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        03-12-2014, 10:21 PM
      #11
    Foal
    No need to apologize! Thank you Bagheera it's reasurring to hear your experiences and thank you for the tips and warnings :) A tear that has healed and is continually re damaged makes a lot of sense and would explain the cycles it runs in perfectly.
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        03-12-2014, 10:39 PM
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    Weanling
    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's nothing major. Keep me posted on how you're doing and feel better soon! :)
         
        03-13-2014, 10:43 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Will do thanks again :) I got a call from the doctor today to tell me my blood work was normal except for raised inflammatory markers. I found that interesting as I already take an anti inflammatory supplement twice a day. He seamed more concerned than before which was good to see and wants me back at the clinic if I don't see any results with physio. He mentioned rheumatoid arthritis but said it's not an area of the back that really affects. Physio starts Tuesday. It's a start!
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        03-13-2014, 10:58 AM
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    Green Broke
    I dislocated my shoulder, AC and fractured the humerus in 2007 after falling in front of a horse that jumped me, but caught me with a hind leg.
    I had metal work for 8 months and never regained full movement. Over the years I'd hurt it and a week or two of slow recovery, physio and painkillers sorted me out.
    12 Jan 14 I was riding someone else's horse. Horse pulled head between legs, I pulled back rather than falling off. I twisted and sprained the back and shoulder.

    Nine weeks later I am FINALLY getting somewhere. See your physio, ask for heat and massage. I wouldn't recommend ice. Heat is the way forward. As hot as you can stand it in the bath so it reaches past skin deep and effects the muscle and relaxes. My big issue right now is the entire left side is completely rock solid from my ear down to my backside. I also now have a trapped nerve which is effecting my hand and lower arm.

    I had an MRI done; nothing out of the ordinary. I now have to have a different kind of MRI to check the labram. I won't go in to details ;)

    What is your current range of movement to the front and side?

    Ibuprofen, warmth and rest will do you the world of good until you get a physio appt. My new physio told me "RESPECT THE PAIN!!" As in.. don't think you can gung ho it throwing a saddle on quickly.. don't let it get that bad!

    Best of luck. Shoulders are tricky ones. Mine is making me want to remove my left side!
         
        03-13-2014, 11:12 AM
      #15
    Trained
    We all have our shoulder stories, huh? Well, I have been dealing with mine over 2 years, and in the beginning, I went to an ortho who Xrayed it, told me I had the shoulders of a 20 yr old (obviously not, but thanks!), and sent me to PT. PT made it worse, so I quit going and just lived with it. THen last summer I smacked my guy (horsey one) on e th bum with me hand and felt excruciating pain…..and it has been downhill since. It continually get worse, and finally, after MRI's and failed PT again, the MD did surgery. Turns out that mine actually was a frozen shoulder, which explains why it kept getting worse and worse. So now, after surgery, back to PT for WEEKS of rehab, with the hope of regaining 40-60% function in 6 months, eventually, with work, it will come back. So, try the PT, but if it doesn't help, make sure you get back to the MD and get a diagnosis. MY MD said, the longer it stays bad, the less the chance of PT working. GOod luck-it is NOT fun to not be able to wear certain clothes, brush your hair,and SLEEP!
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        03-14-2014, 10:05 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Wow lots of us have shoulder injuries and you guys have all gone threw a lot! Amazing how many people have these injuries and aren't taken seriously by their doctors. A friend of mine too had a dislocated shoulder and it took the 3rd doctor to finally find it.

    One thing I'm glad to see is that despite everything everyone seams to still able to work with and keep their horses. And great advice :) thanks so much.

    As for my front and side range of motion- it's limited but it's all still there. Extending my arm strait up or out to the side is difficult and it trembles, but I can hold it for a few seconds if I try. Holding it strait out to the front doesn't seam to be a problem. My shoulder isn't at its worst at the moment so I'm not sure if this would hold true when it is.
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        03-14-2014, 11:46 AM
      #17
    Showing
    I dealt with severe shoulder pain (to the point where I was on the verge of passing out just from hooking my bra) for over two years. It started when I was moving 12-foot welded steel stall panels with a friend and was doing the lion's share of the work. My shoulder was sore, but I didn't think anything of it. The next day, I went to saddle my gelding with my friend's 45lbs western show saddle (only saddle that fit my guy) and there was a loud pop as I swung the saddle up, followed by excruciating pain in my shoulder and numbness in my fingers. Went to the doctor within a week and after an x-ray, he said I had sprained my AC joint. He prescribed PT and that was that. Problem was, my insurance wouldn't cover the PT because it wasn't associated with a surgery. So, I went once and couldn't afford it (didn't have a job, so was on state health care), so I just dealt with the pain.

