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Shoulder Pain - MRI Ligaments Full Tear RCuff

JoydancerJJoydancer Posts: 463

Been gone for a bit doing recovery from injuries - - :( Had to quit physical therapy in May, darn....it was causing flare-up of pain had after collision in right shoulder. Well with all the focus having to be my c-spine & t-spine, nerve compression on multi-level, everyone assumed the right shoulder pain was from upper spine issues - - nope !

Fast forward, had x-ray then MRI & visit to orthopedic shoulder specialist. Diagnosis not good I have - -

" full completed tears of ligaments in rotator cuff"

Very shocked, I thought well maybe worsening arthritis, possibly cartilage loss, fragment of deteriorated bone chip issues (which I had in my knee)

Need to have surgery to repair, OSurgeon said it will require arthroscopic surgery, extensive repair, 4 anchors to bring ligaments to attach again to the bone.

Know some of you have had shoulder problems/surgery. Ron, believe you have had 2 surgeries for this ??? and others ??

Love to hear from you.....hear this is painful surgery / slow recovery (5 wks in slain, 10 wks no driving, 6-8 wks begin physical therapy).

p.s. this is now priority over anterior & posterior c-spine & t-spine surgery off for sure (it was tabled for a few months to see if symptoms of nerve compression could stabilize & thank God they have - - it's tough to have 3 surgeries ahead of me now ugggghhh :(


  • JoydancerJJoydancer Posts: 463
    edited 08/16/2012 - 8:57 AM
    That has to be tough - -

    So hoping this post may get a hey, had the surgery, doing well... waiting to have the surgery, or decided to live with pain and now have frozen shoulder - - oh no :(

    Read some of posts from Ron and few others way back - -

    So here I am talkin and chattin with myself Spiney friends :) !!!!

    Come by and say hi !

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    Hi Joydancer.....

    I can tell you shoulders are no fun! What started out as annoying arthritis pain quickly advanced to a bone on bone situation which lead to me having both shoulders totally replaced. Besides the titanium implants and the long hard work in getting back, the rotator cuff is basically severed, so that for this surgery, it was joint, bone, muscles and rotator cuff recovery. First shoulder done on 4/110 and second on 10/10. Still working on getting them back to the best they are going to be.

    I do have full range of motion, so I am happy about that.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • You had the total major parts replacement surgery - - that's heavy duty and both shoulders :( I caught your posts sharing about your experience.

    When I think of both shoulders done, Im thinking it's vital to allow enough time for that first one to heal for sure and that's a slow process isn't it ?!!

    Im very anxious my left arm went thru the severe radiculopathy phases from (C-spine nerve root compressions) because of my complex spine conditions co-existing, not doing interventional surgery until it goes into my legs (cord), the radiculopathy was severe with complications from C-Spine nerve root epidural injection gone bad and took out ulnar completely in 6 months faster than I could get it all diagnosed...anyway I have advanced muscle atrophy forearm, hand, curling in fingers (past year) my left is limited function "supplemental arm". And yes, you know what happened, my right shoulder and arm, took on doing most of the work for past year + truck hitting me, minivan hit on right side, wrenching my neck to the right (fused on 5 levels one level open), got those ligaments wrenched off the bone.

    Working on trying to see me doing the surgery 10 wks no driving; 5 wks in slain, I live alone, 2 dogs (nope wont be doing leashes with those two guys ) so much to depend on getting help, etc. And not having the other arm working :( it's making it seem like I cant do it....

    Need to read your posts again, but just wondering if you had one shoulder in good shape with your first surgery/recovery ?!

    Im considering putting the surgery off, but I no I cant for long doc says frozen shoulder, but you know being solo and worn out with spine, stuff, radiculopathy, myelopathy starting in legs, and having the shoulder surgery being put on the list...

    I'm in overwhelm see me do that surgery... I saw woman recovery with rotator cuff surgery and man she had it fail and then another surgery and 1-1/2 yrs working real hard in phys therapy - - I am seeing this shoulder stuff can be major even if its just the rotator cuff --

    Im on "hold" for the anterior/posterior C-6/7T-1/2 ACDF plates screws fusing the whole neck (my last and worse two levels) posterior is rods/plates/screws C-5 to T-2/3 bridging wholly fused C-Spine except hypermobile congenital deformed hemi-vertebra C-1/2 partially fused on left :( = decision with NS was to not do until myelopathy in legs because of my co-existing upper stuff

    I am in a place of no coping with chronic pain of surgeries truly...and yet dont want to be para-quad either - - not much choice is it...and to think you had that + shoulders added into the para-quad game plan. My mind is baffled by it all - - and it wont get any easier as time passes, I know, Ron :( !!!
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