Shoulder pain after surgery
snarj

Kanata, Canada

#21 Sep 16, 2007
Joan Hamer wrote:
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I had shoulder surgery on 7/30/2007. A rotator cuff fray, shaved spurs and bone and an excision of part of my collarbone. It is a difficult and painful surgery with a long recovery time but lately it's gotten worse, probably because I'm doing more. I'm reluctant to stay on narcotic pain meds but am told by my dr that this is normal. So ice will help with the pain?
I had mine done the same day as you. Still in considerable pain. Sleep is very difficult. I want to do the exercises, but the pain that follows is a deterrent. I start physio on Oct.1.
kerri

Ashland, WI

#22 Sep 28, 2007
i had shoulder surgery on 9/15/07 that was two years ago and i am still hurting some times the pain is worse now then before my surgery. i seen my dr. this morning and he just said i need more theripy. i am so tired of the pain and don't know what i should do about it
Keri in Indiana

Pekin, IN

#23 Oct 14, 2007
I had laprascopy surgery Thursday and sometimes I have so much pain in my shoulders and under my rib cage it's very hard to breathe.
Are there any fool proof ways to get rid of the excess gas they leave after this type of surgery? It's miserable.
Gail - Ireland

Skerries, Ireland

#24 Nov 8, 2007
I've just read this thread and am frightened. I had 2 tendons repaired, collarbone excision, ASD and ACJ, 3 weeks ago on October 19th. Initially I was crippled with intense pain which kept me sitting or in bed all day. Zydol pain killers only took the edge of it. Consultant told me it was very rare to suffer this sort of pain. Out of desperation I went to the physio who discovered it was a trapped nerve in my back at T4 which was causing the intense shoulder and arm pain. This has now calmed down thankfully and I can move around a bit. It's not too bad during the day but at night time the pain kicks in, a really deep dull pain that has been squirming. I've slept very little in the last week, still taking Zydol 100mg 4 times a day which isn't enough. Physio starts next week on the shoulder, I guess the pain is going to get even worse then, yeah?! I sympathise with anyone going through this, personally I had to have it done as I was in so much pain pre-op. Good luck all.
lydia

Hampton, VA

#25 Nov 13, 2007
I had shoulder surgery 1 and a half weeks ago and i still get sleep through the night,without meds.Is this a problem for anyone else,and this to long to stay on the meds?
bmarie

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Nov 20, 2007
Sarah wrote:
i guess i was like filled up with air during surgery. my right shoulder hurts now. did/does anyone else have this kind of pain after surgery? how long does it last? ohhhh, it hurts. i had problems staying asleep last night
I had laproscopic surgery last week and am now experiencing excruciating pain in my shoulder. After a little research I found that shoulder pain is a side effect when all the carbon dioxide is not removed from the abdominal cavity.
opusbar1

United States

#27 Dec 5, 2007
I had major rotator cuff surgery on Nov. the 5th. I had 3 of the 4 tendons reattached and am in extreme pain. I thus far have not been able to lift the arm at all and have to wait 4 more weeks to find out if the surgery was a success. Judging how I feel now I don't think I will ever get full use or be pain free. I miss going to work and seeing my friends and family due to all this pain. I now live on Percs and ice packs. Any thoughts of wisdom out there?
Brandon

Green Bay, WI

#28 Dec 10, 2007
I had surgery two years ago because of a torn rotator cuff from football. The pain never left and I was had limited mobility of my shoulder, so I had surgery again on 7/13/07 because of scar tissue build up. I did all my rehab, but the pain limits my mobility. I'm 21 years old trapped in an 80 year olds body. I still consistently ice, and do rehab exercises. But what can I do for the pain?
Ouch

Surrey, Canada

#29 Dec 28, 2007
Amy wrote:
I am having shoulder surgery on the 28th. How long do you have to keep it in the sling and how long before you can drive?
I was driving with my left hand a week after my right shoulder was worked on. I had an automatic car - Thank Goodness!!
I was told to keep my sling on for 6 weeks... Make sure that you take your arm out to dangle. After the 6 weeks when I took my arm out of the sling I couldn't straigten it at all -- my muscles were so contracted! It sucked!!
Ouch

Surrey, Canada

#30 Dec 28, 2007
lydia wrote:
I had shoulder surgery 1 and a half weeks ago and i still get sleep through the night,without meds.Is this a problem for anyone else,and this to long to stay on the meds?
I was on morphine for 3 months after surgery - I only now after 4 months can sleep with out any pain meds...
Steve Beaver Falls PA

Nanty Glo, PA

#31 Dec 30, 2007
Had shoulder surgery on 9/20/07 to remove seven calcium stone like pieces. Largest the size of a cotton ball. This is the most painful surgery I have ever had. Still in pain after three months, have done the therapy and still working out on my own in the gym on the shoulder stuff. THERE IS NO QUICK FIX FOR THIS. Everyone is different and each of us will heal differently. Only time will make it better. Six months to a year for some but do not quit. It will get better. Very depressing and dispondent-codeine helps for a while.
caroline