    Fast forward two years. I lost my gelding that I had when I got injured and bought my current gelding. I still mucked stalls every day but Sunday, but now I had a job, too. Two months after I bought my gelding (so July of 2011), I was being nice to a fellow boarder and hopped up on her new mare to try her out. The mare went bat-crap crazy before my butt even touched the saddle and I was thrown over her right shoulder. When I hit the ground, I hit butt-first and rolled back to my head. When my shoulder hit the ground, there was a loud pop and an explosion of pain (masked slightly by the ridiculously painful fractured left ankle I had received when my foot tangled in the stirrup on my way over her shoulder). Miracle of miracles, though, at least for a week, the constant pain I had lived with for almost two years was mostly gone. It was short-lived, unfortunately.

    Over the next six months, it got steadily worse until I couldn't lift anything more than a couple of pounds, I couldn't reach higher than right below the level of my bra band, I couldn't sleep because no matter what position I laid in, it hurt, I would get bouts of weird tingling numbness through my elbow and fingers, and I couldn't function at my job. So, I went back to the doctor

    This time they said that I had edema in my AC joint at first. After one cortisone injection that made things worse, they finally ordered an MRI. The verdict was that I had torn my rotator cuff and needed surgery. So, I went in for surgery. As it turned out, I had pinched my rotator cuff almost to the point of tearing it due to the edema in the bones of my shoulder joint, and I had popped a bone shard off my collarbone when I was thrown from the psycho mare.

    Two weeks (well, was supposed to be two weeks...I had to muck my stall and work my 2yo gelding, so it ended up being more like five days) in a sling and what was supposed to be six weeks of PT, but ended up being none because my insurance wouldn't cover it, later, I had almost no pain (unless I overdid it) and limited mobility. That was in March of 2012. I am now just to the point where I have nearly full range of motion, but if I overdo it, my shoulder is on fire. I also have some weird muscling under my armpit from not doing the PT that makes it difficult to get the size bra I need to fit comfortably.

    My advice is to go to an orthopedist and ask that they do an MRI.
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        03-14-2014, 10:30 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Ashkat128    
    Wow lots of us have shoulder injuries and you guys have all gone threw a lot! Amazing how many people have these injuries and aren't taken seriously by their doctors. A friend of mine too had a dislocated shoulder and it took the 3rd doctor to finally find it.

    One thing I'm glad to see is that despite everything everyone seams to still able to work with and keep their horses. And great advice :) thanks so much.

    As for my front and side range of motion- it's limited but it's all still there. Extending my arm strait up or out to the side is difficult and it trembles, but I can hold it for a few seconds if I try. Holding it strait out to the front doesn't seam to be a problem. My shoulder isn't at its worst at the moment so I'm not sure if this would hold true when it is.
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    I had my second bout of physio today. They think I possibly have nerve damage, so it's tailored slightly differently, however I felt loose after the stretches and exercises we did. They hurt like a complete cow, not a drop down pain, but an ache and stiffness. Gotta push past that. It was brilliant. She reckons if I do my little parcel stretches then I can even start jogging again as my lower back is looser (I know it isn't the problem, but it all connected).
    Physio is well worth it, it's by no means a quick fix, but it's amazing how much they have done for me in the last two appointments so I can actually walk and talk like a semi human figure!

    Best of luck
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        03-15-2014, 10:44 PM
      #19
    Foal
    That's great Daffyduck! I hope mine goes as well, my first one is scheduled for Tuesday and I'm kind of nervous :s
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        03-16-2014, 10:02 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Be prepared to hurt the next day. I mean hurt. Your muscles will start moving in ways they haven't for a while. I was in agony the next day and was sent home from work. You'll wonder why you did it. Hot bath, heat rub and anti inflammatory are your best friends. Second time was brilliant. Don't be scared, look at it as a step in the right direction
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