotator Cuff

    Yes that sounds exactly the same as how my arm problems started out
    I started to have a lot of pain in my left arm after lifting or carrying at work at the age of 26 yrs old ,my arm was very painful and afterwards I could not raise my arm to shoulder level due to severe pain and weakness , I was given given 4 Cortisone injections in my shoulder joint over a short period of time ( which does help some people ) but I still had the same problem after treatments , for eight yrs I was told by my previous JP that my arm problem was caused by my back problems ( by this time I had been Diagnosed with Osteoporosis , Scoliosis, Haemochromatosis amongst other thing's) And by now I was having the same problem with my right arm I was given more ex-rays again and this time they found that I had a torn rotator cuff due to a build-up of calcium deposits on my right shoulder joint which had caused the hole in my rotator cuff,I had the operation to repair the rotator cuff and shave the bone down which has helped to ease the pain a little ,I also had to wear a special type of sling ,which I had to wear 24 hrs a day for 8 days .But I am still not pain or muscle weakness I am having the same problem with both arms and at the moment I am going through the whole process again with the left shoulder I should say
    that although your problem sounds exactly the same as my arm problems , there may be a chance that you will not hopefully develop problems with the other arm .The thing that is most annoying is ,it seems as if I have to explain again and again to doctors example : although I did have a operation to mend the tear in the rotator cuff and I also had the calcium build-up filed down from my the right shoulder joint ( the calcium build-up on my shoulder joint which I was informed was what had caused the hole in the rotator cuff )the problems I had with my right arm have not gone away, and I have always made this point clear with my JP, but when I inform them that I actually have the same problem with both arms he is always sort of stunned and replies "I thought the operation on your left arm was successful aaaAAAHHHH

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    Old 10-04-2007, 12:55 PM   #4
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    Re: Elbow Pain versus Torn Rotator Cuff

    I do get elbow pain but not really my worst is my shoulder and my bicepts pain, I have never had a day without arm pain since 1988 truthfully , I have also been back to the shoulder specialist , and had a xray and a ultrasound scan and I have the same problem in my other arm ,torn rotator cuff and bony growth, I am wondering weather I will want to go through the same operation again, as I have lots of other health problems going on some days I have real problems getting around home I crutches about 70% of the time to get around my home ,other times it is just really very painful even with my crutches, at times I have had to use my wheelchair to get around my home.I am waiting to see a neurologist at the moment so things may be on hold for a while.
    best of luck to you

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