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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2006, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on Shoulder Injuries...

I have been struggling on and off with a shoulder "problem". At first I noticed my left arm would fall asleep when I slept on it at night, I didn't think anything of it. That and some pain in my shoulder was touch and go, this started in late February.

In the last week, it's suddenly gotten worse. Starting last Monday the pain is intense, most of the time, my left arm is a lot weaker than my right side, I can't sleep on my left side or lift my arm above my head without pain. I looked up some information online and everything I am finding points to a rotator cuff injury. I think my symptoms match up to at least tendonitis of the rotator cuff, but I have never ever had this kind of shoulder problem. The only thing I can think of that started this is wear and tear from my job, I do a lot of lifting. It's getting to the point where I don't think I can go to work.

My question is, has anyone here had shoulder problems in the past and particularly issues with your rotator cuffs? I would really like some advice about this before I got to a doctor.

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Thanks.
I have gone as long as a week not using it and resting it and stretching it and it will feel better, not 100% but better, and then I'll go back to my normal activities and it will flare up again.
Today was the first time, though that I gave up using my arm to lift anything over 5 lbs, it hurt way too much in my shoulder. I will look into the massage therapy for it though.
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Lol, at this point I think I'm willing to consider anything just to get my shoulder working properly again.
I've had shoulder blade problems since a car accident last year but this rotator cuff thing is new and I think unrelated to the blade pain. I think I may have to see my work's doctor and get a note saying I can't work until the pain goes away, but they'll probably want to do tests, and that scares me.

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