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Comment from: Happypaddy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I damaged my rotator playing golf. I had hit my ball into heavy rough and rather than take a penalty drop I elected to play it. The club stuck in the rough but my shoulder kept going. The sound of the tear was heard by the people I was playing with. This has resulted in me having a lot of pain and being unable to raise my arm over my head. Pain shoots up my arm into my neck joint and I find sleeping very difficult.

Comment from: Gitmovin, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

In April of 2011, I fell when rising from the couch and took the impact on my outreached left arm. Afterwards I developed chronic pain in the shoulder and decreased range of motion which led to a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. An MRI showed "frayed" areas around the rotator cuff but no definite tears and severe tendinitis. It also showed that my shoulder had not formed properly during childhood. Steroid injections have stopped working and I have agreed to have the surgery. I hope it helps.

Comment from: Kat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I am a massage therapist, which involves considerable repetitive pressure on my arms and shoulders. I have been experiencing a dead sensation in my bicep, which is gradually worsening and now very painful. I am struggling to lift my arm and it's painful when I sleep. Sadly it's my right arm so very restricting. I have seen my GP who diagnosed rotator cuff injury. I'm taking ibuprofen and resting. Hopefully it will heal soon.

Comment from: Juliene74, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I am unable to raise my arm above my head and my pinkie finger goes numb sometimes.

Comment from: sammy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I have pain lifting my arm above my shoulder.

Comment from: LornaG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I recently had surgery on my spine. A few days later I noticed a pain in the area of my muscle in my left arm. I thought it was due to the blood pressure cuff being on my arm throughout my operation, but on speaking to the consultant yesterday at my check-up he said it was my rotator cuff which was probably caused by the way I was positioned on the operating table and that the pain will go away in time.

Published: February 28

I have a deep ache in my shoulders.

Comment from: trevor, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I have pain in my left shoulder and in my neck. I cannot lie on my left side when sleeping. I am waiting to have X-rays and an ultrasound. This is very painful at the moment.

Comment from: Painful Night in GA, 45-54 Female Published: January 24

I am a 50 year female. My left shoulder is losing its range of motion. It starts as an ache that is sometimes in the back of my shoulder and sometimes in the front. There are times the ache is a burning sensation that radiates down to my fore arm. My heart is in good shape, so it's not that. I can still use my left arm, but trying to scratch my middle or lower back causes enough pain, where I usually cry out. Sleeping on my left side is out. Even if I roll over on it while I'm sleeping, it eventually wakes me with a aching pain. Sometimes, there is tightness in my neck, on the left side, as well I don't have insurance, and I don't feel this qualifies as an emergency room visit, but it is getting worse.

Published: August 19

I was in a car accident and I cannot put my hand behind my back. The pain in my shoulder is unbearable. I just had an MRI scan where it looked like there were bits of bone in the muscle area.

Comment from: Sue 219, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I am a 59.5 year old female taking medication for osteoporosis, which I have had for over seven years, but which my previous doctor failed to diagnose. My new doctor diagnosed it 2 years ago - alarm bells rang the first time I walked into her surgery and she noticed my left shoulder sitting considerably higher than my right. When she received the x-rays she immediately saw the low impact fracture that had happened previously that my previous doctor "thought" was a slipped disk and never followed up on. The pain is constant and almost unbearable -- about an 8 on a scale of 10. Nothing I do eases it and I am really getting to the point where I want to chop the arm off!

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