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Ive been dealing with shoulder tendonitis and bursitis for a while and its progressed rapidly this week to the point I can barely lift my arm. Does anyone have some tips on treatment that can get me through a few long work days before I can get to a dr. Ice and ibuprofen just isnt doing it and im out of sick time at the moment...

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Water, massage, chiropractic, omega 3's, less omega 6's, less alcohol, more magnesium..

Arm /shoulder pain can be a sign of heart attack. Le's hope all yo have goin on is some mechanical joint issues.

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The cortisone/steroid injection into the area as the Dr's like to do can work wonders.
I've been thru that with both arms/shoulders injected into the back.
Ice was my friend it seems pills unless they are narcotics don't do the job. And narcotics will make you null and void !!!
If you have access to this topical "Biofreeze" its about the best numbing rub you can use.
And of course DON'T USE THE AFFLICTED JOINT/AREA REST IT FOR DAYS.

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Thanks guys, fortunately its my left arm so it doesnt stop me from swinging a detector. Im fine swinging the pick so long as I bend at the elbow and dont swing above my head. As far as rest goes, ive got three 12 hour shifts ahead of me then 4 days off, im just gonna go as easy as possible, take anti inflammatories and heating pads then get to the doc next week. Thanks for the advice guys, I appreciate it!

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Give this stuff a Try! Two weeks ago I had major issues with my hands and Arms. In two days I could move again.

Take Twice what it says on the bottle. Family Dollar has it.

https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=&oq=Glucosamine&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGNI_enUS590US590&q=Glucosamine&gs_l=hp...0l5.0.0.0.9950...........0.k0SPtvUTrpI

http://nccam.nih.gov/research/results/gait/qa.htm

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I've been reading a bit about this subject lately and there are different 'theories' as you can see. One that I am fond of right now is not to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatories because this actually lessens the blood flow and takes longer for your body to heal itself. (Never take those on an empty stomach if you do take them.)

The problem with cortisone is that it does not cure but sure relieves the pain. You may hurt yourself worse if you feel good and a doctor I listen to on the radio says it weakens a joint with multiple use. (I won't take cortisone.)

So ... like Fred said use aspirin or tylenol as a pain reliever but not an anti-inflammatory.

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Homefire, I just found a bottle of glucosamine in the cupboard, gonna start it right now. Mn, I didnt know that ibuprofen could prevent blood flow, tendons have poor blood flow as it is so ill go with aspirin is I really need it and try to do without. Thanks for the info guys.

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When I was 16 I played lots of baseball. Being the pitcher caused me to get tendentious extremely bad in the elbow. Tendentious is caused from one muscle being much stronger than the other. In my case i had been doing lots of curls at work causing my biceps to be huge and my triceps to be normal or smaller. Dr said do pushups every day and i did and completely took out the tendentious. Find out what muscle is strongest good luck

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I usually tear something up at least once a year. Last year I pulled my shoulder, elbow, and groin muscles trying to keep my 900 lb. Harley from falling over at a stop light.

Best thing I found for a quick heal was to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, light exercise, and use an ultrasound machine on the injured tissue every other day. One of my riding buddies is a Chiropractor, so he has a professional strength machine, as do many of the sports therapy places. If you can get hooked up with somebody that has one of those machines, it will help you heal up a whole lot quicker.

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AZ,

You are right about the physical therapy and chiros using the ultrasound. It can break up scar tissue and stimulate blood flow.

Many years ago I had a groin pull and I went to physical therapy to heal. It was odd feeling that cold gel put between my legs and ... then feel it being massaged there by the female therapist but it healed completely.

I should do the same for my tennis elbow.

Mitchel

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The new retail item from Icy/Hot is a tens unit that utilizes many programs of electrical stimulation to ease pain/inflamation in 20 minutes. Under $35 and makes all the difference in the world. Some shots work but cortisone and that ilk must be extremely limited as it does damage bigtime. Turns pink meat into grayish green and dead. 2 of the specialists that rebuilt my elbows said I should sue the GP for ruining my elbows but god I hate lawyers and courts. Hot cold mix for no more than 15 minutes at a time is what the pro pt therapists have used on me in a dozen places-John

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I almost bought a tens unit last night but decided to hold of till I see a doc. I'm at work now and suffering through it haha. Tuesday morning I'll see the dr and get a proper diagnosis and hopefully get on the road to recovery. If I end up taking time off work to heal, I'll be spending my days in the gold fields trying to make a temporary living cause it seems the bills keep coming even if the work stops lol...thanks again everyone for the advice

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Bought my first tens unit twenty years ago when they ran 500 bucks and needed to be purchased with script--- life saver.

As for the future--- ferment your own sauerkraut and keep a ginger bug bubbling to make drinks. Helps quite a bit.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Jack Daniels! :)
Seriously though...Ive got it in both elbows. Have learned how to use my arms without irritating it...its slowly going away.

Forget about bench pressing! Just leave that alone for a while and heal up.

Try to use your arm in close to your body. Plus learn to do a lot more with the good shoulder.

Hope you get better soon. It takes time as we get older :)
Tom H.

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new news to me, thank you

keep a ginger bug bubbling to make drinks. Helps quite a bit.

http://wellnessmama.com/8942/ginger-bug/

"If you aren’t familiar with naturally fermented beverages, you might be asking what the heck a Ginger Bug is and why you should make one…

A ginger bug is a culture of beneficial bacteria made from fresh ginger root and sugar. It is similar to a sourdough starter for bread or a kombucha scoby for making kombucha. The ginger imparts its flavor and as it naturally ferments, creates a mixture of beneficial bacteria.

Though not overly tasty by itself, the Ginger Bug is the base for many homemade sodas and tonics. We use it to make Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Fruit “sodas” and more. (snip)"

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Ahorton10,

AzBlackbird is correct. Your shoulder needs therapy. I use a "Tens unit" on my shoulder when it gets bad. No waiting for

an appointment with the therapist or chiropracter. And it's no bigger that a cell-phone so I can even take it with my camp supplies.

Mine is the "ComforTENS Plus (a transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) made for Tyco Healthcare. It runs on one 9 Volt

battery. There are many other comparable brands, and they are very inexpensive these days. I'm sure you can get one locally,

and they're probably available on ebay too. Check it out.

Ben

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You want ultrasound therapy, not a tens unit! There's a big difference between the two.

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves. Ultrasound will help you heal faster.

TENS unit therapy uses electrical stimulation. TENS units are good for masking pain, not for healing.

I've used both in different circumstances. Whenever I have a good dirt or street bike crash I usually go to my Chiropractor and he re-adjusts me and starts the ultrasound therapy. Usually within a month or so I'm back to normal. My SO messed her back up real good and the doctor prescribed her a TENS unit. I tried it for my back a few times and it didn't do anything for me. I went to my Chiropractor buddy and he did the ultrasound and re-adjusted me and I haven't had any problems for quite a while now. Course I'm not out tearing up the dirt like I used to either. :arrowheadsmiley:

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