Pain that never goes away!

By sisson Latest Reply 2010-06-22 08:34:30 -0500
Started 2010-06-17 10:10:39 -0500

I know that I have probley made most of you tired about talking about my pain. But yesterday I went to the emergency to what was realy going on with me because my on doctor wasen't takeing any test on me. So when I went they took an X-Ray it said that I have Rotator Cuff Tendonitis (Tendinitis,Tenosynovitis) May be one of you can explain to me in our turm what that means. That last thing I enter on the site I can't find it. I know this site is about diabeties but I don't know where eless to go! And I do need help bad.

20 replies

Emma2412 2010-06-19 11:16:12 -0500 Report

How are you making out? Please give me an update on the rotator cuff condition. I've been sitting here rubbing my shoulder and thinking about you.

sisson 2010-06-18 23:23:29 -0500 Report

I left mad angry and crying becuse there is nothing that he can do because I have medical and medical won't pay for crap! So I have to live in PAIN AND BARE IT! THAT WHAT THE Cail GOV did to us he to away our lives so please just pray for me!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-06-19 23:13:47 -0500 Report

Not sure what you're saying, exactly. Do you not have health insurance? Are you on Medicaid? Medicare? Did he have any suggestions at all about what treatment/medications he would want to use to treat you? Did he give you anything at all for the pain?

GabbyPA 2010-06-20 10:02:42 -0500 Report

I am so sorry to hear this. California is a mess when it comes to health care. Have you ever considered moving due to health reasons?

sisson 2010-06-21 21:30:27 -0500 Report

Yes and no I have My famliy. I know at times my children don't give a hoot about me but they are all I have. I have only lived my life for them. I given everything to them. Something my parents never did for me. I lived in foster homes and in an ophanage for awhile. I fought hard for to keep my family togather.

GabbyPA 2010-06-22 08:34:30 -0500 Report

I guess at that point, I would be looking at the "yes" part more. You have to take care of yourself, and if moving, even just across the state line, might help. I would be thinking about it. Though I do hate to move and understand leaving family and such.

sisson 2010-06-21 21:24:30 -0500 Report

In the State of Calif if you are not a Senior Citizen they give you Medical if you need and because I was on SSI at on time they took it away from me because they said that my spouse made to much money. I was glad that they at lest left me that but know I can't get me teeth check or my feet physical thryph. So everything is left in my own hands actuly one senec one is no good.

GabbyPA 2010-06-18 09:50:16 -0500 Report

So how did the visit go today? Did your doctor get on board with what you are going through?

sisson 2010-06-17 13:05:29 -0500 Report

Hi guy's I just want to thank you guys alot! You have given me so many things to think about and so many things to discuss with my doctor when I see my doctor tomorrow. The shot I got yesterday from ER realy help me out alot intell I fell again coming into the house. I am always falling down. I get panicatatacks and I fall I get afried to come into the house sometimes don't ask me why because I don't know. But anys Thank you!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-06-17 12:01:41 -0500 Report

I fell years ago and damaged my rotator cuff - unbearable pain! Didn't go to the doctor right away, unaware of what the real problem was. About 3 mos. after the accident, I did go. I encourage you to go to an orthopedic specialist right away and let them work with you. I went to therapy several days a week for around 8 mos. In the end I still did not have full range of motion, but it was much improved. At least the pain had subsided. I elected therapy over surgery, but depending on your particular situation you might want to go straight to surgery…then therapy, of course. Since we don't know your case and the specifics, and since we aren't physicians, you really need to see a doctor for getting the quickest and best results. It's not a pain you want to be ongoing, for sure. Good luck! I actually received my therapy at a sports medicine clinic, and they were wonderful. Not fun - hurts like you-know-what - but ultimately was very successful.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-06-17 12:02:39 -0500 Report

By the way, I did things on my own once I ceased the therapy…exercises, lifting light weights, etc. After a while it was as if it never happed.

