Cindy new jersey

Westport, CT

#342 Aug 29, 2010
I have been having Acupuncture therapy twice a week for two weeks which is something I never thought I would try but I was desperate for relief from the shoulder pain. It has been 5 weeks from the surgery and I am going to PT 3 times a week. Believe it or not the Acupuncture has helped. I didn't believe it until I stopped it for a week to go on vacation and the pain increased. It helps relieve the tension in my muscles along my neck and shoulder blade from holding my arm up. I am going to give it another 3 weeks and see what happens. It is so helpful reading that I am not alone. The surgeon just keeps telling me what I am experiencing is very normal. That's easy for him to say it's not his shoulder or his pain!
nanamamaedge

Yadkinville, NC

#343 Sep 5, 2010
I had throat surgery on Friday.. I did really well. I woke
up on Sunday, and my right shoulder really hurt, and the
arm and 3 fingers were tingling. I was so afraid that maybe they ruptured a disc during surgery.
The nurse for Blue Cross told me that it is often that
the Anesthesia often settles in a part of your body, and
the right arm is common.. She said to rub it with icy hot
and ice it, and it should go away.. It did.. Hope this helps.
Possom

Country Club Hills, IL

#344 Sep 5, 2010
I had shoulder surgery on June 16th. Since then off and on I am in so much pain that I am about to throw in the towel. I'm miserable. My life is dominated with ice packs and then the heating pad and back and forth all day long. I cannnot sleep at night. I wish I had not done the surgery but at the time I was told that I pretty much had no choice. But I'm no better off. I am in as much pain as before, except now I have thousands of dollars in medical bills and to top all of this, my primary care doctor is no longer taking private patients. He threw in the towel on all of us and went to work in the emergency room. What a mess.
Possom

Country Club Hills, IL

#345 Sep 5, 2010
I am beginning to wonder if anyone is doing really well after shoulder surgery. If so, I can't find these people. Everywhere I go I hear stories of pain months after the surgery. For me it's been 11 weeks which is almost three months. I am almost debilitated with pain. My life seems to be ruined over this in that I can't do anything except try to find ways to cope with pain. I have yet to find anyone who says their shoulder surgery was a success. I don't know how long I can hold out.
Sherri B

Seattle, WA

#346 Sep 5, 2010
Ice is tremendous! Use it multiple times a day. Stay ahead of the pain. Gentle exercises, ice, and pain meds are all part of the successful Tx.
Sue

Grimsby, UK

#347 Sep 9, 2010
I have had rotator cuff repairs, excision of the ac joint twice and impingment surgery all over the past 18 months, last time in Jan 2010. The surgeon has just discharged me but I still have pain, but not at the site of any of the surgery. My pain comes from the top of my shoulder, the other end from where the end of the ac joint was cut away. Why am I still getting constant pain. the surgeon couldnt explain why and I am at my wits end because my treatment has stopped now and I have no answers or anyone to turn to. It is having a real detrimental effect on my career
dorina celentano

Brooklyn, NY

#348 Sep 10, 2010
i had a shoulder surgery in the middle of january and still am in pains. my doctor think that is ok to go back to work as a school custodian.i'm still in pain but my doctor does not seem to understand telling me that the small tear that i had should be healed and is not normal or unusual to still feel the pains.
i must admit the fact that this is the worst ever pain that i experience. i don't know what to do or where to go. i'm totally sad about all this experience
Kim

Port Charlotte, FL

#349 Sep 10, 2010
Possom wrote:
I am beginning to wonder if anyone is doing really well after shoulder surgery. If so, I can't find these people. Everywhere I go I hear stories of pain months after the surgery. For me it's been 11 weeks which is almost three months. I am almost debilitated with pain. My life seems to be ruined over this in that I can't do anything except try to find ways to cope with pain. I have yet to find anyone who says their shoulder surgery was a success. I don't know how long I can hold out.
Are you doing physical therapy?
only bimmers

Conway, AR

#350 Sep 13, 2010
3 1/2 weeks post surgery for me at this point. As you can see, it's 3 a.m. and apparently I'm awake. I still have constant pain. The worst is not being able to sleep all night. Even with pain medicine, I'm awake around 3 or 4 every morning. I just hope it's worth it in the end.
Mark

Grand Prairie, TX

#351 Sep 13, 2010
I had my bicep tendon tear surgery at the beginning of July; he also did other things like bone spur shaving and decompression. I was on strict sling immobilization for 6 weeks and then started on PT. My experience has been the post surgery there was some pain but I only did pain meds for a few days after surgery. The immobilization was more irritating than painful.

