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Post Posted: Jan 19, 2019 4:12 am 
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My "brother" insists on working heavy labor jobs despite his age (over 65) and recent lung issues. He has a possible shoulder dislocation which popped back in on its own but left him in severe pain in that shoulder. The pain is not getting better. He saw a physician's assistant who prescribed a pain killer and muscle relaxant. Neither have helped today.

Tonight, the same pain is presenting in the same way in his other shoulder. What could be possible causes?

I am pretty sure he will go back to the doctor, but my brain needs help exploring possibilities in the meantime.

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Bursitis? Rest and ice.

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It could be another injury, radiating pain from arthritis, or so many other things. I am glad he is going back to doctor as some imaging tests might be helpful. Best of luck. Pain is no fun.


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There is not much information to go on here, Lisa. The PA must have good reason to just prescribe meds instead of further analysis. It sounds like things have worsened since that visit. A doctor and proper X-Rays, etc are needed for full diagnosis. Maybe he actually torqued both shoulders doing whatever it was he was doing.

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The PA did an x-ray and nothing showed up. He wondered if it could be meningitis as his daughter had that and her symptoms started the same way. She was very young at the time, however.

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The PA did an x-ray and nothing showed up. He wondered if it could be meningitis as his daughter had that and her symptoms started the same way. She was very young at the time, however.


Radiating pain can be a torn rotator cuff. XRay won't show much, if anything. See your physician and see if an MRI would be in order.


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