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    Almost speechless...

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    I really shouldn't be shocked at what I learned today, but I am. Visited a second shoulder specialist on the torn shoulder and learned lots of things. I knew about all of the things torn in that shoulder, but this one showed me in the MRI. That wasn't the shocking bit.

    I went to see him because my pain has been increasing and my function decreasing a bit. I assumed we would be scheduling my shoulder repair for the end of summer and so forth. What I learned is that most of my pain is NOT from my shoulder, but from my jacked cervical spine and is mainly neurological and radicular in nature . The new X-ray of my neck is much worse than even the one from a year ago - and he said that the neck has to be fixed before the shoulder. Apparently because of nerve root and other issues, if he attempts to fix the shoulder first it won't heal properly....

    So a new MRI later this week, and I see the new spine specialist to whom he referred me on Monday. This isn't an emergency, and I hope to schedule this for the first of August. My body just needs to get over itself, wasn't multiple significant rotator cuff and biceps tendon tears enough? No...my neck became jealous and decided it was time for attention as well.

    So, we will see how this all works out. On possible good news, I get some "gentle" neck traction Friday from a specialist PT that is supposed to give me some relief. Let's hope so....

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    Good lord! So sorry to hear about the newest un-fun things happening in your body.

    I'm starting to think those people in my grandparents generation had it right, work when you need to, rest when you don't, no "exercise" beyond normal daily life, drop dead early of a heart attack... but all their parts were working.

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    I am so sorry Catrin. But I totally understand how you feel. I haven't called to get the results of my MRI, because I am pretending there is nothing really wrong.
    Pax, I still don't want to drop dead of an early heart attack, though.
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    Well, I can't blame the NECK problem on my former activities - that's pure arthritis and degenerative disk disease. There was that "little" mountain bike crash related whiplash in 2011 that woke it all up though... I can't say the same thing about the torn shoulder with 3 different tears (or is that 4...I lose count) If I wasn't just so stubborn when it comes to things like this, as Knotted would likely remind me from 2010...

    Crankin - I hear you, and you will get the results when you are ready or when your doctor calls you. Pax, yes - I wouldn't want to due of an early heart attack - but there is something wonderful about the sound of no broken parts
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    Let us know Catrin, what is recommended to fix your neck..
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    On a positive note, it sounds like you have found doctors who really know what they are doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    On a positive note, it sounds like you have found doctors who really know what they are doing.
    Excellent point, and worth it's weight in gold.

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    Amen, and it would have been a disaster, I think, if I had allowed the first Ortho last year to have fixed my shoulder. He wasn't interested in my neck at all, not even to see the report. I didn't think about that at the time...

    I know there are orthos these days who have sub-specialities and are fully qualified for spine surgeries. I've checked out the qualifications of the one I've been referred to and he does seem to be one of those. He has specialised in cancer of the spine, spine injuries, member of the neurosurgeon association, etc. Have been warned that his bedside manner is non-existent and I may even be shocked by his manner but that his skill off sets his personality and the 2nd appt will be better than the first. Well, I can live with that.

    Still hoping he will say the surgery wouldn't be worth the risks.like the last one 15 months ago, but somehow I think things have changed...
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    So sorry, Catrin. That does not sound fun. However, getting to the root of the problems is a good thing. Glad you've found a good physician. I will be pulling for you! And I do empathize, having more than my usual share of broken bits lately. Sigh...
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    I hear you Emily. Part of me wishes they could fix both neck and shoulder at the same time...but I really don't know what I'm asking for there.

    I hope YOUR broken parts heal quickly!

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    Back issues are often misdiagnosed. I'm glad you finally found the right doctor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Back issues are often misdiagnosed. I'm glad you finally found the right doctor.
    To be fair, I knew just how bad my neck is. What I didn't know was that the neck HAS to be fixed before the shoulder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    On a positive note, it sounds like you have found doctors who really know what they are doing.
    +1 on this -- I think the fact that the shoulder guys says to address the neck problems first, even though a different doctor handles the neck, is a good indicator.

    I hope thinks go well with the PT and the spine surgeon.

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    That's it, which is a good sign but it has the c*ap scared out of me as I wait to hear what they recommend. You see, I KNOW how bad my neck was a mere 14 months ago (and all of the details about what was wrong with it then) after the LAST MRI and the new x-ray of my lower cervical spine that the shoulder Ortho showed me now looks like something from the movie Alien - it looks very bad.

    Of course, just because it LOOKS so horrible doesn't mean it's any worse than it was - which is little comfort as it was pretty bad then. The MRI was this morning...I'm crossing my fingers that the fact my bones looked so bad in the x-ray meant that it's my body protecting my spine and things are actually better underneath all of that terrible looking stuff. Yeah, that's it, protection while my body heals itself Appointment is 8:45 Monday morning and thankfully I don't know enough, yet, about what they have in mind to consult Dr Google...

    Neck traction sounds both scary and a bit interesting at the same time. Hopefully it will relieve some pressure on those nerves and grant a modicum of relief. Wayyy past the possibility of injections for neck or shoulder - and as I've learned more of the effects of steroid injections on rotator cuff tears I am glad they won't allow any more.
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    I am not starting a separate thread for the results of my MRI, since I didn't really talk about it here, too much. So, it was kind of what I expected.It shows some age related degenerative disc issues, which are worse than 10 years ago. There is some disc bulging, but no nerve involvement. The message from my doctor, via the nurse was continue with PT, I will authorizemore sessions. If that doesn't make a difference, here is the name of a spine doc... DR. Spinelli (which I thought was hysterical), who is qute well known around here.
    Riding has been fine. My tabata class today exacerbated the symptoms a bit, but I am learning what exactly sets it off. I brought my travel foam roller to work and used it 3X today! Icing and stretching now.
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