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Bad News, Friday, Sept 5

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by , September 6th, 2014 at 11:13 AM (1657 Views)
Received not the greatest news at the doctor's today. I not only have tendonitis (which I knew), but also a rotator cuff tear and extreme degradation of the bicep tendon. It's a partial tear of the subscapularis, which is a rare rotator cuff tear (usually it's the infraspinatus or the supraspinatus). I have an appt on Tuesday with a surgeon/PRP expert, Dr. Bradley. I am hopeful that it is not surgical bc it's only a partial tear. I also have the name of the Pittsburgh Pirates doctor who is a shoulder expert. So I may get a second opinion. It just doesn't seem bad enough to warrant surgery to me. We'll see ... I also seem to have strained my left quad muscle, so I am going to skip the gym this weekend and head to the pool.

Discouraged by this news, I went on a 30 minute run instead of heading to the pool. Man, was it hot!

Here's an interesting article questioning Rushall's stance on drylands:
http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...land-training/

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Updated September 6th, 2014 at 11:48 AM by The Fortress

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  1. ekw's Avatar
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
    Thanks Patrick. I don't plan on much running. My knees have been a little twitchy with all the kicking. They're probably the next thing to PRP, with my luck. I blame my crap shoulders on all that mega distance training as a kid.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
    Exactly, and he's supposed to be a shoulder expert who does not push surgery. So many orthopods immediately want to cut; it's their first instinct.
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Leslie,

    I would highly recommend a second opinion. Several years ago I had my annual physical and they did an ultra sound due to a bilirubin reading on my blodd work and discovered a shadow on my liver while doing an ultra sound. I was sent for a full MRI and later found that the shadow was a figmant on the original image rather than anything wrong with my liver and the billirubin is naturally high in my family and is actually a genetic condition. Its my experience that often doctors jump to conclusions without really knowing everything necessary to make a diagnosis. I hope the second opinion from a sports specialist gives you a better course. Good luck and I am so sorry to hear about your shoulder challenges.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks Stewart. Fortunately, sports medicine is a hot specialty in Pittsburgh, so there are quite a few good docs. I was pretty depressed about it yesterday, but feeling more optimistic today. I've had shoulder problems off and on since starting masters swimming, including the entire first two years, so I'm kind of used to it. My instinct tells me this is not surgical. Doing daily PT exercises has already helped some.
  7. Celestial's Avatar
    So sorry! Sending positive thoughts your direction! And lots of prayers!
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    So sorry! Sending positive thoughts your direction! And lots of prayers!
    Thanks Celeste!