18 years ago I had severe pain in my bow shoulder caused by college football, heavy lifting and just basic stupidity. Arthritis that built up on the collar bone caused the pain. The solution was to cut the end of the collar bone off called a Mumford Procedure. It cured the pain. My string side shoulder developed the same pain but I've grinned a bared it for the last 10 years. I finally gave in, got an MRI and had the surgery today. Reason I'm posting this is that I learned something and want to share it. I learned that the arthritis build up or bone spurs have been wearing on my rotator cuff. Mine was thinned 50%. Lucky for me I still have 50%. The difference in recover time between a simple mumford (a couple months) and a complete rebuild (9-12 months) is huge.
Moral- Don't put off chronic pain. See a doc if you have it...in the off season of course. Now where's my percocet...?