How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Brims Your Own Question

Dr. Brims
Dr. Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 9252
Experience:  U.S. Licensed Physician, general surgery and internal medicine experience
14307416
Type Your Health Question Here...
Dr. Brims is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with a small tear in my rotator cuff

Customer Question

2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with a small tear in my rotator cuff and bursitis. The doctor started me on some stretching exercises and said we would do an MRI and surgery if necessary. The pain went away for about a year (without doing the exercises. Now, in the last 3 months, it has returned. My PCP says to rest it and we'll see in 2 weeks. Doing the exercises the specialist recco, makes the pain far worse. I'm looking for a second opinion.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 1 year ago.

Dr Brims :

Hello, welcome to Justanswer, I will try to assist you with your medical question, and any medical information you seek

Dr Brims :

I'm sorry to hear this pain has returned

Dr Brims :

Did they ever had an MRI for this?

Dr Brims :

Is the pain exactly the same pain as 2 years ago?

Customer : I think they did. My memory isn't the greatest but the letter from the specialist says it is a tear. I remember the specialist telling me after the MRI that it was NOT a tear, it was something else (equivalent to like a sprain vs breaking the bone). Yes the pain is the same.
Dr Brims :

Okay, this is most likely a strained rotator cuff muscle, and these heal with time, I think it is wise to give it 3-4 weeks to heal, and also to avoid stressing it

Customer : So is that what happened 2 yrs ago? It healed and now somehow I've aggrevated it again? What types of things aggrevate it?
Dr Brims :

That is likely what happened 2 years ago, and you likely aggravated it again, many different movements or exercises can aggravate it, or heavy lifting

Customer : BTW, when you are a woman that works with her hands a lot, how is it you rest a shoulder for a month?
Dr Brims :

You can try to avoid movements that cause pain, it is not easy, but it is possible, you will learn to adapt

Customer : Is this something I'm going to have to be careful of for the rest of my life?
Dr Brims :

Yes, you will likely have to be careful of it for the rest of your life to avoid damage in the future and subsequent surgery

Customer : Ok, what about the bursitis? The pain seems to subside some when I put something over my shoulder, just enough to block the drafts of air. Is there anything I can do to help this?
Dr Brims :

The bursitis may require an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, and if that does not help, then you may require a steroid injection into the bursa

Customer : If I lift heavy things (sometimes my job requires it) what is the likelihood that 1) my left cuff will actually tear and 2) that damage could happen to my right cuff?
Dr Brims :

If you don't learn to lift these object without causing pain then it will eventually tear, if you learn , then you may avoid pain and damage and a tear

Dr Brims :

Are you there?

Customer : Once my month is done, how many pounds would you say would be the max to put my shoulders thru?
Dr Brims :

Try 5 pounds to start, and then you may work your way up from there

Customer : Wow!!! Ok!! I need to learn like you said. Thank you for the input and your patience.
Dr Brims :

You're quite welcome

Dr Brims :

If you have any questions in the future, to request me you may start them with "Dr Brims" and I will answer them

Customer : Thank you. I'm off to rest my shoulder and figure out how to do things one handed. Ha ha
Dr Brims :

You're very welcome

Dr Brims :

Are you still there?

Dr Brims :

If you still have question on this topic, please feel free to ask,If you have no other questions, please remember to click a rating button prior to exiting the chat session

Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 1 year ago.
Were you able to see my replies in the chat session?

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/NU/nursescare4u/2013-3-31_03429_JApic.64x64.jpg Nurse Milli, RN's Avatar

    Nurse Milli, RN

    Nurse (RN)

    Satisfied Customers:

    4043
    20 years experience in many areas of Nursing. Both Hospital and Private Practice experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    102
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    5622
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/drphophalia/2007-08-23_095626_dr._arun_phophalia.jpg Dr. Arun Phophalia's Avatar

    Dr. Arun Phophalia

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    17025
    MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VA/VANP/2012-6-6_235535_Skye2.64x64.jpg A. Schuyler, NP's Avatar

    A. Schuyler, NP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Satisfied Customers:

    12170
    Board Certified NP, MS, RN. Private practice & hospitalist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    10029
    Over 20 yrs of Family Practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/neurosurg/2009-10-06_120923_profile.jpg Dr. Mark's Avatar

    Dr. Mark

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    6234
    U.S. Physician/Surgeon in Neurosurgery
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Health Professional
Dr. Brims
Dr. Brims
U.S. Licensed Physician
4688 Satisfied Customers
U.S. Licensed Physician, general surgery and internal medicine experience