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Shoulder Pain
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:43:33 AM »

I'm not talking about the the "occasional" ache, I'm talking about that pain that hurts so bad you don't want to even use that arm.

Mine has been building over the past 6 months or so, from a ache every so often to every time I try to do something that uses my left arm I end up with a stabbing pain that hurts pretty bad.

Funny how of all things that seems to really make it bad, Fishing is the worst. The motion of holding a Baitcaster Rod and setting the hook really fires it up.

At our FBC Classic this past weekend I fished for a couple of hours Thursday Afternoon, all day Friday-Saturday, and until 1:00 pm Sunday. Each night from Thursday on I woke up several times with my shoulder hurting to the point that I was using Aspercreme with Lidocane on it 4-5 times during the night. Then using it again in the morning and during the day as needed. Your supposed to only use it 3-4 times a day. I was also taking an extra pain pill in a half here and a half there to finish the event.

Driving home I only used my right arm unless it was absolutely needed.

It is now Thursday Morning and I am still having issues with it. Today I have an appointment with my Pain Management Dr just for the shoulder. I'm hoping it is something fairly simple like Bursitis that can be treated with some shots, and not something more serious like Torn rotator cuff or a pinched nerve in my neck again.   

So, any of you ever have Shoulder Pain enhanced by Fishing?
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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 06:00:43 AM »

Oh yes.
Right shoulder, torn rotator cuff, multiple dislocations, dislocated shoulder blade.
I treat it pretty much the same way, except I use bio freeze instead of aspercreme, and when I feel it's an abnormal amount of pain or if it does something out of the ordinary like lockiig up mid cast, I also let it rest a while.

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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 06:01:51 AM »

Could be frozen shoulder. Sac inside shoulder drys up range of motion is limited. That does require an injection through the shoulder and into problem area. Its going to be intensive pt for any shoulder problem. Ive had that, rotator and labrum repair. If you have good insurance use the doctors pt dept. I dont so i did my own therapy. Heated pool at the Y is great therapy. Oh yeah. Fishing really works! 500 casts a day works every thing from the waist up.

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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 06:42:31 AM »

I did many years ago. Got so bad I went to see a friend of mine who was a physical therapist. I developed a bad case of tendonitis. After several treatments the inflammation subsided. Now that I think of it, I have had several issues caused by fishing.  lo
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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2018, 10:03:28 AM »

Yep, shoulder pain so bad I would almost drop my rod when pitching. Couldn't sleep at night because of the pain and I lay on my other side. I also take a sedative to overcome the waking powers of a narcotic I take. So it was breaking through my chronic pain meds and my sleeping medication. When asked I just knew I was in for another surgery. Already had a S.L.A.P. repair. However, 3 months of PT and an MRI just to prove it and it's all inflammation. If I pay attention to what I'm doing when fishing it doesn't hurt at all. But if I start getting lazy with my posture and my arm motion the pain comes back. It's all about proper stretching and proper posture for me.

The pain felt like someone was jabbing a knife in my shoulder socket and then trying to pry my arm off my body. The pain would radiate down my arm. I was confident I had torn something and it was just a matter of time before a muscle in my arm completely ripped off my shoulder. Five minutes with my physical therapist and he was confident it was nothing more than inflammation and he turned out to be correct. A good PT guy can do things with your should that tell him if and where it's torn in a matter of seconds. It's all about certain movements. But you're arm and shoulder have to be perfectly at rest while your PT guy moves it around. One visit, even if you have to pay for it, can be worth it.
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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2018, 12:59:46 PM »

Yep, had surgery on my right shoulder to fix 2 tendons, had surgery on the left shoulder to fix 2 tendons and scrap the bone, just to add to it I had my left wrist replaced this year  so I could handle a rod and reel.
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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 12:33:13 AM »

Y'all ever heard of a "shoulder reversal" surgery?
Know a guy that had it done to both. He'd spent his whole life working under cars and just couldn't do it any more.

They took the ball from his upper arm, and socket from the shoulder, and swapped 'em round.
How they did all that, I can't imagine. There's a lot of muscle, tendons and ligaments in there to have to work around.

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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 06:47:48 AM »

Yep, shoulder pain so bad I would almost drop my rod when pitching. Couldn't sleep at night because of the pain and I lay on my other side. I also take a sedative to overcome the waking powers of a narcotic I take. So it was breaking through my chronic pain meds and my sleeping medication. When asked I just knew I was in for another surgery. Already had a S.L.A.P. repair. However, 3 months of PT and an MRI just to prove it and it's all inflammation. If I pay attention to what I'm doing when fishing it doesn't hurt at all. But if I start getting lazy with my posture and my arm motion the pain comes back. It's all about proper stretching and proper posture for me.

The pain felt like someone was jabbing a knife in my shoulder socket and then trying to pry my arm off my body. The pain would radiate down my arm. I was confident I had torn something and it was just a matter of time before a muscle in my arm completely ripped off my shoulder. Five minutes with my physical therapist and he was confident it was nothing more than inflammation and he turned out to be correct. A good PT guy can do things with your should that tell him if and where it's torn in a matter of seconds. It's all about certain movements. But you're arm and shoulder have to be perfectly at rest while your PT guy moves it around. One visit, even if you have to pay for it, can be worth it.

Mike you nailed it.

My Dr did the motions and said that all I needed to do was exercise the Rotator Cuff Muscle. He claims that as we age and stop using it every day it get weak and then when we do use it, like in fishing and holding a rod all day, it gets inflamed and flares up.

He said to do some exercises and see it if goes away. If not gone by next month when I see him for my regular Meds Meeting he will do a image request and we will go from there. I told him I didn't believe it would work that easy but he said to try it and see.

so I will give it a go. Found several exercises on the Web with most of them similar. Only to use 2-3 lbs of weight to do them.
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Re: Shoulder Pain
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 08:19:34 AM »

Mike you nailed it.

My Dr did the motions and said that all I needed to do was exercise the Rotator Cuff Muscle. He claims that as we age and stop using it every day it get weak and then when we do use it, like in fishing and holding a rod all day, it gets inflamed and flares up.

He said to do some exercises and see it if goes away. If not gone by next month when I see him for my regular Meds Meeting he will do a image request and we will go from there. I told him I didn't believe it would work that easy but he said to try it and see.

so I will give it a go. Found several exercises on the Web with most of them similar. Only to use 2-3 lbs of weight to do them.

Fred, I would highly recommend you go see a physical therapist before picking and choosing what rotator exercises you should be doing form the internet. The rotator cuff comprises of four muscles. A good PT can diagnose which rotator cuff muscle(s) is/are the culprits of your pain. The assumption here is if its even a rotator cuff issue to begin with. The shoulder is one of the most complex joints we have. Have a PT check it out.
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