A recent MRI revealed that I have a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum. It's possible that both shoulders are dislocated since they both hurt, but I only had the MRI on the right side.
This has been going on now for years, but I'm just now finding out the cause of the problem. I've seen nerve doctors, bone doctors, heart doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists. I've been poked and prodded and massaged and manipulated.
One doctor made me go an entire (stanky) summer without wearing antiperspirant because he said the problem was a clogged sweat gland. Another doctor prescribed an antidepressant because he said the side effects would trick my brain into not feeling pain. They were all wrong.
Finally I went to another doctor last week and asked, "Why can't somebody just stick an x-ray or something up there and see what the problem is?" Well that's what they did. My doctor says it's probably an old sports injury, something that normally happens to high school football players or baseball pitchers, though I've never done any of that. I am a gym rat, though, and I practice kick boxing which involves a lot of punching. I think the punching has caused the problem; I punch pretty hard and sometimes with weights.
Next week I'll find out if physical therapy will help (though I've already done physical therapy, twice). Doctor says I might need surgery to repair the tears. In the meantime, he said I could continue to work out if it seems to help, which it does, at least psychologically.
Surgery though? I don't want nobody sticking knives in my arm pits and I've got too many books lined up to take a break.