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I went to a othro about an old shoulder injury about four years ago, he sent me to have an mri done at the time. nothing was revealed in that mri. So he sent me to therapy for six weeks. It help but only for a little while. the pain really comes back when ever I lift my arm above my head or carry anything heavier than ten pounds. I again went back to the doc. and again he sent me for more therapy but this time he gave me a cortzone shot in the shoulder. The pain again return shorlty after the therapry was over but this time it is extremely painful. I went to another ortho and he sent me to have another mri done but this time they injected me with some dye. Now my shoulder is in so much pain, so I called the doc. to see what the results were. he said that he didn't get a chance to look at them his self but the radiologist said that I had a cyst in my shoulder. The doc. then said that it should go away in a couple of days. I ask him what about the pain in my shoulder, how can you explain the pain in my shoulder? he couldn't answer that question. Can someone help me by expalining what the heck is going on with my shoulder? baffle
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replied September 24th, 2008
Shoulder pain
I too have chronic shoulder pain. Mine is from an accident several years ago. I did have surgery on the second and third (discectomy and fusion). The pain in my back stopped but i continued to have the shoulder and upper arm pain. My skin is sore on my arm and my palm and little finger are numb and tingling. I have had the MRI (2) and Xrays but it shows nothing. 2 ortho physicians told me they do not know the problem (or maybe they didn't want to deal with it). The Chriropractor stated it may be a dislocation or a stress fracture that occured at time of accident. I am so disappointed in the ortho doctors having no interest whatsoever. Can someone help us?
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replied October 8th, 2012
Shoulde pain/ cysts
I had horrible shoulder pain for 2 months. I ended up going to Ortho who informed me MRI showed a lateral tear and a large cyst. He recommended surgery and said injections would not work. I ended up having surgery and had immediate relief from having the cyst removed since it was pushing on a nerve. I highly recommend finding an good Ortho to discuss your surgery options.good luck.
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replied October 23rd, 2012
lateral tear with large cyst
I have the same diagnoses..am having surgery in morning, how was the recovery for you ?
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replied February 24th, 2009
Shoulder pain
I also have had shoulder pain from an multi-vehicle accident. I'm still dealing with ongoing pain and suffering,had two MRI one with dye they found that I have two tears and a cyst but it seems none of the doctors want to help me out. I have only the use of my lower part elbow down on my left arm and now am suffering with tennis elbow because I do try to use the lower part to aid me in my everyday life. Have not returned to work going on three years I've gotten a lawyer involved now cause I'm tired of suffering my life has changed emensley. I cannot lift my arm on it's own or move it away from my body, it's like not having an arm but with pain always. Just moving or sliding along my stomach for support. I wish our health care system is in need of change especially for the people who really need it. I know whats wrong now it needs to be fixed whats it gonna take me going to college and becoming a doctor.
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replied May 25th, 2009
Shoulder and arm pain
A month ago, I was just walking down an aisle when a sharp pain started in my shoulder. I did nothing unusual to my knowledge. The pain extended to my arm and then into my wrist. Soon a sharp pain became noticable on the back of my hand.
Got looked over by many doctors. Xrays and MRI have only shown a small cyst. They recommend waiting it out until the pain gets worse or better (which is actually great advice, although it isn't getting better).
It is in my right arm. Turning a steering wheel with my right arm to the left, always triggers pain. Hanging my arm at my side will trigger all arm parts to eventually hurt.
I feel as if I have tennis elbow, shoulder tear and carpal tunnel (wrist/palm).

Unlike others here, I have full use of my arm, except across body and above head.

I have no solutions, but I wanted this thread to know, you are not alone in your mystery injury/pain.

Good luck
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replied June 9th, 2009
Shoulder Cyst
Shoulder Cyst
I have recently been diagnosed as having a shoulder cyst. I have been suffering all of the same symptoms as Timma for years and have constantly been fobbed off by being told to exercise and stretch, (I'm an exercise teacher for goodness sake..!) and have now had two injections in my shoulder. Following each injection the pain came back worse than ever (I think the steriod has caused the cyst to grow bigger).
Although my shoulder is restricted in nearly all movements, including hanging by my side, I have refused to let it cease up completely through fear of it becoming a frozen shoulder, so I've exercised it constantly in every possible movement and position and, in doing so I've probably irritated the cyst and made the pain worse. However I still have full use of my arm, etc.
The syptoms also affect my neck with pain going right up the back of my head, over the top to my eyebrow, causing sever headaches. My jaw aches, my ear aches and I sometime go deaf..!
I refuse to be fobbed off any longer and am determined to push this through until I am satisfactorily treated. I have paid into the NHS for many years; I'm entitled to it.
Watch this space and I'll tell you how I get on..!

