Shoulder issue. Need advice

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  1. sealskinner

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    Enough guys have had shoulder issues, so I'll ask.
    Had an MRI at Kaiser.
    Doctor tells me I have tears in my rotator cuff. And my best option is the steroid shot not surgery.
    This thing hurts like hell. Can't raise my arm over my head without severe pain.
    I'm not one for pills. And would like to get it fixed. Has anybody delt with Kaiser on this issue?
     
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    Try the steroid shot first.I had it done but had doubts it would do much.3 years later still good to go.Mine hurt so bad i couldn't get my shirt off.I'm cured for now.
     
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    Try it but you know it wont heal itself just a band aid.I had a torn rotator,torn bisep and torn labrum and bone spurs.Best thing I ever did was to get it done right.Therapy was a bitch but my LF is way better than my RT.Have a small tear in the RT and am looking to get it done.Just plan when you want to get it done as it heals about 10% a month.After 5 month you will feel like 90% but you not.Good luck.Tom
     
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    I had rotator cuff surgery about 7 months ago and just lately starting to feel like myself again. The shots worked for many years. If you're thinking about really fixing it, don't get the shot as it can interfere with heeling. If insurance is willing to cover the surgery I'd just bite the bullet and do it. You're probably not getting any younger. My Dr said a year to heel and 2 years to feel better. Defiantly was not convenient but luckily I had lot's of helping hands around the house and work.
     
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    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    IMO there are a lot of good DRs,just not a lot of great therapists.Over the years I have tried many with shoulder and knee issues.The one that did my shoulder was by far the best,by FAR.Tom
     
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    Kaiser can be a real bear to deal with. Take the shot, they didn't do shit for me. Went back 3 weeks later and forced the issue. Arthroscopic surgery good to go in 6 weeks back to the gym. Fully healed in about 3 months. Going to rehab & following the exerciser is a must. I had fully torn rotator cuff, and a torn labrum. Smartest thing I did was having it fixed.
     
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    I’d recommend seeing if kaiser has any osteopathic specialists you can see. I have a partial rotator cuff tear from an injury, but most of my pain comes from impingement syndrome from the way I subconsciously protect the tear. Before I saw the osteopath, the pain had spread into my back behind my shoulder blade and I could barely concentrate. I also felt like my shoulder was separated from my torso. This was because I was basically using my upper back muscles to do the work my tricep should be doing and causing inflammation around the shoulder. The osteopath gave me some adjustments and exercises that allowed me to release that pressure and re-engage the tricep. I’ve recovered from the point of not being able to sleep on one side to having full range of motion. And the tear is still there.

    I’d imagine they want to give you the steroid to limit inflammation and promote healing, but if you can’t fix your structural alignment, it is likely you will still have pain because the wrong muscles are doing the heavy lifting.

    My best advice would be that every injury is unique, and the more you can inform yourself, the better off you will be. Hope you find some relief soon.
     
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    Get more opinions even if it costs out of pocket.

    I had my shoulder destroyed by a Orthopedic Surgeon.

    Sometimes the best way to determine actual root cause is a series of local anasthetics. Thus they can inject in different areas to make sure of pain source. Then use steroids or last resort, surgery.

    Other advice after 3 surgeries, don't do surgery unless you absolutely habe to. If it affects your sleep, work, hobbies then yes. If it just aches a few months of year, no.

    I have no advice for Kaiser. Sorry.

    Still, get more opinions.
     
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    Sound advice.
     
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    My advice is nothing bigger than a 4 once Jig on a 8ft Jig Stick until October.
     
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    I had the shot a couple of months ago and did physical therapy. I get a little grip every now and then but overall it is much, much better. The shot was good, the PT made a real difference.
     
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    I had an injury and couldn’t hardly move my arm without pain. The initial pain and loss of range of motion got worse over time. I also went to physical therapy for about two months and continued for months after that on my own. It took about 9 months until I felt 90% +/-. I still do some of the exercises. Good enough now....
     
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    I do a exercise everyday to keep it loose.Tom
     
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    Cowgirl position is easier on the shoulder.
     
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    wow, sounds like all the heavy gear you been buying will not be fished this year... that sucks....
     
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    I did the shots with Kaiser and proceeded to have additional tears and have medically induced Osteoporosis as a result of all the steroid injections they gave me. I also had 3 shoulder surgeries once I had different coverage and now deal severe arthritis. Force the issue with them or change plans if you can during open enrollment. Don’t let them give you the shots because it’s good for their bottom line. You’ll pay down the line.
     
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    Give me your jig sticks
     
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    I was listening to Sports Talk on 710 AM and they had Dr. Robert Klapper, Orthopedic Surgeon, on after the NBA Playoff Game on Monday to talk about injuries to prospective NBA players. He had done 3 rotator cuff surgeries that day and talked about them. He does not advise the use of steroid injections. They are temporary and create more problems than they are worth. He prefers to clean up the injury with the scope.
     
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    After the MRI. I'm told I have some degenerative issues in my shoulder.
    Bluefin fishing this Wednesday probably isn't the greatest idea.
    Hopefully I won't get a huge one.
     
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    Sorry to hear it Mike. I know you were gearing up to pull on the big one's. I had the surgery done also. Luckily I was kayaking a lot then so my recover was quick. I was back on the yak in 6 weeks.
     
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