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#1 Janet577



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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

After I had my flu shot I developed pain my left shoulder. I brushed it off for two weeks went to the doctor and he told my I pulled a muscle. He gave me pain meds and I felt better for a bit. Then the pain came back, but it was only intermittent pain. But then I woke up at 3 in the morning in awful pain couldn't do anything. I went to urgent care they said I had bursitis and to follow up with an orthopedic doctor.


I did, he told me I had calcific tendonitis and the beginning of frozen shoulder. He said to start physical therapy immediately and schedule and MRI. Well here I am 3 days later and very little pain almost none at all.


Has this ever happened to anyone, should I not have the MRI? I mean 3 days ago I couldn't wash my hair or turn the wheel to drive, now I am back to my oldself.





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Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

Hi Janet,

Welcome to Sclero Forums.  As it happens, calcific tendonitis can go away on its own, usually within 1 to 4 weeks.  That may be what happened to you.  Since you feel fine, you may want to ask your doctor whether or not it is okay to postpone physical therapy and the MRI.  Then if the pain returns, you have a very handy action plan in place. 

I have read that sometimes the intense pain for a few days actually means that the calcium is dissolving.  See Calcific Tendonitis. "The calcium in the tendon can be absorbed spontaneously and this process is usually accompanied by severe pain. In these cases the intense pain lasts for a few days and then abates – if an X-ray is then taken after the attack it is noted that the calcium deposit has disappeared...Although this is a painful condition, it does not seem to damage the shoulder in any way and conservative management (non-operative) is in order if the patient can live with the pain."


We also have an old thread on calcific tendonitis you may want to read.  What confounds me is that I stated in that thread that scleroderma is the most common cause of calcific tendonitis.  I cannot find documentation for that statement and I do not think it is true from what I have read today. It seems mostly the cause of calcific tendonitis is unknown and the articles I reviewed this morning certainly do not list off scleroderma as being any sort of cause, not to mention the likeliest!  So I am seriously wondering exactly what source material I was pondering at that moment.



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Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

Hi Janet,


Welcome to these forums!


I'm sorry to hear that you've been in so much pain and discomfort with your shoulder. It sounds as if it was very unpleasant and I'm glad to hear that the pain was only of a short duration.


As Shelley has said, at least if it returns, you do have a plan of action to deal with it!!


Please do keep posting and let us know how you're faring and hopefully it won't reoccur again.


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