Shoulder pain after surgery
Cal

Northallerton, UK

#382 Nov 22, 2010
I am 8 weeks post op' from my rotator cuff tear, with 3 anchors pinned into the bone. Physiotherapy is still continuing and I expect it will right up to my next appointment with consultant to check all is well at the 6 months stage. The pain is about half of what is was straight after surgery, made worse if I do too much in general and am tired; however its back to work tomorrow (desk job so no lifting or straining !! oh no no no) so fingers crossed - wish me well!!
kathy

York, ME

#383 Nov 23, 2010
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
You weren't "filled up with air" for a shoulder surgery - they run fluids through your joint for a joint arthroscopic surgery. They say pain lasts about ten days but it is not unusual to have pain and trouble sleeping at night for up to 6 months. A lot depends on how much work was done. Don't kid yourself by the size of the scar - arthroscopic repairs are MAJOR surgeries.
rachelle

Fontana, CA

#384 Nov 23, 2010
Sleep when you can long painfulnites ahead
kathy wrote:
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You weren't "filled up with air" for a shoulder surgery - they run fluids through your joint for a joint arthroscopic surgery. They say pain lasts about ten days but it is not unusual to have pain and trouble sleeping at night for up to 6 months. A lot depends on how much work was done. Don't kid yourself by the size of the scar - arthroscopic repairs are MAJOR surgeries.
mamalou

Bay Saint Louis, MS

#385 Nov 25, 2010
Im still having pains after 2 years now.Surgery was spurs and athritis.Can't even get on laptop without hurting.I've use that cooler they give you after sugery.Wonder if it has anything to do with my shoulder hurting still.
teresa

Perth, Australia

#386 Nov 28, 2010
had the operation 7 weeks ago.seen the doctor 3 times after that.pain almost unbearable.had cortison injection two weeks ago. no difference.done passive movements with the aid of stick and sugested water pool theraphy.i'm getting progresivly worse.getting massive pain with every movements. the arm is very weak, with very little range of movements.last week my sergeon sugested total rest for a week.even worse.
tomorrow i'am going to see him again.
Sarah

Amelia Court House, VA

#387 Dec 1, 2010
I had right shoulder surgery in January of this year (2010). I had rc repair and they shaved the bone down to get a better fit. I do a lot of exercise at home and also just left 2 months of pt. I have a large spot of scar tissue under the skin at one suture site that is painful and im having some trouble sleeping at night. I am right handed so I want to sleep on that side. I also get pain that radiates into my kneck. Any suggestions??
mark ozz

Brisbane, Australia

#388 Dec 1, 2010
I had a tendon repair and some bone shaved for impingement in march and i still have trouble lifting my left arm .The doctor say's i need a second op to clean scar tissue and fluid and inflamation out ,and i need an op on right shoulder for impingement ant advice here.
elyse

Arverne, NY

#389 Dec 1, 2010
Sarah wrote:
I had right shoulder surgery in January of this year (2010). I had rc repair and they shaved the bone down to get a better fit. I do a lot of exercise at home and also just left 2 months of pt. I have a large spot of scar tissue under the skin at one suture site that is painful and im having some trouble sleeping at night. I am right handed so I want to sleep on that side. I also get pain that radiates into my kneck. Any suggestions??
I had rt. rotator cuff repair with shaving of bone etc in April "09.Took a long time to be pain free. I did end up going to a massage school near here and they did asian massage to break up the scar tissue. That really helped.

elyse
bennette

Garden City, MI

#391 Dec 2, 2010
Is there anyone out there with a happy story......something I can find relief in before my op in 1 month...I know every operation is not the same as well as every person body respond and heals in a differant way...is this worth it...
bennette

Dallas, TX

#392 Dec 3, 2010
help should i get this done
elyse

Arverne, NY

#393 Dec 3, 2010
bennette wrote:
help should i get this done
Bennette,

The people whom write on this forum tend to be the ones whom are having trouble and unsuccessful results. My experience was having increasing weakness and discomfort with use of my right shoulder. I was having trouble with bringing groceries into the house. Mainly carried and lifted with left arm. If I took a plane could not put my carry on overhead and had to check it. The prognosis was for further deterioration. I was not prepared, however, for the pain and difficulty of recovery. It was much more painful than I had anticipated and regaining range of motion and strength was very hard. Even after that I was in some pain until I went for massage therapy to break up the scar tissue. However, currently I feel as good as I did before I had torn the rotator cuff. I can lift and carry without discomfort and can put heavy things up above my head. No help needed with my carry on. In the long run I feel good that I had the surgery. I also know 3 or 4 people whom had a much less eventful recovery with return of painless functioning after 12 weeks

