Thanks so very much (in order) Linda, Walter, Kleiner Bär and Gullible for your comments to my last Post dated JAN 25th. I was touched by your interest in this ongoing saga (noun : a long story of heroic achievement, especially a medieval prose narrative in Old Norse or Old Icelandic.)

For those who may not have seen my JAN 25th Post, IF you are interested in ‘catching up’, below is a link back to it that also will show you the above comments.


Today, Wednesday, January the 27th, at 1:45pm, I met with my Physical Therapist (P.T.).

Below are a few photos of the clinic that I consider to be a modern, up-to-date, state-of-the-art, facility.

I had (through the online, medical portal, of the clinic) sent my P.T. a link to my above JAN 25th Post. I took my smart phone with me to show the Post to her because I did not receive a confirmation that she had received the link I sent. I think that the clinic may have a policy that any links sent to one’s medical portal NOT be opened for obvious good reasons (the risk of online virus infections).

So we two read together the following :


As I was beginning to wake up this morning, as I do each and every morning, I reached up to turn off my CPAP breathing machine. For whatever reason, while sleeping, I had moved toward the center of our bed so I had to really, and I mean REALLY, stretch out my right arm to reach the CPAP’s power shutoff mechanism. Now I could easily have simply moved my entire body towards the left side of our bed so I would not have had to do a REALLY exaggerated stretch to reach my CPAP machine. 

As I did this severe, super straight out stretch of my right arm, suddenly I heard and felt a pronounced POP in my right shoulder.

And ? So what ? You ask me.

Instantly, and I mean INSTANTLY, the pain that has been with me for almost four months, suddenly and instantly ceased!

Lord God I love my medical professionals.

With an absolute straight-face she quipped : “Wow Cap! I’ll have to send my shoulder patients to your Condo so they too can shut off your CPAP machine!”

Then we got down-to-the-brass-tacks and talked-turkey about what may well have actually happened.

Before we go further ..

It’s now time for the Academy Award to one of you four who so graciously submitted your comments.

Envelope Please (I am opening it now)

And the Winner is : Kleiner Bär who wrote in her comment : 

Glad to hear that the pain is gone. I would take it a little easy on that arm until you see your physical therapist on Wednesday. With rotator cuff injuries, popping followed by instant pain relief can happen when a tendon ruptures. Your arm could still function normally afterwards and just be a little weaker.

The action word above is tendon.

First, based upon working with my shoulder for the past four months, my P.T. said that there was NO WAY my arm was dislocated. She said that would have shown up on the X-Rays taken back on October the 12th. So any thoughts about my shoulder being dislocated were thus dismissed.

So too was the condern expressed by Kleiner Bär about a tendon being ruptured. My P.T. satisfied both of us with an on-the-spot physical test of my arm strength. I almost pulled her over I have such good arm strength!

So what’s the deal?

My P.T. feels that one of the tendons in my shoulder* had been dislocated (it was outside of its ‘channel’), and when I REALLY stretched out my right arm to reach the CPAP’s power shutoff mechanism and suddenly heard and felt a pronounced POP in my right shoulder and instantly the pain that has been with me for almost four months, suddenly ceased because one of my shoulder tendons POPPED back into it’s proper channel.

*The tendons involved in the shoulder mainly include the long head of the biceps tendon and the tendons of the rotator cuff: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Other supporting tendons include the pectoralis minor, coracobrachialis and the short head of the biceps.

And? That-was-that.

And? Speaking of that-was-that ..  


My P.T. then went on to say : Some years ago, she was working with a patient who had major, serious, horrific, debilitating, back pain. My P.T. was doing everything in her power to get her patient some relief from this pain. One day during her work with the pateint, she received a phone call from her patient : “Today I took a terrible fall in the Grocery Store. When I was helped up, every vestage of my pain had disappeared!” and it never returned.

Shows To Go You we don’t have all the answers do we?

I am not talking while the flavor lasts.

Thank You All For Your Support And Your Caring.

Cap and Patti joins me in thanking all of you.

Post Script : I am NOT saying, nor am I implying, that everything in my right shoulder is 100% normal. No it is not. There is still some discomfort and odd things happening in my shoulder BUT all the pain has disappeared. With time maybe things will further return to normal. Periodically, during the day, when my shoulder is not feeling quite right, I am stretching way out for my CPAP, and this is allowing me to keep the relief from the pain that I have gotten.


  1. Gullible

    Well, that’s some tenuous (pardon the pun) good news. I suspect the residual discomfort in your shoulder has to do with that tendon being unhappy about being out of place. Once it gets used to being “home” perhaps all discomfort will subside.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Well time-will-tell IF the entire shoulder settles down because which ever tendon that was out of place has now rejoined its channel and is ‘home’. Smiles and Thanks .. Cap

        1. Cap Chastain Post author

          Jeanne I am going to relagate your question to that of a ‘Rhetorical Question’ (a question asked in order make a point rather than to get an answer.) Smiling ear-to-ear .. Cap

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