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I think I may be suffering from a case of bursitis in my left shoulder. Have any of you ridden with this affliction? How long did it take for the pain to go away?
 

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I've got rotator cup joint and arthritis problems in my right shoulder as a reminder gift from Uncle Sam. It flares from time to time (bursitis) and causes some righteous discomfort. I find that ibuprofen or releve taken in the morning before I ride, along with some one-handed riding while stretching helps. The other things that helps is MBL risers and a Utopia backrest.

When riding in cool weather - a heated vest or jacket liner also really helps.
 

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Been there, go get it x-rayed ! Two years prior a "nurse want to be doctor" just diagnosed it as bersitus and said take two motrims. Ok it helped at that point. At the two year point my shoulder was sore sometimes and finally got a good pain. Turned out to be a bone spur growing and cutting into two tendons. Tendons are a one time shot in your lifetime, they do not repair themselves. Caught it before taking heavy damage, but if ignored it could have ended my arm usefulness for life. Go get it checked out ! Does not have to be a lot of pain either ! Did have the surgery and still do not have the old strength three years later. Would guess a least a third of my strength is gone, and took close to two years to be at the level it is now.
 

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me too

Wow, just this weekend, one shoulder burning, googled it, and bursitis came up. Took ibuprofen, went away for now, ride everyday. Will go get it checked out.
 

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PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO PRIOR POSTS.. iI was having intermittant pain in my shoulders especially in colder weather riding. Told to take aleve for the pain ,,NOTHIN else could be done.. Well I ended up tearing the the tendons and destroying the rotator cuff in 2009, Mandatory surgery.. Surgeon went in planning on doing the reattachment thingy.. but once in there he found bone spur and just enough arthrittus build up to start scarring the cup.. He kept me under extra hour and cleaned it out and polished the cup.. NOW that shoulder is WAAAYYY better than my left.. i am trying to figure out how to get insurance to pay for a clean up in left shoulder

And this from a guy who is absolutely terrified of doctors and needles, BUT the fix was so good !!!
 

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I pulled something in my right shoulder Friday. It hurts like hell and it's popping and locking up on me.. kinda hard to work like it is. Was feeling better yesterday morning but then I had to work under a trailer all day. After that it was killing me again.
 

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I am leaving the country for a couple of weeks, but if it is still hurting when I get back, I will get it x-ray'd. Great info!

Mine only hurts when I try to reach behind my back, or over my head. Just sitting or standing, it is fine.
 

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Mine only hurts when I try to reach behind my back, or over my head.
Then DON'T do that. :joke:

Seriously, have you tried getting a Cortisone shot?


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Then DON'T do that. :joke:

Seriously, have you tried getting a Cortisone shot?


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Not yet. The pain is bearable at this point, as long as I don't put my arm in an uncomfortable position. It hurt really bad about a week ago and it seems to be gradually getting better, but I am also being careful with how I move my left arm.
 

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I am leaving the country for a couple of weeks, but if it is still hurting when I get back, I will get it x-ray'd. Great info!

Mine only hurts when I try to reach behind my back, or over my head. Just sitting or standing, it is fine.
Xrays did NOT show my torn ligaments Had to push for an MRI because I was positive the pain was not imagined. The MRI not only showed the damaged ligaments but also the bone spur hidden inside the ball joint socket
 

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Not yet. The pain is bearable at this point, as long as I don't put my arm in an uncomfortable position. It hurt really bad about a week ago and it seems to be gradually getting better, but I am also being careful with how I move my left arm.

I have the same thing in my right shoulder for over six months now, and a month ago it started in my left shoulder.

I actually have a doctor's appointment to see what the hell is causing it. I suspect that the 20 mg simvastatin that I'm taking is a contributing factor.
 

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I have the same thing in my right shoulder for over six months now, and a month ago it started in my left shoulder.

I actually have a doctor's appointment to see what the hell is causing it. I suspect that the 20 mg simvastatin that I'm taking is a contributing factor.
I had to get off of Lipitor several years ago because it was causing so much joint pain. I don't know of anyone who has been able to tolerate the statins.
 

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I had to get off of Lipitor several years ago because it was causing so much joint pain. I don't know of anyone who has been able to tolerate the statins.
I take 40 mg of simvastatins along with Niaspan for high cholesterol. I have never heard of complications from this medication so this is all new to me.
 

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OK... the doctor is in and I'll put in my two cent's worth.... actually my $200 worth; I'll send you all a bill later...

Bursitis is common, and you may well have it, Chris, by you description; focal pain induced by a positional change.

