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    My shoulders are killing me.. I got MRI

    The shot in the left arm didn't work but the one in the right helped a lot. They hurt when I move them in certain directions but they will hurt all night long. I have always slept on my sides and it does smush them up a little

    I went to a spine Dr to get an MRI but we changed it to the shoulders because of all the pain. He said it looks like I have severe arthritis. I go to a shoulder specialist tomorrow to see what he says about it. I dread it.
    I guess grabbing my headboard to pull on or sit up and to many transfers. I'll let yall know what he says after I get back.
    Mary
    I'm to young to be falling a part
    I want to Rock you Gypsy soul and together we will flow into the Mystic.
    Van Morrison

    #2
    Glad you finally got a diagnosis, Mary, but I'm sorry that it's something as painful and persistent as severe arthritis. Hopefully the specialist you're seeing can get you some relief.

    I feel for you -- my shoulders kill me, too. I also have osteoarthritis in both of them, plus central pain in the left, and my right one is permanently dislocated (fortunately, I have almost no feeling in my right arm from my SC damage, so the pain from the dislocation is usually kept to a dull roar). It sucks to have them hurt all the time while needing to rely on them for *everything*.

    I know SCIfor55Years relates, too -- he's posted invaluable information about his search for relief of his shoulder pain.

    Please let us know how your specialist visit goes. And good for your SCI doc for listening and being so responsive to your complaints of shoulder issues!
    It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

    ~Julius Caesar

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      #3
      Sorry Mary. I'm glad you got some relief. I hope the specialist can help you sweetie.


      (hugs)
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        #4
        i too have shoulder issues on both shoulders. got the steroid injections, have osteoarthritis, sci doc says it like ab with bad knees. so i only hope we can keep pushing and pulling with them. hope you all feel better.

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          #5
          my elbows and shoulders are shot! im only 20 and hurt for2.5yrs. I cant be active it blows!!!

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            #6
            Our arms are everything to us. I'v had many surgeries that I mostly couldn't feel but I dread the thought of this one because it is the shoulders.
            I'm ready for all the question for the Dr. I wonder if the have an in house rehab instead of coming straight home because I ain't going to a nursing home, no way, I don't care but no way.
            Thanks all, about to leave so I will tune back in later.
            Mary
            I want to Rock you Gypsy soul and together we will flow into the Mystic.
            Van Morrison

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              #7
              I'v had many surgeries that I mostly couldn't feel but I dread the thought of this one because it is the shoulders.
              Mary, I wasn't aware that there were any surgical remedies that would help severe arthritis. Do you know what specifically the surgeon is proposing to do?

              I wonder if the have an in house rehab instead of coming straight home because I ain't going to a nursing home, no way, I don't care but no way.
              That's precisely why my right shoulder remains dislocated. Having surgery to repair it would mean immobilizing it completely for six weeks, plus gawd knows how many weeks of rehab.

              I cannot do anything without that arm, and since there's no way my hubby could manage my total care for that long at home (even with 24/7 help), recovery in a nursing home would be the only option. I truly believe that I wouldn't survive that experience, especially down here in the VI -- I end up with UTis, pneumonia, and pressure ulcers that would probably combine to do me in.
              It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

              ~Julius Caesar

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                #8
                Well good news so far. I went to a shoulder specialist and he took xrays plus had the mri's and said I have some arthritis but my problem is bone spurs. He have me a shot at the top of my shoulder. He had to dig it around a bit so I'm kinda sore. I have to go to rehab for 8 weeks. He wanted me to go 3 times a week but I said 2. Heck, it's 25 miles to town. The shots kicked in so it's better for now.

                hipcrip, I feel for ya. Dang, it got to where I couldn't transfer for 2 days and had to stay in bed because it hurt so bad I couldn't pick myself up to transfer. I don't know how you do it.

                Thanks all for caring and take care of your shoulders.
                Mary
                I want to Rock you Gypsy soul and together we will flow into the Mystic.
                Van Morrison

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                  #9
                  Hi Mary,

                  I'm glad you are feeling better. I think you all wouald benefit from reading the sticky
                  post at the beginning of care section on upper extremity preservation.

                  AAD
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    Hi Mary,
                    Glad you got to an MD who has the right expertise. I hope the shot continues to give you adequate relief for a good while. Did the doc say anything about removing the spurs? Be obsessive-compulsive with the exercises the PT recommends. My exercises are helping a great deal. I am now about 3 months post injection and my worst shoulder is feeling pretty good as long as it does not get cold. It is great to be able to sleep at night.
                    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                    http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                    See my personal webpage @
                    http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                      #11
                      I never though of bone spurs. I guess they are little pieces that break of expecially when they pop and mine does. Last night was the first night I slept with no pai from my shoulders. Whoo Hoo
                      Mary

                      KLD or AAD The sticky for upper limb preservation no longer will open or at least tell me where to buy the book. I guess the link for the book
                      I want to Rock you Gypsy soul and together we will flow into the Mystic.
                      Van Morrison

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                        #12
                        Mary, that's great news about sleeping pain free last night! There must be something in the air -- I also got the best night's sleep last night that I had in ages.

                        Hopefully between the injection you got and the PT/exercises, this is just the beginning of a long stretch when you'll be free of that terrible shoulder pain.
                        It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

                        ~Julius Caesar

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                          #13
                          Hi Mary, glad you got a nights sleep and that the shot has worked for you. My shoulders are totally shot from my stupid (in retrospect) insistence in pushing a manual chair for far longer than I should have. I have the bone spur thing too. My doc described it as everytime my arm moves the tendons rub up against the spurs causing pain and further inflamation. It sucks, basically. I hope the rehab helps!

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