Pilates Lady
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replied June 9th, 2009
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Keep us informed on this...I had a few steroid shots myself and they did more harm than good...Good luck...

Caroline
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replied August 23rd, 2009
I has shoulder surgery a year ago thinking it was rotator cuff come to find out luckily it was a hook at the end of my collar bone and the rotator cuff was trapped underneath,they removed the end of the collarbone with the hook and released the rotator cuff. Months after the surgery i was still having pain went back had an mri showed a small cyst was told hopefuly it would burst on it's own. went back in may cause the pain was getting worse did another mri cyst grew to 3 1/2 centimeters decided it was time to remove it surgery scheduled for sept 8th. I have had the severe headaches the tightness across my chest thought i was having a heart attack apparently the cyst is pushing against the muscle and nerves which is causing these symptoms hopefully the surgery will help since it's on my domninant side.
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replied September 10th, 2009
THis is Timma.
I took the advice of three doctors, inflamation medicine and time. It's been 3 months, and it is gradually worsening. Now when the pain comes hard, it is almost tkaing over my entire thought process.
The prog is that a small lower labral tear has leaked fluid forming a cyst that may cause a discomfort along with the tear.

I am going to get surgery, I feel there is no other option.
I am not going to live on percosets all my life. (puke)
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replied October 1st, 2009
My cyst was removed 9/8/09 after it was removed they found a complete tear of the rotator cuff it could not be seen on the mri because the cyst was hiding it i am 3 weeks post-op and feeling great just started therapy it's rough but it still feels better than before the surgery.
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replied September 15th, 2010
Shoulder Cyst
At 29 while I was at work I noticed that all of a sudden I developed shoulder pain when I tried to live my arm above say elbow height. I went to the ER and had xrays done and was told nothing was torn and it was a sprain..after 2 weeks the pain was still there..doc thought it could be blown rotator cuff. after and MRI it was found that I had a cyst in my shoulder pressing on 2 nerves. a neurologist did conductivity test and found that there was no signal in those nerves at all..they were essentially dead. He said that in all his years and 2k something studies he never saw anything this bad. I had surgery to remove the cyst. a torn cartilage was found and shaved. I was told that I may never move my arm properly again. Noone knows. its been 2 months now and still no more movement.
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replied January 7th, 2011
shoulder pain
I have had sever shoulder pain for the past six years, it began with an accident at a lumber mill, ware I had dislocated my shoulder which had caused a displaced tented and a tare in my rotater cuff. I had surgery to repair all of this in August of 2005, with in a year I was in the same amount of pain I was in before the surgery and my hand kept going numb and turning purple. I went back to the doctor and the did an MRI with ink injected into it, they told me it was just scar tissue and sent me back to thereopy which yet again did not work,and in the following two years I had three cortisone shots which did nothing but dull the pain for a bit, and then it would get worse. Finlay they did another MRI and found what they said was scare tissue had grown and they had to remove it. when they got in there and removed it they found a cyst that had a stitch in the center of it, but now a year after this last surgery I am yet again back in the same pain I was before the surgery. Can anyone give me an Idea of what I should do next, I was only 25 years old when this happened to me and I am just wanting to get back to my life with out pain.
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replied June 21st, 2011
bone cysts in the shoulder
Wow, while I am glad I am not alone, I feel for all those who have posted with stories of their pain. I have had pain in both shoulders for many years. I have worked for the postal service for more than thirty years and have been told the pain in my shoulders and neck were due to permanent injuries of shoulder strain, cervical neck strain, degenerative disk disease and chronic myofascial pain. Last November, I returned to the office after delivering my route. I reached to grab three cardboard trays at hip height and got excruciating pain in my right arm. By the time I got home, I couldn't lift my arm to put my empty lunch box on the counter.
I returned to Occupational Medicine at the facility that has been treating my injuries for years. The doctor thought it was an aggravation of the shoulder strain and prescribed a series of physical therapy. Although the pain diminished (especially while receiving the treatment with the tens unit), it persisted and the doctor ordered an MRI. Fortunately, there was no torn rotator cuff. However, the MRI did reveal bone cysts (I don't know if it was a single cyst or multiple, the doctor did says cysts). I was referred to an orthpaedic surgeon.
I was given a cortisone shot in May, and was told to make a follow-up appointment in July (by early June, all the appointments were already filled). The shot did seem to alleviate some of the pain for a very short time. Lifting my arm in front of me, I can extend it fully with very little pain. Lifting it out from the side, however, is another story. I start getting pain about one third of the way up and by halfway, I can't seem to lift it any further.
Dr. said he may give another injection in July and, if the pain persists, will explore alternative treatments with surgery being a last resort. Hopefully, we will get results without that.
Just want you to know, there are others who feel your pain.
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replied February 6th, 2014
Would be interested in how you are doing now (2 yrs. out). I too am a 30+ yr.postal employee ( postal window/distribution clerk) Even though I've had crunchies in my shoulders for awhile, the problem has exasterbated since an elbow injury and resulting radial head replacement back in Sept. 2013. I was making remarkable progress with P.T. but, since returning to work p/t, I've got incrediable pain (tendonitis, golfer's elbow-both arms..bursitis/tendonistis in biceps (2nd shot of cortosteroids for that.-w/o much relief) MRI of shoulder showed cyst, bone spur impingement, arthritis. Dr. recommending arthroscope surgery. As, I'm STILL in much pain with elbow..not sure if I want to undergo additional. Any advice on recovery?
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replied April 3rd, 2013
Find a good dr that listens
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replied May 26th, 2013
Shoulder Cyst
I too have three cyst in my right shoulder and have had one aspirated twice as it grows and presses against a nerve. I have two other cyst although I have not found a Shoulder Surgeon that is anxious to remove all three cyst due to the close proximity to nerves and a blood vain. It appears my shoulder leaks fluid causing Cyst, so I will continue to get the one cyst aspirated every six months or so until I get them removed....or not!
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replied May 27th, 2013
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chieftwo,

