So the results are in; I have a superior labral anterior/posterior tear with adhesion encapsulation. Yay. Anything superior must be good.
It's a tear which hasn't healed in the shoulder. Inflammation and reluctance to use the arm caused the entire shoulder structure to shrink/adhere, freezing it in place like a rusty machine part.
Prognosis: the tear will be given 6 weeks to heal on its own. If it doesn't, surgery. In the meantime, Prednisone (a steroid) to knock out inflammation and targeted physical therapy to stretch/break up the adhesions. Yes, it's painful. And frustrating. But it's not life-threatening, so I won't wring my hands over it.
I want to thank all of you for the messages, prayers, wishes, healing vibes and warm thoughts sent my way. I appreciate them more than you know.
In those long, dark hours before dawn it helps to know that all of you are out there, somewhere. And that somebody cares. :))
Y'all are the best.