But the PT has been life-changing excrutiating. I have tried everything...pain meds, ice, heat, hottub exercizes, accupuncture, TENS unit, all sorts of rubs and patches, etc. I wait every day for the pain to be less, to no avail.

The home exercizes, although I know it is needed and do them religiously, just seem to keep the pain going. The PT with the therapist is just shear torture twice a week and then suffer for 48 hours after the session. My shoulder socket is just frozen from the 6 weeks of immobilization.

I too have trouble sleeping, though that has improved tremendously since I had my PCP prescribe me Ambien. I take that and a pain med and a little tylenol before bed and usually don't wake up with pain until 4am (huge improvement).

I've been warned that ice should only be used post
PT and not all the time (it can work against you). Don't know if that is true, but have read it online and my accupuncturist believes it as well. Similarly, I've been told to use heat only before PT to loosen things up, but that using it more than that just causes increased blood flow to the area which can cause more swelling and scar tissue. Again, you hear all things...but I've tried to reduce my use of these - using heat before PT and ice after PT and that's it.

Good luck to all of you in the same boat as me. Continue posting anything you feel helps (or to just vent). This blog is helpful to those who are desperately seeking answers, or to commiserate.
Christina

Coldwater, MI

#352 Sep 22, 2010
I had surgery to have my gall bladder removed and since have had horrible pain in my right shoulder. The surgeon says its air trapped in there from the surgery. I can not seem to relieve the pain and need someone to give me some advice on how to aleviate the discomfort. It seems to get worse when I use the shoulder. Please help.
Reaper

Wentzville, MO

#353 Sep 23, 2010
Mark wrote:
I had my bicep tendon tear surgery at the beginning of July; he also did other things like bone spur shaving and decompression. I was on strict sling immobilization for 6 weeks and then started on PT. My experience has been the post surgery there was some pain but I only did pain meds for a few days after surgery. The immobilization was more irritating than painful.
But the PT has been life-changing excrutiating. I have tried everything...pain meds, ice, heat, hottub exercizes, accupuncture, TENS unit, all sorts of rubs and patches, etc. I wait every day for the pain to be less, to no avail.
The home exercizes, although I know it is needed and do them religiously, just seem to keep the pain going. The PT with the therapist is just shear torture twice a week and then suffer for 48 hours after the session. My shoulder socket is just frozen from the 6 weeks of immobilization.
I too have trouble sleeping, though that has improved tremendously since I had my PCP prescribe me Ambien. I take that and a pain med and a little tylenol before bed and usually don't wake up with pain until 4am (huge improvement).
I've been warned that ice should only be used post
PT and not all the time (it can work against you). Don't know if that is true, but have read it online and my accupuncturist believes it as well. Similarly, I've been told to use heat only before PT to loosen things up, but that using it more than that just causes increased blood flow to the area which can cause more swelling and scar tissue. Again, you hear all things...but I've tried to reduce my use of these - using heat before PT and ice after PT and that's it.
Good luck to all of you in the same boat as me. Continue posting anything you feel helps (or to just vent). This blog is helpful to those who are desperately seeking answers, or to commiserate.
Man we had our surgeries about the same time, July 30 for me.. Not sure why you all were kept in the immobilizer so long, By the second week out of surgery my doc had me in PT and at home I was having my wife do the same, move my arm up and down back and forth. My dr. had me give up the immobilizer after 5 weeks was 4 weeks for me cuz I hated it, I am going on 8 weeks and I do mt pt twice a week and I do all my shoulder training 3 to 4 times a day at home, I am now using my stick with weight (5lbs.) laying down over my head and 3 lbs. dumb bell side to side and sraight up, I have good mobility in my shoulder for 8 weeks and pain is minable with tylenal, Although I do have sharp pains now and then. My arm is very stiff in the mornings but once I do my shoulder workouts it's fine. I see people here talk about how bad the PT is and gotta tell ya my PT took it slow and did not put me in much pain at all, streched till pain and let up. I guess I am doing ok by reading the horror stories here, Just keep doing your streching and hopefully your pt's didn't do something wrong. I had a mini open cus DR. don't beleive in ortho, He told me he has a better success rate with mini opens. I had 1.5cm tear, bone spurs cleaned out and I think the flap repair, after I get going in the mornings I can lift my arm above my head and reach out to the side and pick things up with little or no pain by it's self, I know I still have a long way to go but I am trying hard to recover. Just hang in there and do your pt at home 3 to 4 times a day and you'll get there.. Good luck to ya all
bblue

