Shoulder Bursitis - Symptoms

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What are shoulder bursitis symptoms and signs? How is shoulder bursitis diagnosed?

Bursitis is typically identified by localized pain or swelling, tenderness, and pain with motion of the tissues in the affected area. X-ray testing can sometimes detect calcifications in the bursa when bursitis has been chronic or recurrent. MRI scanning (magnetic resonance imaging) can also define bursitis. Shoulder bursitis is often accompanied by tendinitis of tendons adjacent to the affected bursa in the shoulder. Shoulder bursitis causes focal tenderness of the inflamed tissues. It can also cause a "pinching" pain when the elbow is moved away from the body, referred to as an "impingement" sign.

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Comment from: mary sub, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I had 3 months of physical therapy for knee replacement that went very well. Two days after release from therapy, I woke up to excruciating pain in shoulder and biceps. I don't think I slept wrong and have been doing exercises. I had 2 massages for shoulder bursitis, first one was great, second one didn't do deep massage. I can't sleep through the night, because of sleeping on side; it is hard to sleep on back. Shoulder and arms quit horrible pain around 1 in afternoon. I am exercising, but have been putting up with this and sometimes it hurts so bad I could cry. It wakes me up all through the night, so now I not only hurt, but am worn out.

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Comment from: aussie mum, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I have had hip bursitis for about a year and had a cortisone shot witch helped a lot. About 16 weeks ago I tore my bicep tendon in my elbow and was put on anti-inflammatory tablets, but a few days ago my shoulder started to hurt. Today I had an ultrasound on my right shoulder and was told the pain in my shoulder was because of bursitis so for me the last few weeks have been agony; not able to walk with hip bursitis, a torn tendon and now on top of that now bursitis in my shoulder. From here I am not sure of the next step but I do know that I don't get much sleep because of the pain I am in.

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