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    Getting an MRI on my shoulder today. What should I expect?

    I've had a nagging, recurring "aggravation" with my left shoulder for the past few months. The Friday before last I was done some chest work and really jacked up my shoulder good. I went to a sports medicine doctor. He did some xrays and checked for strength in my shoulder by having my push his arms in different directions. Nothing wrong there. I am scheduled for an arthrogram and mri in a few hours, and just wanted to know if anybody else has gone through this before.
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    Yes, a few times. MRI's take a bit longer and chances are you will have to go in head first. It will take 15 to 30 minutes from my experience; nothing to worry about. The machine is loud, or the one I was in was at the University of Alberta Hospital. I went in for crushed vertebra and also severed ACL. It is no biggy; no worries.

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    All went well. It was loud, but with ear plugs and muffs, I fell asleep after about 15 minutes. I go back to the Dr. on Friday for my results.

    Only drawback is that I have had a wicked headache since about two hours after the MRI. I assume this is my body's reaction to the dye.

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    I got the results of my MRI last Friday.

    Good news is I did not injure anything and there is no damage directly caused by my exercising.

    Bad news is that the pain is caused by a degenerative change at the distal (outer) end of my clavicle at the AC Joint. The long and the short of it is that it will never get "better" - it is a natural degeration of that part of my body that will get aggravated whenever I work it hard doing chest-type exercises (bench press, flye, pushups).

    The Dr. gave me a celestone/marcaine shot in the joint and told me to wait a month to see how it feels. Two days later and it is pain free! I am going back in a month for a follow-up and another shot. If I don't work it too hard it should be ok. However, over time, I am likely to have to get a distal clavicle resection, aka the Mumford Procedure.

    The surgeon goes in arthroscopically and shaves off a few millimeters from the end of my clavicle bone, inside the AC Joint, removing the "bad" bone. This is a fairly "easy" procedure, 8-10 week recovery, and should not have negative impact on my strength or range of motion.

    I'll keep you guys posted on how this goes.

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    Glad to hear everything went well. Not great news but not terrible either. A friend of mine has the same issue. Doctor pretty much said the same thing. He did physical therapy for a while and said it helped a great deal.

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    Glad to hear.

    I've had 2 MRI's, never involved any dye. I have had CT Scans as well as some other scans with a couple that involved dye but not the MRI.

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    Thank you guys for the encouragement. I am going back to the gym for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks today. Since I was already looking to change my routine to a cut/definition workout, I figured now would be a good time for that. I'll be doing most of the same movements, but with less weight so I can get about 17-20 reps per set. I am hoping my shoulder plays nice.

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    Good luck and don't be afraid to take it easy. I know you'll want to hit it hard after being out for over 2 weeks.

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    Just wanted to post an update.

    I have been to the gym twice now, Tuesday and Wednesday. I did back/abs on Tuesday and shoulders yesterday. Like I said before, I'm doing the same exercises I used to, but with ligheter weight and a target of 20 reps for each of 2 sets.

    I have not had a single bothersome experience with my shoulder yet! I'm taking today off and will do chest and abs tomorrow.

    As an aside, I cannot believe how sore I am today. My back, and my abs especially, are way more sore than they used to get doing heavier weight. I really do not think that I got so out of shape in 2 weeks that I would be hurting this much, so I think it may be more to do with the change in reps and weight. Thoughts?

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    Well... my should had been doing fine until Thursday last week, when I had to take my PT test (finally). I did 57 pushups, 63 situps, 16:05 2 mi run (I'm 32, btw).

    My shoulder did not bother one bit during the test or for the rest of the day. The next day, I could feel that familiar twinge (sp?) that I've been experiencing for the last year or so. The second through fourth days it actually hurt me a bit. Not as bad as before, but it's not something I could ignore. The pain and popping has slowly started to decrease the last couple of days, but this is not encouraging. I go back to my Dr. on Monday for another shot, but I'm thinking that surgery is going to be the only rememdy for my problem.

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