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i have calcium in my shoulder tendons is there a operation

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i have calcium in my shoulder tendons is there a operation or surgery procedure to remove it from my tendon
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

I am sorry you have calcium there.

Dr. David :

did you have a shoulder MRI scan?

Dr. David :

calcium and calcifications can occur as we all get older.

Dr. David :

this is called calcified tendonitis

Dr. David :

steroid injections could help

Dr. David :

cimetidine could help

Dr. David :

also reducing calcium intake is controversial and could help.

Customer:

yes i had scan on my shoulder i have had steroid injection already

Dr. David :

you can talk to your doctor about trying cimetidine

Dr. David :

and trying to limit your diet of calcium to see if this helps

Dr. David :

extracorporeal shockwave therapy could help as well.

Customer:

had shockwave treatment on shoulder also but now the problem is occuring in my other shoulder what is cimedine

Dr. David :

cimetidine is tagamet, a histamine2 blocker which blocks stomach acid.

Dr. David :

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12772145?dopt=Abstract

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and has been studied in patients who have calcification in the tendons in the shoulder

Customer:

is there surgery op that could remove problem

Dr. David :

yes there are surgical options

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of open surgery

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and arthroscopic surgery which are difficulty surgeries

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and surgery should always be left as a final option.

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good luck

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ok thanks for your help Dr David











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