AC Joint/Rotator cuff pain in shoulder?

myservenow

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This is now November. In August I woke up one morning having slept awkwardly on my right shoulder. My shoulder was in tremendous pain. I had never had pain in this area before. Right at the tip top of the shoulder.

The pain has subsided but has never gone away. Sometimes it is seemingly unbearable even now.

My best guess is that it located near the AC Joint in the shoulder as depicted in medical diagrams. It is near the rotator cuff as well. My brother tore his rotator cuff and says you don't have to guess if it's your rotator cuff because that's a different level of pain.

I haven't fallen on it or otherwise injured it. I simply slept on it wrong. Someone suggested it might be arthritis. I'm 42.

Anyone dealt with this type shoulder pain before?
 

myservenow

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Upon reflection studying these diagrams, it appears lower on the shoulder/arm than the AC Joint. Maybe a tendon issue?
 

jaxadam

Rookie
I've had a grade 3 ac joint tear in my left shoulder and a grade 1 tear in my right. I actually just got my right worked on today because it's been bothering me lately. I'd say with both of my injuries they were blunt impact related (dirt bike wreck) and you'll usually know immediately. The grade 3 took 9 months to heal up; with the grade 1 like an idiot I went back out to the track riding the next day, but it was a few weeks before things got better. Hitting a 1hbh in that time period was an absolutely painful nightmare.

My guess is possibly arthritis, because like your brother said, you'll know if it's your rotator cuff, and most ac joint damage I've heard about usually comes from a pretty significant initial trauma that you'd recognize right away.

If it has subsided over the course of a short period of time, it may just be some inflammation, but if it becomes reoccurring, you could see a massage therapist or doctor to get it checked. Sometimes a massage therapist can work some of that stuff out.
 

frank52

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This is now November. In August I woke up one morning having slept awkwardly on my right shoulder. My shoulder was in tremendous pain. I had never had pain in this area before. Right at the tip top of the shoulder.

The pain has subsided but has never gone away. Sometimes it is seemingly unbearable even now.

My best guess is that it located near the AC Joint in the shoulder as depicted in medical diagrams. It is near the rotator cuff as well. My brother tore his rotator cuff and says you don't have to guess if it's your rotator cuff because that's a different level of pain.

I haven't fallen on it or otherwise injured it. I simply slept on it wrong. Someone suggested it might be arthritis. I'm 42.

Anyone dealt with this type shoulder pain before?

Does seem different than a rotator cuff tear. Note that partial tears are not too painful so don't rule out a rotator cuff tendon tear. Also note that the pain does not need to be directly at the spot of the problem (referred pain). At this point in time you do need to go to a sports-med doc to have the shoulder examined. The doc will check your movement and may use ultrasound to check for tears. You are just wasting time by not going to the doc for a diagnosis. Because you don't know the problem you can't even start a therapy routine.
 
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