HAVE YOU BEEN FLOXED?
Dear Dr. Schierling,
I read, with tremendous interest, your article explaining the difference between tendonosis and tendonitis. Here is a quick synopsis of my condition:
In June of 2011, I was given the antibiotic Levaquin. In August, I had emergency surgery for a completely ruptured Achilles tendon (left ankle). My right ankle was casted simultaneously due to severe pain from microtears. I cut and pasted the Impressions from MRIs from that time period (below). I lived in a wheelchair for five months. My wrists and shoulders were not spared.
My entire adult life, I have frequented a gym. Since this nightmare, there are many exercises that cause extreme, sharp pain, particularly in my right shoulder and left wrist (please refer to MRI Impressions below), all of which I can no long participate in. I feel poisoned and have come to learn that most doctors do not have a clue, and cannot advise me properly. I have remained desperate for over three years. PLEASE, Dr. Schierling, share with me your thoughts and expertise.
Question: I have recently been prescribed Mobic for beginning stages of hand arthritis. I’m wondering if the Mobic is causing me more discomfort in the areas in which I described. Again, any advice you can give me will, as you can imagine, be taken very seriously!
From somewhere on the East Coast
- MRI 8/2011LEFT SHOULDER PAIN:
Impression: Tendinosis and grade I-I partial tear, articular aspect and tuberosity insertion of anterior supraspinatus tendon. Moderate tendinosis of subscapularis tendon. Tenosynovitis of long head of biceps tendon.
- MRI 8/2011 RIGHT SHOULDER PAIN:
Impression: Moderate tendinosis of supraspinatus tendon without apparent tear.
Moderate tendinosis of subscapularis tendon.
- MRI 9/2011 LEFT WRIST PAIN:
Impression: Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex tear. Partial tear scapholunate ligament.
- MRI 8/2011 RIGHT ANKLE PAIN:
Impression: Moderate Achiles tendinosis with thickening of the central tendon which has progressed since the prior study.
I want you to know that I feel for you, and I also believe that there is a solution out there for you. But unfortunately I’m not that person — I am not sure I would know where to start. However, if you do find a solution, would you please let me know so that it can be shared with those who suffer as you do. Oh; and to answer your question; Mobic is a powerful NSAID (and HERE) that carries some brutal risks of its own. Study any and every med prescribed before taking it.