Doc Mohammed called us this morning after reading the MRI scan that I have a tear of the rotator cuff muscle and would need to call my family doctor for follow up. He didnt not indicate any treatments or surgery but need to call my doc as soon as I can. Dr Mohammed is one of the PA doctors at a ER clinic here in town (one of those clinics that you dont need to go to the ER for a bad cold, flu coughs or anything minor that your own family doc can not be contacted). my own family doctor's nurse staff kept telling me to take Tyenol and keep increasing it up to four pills every four to six hours. Had an xray ordered from my MD and found nothing, no bone spurs or anything that would cause the pain. I dont think the nurse staff and my own family doc ever communicated with each other whats been going on. Three times I've been over to my doc's office to find out what they heard on the xray and the one gal kept saying, they havent got it and the phone call was that morning that they had the xrays in and needed to make an appt. Well i did ask for an appt but all they said you dont need an appt, just take the pain killers and continue doing your swimming at the Y. jeez, I can not swim without screaming in pain thinking it would go away like a muscle sore. So a week went by, I had enough and went to Dr Mohammed on a Saturday along with my hubby which he was coughing so bad for a week (he had brochitis). So both of us got treated that day and got MD order for MRI for my pain in joint. How I got the pain, it might be due to the old horse injury back in 1993 (trying to load a horse in the trailer and she bolted so fast that she yanked me off my feet in the trailer, bodily slammed my shoulder on the divider part of the tailgate and rope burns on my hands as well) OR left something heavy like a feed bag into the garbage can. I really dont know but it has been off and on since the horse accident which I was sore but not broken LOL! But never in this intesity of pain though. So it has been going on for a month and two weeks now. Now I am dreading to find out if it will HURT. It hurts more than it ever did and sometimes I lose sleep every night for the past month. No amount painkillers over the counter can take it away permently. For those who experienced it, how was it like, how long they treat you or brush you off before they found out what it really was. how was the surgery and how long would it take for you to recover back to your usual duties? I love swimming and wanted to go back swimming now but can not do any strokes except float or power walking but need to get the arms swinging! I looked it up on WebMD but not enough information to satisfy me. And I can not change doctors but I love my family doctor but its the nurse and doctor communication is what it is broken down.