Anyone have bursitis?

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  1. Upsadaisy

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    If so, how long did it last? Did you get a cortisone injection? What helped the pain?

    It's been four weeks, one injection, no pain pills and it is still excruciating. It's in my right shoulder and severely limiting what I can do with that arm. :fearscream:
     
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    Oh no! Feel better!
     
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    Thanks, czacza.
     
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    My mom has had injections for bursitis in her shoulder twice. She says it helped. It was pretty bad pain. She is tough, and she went to the ER with the pain.
     
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    I have bursitis in my hip because of my hip dysplasia. I haven't done cortisone injections for that, but I've needed one for my wrist previously. I don't recommend the experience. Also, if this is going to be an ongoing problem, you have to be careful because too many cortisone injections can damage your liver.

    Anecdotally and with some medical support, take B12 supplements. A B12 injection is much more effective, but supplements can knock down the symptoms a bit. There's studies back to the late '50s showing positive results from B12 injections specifically in shoulder bursitis.
     
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    I would also recommend (as a longer term measure) considering Athletic Therapy - I found it much more helpful that Physio with my hip.
     
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    My dad use to get flare ups all the time. Cortisone helped but it always came back. He did therapy for a while but it didn't fix anything long-term.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I'm seeing a sports orthopedist. I don't know if I want to go to the trouble of physical therapy ... I'm worried that there is a rotator cuff injury in addition to bursitis and that's why the shot didn't help much. I will get B12 because some other med I take can cause a shortage of that in the body. I definitely wouldn't want to experience this in my hip! The pain is awful. It's a good excuse for not wearing a bra, though.
     
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    It sounds like you know what to do to help it. Sports orthopedist sounds really good. If s/he says pt, ask for a recommendation. I had frozen shoulder years ago and the doc gave me a shot, which got it better enough to do pt, but it never really was ever at 100 percent again and this year it is flaring again, although not really bad, I just feel it. I make sure to not carry my bag on that side and try to do all the things the pt said to do. I have never heard the b12 connection before. I will try that. I hope you are feeling better.
     
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    Oh, no. I have read that you can expect future flare-ups. Thank you, creativemonster. I was supposed to go back to the doctor this week, but since my deductible hasn't been met, an mri wouldn't be covered and I already will have to pay for last week's ultrasound out of pocket. So, I decided to just tough it out. I'm taking ibuprofen, though it isn't recommended because I have diabetes. But, I don't know how else to stand it. It will pass, I think, at some point. I had no idea it could be this painful.
     
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    No advice, just best wishes that the pain goes away soon.
     
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    You are so sweet! Thank you, teacherintexas.
     
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