I have a partial tendon tear


A partial tendon tear doesn’t hurt as much s you may think, but it is highly uncomfortable to live with. I know because I was diagnosed with such medical problem just recently.

It all started a month ago when I felt this sharp pain in my shoulder. It wasn’t that painful, but it was enough to make me uncomfortable and disturb my movement and sleep.

Eventually, I went to a masseuse to get it sorted out, but nothing happened except for the masseuse saying it was a case of ‘banyak angin’, and massaged my arm until it got blue.

After that, I went to a Chinese physician, Mr Lee.  Mr Lee did help lessen the pain, but it never went away entirely.

I was considering to return to Mr Lee, but when I told my mum about it, she said, “You better be careful because your uncle did go people like that (Chinese physicians), and he ended up in the operating theater due to a dead nerve“, It spooked me a bit, and so I decided to go to a specialist in a local private hospital in Kuching.

Well, eventually I met with the specialist, Dr Francis Ting, and after doing some brief test, he told me that I may have a partial tendon tear.

He then continued to ask if I wanted an MRI, or just be sent home with medication, adding that an MRI would cost around RM700.

I figured, since I was already on a sick leave, might as well I do everything because I don’t want to return to the hospital if possible.

That said, I was sent to the MRI room, and after 40 minutes in the MRI machine, I left for home.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, when I did meet Dr Francis again, he showed me the MRI results, and confirmed his diagnosis, which is I had a partial tendon tear on my right arm.

Partial tendon tear
The medical report of the MRI

He gave me some meds, and told me to return if the pain is still there after the medicine finishes.  His advice was to warm up properly before sports, which I thought was kind of weird because I thought I shouldn’t be even playing until the tendon has healed – but I ain’t no doctor too.

Honestly, I never expected to get a partial tendon tear considering I don’t exactly do a lot of sports.  I used to play badminton, but since my arm always felt pain after two sets, I kind of slowed down.

This time around, with confirmation I have a partial tendon tear, I’d likely stay away from over exerting my arm too much as I don’t want to worsen it, but I’ve decided to open a new category in this blog titled ‘health’ since I seem to be getting health issues of late.

Anyway, here’s to hoping the pain will go away. Cheers!




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