I am a 56 year old male Insulin dependent diabetic. I have been diagnosed several years ago with a full thickness tear of both shoulders.
I am usually a patient of the VA and due to a number of delays by them in setting up pre-operative testing and assignment of a surgeon it was delayed to the point of I did NOT have the surgery on either shoulder. After awhile the pain went away. Until the last 3-4 months I was asymptomatic. Lately my left shoulder has been in daily excruciating pain. I am a long term user of Lortab and Methadone for neuropathy, so I am very careful on how much of any pain medications I use.
I have been told to try Nsaids (Ibuprofen) for anti-immflamatory use and pain reduction. Unfortunately in February I had an Eye Stroke that put me permenantly on Aggranox (Which states Ibuprofen is contraindicated) etc. I take the Aggranox twice a day as directed.
I had originally resigned myself for non-surgical intervention, but don't know if this is even possible. I was diagnosed with the tear via MRI's to both shoulders.
I have a multitude of age onset problems of which one neuropathic pain, also arthroscopic surgery in June for a very large meniscal tear to my right knee. I also was diagnosed with (I can't recall either a right or Left bundle branch block)
I also take quite a few medications for PTSD and related stress and depression issues.
My sugar is in pretty good control with an average A1C of about 6.8.
Is there anything I can do short of surgery? If not is there a minimally invasive procedure for this?
My knee surgery did not go well, in that I got violently ill after several days, upon which I had actually returned to work immediately for several day and was hospitalized.
Sorry for being so long winded, just trying to get some honest information. I have problems with the VA as they're so innundated with patients that they simply cannot spend a lot of time going over issues.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.