Hi there! And WOW! Read my post (look for posts by Mooseheads)- I had a similar problem with my big toe: Big toe 2nd to last (distally) was genetically to long (by abt 1.5-2 mm). After a lifetime of competitive sports- the bone before it slammed into that joint... until it totally wore the cartalidge (sp?) out.
How did I find this out?
While driving, I could not step on the gas pedal! The pain was unbearable! I drove w the cruise controls for 1 & 1/2 year. Then, I couldn't walk w/o pain.
I finally gave in & went to Podiatrist (an excellent one, people come from all over world to go to her; gifted).
She figured it out just by my "gas-pedal-toe" story. I needed a toe joint replacement & cut the bone down by 1.5-2 mm.
I don't want to bore anyone- easier to read the 1st 2 posts I left. BUT- it bothered me worse than before (this took abt 1.5 yrs). Back to Dr- X-Ray showed this thing had moved! Surgery to remove implant immediately.
When she cut into my toe: SHE YELLED "HOLY S----" IN OPERATING ROOM. MY BODY ATE THE IMPLANT- AND BLACK "GUNPOWDER" CAME POURING OUT!
So, as you will read in previous posts: YES, IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE ALLERGY TO METAL!!!!!! AND THE WHOLE YEAR AND A HALF, I FELT "ALLERGIC"!
- I felt tired, "allergic",3 OF MY TEETH (molars) RE-SORBED! (Dentist was dumbfounded!).
- My body was in some sort of "hyper-sensitivity" reaction. I told my Family Dr "something is wrong with me- I feel like my body is attacking itself for some reason. How do I find the "reason?""
Yes- it was in attack-mode. To the metal in my foot. GET METAL-ALLERGY TESTED!!!!! (the bad news is if you are allergic-"now what". So prepare yourself. Do research on it (that is IF you end up positive).
GET YOUR OPERATIVE REPORTS! IT WILL HAVE THE IMPLANT MANUFACTURER, SERIAL # (maybe implant defective?- KEEP IT IF REMOVED; BTW-hosp pathology needs it 1st-then u get it); and get the company to send an allergist (metals) a pc of the EXACT metal used in your rotator cuff. (hint: many have nickel in them).
Have allergist test you. If positive, talk to your Ortho abt it.
I wish there were more Allergists or Dr's that would tke this more seriously. We are all aging & implants will soar. Options are needed. I wish I could invent something myself- like a "anti-allergy dip" to the metal.
Good Luck! Please keep me posted! I bring all of these-type articles to ALL of my Dr's (cuz they don't believe this could be the cause of such "illness"). I want to raise awareness.
Thanks for sharing- Miss Moose (Mooseheads)