I am 22 years old and I get a cold ache in my left shoulder. Could it be arthritis? About three years ago I did something stupid that I think dislocated my shoulder. Me and some friends were fishing at a creek. My friends started to skip rocks, so I thought it would be funny to try to skip a very large (probably 30lb) rock. Anyways, I held it with both hands and spun around in circles a few times. When I let go I popped my left shoulder. It was very painful. I thought I dislocated it so I tried to squeeze it back in. Anyways, I couldn't tell if it went back into the socket because I didn't feel another pop. It didn't hurt as much later that day, and I could still move it. Ever since then, when I move my left arm in a circular motion, I kind of hear a grinding sound. My right arm does it a little bit too, but not nearly as much as the left. Does that sound like I dislocated or partially dislocated my shoulder? Can that cause aches later in life? Should I do anything about it? Thanks!
I sure would get it checked by a doctor and get an x-ray to be sure. It does sound like you might have at least partially dislocated it. I dislocated mine when I was about 14 when a horse bucked me off onto a fence. I had the shoulder reset, but it never healed correctly and now I have a slight bump on my right shoulder. I also have arthritis in the joint and cannot lift my arm higher than shoulder height.
So, go ahead and get it treated as soon as you can to avoid any complications.