Patient Comments: Shoulder Bursitis - Treatments


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Comment from: CP, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I take gabapentin for nerve pain. Tramadol doesn't help. It only brings the pain down to a 5 and is short lasting in duration. Baclofen does nothing. Ketorolac does nothing. I still can't sit or sleep comfortably. I am always in some degree of pain and discomfort.

Comment from: John, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I have had shoulder bursitis for 6 months and found that gentle exercise including stretching before pain is best. If you hurt your arm doing these light exercises then it will stay inflamed. I am going to have a second cortisone injection but these steroids are not effective in treating or effective for pain after three (maximum) shots.

Comment from: VJW, (Patient) Published: July 15

I've had bursitis (and other problems) with my right shoulder for at least two years. I originally damaged it in a fall down some stairs in 2009, but it was never really properly diagnosed until the beginning of this year. I've had frozen shoulder, impingement, and bursitis in the last 18 months. I've been having physiotherapy on and off for most of that time but it actually just makes it hurt more. It's my right shoulder, so as I am right handed, I have not been able to use it much in the last two years so the muscles have gone to mush. It was also discovered that I had arthritis on the AC (acromioclavicular) joint which was being masked by the bursitis. I've had two injections into the bursa and one in the AC joint which has, for now at any rate, helped the arthritis. All the exercises I have been doing seem to upset the shoulder and make it worse. I have been going to a physiotherapy class for the last month but it just makes it worse. I was hoping that this would be the final step towards finally strengthening the shoulder so I could move on and get back to doing the things I have given up and stopped doing. But the exercises just make it worse. I think the bursa is inflamed again because I keep getting the swelling on the shoulder and am at a loss what to do next; to say nothing of being fed up with the pain. I live on anti-inflammatory medicines anyway because I have arthritis in other joints and they keep me going. I finish the group physiotherapy tomorrow and will have to be referred back to my physiotherapist who will not be happy with my return. So far, nothing is working.

Comment from: yachtie2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I had an x-ray guided cortisone injection for my shoulder bursitis, 6 days ago. I felt immediate pain relief but on the 2nd day a massive migraine like headache for which I took Maxalt melt tablets (I have had this before), but this time my stomach started to rumble like a train and my mouth felt like I had bile in it. I couldn"t eat properly and even water has been difficult. This is now the 6th day and I have a small amount of pain in my shoulder but nothing like it was and I am still feeling like I have a fever, I’m not sleeping properly or eating. I am very tired and although I tried to do my exercises for the shoulder my stomach was saying lie down or you"ll throw up. I am not sure if this is normal and I have had just ordinary cortisone injections before with no reaction other than the headache. The injury is 5 years old and has had intensive treatment at the start and then none for 4 years and then more intensive treatment. I’m not sure if it was worth it but I couldn"t lift a jug of water before, now I can get it off the bench a little; no pouring yet.

Comment from: Ian, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

For those with shoulder bursitis who have trouble sleeping because rolling onto the affected shoulder sends jolts of intense pain through your system, try sleeping in a reclining armchair. The chair prevents you rolling onto your shoulder. If it is a lift chair it also means getting up without any strain on the shoulders.

Comment from: Brittsmama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I have had pain in my shoulder area for approximately 4-6 weeks. Certain movements put me in the 7-8 range for pain. I went to the doctor today, and was diagnosed with bursitis in my shoulder. I was given a shot in my arm containing three meds – a numbing medicine, an ant-inflamatory, and the other for pain. I was told the pain should subside in 3-5 days.


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