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Old 04-26-11, 03:02 PM
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Just got back from the Dr

That nagging shoulder problem I have been having is going to eventually require surgery. He (a Rheumatologist) said I will need to see an Orthopedic surgeon. I can wait for a while until it becomes chronic, but it is something to look forward to.
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Does biking aggravate it?
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Does biking aggravate it?
It has a couple of times but in general I've just been changing my position like when my upper body is feeling fatigued. It has pretty much worked so I am not concerned about it taking away bike time.

I am currently riding a 2007 Trek 1000. I have already written here that I plan on getting a new bike when I reach my weight goal and a work related goal. Perhaps some sympathy can be used to get my wife to let me get that carbon Synapse early.

Surely a plush bike advertised as soaking up road vibration would provide therapy. I'll see if I can get the Dr to write an Rx to the LBS.
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Let me know if that works and I'll spend considerable time working that angle.
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Originally Posted by DerekMcC View Post
That nagging shoulder problem I have been having is going to eventually require surgery. He (a Rheumatologist) said I will need to see an Orthopedic surgeon. I can wait for a while until it becomes chronic, but it is something to look forward to.
What's the diagnosis? My wife is facing shoulder surgery in the near future as well.
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What's the diagnosis? My wife is facing shoulder surgery in the near future as well.
It is arthritic deterioration. The bone is spurring. It was kinda weird to hear some of the "crunching" sound when he was rotating the joint in certain ways.

I have been dealing with arthritis since I was 23. It was the first sign of many that eventually led to a Lupus diagnosis. Heavy steroids and chemotherapy followed for a few years ('91-'95). I have been in remission since May of '95 with no direct Lupus symptoms, but to say it threw my system for a loop would be an understatement. I have damaged lungs and kindneys, arthritis (sporadic), and have had four hip surgeries including two replacements. The back problems I have are from the less than perfect (but not bad) hip replacements.

I finally was able to start riding again last year and have some (for me) pretty lofty goals for this year. I am just really happy that it is not another leg problem.

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It is arthritic deterioration. The bone is spurring. It was kinda weird to hear some of the "crunching" sound when he was rotating the joint in certain ways.
Ouch! I definitely think you deserve a new bike. You can tell your wife I said so.
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