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#1 Sam


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 04:41 AM

I have been having problems with my left shoulder and the pain is going down into the arm. I was wondering what it felt like. It hurts all the time and I can't lay on it either. Sam

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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:00 AM

Hi Sam,

Sure have. The misdiagnosed, said it was arthritis until my shoulder was completely frozen, could not move ended up with operation. Was a long and painful time. So I suggest you tell your doctor and get into physio now, it will only get worse.


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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:04 AM

Wow Sam, you have been having troubles with that for quite sometime. Certainly could be a rotators cuff problem. Normally they will hurt all of the time, and one of the true indicators is to stand with your arms at your side, then lift the affected arm straight out to the side upward above your head. If that is very very hard to do, most likely you have a rotators cuff issue. :(
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Posted 17 July 2007 - 05:39 PM

Hi Sam,

I had a visit to my primary care doctor for another issue (staph infection in a toe of all things!) a few weeks back. While there I brought up the problem I was having with my left arm to my doctor. I described how it hurt only when I moved it in certain ways usually over my head although sometimes in downward positions etc. She asked me if it hurt to hook my bra. Oh, yes!!! She said it certainly sounded like a rotator cuff injury and went on to explain about the muscles that support the shoulder.

She suggested that I used very light hand weights, 1 pound, and lift them straight out from my sides for 10 reps. Rest and repeat. Then lift them in front of me with straight arms for 10 reps. Rest and repeat. The elbows should not be locked even though the arms are straight. She told me these exercises will help strengthen the muscles slowly but surely.

I have noticed a slow but sure improvement over the course of about a month. I still have pain, but it is much better. I can sleep with my arm up under my pillow and that makes me happy :)

Get it checked out. It could be something that is this easily taken care of! Good luck and let us know.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 10:32 AM

I was having similar problems. rheumatologist xrayed my shoulder and said it was impingement?? Then it magically stopped hurting shortly after that and hasn't bothered me since. Very strange. I did start a stretching program so maybe that helped.

I hope you get to the bottom of it and feel better!