A trial of an anti-inflammitory like Aleve is appropriate and if you respond well to it, that may be all you need to do. The key is taking an appropriate dose and to keep taking it for several weeks. Aleve is a 220 mg pill of naproxen. The Rx dose of naproxen is 500 mg... so, I recommend trying two 220 mg tabs twice a day.. that's closer to the standard 500 mg twice a day prescription dose, it may work better. Also, don't take just a couple of days worth and say the pain is gone, I'll stop taking it.... it's likely to come back. The key to treating inflammation is getting it down and keeping it down, and giving the tissue time to heal. That takes weeks. If the Aleve is working, keep taking it for 4 weeks, whether there's pain or not, then come off it and see how you do.

If not, see your doc and get an opinion if that's really the problem and what options you have... typically a trial of a stronger anti-inflammatory, or a cortisone shot as mentioned, or amputation......... let's hope you don't have to go that far. An x-ray is kinda plus/minus... it's rare it's going to show much with bursitis, which is a soft tissue problem. But we usually get them anyway... I did one once only to find a big tumor in the guy's shoulder. People are always happy when they have a problem and we find what's wrong with them.... unless it's cancer, then they're not so happy... if you have a problem, don't be frustrated if we can't find anything... you really DON'T want us to find something, because if we do, it could be bad.

If the shoulder is getting worse, nothing is working, etc... an MRI is usually next... but don't let it surprise you if it doesn't show much. Occasional pain like bursitis won't usually have much anatomical change on an MRI. Torn ligaments and rotator cuff tears will show, but they are usually painful all the time, especially with motion and it's usually obvious you have something more than just a little bursitis.

As far as statins, these drugs have reduced morbidity in people dramatically.... I take one every day. The reduction in stroke and heart disease has been amazing with these drugs. If you really need to be taking one, and most of us should... you need to weigh the intolerance to some aches and pains in your muscles to your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. I'd rather put up with some muscle pain than end up stroked out in some wheelchair or dead from a heart attack.
 

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OK... the doctor is in and I'll put in my two cent's worth.

As far as statins, these drugs have reduced morbidity in people dramatically.... I take one every day. The reduction in stroke and heart disease has been amazing with these drugs. If you really need to be taking one, and most of us should... you need to weigh the intolerance to some aches and pains in your muscles to your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. I'd rather put up with some muscle pain than end up stroked out in some wheelchair or dead from a heart attack.

Thanks Destindoc, I always listen when you post something. :thumbup:

Maybe you could chime in on the use of CoQ10 or better yet, Ubiquinol as a means to reduce the loss of the body's production of CoQ10 during use of hypertension meds and Statins.

Here is a recent link: http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showthread.php?441681-Are-you-on-statin-drugs-Be-careful&p=5359089#post5359089

thanks in advance,

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It sure was nice of DestinDoc to pipe in with some advice.

I am not going to pretend to be a doctor. I can only share what I have experienced with my own injuries over the years.

We all seem to get shoulder pain of some kind as we age, and there are so many things that cause shoulder pain that you should probably see a Doctor if it is really bothering you, and none of the over the counter pain killers works. This is especially true if it is debilitating pain. It could be something serious.

You may have simply strained a muscle such as your rotator cuff while working on something. Try doing some range of motion stretching to work out the kinks. Using a broom handle to push your arm to full extension will really help if the pain is too great to get full range of motion.

I have had cortisone shots in my hip to reduce swelling from bursitis. (They found it with an MRI), but cortisone is hit or miss, and it never lasted more than a month at a time for me. (You can only get cortisone shots once every 3 months.) I found that Aleve works better than anything. It is quite different than the Ibuprofen brands like Advil and Motrin. Try it if you think you have bursitis. The only cure for Bursitis is rest, which is nearly impossible if you are active.

I suffered a torn rotator cuff about 15 years ago because of something really stupid that I did, and they resisted operating on it, saying that usually only professional athletes have the surgery done. I could not lift my arm above my head, and it hurt even worse when lowering it. It can repair itself over time, and it has somewhat, but I still have problems if I don't do daily stretching. They found my tear by doing an arthrogram, which was an incredibly painful procedure. Thank goodness that MRI's are more affordable today.

FWIW, my torn rotator cuff treatment consisted of daily stretching and going to a physical therapist twice a week for Ultrasound treatments, which supposedly breaks up scar tissue that results from the stretching.
 

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I had to get off of Lipitor several years ago because it was causing so much joint pain. I don't know of anyone who has been able to tolerate the statins.
I know several people taking Lipitor and they have no problems with tolerance. :doorag:
 

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OK, my two cents (more)

My original doctor said surgery. Went to a specialist yesterday and he poked and prodded and squeezed and yanked and twisted then started squeezing HARD on the bicep. THAT hurt like a mo-fo.

Anyways, he used some eleven dollar words and showed me how to massage that muscle. I have about a 30% improvement already.

If I understand correctly, there's some muscle damage, and the pain shows up somewhere else, due to the location of the nerve bundle.

Ahhhhh. Just in time for the start of the riding season.
 
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