Englewood, FL

#32 Dec 31, 2007
i had rotator cuff surg 1 nov 2007 and had a renowned surgeon. i was doing ok with motrin, ice and physical therapy. now i have a pinched nerve and have slept thru the night once since surgery.pain is relentless at night despite positioning my shoulder as therapist directed. i wish at this point i had not had the surgery as this is worse than pre-op but i had no choice as i couldnot work .therapist tells me everyone's recovery is different but its frustrating to see range of motion declining due to pain!! today they put me on vicodin which will probably knock me out. ice and heat i recommend as they take the edge off the pain.
Steve

Nanty Glo, PA

#33 Jan 1, 2008
caroline wrote:
i had rotator cuff surg 1 nov 2007 and had a renowned surgeon. i was doing ok with motrin, ice and physical therapy. now i have a pinched nerve and have slept thru the night once since surgery.pain is relentless at night despite positioning my shoulder as therapist directed. i wish at this point i had not had the surgery as this is worse than pre-op but i had no choice as i couldnot work .therapist tells me everyone's recovery is different but its frustrating to see range of motion declining due to pain!! today they put me on vicodin which will probably knock me out. ice and heat i recommend as they take the edge off the pain.
Try sleeping in a recliner if you already haven't. It has been the only way I've been able to keep my body in a stationary position without rolling over onto my shoulder
caroline

Englewood, FL

#34 Jan 1, 2008
thanks-guess i just cant sleep in recliner for some reason- did try it a few times though and i appreciate your advice. the vicodin isn't really doing much either and i dont think it will. wondering if a steroid injection would help reduce inflammation and maybe release the pressure on the nerve. to be continued!!!
Robyn

Houston, TX

#35 Jan 9, 2008
I had a Laparoscopic distal pancreatomy and when the exploratory surgery did not work, they cut me open seven inches, spread my ribs 6 inches, pulled up my stomach and pulled down my intestines. I was in the hospital for four days and they sent me home (against my wishes as I was having very difficulty breathing) Five days later, I was rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital after feeling what I believed to be heart attack symptoms. I had an intense pain in my left shoulder that morning and suddenly severe pain in my chest and right side of the abdomen. It was very hard for me to breathe. As it turns out, the pancreatic juice was leaking and had developed a fluid collection the size of my fist. It was pressing against my diaphragm and also I developed Pneumonia. A drain was placed. They said the shoulder pain was caused by a nerve that is connected to where the fluid collection was pressing against. I have been back and forth to the surgeon's office several times and the last CT I had in November 2007 indicated that I was all healed and no more fluid collection. However, less than six months after surgery, I still have very intense shoulder pain on the left side. And I am very sensitive around my scar where the incision was.(rash & occasional pain) It is very frustrating, but all the surgeon ever does is prescribe me Narcotics, which I feel like I should not be taking anymore, so I don't even get them filled. It is so ridiculous. Surgery Sucks!!!
Debbie

United States

#36 Jan 13, 2008
I had arthoscopic surgery on my left shoulder on Dec. 12, 2007, which by the way was my 50th birthday! Well, it has been a month of hard work, pain, and sleepless nights. Neck has been extremely painful. Do the CMP Chair exercises as well as PT 3 times a week plus exercises at home. I have lost a EXTREME range of motion!! PT said my shoulder joint is not moving right, it goes automaticly straight up instead of moving the way it should. Has anyone experienced this?? Also, does anyone have any extreme pain in the middle of their neck? May God continue to use us in His way no matter what we have to endure. Keep strong, and Trust! Blessings.
snag181

Amherst, OH

#37 Jan 19, 2008
has anyone who had a slap tear or rotator cuff injury have a pain pump inserted after surgery to administer pain meds? i had surgery on 7-31-07 and to this day my shoulder is getting worse by the day. i still can't sleep on my stomach, have to watch how i move my arm and have great trouble putting on my jacket. i have seen on the internet that these pain pumps do more harm than good. when i move my arm there is a bad bone grinding sound, the joint pops and i have lost a lot of strength. any help would be great snag
Meg

Mcallen, TX

#38 Jan 28, 2008
I had surgery 11/29/2007 and had virtually no pain for the first five weeks--taking advil was sufficient. That all changed when I returned to work and when the sling was taken off. The pain that has developed is on top of my shoulder--there is a burning sensation that is difficult to bear, and it goes down to my hand. I am unable to take the pain meds as they do more harm than good. I've tried a warm pack but that seems to do only so much. I'm wondering if this is normal.
opusbar

United States

#39 Jan 31, 2008
I had surgery 13 weeks ago for a full tear of my right rotator cuff. Still in extreme pain and cannot lift my arm above the waist. They tell me I'll be fine but I have serious doubts now. I do pt 3 to 4 times a week.. Pain can really throw you out there but I'll keep fighting.
hightide

Elkins Park, PA

#40 Feb 16, 2008
Had shoulder surgery(bone spurs,calcifacations,etc.)five weeks ago.Still doing PT,have good range of motion,but still have a lot of pain .

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