I have a major problem about 2 weeks ago I fell full force onto my shoulder. The next day my neck and my shoulder hurt so bad I could barely move my arm at times it even felt numb but I could still feel the pain (I know it sounds weird but thats exactly what it felt like). I ended up waitng a week before finally going to the emergency room thinking that it was probably just a bruise or something the weird part was that I had no bruising and it wasnt swolen or anything. When I went to the emergency room I explained to the doctor that my arm felt really heavy I couldnt lift it to do my hair, put on a bra or a shirt, and my neck hurt so bad that it felt like I had torn something in it. The dc tried to lift my arms but I screamed so loud because I couldnt handle the bad pain I had between my shoulder, my shoulder blade and my neck He diagnosed me with a rotator cuff tear after diagnosing me he had me do some xrays and no bone was damaged. now I have all the same symptoms minus the pain.
The doctor sent me to an ortho but I have no insurance I dont know what to do. The ortho charges 300 just to see you. My question does this sound severe enough to actually look for someone to help or should I just give it a month and see if it gets better. And I meant to say I still have the pain it just goes and comes. Please help me. My injury happend on Nov 23 and I’m so confused. Does this sound like a rotator cuff tear. Thank you for reading my quesion!!
As far as I know you will have to have surgery by an orthopedic surgeon…it sounds like they maybe just gave you pain pills to get you out of the ER…what did they advise you to do about it??? It sounds like you don’t have insurance, so they got you out of the ER with only pain meds?
You need to see an orthopedic physician…you could call the public health department to see about free or low cost clinics..sometimes they refer patients from there to hospitals and sometimes can get any bills for treatment cancelled, but not sure about surgery…
I am a nurse, but not orthopedic nurse…I don’t have insurance either…best I could say would be without treatment to try to keep the movement to as little as possible…but eventually that would be a bad thing also, because you would eventually lose range of motion in your arm from loss of use.
You could threaten to get a lawyer and sue them for malpractice, but not sure if you have a case or not. You could also threaten to call the medical board in your state and complain about poor care from that hospital and see if that works. They did not properly care for your injury, but technically all they have to do is stabilize you (give pain meds) so that you can go home without being in danger of death from your injury or illness. You could raise Hell with the person in charge of the ER to see if they would at least reduce your bill since they did very little to help you and perhaps the ER doc should not have tried to raise your arms…he should have asked you to do it yourself…he may have caused further injury doing that…or maybe not.