Diane987 2010-06-17 11:54:43 -0500 Report

I am sorry that you are in so much pain. I had a rotator cuff tear once and it was one of the worse pains I have ever dealt with. To answer you question: Tendons are the things that connect muscles to bones. When you have tendonitis, your tendons are inflamed, probably from an injury or over use. All of our muscles and tendons are surrounded by sheaths called synoviums. Tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the sheath that surrounds your rotator cuff tendon.

I don't know what you have tried to ease the pain but an anti inflammatory pain reliever, rest and some ice therapy might help.

Good Luck and God Bless,


Emma2412 2010-06-17 11:09:54 -0500 Report

Hi, Sisson
I'm terribly sorry that you have rotator cuff problems. I've been there; done that. It's not something that I would wish on my worst enemy, believe me. The pain is beyond belief and is unstoppable.
It happened to me about 4 years ago when I was up on a ladder about 5 feet above the floor. I mis-stepped and fell onto my right side with my arm and hand right up against my body and underneath my body. My arm not only was broken but I also received a rotator cuff injury and that is still with me. Also, in the emergency room the rotator cuff problem wasn't even detected.
The pain was incredible when it first happened and for months after. No position made it bearable. I still have pain sometimes even now and if I don't lay in a certain position in bed at night, the pain can still prevent me from sleeping.
Since I didn't have insurance when it happened, I couldn't go to a physical therapist. If you have insurance, then be sure you go to one. They can teach you positions that will be more comfortable besides teach you ways to give you more use of the arm on that side.
I'm right-handed but I cannot reach up beyond shoulder height. It's a terrible disability when you want to do things for yourself and can't reach things anymore.
I'm not really sure what information you need, but I've found the following site with some general information about the rotator cuff and inflammation of the shoulder joint, etc., etc. But there's more out there that I can find for you. Let me know if this is what you need. If not, I'll look further for you. No problem.
By the way, surgery for rotator cuff problems is hardly ever successful. I was given the option of surgery but also was told that it would probably not be successful and even make it worse.


MAYS 2010-06-17 10:59:05 -0500 Report

Surgery or injections are normally suggested or prescribed when there is a tear in the muscles or tendons or if the tendons have lost some of their elasticity from an injury (an examination can tell).

Sprains and inflammations require muscle immobilization until the muscle heals somewhat, let your doctor examine it and devise the best method of treatment.

This video may interest you :


Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-06-17 10:45:34 -0500 Report

My own experience was overstretching my back stroke as I LEARNED to swim about 64 years old, Dr said I could have surgery, therapy or a pain shot, nothing that I was interested in at that time, I was caring for my aging mom and my grumpy husband, so was careful, but gradually started to raise my arm with a 2# weight at the Wellness Center, I had to use my left arm to help, GRADUALLY increase my use of it, took about 3 months and I still have pain IF I move it certain ways—-too far—-BUT I can use it as much as necessary for my life style at 78 yrs. so mine turned out OK, I so hope that YOURS does to. Just a thought —-

MAYS 2010-06-17 10:34:46 -0500 Report

I remember this well from my athletic years !

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis is caused by the swelling and inflammation of the tendons in the rotator cuff section of the shoulder, the section of the shoulder that allows you to move your arm in a motion similar to throwing a ball or something.

It is mainly caused by spraining the shoulder or over working it, it can also be caused by small tears in the muscles in the same area, it can be very painful, especially when trying to lift your arm over your head.

Resting the shoulder in a sling and slowly exercising it after a set time period normally helps, talk to your doctor about having your shoulder examined and exercises to strengthen it.
As I stated, I remember this pain very well and still feel it due to a shoulder separation (not related to this).


Emma2412 2010-06-17 11:15:23 -0500 Report

Hi, Mays
Yes, that's how we know about rotator cuffs in general. By hearing about an athlete whose rotator cuff gets damaged in a game when the whole opposing team lands on him and damages it. But a rotator cuff can also be injured in a fall. Until I had the problem, I never understood how very painful it could be. I'm pretty tolerant of pain but this is a different thing altogether.
I did keep my arm in a sling a lot during the months after my injury happened and it did help up to a point, but the pain was still there always.

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