You have to realize that having the cyst(s) aspirated is not without significant risks. Anytime a needle is placed through the skin, there is a chance of infection. Since the cyst is very close to important structures (nerve, blood vessels, joint surface, etc), there are risks of damaging these structures with the needle.

So, if the cysts are really bothering you, you might want to give surgery a good thought. It is not a really good idea to just keep having the cyst aspirated.

Good luck.
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replied June 26th, 2013
shoulder and arm pain following minor cyst surgery
I had a cyst removed and been in pain for over a year now. I've had physio the doctor sent me on but everytime I return to the doctor about the pain he says he cant do anything as the blood tests I had came back ok and gives me tablets and nothing else is done. now what do I do, this is affecting my job so i'm hoping this will be sorted soon or i will have no job.
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replied June 26th, 2013
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E1000,

Sorry you are having problems.

It sounds like you need to see another surgeon for a second opinion.

Unfortunately, some patients continue to have discomfort after a surgical procedure, from a variety of problems (scar tissue formation is probably the most common).

But, you should be evaluated thoroughly and hopefully a diagnosis made. If the cause of the discomfort can be determined, a treatment plan can be devised.


Again, get a second opinion. It never hurts to do so. Hopefully, a reason for the continued discomfort can be found.


Good luck.
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replied July 1st, 2013
Hi there, i have had a voltaren injection in my upper arm close to the shoulder to treat another injury on my elbow which happen to be just a bruise, the voltaren injection caused a severe pulling sensation around the deltoid and caused a dent, MRI scan showed a secondary synovial cyst, was able to move my arm around but unable to lift weights as the pain persists. does it mean i will heal in a few months as the orthopedic surgeon said i should just leave the cyst as an operation might cause scar tissue.Unlike your guys causes, mine was caused from a voltaren injection. Any advise?
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replied July 1st, 2013
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Riyo,

Voltaren (diclofenac) is an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) which can be administered orally, by injection, or by topical means.

