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Lionne posted 3/7/2014 17:30 PM

I asked for medical advice about my arm/shoulder awhile ago. I finally got insurance company approval for an MRI, (closed, disconcerting, loud, no idea of the strength of the magnet) it clearly showed severe inflammation and a partial tear. I was immediately started on a PT program 3x a week of stretching and strengthening.

Wow! What am improvement! While I still have some pain and impairment, I am much improved. It's been four weeks, I go to the doctor next week. He may suggest a cortisone shot, or just continued PT. I don't know how much improvement I'll have, whether it will ever be 100%, but I'm amazed at how specific exercises have eliminated my pain.

jo2love posted 3/7/2014 18:23 PM

It's so good to hear you are starting to feel better. Sending extra healing mojo.

nowiknow23 posted 3/7/2014 18:43 PM

That's fantastic, scaredyKat!

purplejacket4 posted 3/7/2014 20:16 PM

PT is amazing.

I'm also almost completely pain free after dislocating mine in October.

Lionne posted 3/7/2014 20:34 PM

I'm amazed. I've had PT before, but not with these results. I have chronic back pain, maybe CFS, who knows. I stretch regularly, it helps, but this is actually a potential CURE.

It's so nice to be able to pull the covers up by myself at night!

tushnurse posted 3/8/2014 08:14 AM

This is a self diagnosis but believe I have torn my rotator cuff at Least partially. I would love to know what you are doing because there are nights when it hurst so bad I can't sleep. I just haven't take. The jump to seeing someone because well I'm a horrible patient and would not have surgery until I had no use of my arm.
Your story gives me hope that I wouldn't have to have surgery

Lionne posted 3/8/2014 08:22 AM

Hey, TN, my experience was similar. Horrible pain, shooting up my arm, my neck, my jaw. My mobility was so limited at times I cried getting a shirt off. Mine I'd a partial tear, the doc says definitely not a surgical option, MAYBE cortisone, but the PT is really making a huge difference. I can't take the naprosyn as prescribed, 2x a day, bothers by stomach, but it, too helps when the pain is nagging.

I'm really confident I'll see more improvement with continued therapy.

sisoon posted 3/8/2014 11:43 AM

TN, I'm surprised at you.

I agree on PT - it's done wonders for me, too. It's good to hear a positive experience.

I may just ask the doc for a script for PT ... except that I, too, would like to know what the problem is. I never believed curiosity killed the cat....

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