Brownsville, TN

#354 Sep 28, 2010
i had r/cuff surgery in July this year for the second time, the first time was 12/09 , i think the dr/ sent me back to work too soon therefore it tore again, 4 tears. my shoulder is swollen, hurts like heck and i have attended PT 3 x weekly. i agree with possum in ark.
i cannot lift my arm above my head without assistance from my left arm, i could go on and on about the pain. i was taking pain pills but i really dont click with them, etc.. so i started aleve 3 x several times a day. i am worn out with it too. sick of being in pain.
SCT

Huntsville, TN

#355 Sep 28, 2010
that is normal.some of the nerves in the stomach a directly connected to you shoulder
Hashim

Doha, Qatar

#356 Oct 6, 2010
I had a mini open surgery on my right shoulder for rotator cuff repair. There was 'full thickness tear' on supraspinatus tendon.
The surgery was done on 31st Sep 2010 and discharged from the hospital on 3rd October 2010.
Physiotherapy started immedaitely after the surgery. First three weeks of therapy (isometrics) was painless. Third week onwards I started the next stage of physiotherapy (flexion...etc)but i feel pain ..and continous sleeping is not possible. I am going to remove my sling on 13th Oct and start the third stage of therapy.
Do anyone of similar surgery have the same problems. Can I be confident of getting to normal by physiotherapy of 6 months..
Gary

Jonesborough, TN

#357 Oct 6, 2010
I had impingement surgery with bone spurs also on 3/8.after four times and four months of going back to the doctor telling him that I was in more pain now than before the surgery. He only tried to give me stronger pain pills.I told him I did not want his pills I wanted a xray or mri to see what was going on.He said no and released me to go back to work.I cannot do my job with one arm and could not use my left because of the pain.I went to my faimly doctor and she checked my shoulder and sent me to another doctor.On 9/8 he done surgery and removed more of my collar bone and cleaned the socket up.On the same day of the surgery my short term disibilty ran out and my insurance was canceled.
only bimmers

Conway, AR

#358 Oct 6, 2010
I've been fortunate not to lose a paycheck during this time (surgery August 20). That has been the best thing about this whole ordeal. Other than that, therapy 2X a week and exercises at home every day. I go back to the doctor next week. I don't know if he will release me or not. My range of motion is good. Resistance is still quite painful and I still have a nerve that pinches and causes my upper arm to be tender to the touch.
Cal

Edinburgh, UK

#359 Oct 7, 2010
Hi all fellow shoulder pain sufferers; it is a comfort to read we are sharing this pain and I/we are not alone.

Right shoulder Rotator cuff tear 3 x 3 cms repair & decompression, March 2010 - all healed [fingers crossed].

Left shoulder rotator cuff tear 3 x 4 cms repair + anchor stitched & decompression Ocober 2010 - pain megga at worse, into neck nerves; sleep ok for 3 hours then 2 a.m. do some work for 2 hours at the desk, then back to sleep until 6.30. Sleep most afternoons - sleep deprivation as bad as shoulder condition.

In "Aircast"/immobilise r, sleep in it too [!!]. Surgeon of world stage recommends no exercise on it for 4 weeks apart from "pendular" 5 times a day. I am shocked to read some of you with tears out there are exercising it before this.

Has anyone else read that re-tear is likely?/unlikely?
only bimmers

Conway, AR

#360 Oct 8, 2010
I only had a partial tear and impingement (with bursitis of course). Even so, my surgeon made me wait almost a month to begin therapy. Prior to that he just told me to move it at home. When I started therapy, my therapist told me the exercises I was doing at home were keeping the area inflamed. In essence, I was undoing the impingement work the surgeon had done. Now, I go to therapy and the only work I do with the arm at home is what is prescribed by the therapist. the pain is getting better. I'm down to a constant dull ache now.

As far as a retear, it would seem inevitable if one stresses the repaired tear.
Bill

Lake Saint Louis, MO

#361 Oct 8, 2010
only bimmers wrote:
I only had a partial tear and impingement (with bursitis of course). Even so, my surgeon made me wait almost a month to begin therapy. Prior to that he just told me to move it at home. When I started therapy, my therapist told me the exercises I was doing at home were keeping the area inflamed. In essence, I was undoing the impingement work the surgeon had done. Now, I go to therapy and the only work I do with the arm at home is what is prescribed by the therapist. the pain is getting better. I'm down to a constant dull ache now.
As far as a retear, it would seem inevitable if one stresses the repaired tear.
How would noe know if is retore if impingement surgury was done as well, would you have good range of motion?, could you sleep on that shoulder?, could you still preform all your daily exercizes?, Just how and what would be the symptoms?? Thanks..

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