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David Wiggins
02-10-2012, 06:15 AM
Been trying to prepare for a meet, and my left shoulder has been staying inflamed. Therapist has worked on it. Iced it, moist heat, and over the counter anti inflammatories don't seem to help.

I have a prescription for Prednislolone, but I THINK remembering hating the negative effects (muscle waisting, being lethargic, water weight) from when I took it 20 years ago.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

In b4: ask the doc - He doesn't give a rats a*& about my lifting goals...

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MecGen
02-10-2012, 07:20 AM
Hi Dave

Prednislolone is just one of many anti inflammatory drugs on the market, of script grade but for me it gave some stomach issues (if I remember correctly). They are much stronger then OTC. As someone (me) with lots of experience with nsaids due to joint issues I can tell you they can be a godsend. The idea is to break a cycle of inflammation, for the injury might have healed but the inflammation is continuing to feed on itself, causing long term problems. There is some concern that when you train the healing and rebuilding of muscle fibers is triggered by inflammation, thus giving concerns of long term use being counter productive to muscle growth. Nothing wrong with taking a cycle of nsaids with the most common side effect being stomach irritation, take it with food, and finish your 2 weeks even if the pain goes away before. You can consult your Pharmacist.

Steroidal injections such as Cortisone (sp) can also be a godsend in the right situation but the side effects can be negative like what you remember, been there done that, won't do it again.

Good luck with the healing
Regards

rand18m
02-10-2012, 07:23 AM
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Rocky3540
02-10-2012, 07:26 AM
Its weird, but they use their little gun and fix a lot of things. Use to go in there for alighnment and started asking questions. Short story, right arm hurt when throwing a ball, sinuses, shoulder hurt from lifting, shin splints, ect... Bodies are a bunch if bones and joints that can be adjusted. After a few adjustments, all my joints and small issues got better.

bigtallox
02-10-2012, 08:14 AM
Any thoughts or suggestions?


Personally, I'd avoid it. I'm thankful that I have a good chiropractor and massage therapist sponsoring me.

Good luck at your meet.

RMBros
02-10-2012, 08:25 AM
Been trying to prepare for a meet, and my left shoulder has been staying inflamed. Therapist has worked on it. Iced it, moist heat, and over the counter anti inflammatories don't seem to help.

I have a prescription for Prednislolone, but I THINK remembering hating the negative effects (muscle waisting, being lethargic, water weight) from when I took it 20 years ago.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

In b4: ask the doc - He doesn't give a rats a*& about my lifting goals...

Mods: Hope this post doesn't somehow step over the boundaries here.

Funny, but I have mostly the opposite effects from Pred - gives me a ton of energy and I burn off most of the water gain as a result.

At any rate, it seems like the wrong anti-inflam to use in a case like this - they've always given me some other cortico in a pre-packaged kit for bursitis or joint inflammation.

My thought would be to find a sports doc who can support your efforts and give you a more specific cortico course.

Nothing I hate more than a fat, lazy doctor looking at me funny because I want to actually do something with my body.

ClinicallyBored
02-10-2012, 09:23 AM
Been trying to prepare for a meet, and my left shoulder has been staying inflamed. Therapist has worked on it. Iced it, moist heat, and over the counter anti inflammatories don't seem to help.

I have a prescription for Prednislolone, but I THINK remembering hating the negative effects (muscle waisting, being lethargic, water weight) from when I took it 20 years ago.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

In b4: ask the doc - He doesn't give a rats a*& about my lifting goals...

Mods: Hope this post doesn't somehow step over the boundaries here.

Would ever consider injecting your self with a natrual product. Nothing synthetic Not illegal. I've done and it works great for tendonitis.

ironwill2008
02-10-2012, 09:34 AM
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It does, but it'll stay open long enough for me to advise you to have your useless doc refer you to a Sports Medicine Specialist.

You're going to need to see someone who treats athletes and not couch potatoes. If he's clueless, you may have to find one yourself. I'd suggest you call the Athletic department of the closest college/university that fields a football team, and ask for the name of the doc that treats their players.

Good luck. Medical treatment in the US sucks harder every day.

David Wiggins
02-10-2012, 11:16 AM
Thanks guys! I already rely heavily on my sports chiro, and I also have a very good massage therapist. The doc I refer to is the "best" within 50 miles of where I live, works with local athletes, and he works with me on my current insurance program (my fault coverage)lol. I prolly sounded too negative towards him in my original post.