It is known that, in some patients, an intramuscular injection of diclofenac may cause scarring in the muscle fibers. In some cases, this scar tissue formation can cause tethering within the muscle, which can cause a change in the contour of the skin.


But, it is does not cause synovial cysts. A synovial cyst (also called a ganglion cyst) is an outpouching of the synovial lining of a joint or tendon sheath. These cysts can arise from any joint or tendon in the body. There are most common in the wrist region, but again, can occur anywhere.

Due to a ball valve like opening, the joint fluid can flow into the cyst, but it cannot return. So, in some patients, a synovial cyst will become larger with activity (pumping fluid into the cyst). With rest, the body will resorb the water out of the cyst, causing it to decrease in size.

Around the shoulder region, synovial cysts can cause problems. If a cyst presses on one of the nerves in the area, muscle weakness can occur. They can cause discomfort from moving tissues out of their way and forcing themselves in between planes of tissue. But, they can also can no problems. Every cyst and patient is different.

If the cyst is causing problems, it can be surgically removed. Unfortunately, around the shoulder it is usually not possible to just aspirate a synovial cyst. But, surgery is not without risk. It will produce some scarring, how much depends upon the patient (again, every patient is different). Also, since may surgeries are done because the cyst is pressing on a nerve, the nerve is at risk during the surgery.

So, usually, surgery is a last resort.



But, if your problem is due to the tethering of the muscle fibers from the injection, removing the synovial cyst will not help at all. Again, they are two separate conditions.


Surgery is a big decision. If you have questions or concerns, you should discuss them with your surgeon.


Good luck.
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replied July 1st, 2013
Thanks for the response, from the injection I still have increased fluid in the subcutaneous fat n deltoid laterally, is this any serious? If surgery is a risk, is there a possibility tha the cyst can be removed with success and I'll be well for life?
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replied July 1st, 2013
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Riyo,

Unfortunately, one of the risks of removing a synovial cyst is that they can come back. If a cyst has formed once, it can form again.

Usually, if the cyst is removed properly, being sure to trace it all the way to its origin off of the joint and then removing a centimeter of the joint capsule, it should not return. But, there are no guarantees.

And, again, around the shoulder there are a lot of nerves, so that makes the surgery difficult. Also, some patients form significant amounts of scar tissue. If a nerve is injured, that could lead to permanent weakness. If scar tissue formed, you could have decreased range of motion and/or chronic pain.

But, if the cyst is significantly bothering you, that you want to take the risks, it can be done.


As to the subQ edema from the injection, you do not say how long ago the injection was given. If it has less than a month or so, just let it continue to heal. But, if you still have the fluid in the deltoid muscle, yet the injection was months ago, you might need some anti-inflammatory medication. The body will usually resolve the fluid with time, but it may lead to the formation of fibrosis (a type of scar) in the muscle.


Good luck.
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replied July 2nd, 2013
Gaelic

Its been 7 weeks since the injection was taken and I have degenrative change around the clavicle. I'm not sure where its leading to and I'm 30. I'm just hoping it does not osteoarthritis, I have been reading via google but then again I'm not sure if the information is accurate
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replied July 2nd, 2013
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Riyo,

Degenerative changes are quite common in the ACJ (acromioclavicular joint), on the top of the shoulder.

It is very common in weight lifters and people who participate in throwing sports.

If the patient's symptoms in the ACJ are significant, and oral medicine is not helping very much, the surgeon can inject the joint with cortisone (corticosteroid) and local anesthetic. This often gives the patient quite a bit of relief. It is something that you would have to discuss with your surgeon.


Good luck.
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replied July 9th, 2013
I to have had shoulder pain for about 1 1/2 comes and goes for no apparent reason been to 5 different dr they all tell me that I have arthritis and they need to replace my shoulder but do not want to do this because of my age 44 7 weeks ago I went in to have a cyst removed after procedure did not have any pain now 7 weeks later pain come back and is constant any ideas to why or what
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replied July 10th, 2013
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Danner,

Without a thorough evaluation, it is not really possible to say why you are having problems.

It could be a return of the original cyst. Or, you could have developed a totally new problem (besides your underlying arthritic condition).


You should see your orthopedic surgeon.

Good luck.
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