I had an MRI in May. The images showed excessive fluid buildup and inflammation in the bursa, and a small incomplete tear in my rotator cuff. The tear is in line with the fibers of my cuff, much like a split in a seam. It’s unclear whether I had the tear before the shot or whether the shot caused it. I’d had no prior symptoms, and Annunziata says the shot might either have caused the tear – if the needle went into the cuff – or stirred up a prolonged inflammatory response in the area, causing the tear to become painful.
Thank you for your posts. I too have some kind of shoulder injury. However mine is NOT from the flu but from Prevnar (either meningitis or pneumonia), and it was a 4th semester nursing student, about to graduate, who injected me. When she wiped my shoulder I told her she was too high (I am a surgical tech and just got into nursing school myself) I told her to go lower, she said ok and dropped down maybe 2 mm. I instantly had pain in my shoulder joint. I have no previous injuries to my shoulder but by the end of the day I had lost almost all range of motion in my arm. The loss of ROM lasted for almost 3 days but never fully returned. I cant lift my arm in certain directions and the pain is through the roof at times, especially when scrubbing and gowning and gloving surgeons. Its been 9 days and nothing helps. Can anyone tell me if the symptoms they were experiencing went away?
Confirmatory tests include MRI, examination under anesthesia, and arthroscopy. Ability to detect labral signs indicative of a tear is probably the least accurate test for the shoulder. An O'Brien's test can be used as well as attempts at relaxation and circumduction of the arm overhead with a posterior force stressing the anterior superior labrum. If a patient has signs of a labral tear with clicking or popping or a positive O'Brien's test, the clinician should try to determine whether the findings are associated with instability, which would have profound implications on type of treatment and recovery time.