Hi Sue,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
I feel for you; I sometimes think the patient [me or you] if left looking after our own case, and you musn't give up. I know the NHS now offers accapunture for pain at GP surgeries, did you know that? Also I am inclined to start asking questions of everyone I can think of, i.e. my physio, osteopath gp & fellow sufferers. Friend of mine said it took her 18 months to rid the pain of roator cuff tear repair, hers was a 5 cms tear - very big. You do not say if yours was a tear? I had a tear in my right rotator cuff & referred pain was shooting all over the place after the op [up to 6 months], up my neck right down to my hand.
Unlucky to have a tear in my other shoulder, fixed 2 weeks ago and once again pain in the nodules of my neck gets worse the more tired/active I am (if that helps to know maybe).
I don't think there if enough awareness/info for us post operatively, and even my surgeon who is supposed to be excellent, could only say it will get better soon.