Patient Comments: Shoulder Bursitis - Experience

Please describe your experience with shoulder bursitis.

Comment from: dee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

My pain started out in my chest, it was an ache, all the time. Then my shoulder started hurting when I reached up or behind me. I thought it was frozen shoulder, did physiotherapy for a week. I finally went to an orthopedist for the shoulder, and I was diagnosed with bursitis and given a shot 3 days ago. I am waiting for it to work. In the meantime I am using heat and ice. I was told to keep moving it. Easier said than done. I hope the shot works soon.

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Comment from: Grandahl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

The first time I experienced shoulder bursitis I was sent to physical therapy. I was lucky to happen to find a therapist that practiced Graston Technique therapy. He cured it with two sessions!

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Comment from: Sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My shoulder and left arm were in so much pain that my blood pressure went up to 178/114. I could not raise my arm. I tried heating pad and rest but the pain was too severe. I thought I could possibly be having a heart attack. I went to the emergency room and doctor said I had bursitis.

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Comment from: Sunshine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have had bursitis in both shoulders over the past 20 years. I have had steroid shots which sometimes help. But some of what I"ve been reading sounds different and may still go together. I would suggest some go see a rheumatologist for a thorough check up; a full blood work antinuclear titer test, blood count panel, RA (rheumatoid arthritis) factor, and so on, not what you usually get from a regular doctor. Also look up things like arthritis, mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), lupus, fibromyalgia and so on and check there symptoms. Hope this helps someone.

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Comment from: Blitzen1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had constant shoulder pain, could not sleep even with Xanax and Lortab. My doctor diagnosed it as bursitis and arthritis, as well as disc degeneration in my neck, causing pain under my shoulder blade. I thought it was a torn rotator cuff, as I had that surgery about eight years ago and didn't want to go through that again. I had a shot of cortisone; as well as a prescription for pain, but didn't sleep for a week and ate everything that wasn't nailed down. Now, I'm all better now. It was so painful that I would wake up screaming when I rolled over at night.

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Comment from: wendy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I had an MR and found out I have bursitis as well as a slight tear on a muscle/tendon in my shoulder. I fell off a chair in October. I had surgery and am seeing a physical therapist. The pain in my shoulder and the recovery process has been much slower than I had hoped it would be.

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Comment from: mdbtaa, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

I had bursitis in my shoulder many years ago in my late 30s, but it resolved within a few weeks. This seems aggravated by holding up my arms at shoulder level or above my head for periods of time. I already take powerful opiate painkillers for peripheral neuropathy, which help somewhat. I applied Voltaren Gel 1% to the affected area and it seems to help, but I can't apply it myself and I live alone. Ice packs do help, but relief is temporary. In my 30s, I wore an arm/shoulder brace for a few weeks and it helped, so I may need to go see an orthopedist for cortisone shot. I can't sleep, even when I take 2 mg of Xanax plus Oxycontin. It just constipates the heck out of me. Arthritis runs in my mother's side of the family, so the genes may be stacked against me. But I will survive. I've experienced far worse.

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