Anyone "watching" deal with bursitis in the shoulder?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Bellesmom, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. Bellesmom

    Bellesmom New Member

    Besides the pain in my head which is worse this week I am also having another bout with shoulder pain. Couldn't sleep so got up to see what's going on here at the board.

    Just wondering - I haven't been here for a while because I was doing other things but thank God there's "here" to come to, right?

    Thanks for answering this...

    Pam, Spanaway, WA
  2. bitter-sweet

    bitter-sweet New Member

    I just posted about tendonitis on 7/22/03 or any "itis" to see how many had problems. I have had traveling itises, and the doctor said that this is not uncommon with this DD. I had a coritsone injection into my wrist for tendonitis, and it's helped some. I hope things go well for you.
  3. garyandkim

    garyandkim New Member

    steroid shots in them as needed. That's what I do when the pain is bad. Hope you feel some relief soon, Kim
  4. kgg

    kgg New Member

    My right shoulder is the worse. For bursitis I believe they recommend heat and anti-inflammatories. That's what helped my arm. And of course, rest the arm. I aggravated mine by using the rope pulls on my nordic track. Very painful. I tried to get a steriod injection, but the pain was too diffuse the day I went. So they wouldn't give it to me. Sleeping is a pain. I put a flat pillow behind the side of my back with the bad shoulder. That way I won't roll onto my side when sleeping. I also bought a cheap imitation of the therapeutic mattress pad at walmart that has made a big difference. Hope this helps and you are feeling better soon. -Karen
  5. Lau

    Lau New Member

    I constantly have shoulder pain with bursitis, which flares up and gets pretty bad so I know what you mean. Can't lift arms, arms hanging hurts, purse on shoulder hurts, hurts to lay on it of have it hang to side, just plain hurts all the time!

    Wish I knew a way to tell you to prevent it, it just seems that every little thing causes another problem for us so easily, whereas normal people would have to extremly strain themselves to have this problem.

    I do go to the doctor if it is very bad to get it injected, though I know it is not good to do this to often. Just had my back injected for sacarilliitis. Can't sleep, thats why I'm on the board at 5:20. He told me the meds would probably knock me out. Ha! Skelaxan, Vicodan, Relaflex. On a serious not, I do think the muscle relaxant helps with these 'itis's' as does anti-inflams.

    Do hope you can get some relief.

    Regards,
    Laurie
  6. bubblegum

    bubblegum New Member

    Hi Pam,
    I always thought I had bursitis but just recently my doctor told me that I have TOS. Mine is caused by an extra cervicle rib. Here I am 42 yrs old and have more xrays than I can count and no one ever noticed it before. Doc said it was the position I was in. Anyway i thought you might find this interesting. This first paragraph is in reference how the symptoms can mimic those of bursitis. Hope this helps.
    Ciao 4 Now,
    Sandy

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    Symptoms of TOS include pain, numbness and tingling, (pressure on sensory nerves) weakness and fatigue (pressure on motor nerves) or swelling and coldness in the arm and hand (pressure on blood vessels). The symptoms can mimic many other conditions, such as a herniated disk in the neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even bursitis of the shoulder. Thus this syndrome can be very difficult to diagnose.

    What is the Thoracic Outlet?
    The Thoracic Outlet is a space between the rib cage (thorax), and the collar bone (clavicle) through which the main blood vessels and nerves pass from the neck and thorax into the arm. The nerves and blood vessels leave the neck between the two muscles (scalene muscles).

    What is a syndrome?
    A syndrome is a set of symptoms and physical findings that point to a certain diagnosis. All the symptoms and physical findings are not always present.
    Various symptoms and physical findings may be present in different grades of severity.

    What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
    Thoracic outlet syndrome is a combination of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or coldness in the upper extremity caused by pressure on the nerves and/or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet.

    What Causes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
    There are several causes of TOS. The common underlying cause of the syndrome is compression of the nerves and arteries of the arm in the Thoracic Outlet. In some cases the cause of compression is evident- an extra first rib or an old fracture of the clavicle, which reduces the space of the outlet. In other cases the cause is not clear. Compression may occur with repetitive activities that require the arms to be held overhead.


    Treatment
    When an anatomic defect is obvious that constricts the outlet, (an extra rib, a broken collar bone) surgery can correct the problem. This is rare. Good posture and overall conditioning are very important in treating the rest. The length of time the arms are used in outstretched or overhead positions should be reduced and spaced. Taking frequent breaks, changing positions, and stretching are useful. A physical therapist or an occupational therapist can teach the exercises. A home program of exercise is essential and must be performed consistently to produce benefits. Symptoms often respond to an exercise program addressing a healthy posture and muscle balance. Stretching and strengthening can help achieve optimal posture. Obese patients should seek advise for safe weight loss. A work site specialist can evaluate your workplace to determine safe alignment, work site postures, and work-related furniture. Women with large, pendulous breasts may benefit from a strapless long-line bra. Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the last resort.