I will consider anything short of cutting it off... Leaning towards giving the Pred. a shot.

JRT6
02-10-2012, 05:22 PM
First thing I think of when I hear bicep tendon pain where it inserts into the shoulder is a bone spur or AC space issues

rand18m
02-10-2012, 05:37 PM
First thing I think of when I hear bicep tendon pain where it inserts into the shoulder is a bone spur or AC space issues

Didn't see where he complained about biceps tendon pain, his shoulder is what he is having problems with.

It could be the long head of the biceps, very typical pain issue in the shoulder, but I didn't see where that has been diagnosed. If that is the problem then it is VERY common, not associated with the acromion that I am aware of, and has little treatment options other than nsaids, rest or rupture.

induced_drag
02-10-2012, 05:39 PM
Replying from phone. Go see a chiro that specializes in sports rehab. Just refereed a friend to mine. He had tennis elbow for the past few years. Tried cortisone shots for a while...then doc told him surgery was his last option. After I heard he was planning to get cut, I referred him to my guy. He is two weeks into treatment and pain free for first time in 2 years. They will have to work for a while to undo the damage and scar tissue caused by the cortisone but he should make a full recovery. Find a good one....they are worth it!

JRT6
02-11-2012, 04:29 AM
Didn't see where he complained about biceps tendon pain, his shoulder is what he is having problems with.

It could be the long head of the biceps, very typical pain issue in the shoulder, but I didn't see where that has been diagnosed. If that is the problem then it is VERY common, not associated with the acromion that I am aware of, and has little treatment options other than nsaids, rest or rupture.


"Bicep Tendonitis.. prescribed Prednisolone or not?????

Been trying to prepare for a meet, and my left shoulder has been staying inflamed. Therapist has worked on it. Iced it, moist heat, and over the counter anti inflammatories don't seem to help."

Try again b/c apparenting "bicep" being the first word in the post and "shoulder" being in the second sentence may have taxed your reading comprehension skills

rand18m
02-11-2012, 07:25 AM
[Try again b/c apparenting "bicep" being the first word in the post and "shoulder" being in the second sentence may have taxed your reading comprehension skills[/QUOTE]

LOL!!! OOPS???

Pain being caused from the long head of the biceps, generally at insertion, or where it makes it's 90deg turn, is very common. Of all the wonderful designs within the human body, this one makes no sense. Except for the fact it tells us we once used all fours to walk on.

I agree in finding a good sports chiro, or therapists that is familiar with the injury and let them try to resolve the issue. Otherwise if it breaks you end up with a Popeye arm. Brett Favre fought it so long they finally just gave him enough cortizone as to deteriorate the tendon until it severed on it's own and ended his pain issues. His career worked out just fine without the long head as many do.

David Wiggins
02-11-2012, 02:42 PM
Pain being caused from the long head of the biceps, generally at insertion, or where it makes it's 90deg turn, is very common. Of all the wonderful designs within the human body, this one makes no sense. Except for the fact it tells us we once used all fours to walk on.

I agree in finding a good sports chiro, or therapists that is familiar with the injury and let them try to resolve the issue. Otherwise if it breaks you end up with a Popeye arm. Brett Favre fought it so long they finally just gave him enough cortizone as to deteriorate the tendon until it severed on it's own and ended his pain issues. His career worked out just fine without the long head as many do.

I had a couple bone spurs removed 4 years ago from this shoulder. Had a general conversation with that doc the other day. He says it is common to "snip" the biceps tendon and reattach it lower to release the pain, and has no strength affect.... I imagine it woul be noticeable in a lean, athletic body.

rand18m
02-11-2012, 03:24 PM
I had a couple bone spurs removed 4 years ago from this shoulder. Had a general conversation with that doc the other day. He says it is common to "snip" the biceps tendon and reattach it lower to release the pain, and has no strength affect.... I imagine it woul be noticeable in a lean, athletic body.

Good luck to you David! This is a common problem so hopefully you can find resolution quickly without too much of a layoff. We are all certainly rooting for you!

stingray72
02-11-2012, 09:34 PM
Ive been having some little issues too with my right shoulder. Ive been trying to analyze things to see what doesnt aggravate things. I wish you the best man. Ive been praying for healing over it also. I will do the same for you.