Well, I finally heard that I'm too old for something.
About a month ago I started having pain in the R shoulder and down into the upper arm. Right away I thought Rotator Cuff - the catch all for anything that goes wrong in the shoulder.
I put off treatment as my 52yo wife was in the process of total knee replacement surgery, so things simply got worse for me while we dealt with her surgery and recovery.
I'm a stagehand/electrician/lighting director as a career and do lift stuff, but as the department head, mostly hire young studs to get stuff on and off the trucks. Still I did "something" to the joint and yesterday the orthopedist asks me "how many times have you dis-located your shoulder ?". Not "when did you dis-locate", but how many.
Great. I read the MRI report on his computer screen at the same time he did. "Tear of the (insert Latin here)". "Tear in the (insert more Latin here)", and yet another, with the bottom line that the pain is coming from where one of the the tendons from the biceps meets the shoulder and that "The (cartilage like material whose name escapes me but lines the shoulder joint) is all frayed and a mess". Which brings up again how I managed to screw up my shoulder so badly. All I could say was a few falls back in my skiing days, then flashbacks of repeated falls on the mt. biking with assorted tree re-locations, thus who knows.
And then the Doc comes out with. "With somebody in their 20's to 30's, we would repair all this, but at your age (55) the recovery is hard and often you don't get full use after". About all they can do is sever the bicep tendon and tie it down to eliminate the pain (caused by the inflammation). Or do the cortisone routine, which I did, but which I know is stopgap. Plus the ibuprofen and ice routine to try to reduce the inflammation.
But I'mm too old for "real" surgery.