Patient Comments: Shoulder Bursitis - Experience


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Comment from: scared, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am scared. About 10 months ago I crawled into the hospital unable to breathe. Doctors gave me IV drip and told me to go home but I kept insisting I couldn’t breathe. Seventeen hours later they discovered deep vein thrombosis, a clot that led to a pulmonary embolism (PE). Today, my right calf is always tight especially after exercise, I have an ongoing flicker of pain near my heart, off/on lower back pain, upper leg numbness and my lungs feel weak. Doctor(s) say it will probably all go away, but reading all of this and having PE history I feel I might die/relapse.

Comment from: Smiler , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I have bursitis in my shoulder. I have had 5 steroid injections within a 6-month period, I had 2 lots of physiotherapy, and nothing helped. I was given tramadol didn't help. Acupuncture didn’t help. In the end I had to go for x-ray, which showed where I should have a gap for the tendon to sit, in my scan there was no gap. I've just had MRI scan to check for tissue damage due to the injections. Now I am waiting for surgery, it’s been over 10 months.

Comment from: LEENA, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I tried physiotherapy for almost 2 months for shoulder bursitis and yet not relieved, so I consulted an Ayurveda doctor. And I started taking massage on my shoulders, arms, and back, now I am feeling less pain, and the clots are opening up better. Though it is my 2nd week of Ayurveda treatment at least I can see a bit of relief which I have not seen in any of the therapies like TENS, ultrasound and other.

Comment from: Ed, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I have just been diagnosed with shoulder bursitis. It started a couple weeks back, felt like something needed to click in my shoulder. There was a slight tingle in my fingers but that kept going away until two days ago, as the day wore on I noticed the pain intensifying but it wasn’t till I got home from work I realized it wasn't going away. The next day I couldn’t sit and when I stood my shoulder ached and sent pain radiating down my arm with numbness from my elbow down to my two little fingers. I was continuously wanting to scream at anyone, even random people to please massage my shoulder blade and muscles around it. Now I have pain in my spine directly between the two shoulders. I had never heard of bursitis till yesterday and wish I never had.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I have had bursitis for two months and feeling exhausted from pain and disrupted sleep. I am embarking on eating lots of foods which are supposed to reduce inflammation in the body, such as berries, turmeric capsules, bitter cherry juice, green tea, etc. I am also trying B vitamins and magnesium supplements.

Comment from: Andrew Makuya, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I suspect I'm suffering with shoulder bursitis because I had a dislocation of shoulder years ago. They fixed perfectly but recently I had a strain so it has been sore for two weeks.

Comment from: FL, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

My left shoulder has been in constant pain for over 12 months now. Three injections have not helped my shoulder bursitis. In fact the last one made it worse. I am taking pain relief that just does not work, sleep is something that is not productive as it doesn't matter how I lie the pain is like a severe burning. I have a lump in my arm that throbs and have had a lot of time off work. Small help from meditation and gentle exercise.

Comment from: seaweed, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 01

I have been a surfer for over 40 years and never had any problems, you can imagine how a surfer relies on shoulders for paddling. I had acute right shoulder and referred arm pain without warning. I tried everything, physiotherapy, cortisone shot, anti-inflammatory medications, rest, and nearly 2 years not surfing, till bingo back in water catching waves with no pain. Now my other shoulder is sore with no warning. Thus here we go again, time seems to be healer for bursitis, so don't give up.

Comment from: kelly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I had a road accident quite few years ago. Although the accident was minor, I had lots of pain in my left shoulder and neck, but as I was much younger, I did not get it checked. Now I am suffering with bursitis and the pain is traveling to my left breast, it hurts so much, and my shoulder and neck feel numb, hot, tingly and very painful, and every movement hurts. Also the breast feels like a lump, very painful. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Andeey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I have bursitis in my left shoulder. Cortisone shot gave no relief. At present I sleep with ice packs under my shoulder and on top of the bend in my arm. It is taking over my days and I am ready for more invasive therapy. I have constant pain. There has been no injury but the possible cause could be my wheelchair.


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Comment from: Grey ghost, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I've had the symptoms of bursitis on and off for 10 years. Today shoulder bursitis was confirmed as the problem. What I can't believe is the level of pain this time. Pain levels of 6, 7, and 8 are constant and I often have level 10 pain. I have limited range of motion - I can move the arm all over, but the pain is intense. I had anti inflammatory injection at the emergency room, x-rays, and a prescription for narcotic. My pain is manageable for now. I am hoping to resume exercise routine soon.

Comment from: PatientErik, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

I had a few serious injuries in my shoulder over the years. I have been lifting weights. I went to various doctors over 2 years, no help from that, so I started doing exercises and stretches at home. In a few months I had no more pain from shoulder bursitis. I could do barbell bench press again, which I skipped for a few years after the injuries.

Comment from: carla, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I am semi active, did a lot of driving. I have pain in right shoulder, and in the mornings when I wake my hand feels very large and tingles and hurts so bad. It will get tingly when I move my arm out to the side or slightly away from my side. I wonder if it is bursitis.

Comment from: MikeS, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I have nearly constant pain and tightness in my right forearm, random pain in the back of my hand, random tingling in the fingers, and a constant dull ache in the upper arm between the triceps and shoulder, throw in the level 90 pain in the shoulder occasionally and you've got my normal pain. It started three weeks ago, I had to reach over my head to steady myself by grabbing a ceiling joist, no weight at all, just steadying myself. A week later I smacked my shoulder blade on another ceiling joist, and about cried over it. I've been given oral steroids, 2 different pain killers, and a muscle relaxer with zero relief. If I sleep an hour straight without waking up in pain I consider myself lucky. I have seen a doctor three times, and absolutely no answers from them. I have full range of motion, and full strength still, so I'm stymied, I just want it to stop hurting so bad all day long!

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.

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!

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.

Comment from: Nathalia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I work as a nanny and I am 50 years old. For the past two weeks, I am not able to work because of severe shoulder pain, I think from shoulder bursitis. And this is the only means of my earning.

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.

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.

Comment from: Ronnie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 08

The symptoms of my shoulder bursitis included pain and numbness in my shoulder, along with numbness in my arm and hand.