At 53 now, I guess I should expect to see some wear and tear issues, especially being all natural.
I had an MRI and was diagnosed with bursitis-tendontis in my left shoulder a few months back. I also have it in my left elbow joint but was not diagnosed. I went to an ART (active release technique) doc who has been pushing me to do specific stability-enhancing exercises to prevent further inflammation and damage. In the meantime, he sent me to a sports MD who administered an IM injection of Kenalog which after a couple days reduced the inflammation to almost zero. I was told to eliminate lateral raises and machine presses. I have been a big fan of lateral raises for many years, but now it is way too painful to do even 1 rep. So I abstained from them and the presses.
After a week or two of doing everything else, the inflammation came back even worse! I cannot raise my shoulder now without sharp pain, weight or no weight. Now a couple months into this, I returned for a follow-up visit to the sports MD. He refused to give another K. shot and suggested PT or to continue doing the ART exercises. He also suggested to do no resistance movement pushing or pulling away from the torso (that would include all presses, lat pulldowns, raises, flyes, pushups). Not what I wanted to hear.
Since this is my first chronic injury that isn't going away, I am at a loss as to what my best option is. I really don't want to start popping ibuprofen either. The ART docs says that if all I want is to get shots to relieve the pain, then that's a lazy man's way out and don't waste time doing any of the ART exercises - but how are the ART exercises going to help relieve the shoulder pain which is what I need to do NOW? I cannot stand not being able to do my workouts and am totally lost at this point.
The ART doc further mentioned it might not be a bad idea to look into TRT (he's on it himself) and peptides or rHGH to help speed recovery. I am supplementing with many OTC joint formulas also. On a side not, my free T is very low, but my total T was 623. SHBG was 60+ too high. E2 too low @10.