Monday, February 27, 2012


I met with my PCP physician today to do a shoulder exam.
She thinks it's very likely a torn rotator cuff and wants me to see an orthopedic surgeon later this week.
I don't remember any one incident that caused the tear. Dr. Hollingsworth said it could have easily been caused by the way I was positioned during my surgery because I wasn't moved for such a long period and my arms were over my head.

Normally, an MRI would be ordered. Because I have tissue expanders that have magnets in them, I'm not able to have one now. I'm also not a candidate for a cortisone shot while I have expanders.
Dr. Hollingsworth will be calling my plastic surgeon tomorrow to find out more details on what tests will be okay while I still have expanders.

The last thing I want is surgery. I really hope they figure out something.
For now, pain meds and physical therapy may be our only options.

Tomorrow is almost my halfway point for radiation. I'm now on a steroid cream that is supposed to minimize the itching. So far, it's not working. Only 18 more treatments! If you can throw a few prayers my way that my boob doesn't split like a coconut, I would be more than thankful.

Thanks! :)


  1. Oh man, Angela, that stinks :( So sorry! Hope they can figure out a good plan of action for your shoulder!

  2. That sucks Angela. I'm so sorry.

  3. I'm sorry Angela. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. OUCH Angela! :( I hope they can figure out a plan for you. I'm sorry you're in such pain lately. Sending thoughts and prayers hon.

  5. Big hugs! I really hope it's not torn and you don't have to have surgery!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  6. Not sure if this would help in your case, but I found coconut oil to be the only thing that would stop the constant itching I had when my belly was huge and stretched to the max during my pregnancies. I just used the plain kind you get for cooking. Thinking of you as you go through all of this.

  7. I have a messed up rotator cuff, not torn but it's messed up. PT really helped me out, I hope it helps you.