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Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest. Torn cartilage in other shoulder. ??

Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest.  Torn cartilage in other shoulder. ??

Get examined!: At age 55 your most common cause for this pain would still be 'impingement' ( or bursitis). Labral tears causing this pain are less likely unless associated with the biceps 'anchor'( SLAP) lesions -- but less likely in isolation in your age group.Osteoarthritis can cause pain in this distribution . AC joint arthritis can also cause pain when rotating arm towards chest ( adduction). See an ORS! GL! ...Read more

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Pain in lat muscle, below armpit on my back, flares when extending arm overhead (i.E. Tennis serve, throwing) is this rotator cuff injury?

Pain in lat muscle, below armpit on my back, flares when extending arm overhead (i.E. Tennis serve, throwing) is this rotator cuff injury?

Latisimus strain: This is best diagnosed with a hands on exam but sounds like your latisimus dorsi muscle is strained. Rotator cuff is often achy down the side of the deltoid, back of shoulder, or front of shoulder. But, it is possible. Get an examination to be specific. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing shoulder, back, neck pain(mod-severe), & headaches, due to 2 car accidents. I have fibro, scoliosis, & carpal tunnel(rt hand)?

I'm experiencing shoulder, back, neck pain(mod-severe), & headaches, due to 2 car accidents. I have fibro, scoliosis, & carpal tunnel(rt hand)?

Need more info: Unfortunately, without more information, it is not possible to give you much help or guidance. However, unless it has been several months or more since these symptoms started or these accidents happened, you should be medically evaluated urgently. If more long-term, then you should at least have a conversation, if not an exam, with a doctor as the next step. ...Read more

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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

Rarely: A massive rotator cuff tear can lead to shoulder instability (typically a subluxation/partial dislocation, but not a full dislocation). This may depend on multiple factors including the size, location and chronicity of the tear. On the other hand a traumatic shoulder dislocation can sometimes cause a rotator cuff tear, particularly in patients over the age of 40. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Could be: Pain at night, with overhead activities, pain with reaching out and behind back, weakness are all signs of rotator cuff problems. An MRI will help secure the diagnosis. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms and extent of rotator cuff damage. ...Read more

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Surgery to reconstruct pec major after tendon tear 5 CM 6 wks post op tingling and numbness in hand pain in pec shoulder arm forearm elbow point ?

Surgery to reconstruct pec major after tendon tear 5 CM 6 wks post op tingling and numbness in hand pain in pec shoulder arm forearm elbow point  ?

Nerve irritation: Postoperative parasthesias( numbness, tingling, etc.) are not uncommon after your type of surgery. Nerves that provide sensation/ pain temperature and help to move muscles in your forearm and hand are fairly close by. Once the swelling from the surgery subsides these symptoms should diminish... If they don't consult w/ your orthopedic surgeon. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Get evaluated: Although it would be rare for someone of your age to have heart trouble, shoulder pain is often seen with ischemia of the heart. Also, patients with injury to the spleen can have left shoulder pain. See you doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Intermittent left side pain for 8 months. Neck, shoulder, shoulder tip, shoulder blade, arm, elbow, hand, fingers.Occasional upper chest, sternum pain. Help?

Cervicalgia: I would recommend a through evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. Evaluation and radiographic studies will be needed to elucidate the source of your pain. ...Read more

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Side effects of metal shaving left in shoulder from rotator cuff surgery?

Side effects of metal shaving left in shoulder from rotator cuff surgery?

It depends: The shoulder has many moving parts. If the metal is contained in the bone or is sequestered in fibrotic scar tissue, then it shouldn't be a problem. If its in the joint or a tendon sheath, it could be a source of pain and irritation. ...Read more

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Shoulder rotator cuff injury 9 months ago. Tendonitis. Lump at tip of R shoulder blade size of quail egg. What is that?

Shoulder rotator cuff injury 9 months ago. Tendonitis. Lump at tip of R shoulder blade size of quail egg. What is that?

AC joint.: The rotator cuff injury would not give you that lump. It may be an arthritic, or inflammed, acromioclavicular joint. See an orthopedic sport medicine surgeon, who specializes in shoulders. ...Read more

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N/t hands (worse rt) going up arms into shoulders/neck. Herniated cervical disc 2 yrs ago, w/ minimal nerve impingement. Current symptoms from disc?

N/t hands (worse rt) going up arms into shoulders/neck. Herniated cervical disc 2 yrs ago, w/ minimal nerve impingement. Current symptoms from disc?

Could be: Those symptoms could be the result of nerve impingement in your neck, but there are other things that can cause those symptoms. For it to be on both sides may mean more severe disease. Since you already have had disc disease it is more likely to be related to that. A big question will be if there are other problems like weakness and abnormal reflexes. It should be seen soon by your doctor. ...Read more

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Left Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain/discomfort after carrying heavy bags or walking dog ? Hurts starting in shoulder blade. Uncomfortable.

Left Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain/discomfort after carrying heavy bags or walking dog ?
Hurts starting in shoulder blade. Uncomfortable.

Myofascial : This sounds like you may be experiencing a myofascial trigger point; this irritation of muscle groups can even mimic nerve root type pain. The shoulder girdle area is a common site for these types of regional muscle fiber strains. If your dog takes you for the walk (with lots of tugging) then a few trips to dog training school may help to change unruly tugging. A lighter, fashionista bag ? ...Read more

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Labral tear?Medical records says possible lab.Tear-car accident 3yrs ago.Increasing pain-limited motivation, stiffness, fluid in right shoulder.

Labral tear?Medical records says possible lab.Tear-car accident 3yrs ago.Increasing pain-limited motivation, stiffness, fluid in right shoulder.

It could be: Labral tears are a type of damage in the shoulder. A tear could cause these symptoms. You need an exam and an mr arthrogram. ...Read more

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Severe shooting, tearing pain in rt shoulder at shoulder joint. Rt arm falls asleep. Very weak, can barely lift anything, 3+ wks, getting worse, ?

Severe shooting, tearing pain in rt shoulder at shoulder joint. Rt arm falls asleep. Very weak, can barely lift anything, 3+ wks, getting worse, ?

No Trauma?: If no trauma one possibility is parsonage turner syndrome (acute idiopathic brachial plexopathy) its uncommon but i see one or two cases a year. You've pretty much described the acute presenting symptoms. I think you should see a neurologist if there is no reason to suspect traumatic injury of the shoulder itself. ...Read more

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I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

Subacromial: If u have impingement syndrome and a secondary adhesive capsulitis an injection into the subacromial space is warranted followed by a pt program to regain shoulder rom.If no improvement after a dedicated p.T. Regimen then selective arthroscopic capsulotomy and decompression followed by therapy to improve motion is often very helpful.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Vertebrae pain in upper spinal cord between shoulder blades. Would this require surgery?

Vertebrae pain in upper spinal cord between shoulder blades. Would this require surgery?

Rarely as most : Problems are treated without surgery unless the symptoms are related to a tumor, infection or unstable spine fracture or occasionally, a disc herniation. Most spine source pain is treated non operatively. However, not all pain in this area arises from the spine and could be from an ulcer or other referred source. So if it does not improve or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more