My advice is to evaluate how much the problem is effecting you on a day to day basis--this is certainly not a surgery to undergo for twinges. But if you have severe pain and or loss of function I think you should seriously consider doing it.
wendy

Chattanooga, TN

#394 Dec 3, 2010
i had rotator cuff surgery and now 3 months later my top of my shoulder in the back hurts like hell what can i do or is it somethig elese hope not, now i need carpel tunnel surgery in same arm bout to go crazy
Wanda

United States

#395 Dec 3, 2010
I am 3 months post op...surgery was Aug 25th. I cannot tell you the difference a day, or two, or a week, makes. I have one more visit to the physical therapist, who has already set me up with a home exercise program. The only pain I experience now is in the biceps, or upper arm, but that is where most of my pain centered before. I take muscle relaxers and occasionally a pain pill, if needed. I think I must have had an exceptional PT. For those of you who are still in pain, try another PT. You should be getting some relief.
Wanda

United States

#396 Dec 3, 2010
An addition to above message.... I don't mean to imply that you should not have pain. I was almost ready to commit suicide about day 10. Not only the pain, but the circumstance... with the wedge pillow and not being able to sleep, sit or anything else comfortably. I slept in a recliner for 2 months. It WAS bad and I don't mean to down play it. I know I still have months ahead of doing exercise, etc., but the worst DOES pass.
Kim

Port Charlotte, FL

#397 Dec 4, 2010
bennette wrote:
Is there anyone out there with a happy story......something I can find relief in before my op in 1 month...I know every operation is not the same as well as every person body respond and heals in a differant way...is this worth it...
Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel! I had rotator cuff surgery with 2 spurs shavedin May 2010. The pain was worse after the surgery for several weeks, I was very discouraged, HOWEVER...I listened to my Dr. and Physical Therapist who told me to hang in there and keep doing the PT even though it hurt. I worked through the pain, it took just about 4 months before I was back to normal. No pain and complete range of motion. My only wish is that the Dr's would tell people that after the surgery you will be in more pain...but in the end it is worth it. I wasn't prepared for the pain AFTER the surgery, as I think most of the people on this forum are not. Just keep doing the PT at home too, it will get better.
Andrew

Jackson, AL

#398 Dec 15, 2010
I'm having a slap repair, distal clavicle repair, subacromial decompression, and a t-capsular shift done fri. Dec. 17. Has anyone else had these repaired? Thoughts on recovery, pain, p.t., pain medication, etc... Thanks
Roxanne

Bridgeport, CT

#399 Dec 15, 2010
I have had everything all of the posts have had and gets worse every day. 7 Surgeries so far. Doctor wont do any more. If I had to do it all over again I would never had had the 1st surgery in the first place. 50 times worse off then before the surgeries. Nothing but pain day and night. Forget sleep.......havent done that in 3 years. Starting pain management soon I hope.....last chance.
Mike

Sofia, Bulgaria

#400 Dec 18, 2010
Reading above it looks like it's normal to have some pain for a long while.

I came here because it's 8 weeks since a rotator cuff repair and bone shaving for impingement syndrome, and I still have some pain. It wakes me up every night, but it's possible to live with. I didn't bother with the pain killers the doctor gave me. I just had pain killers on the day of surgery and that was it.

Fort those of you wanting to know what to expect I guess my recovery is normal. The worst was the first 2 weeks. After that my bursa began to regrow and I had some moderate lubrication inside my shoulder and I took off my sling for good at 17 days. At 6 to 7 weeks I was able to drive and pain in the day is almost not noticeable. The biggest problem is it aches at night after a few hours of sleep, bit it's no big deal. I have been doing rehabilitation exercises 5 times a week since day 3 after the operation. This worked for me and I recommend starting early so you won't end up really stiff and with atrophy.

Good luck to anyone who just had this operation. It's a long road but if everything goes ok, only the first 2 weeks is really hard work. After that I found you can live your life.
aladdin

Mechanicsburg, PA

#401 Dec 18, 2010
I had right shoulder surgery 11-23-10... Better in a few days! But now i get extream intence pain when i do the simpleist movements,, Therepy three times a week,, had to back off due to pain,,, Also had a torn labrum, Anybody know whats up with this!
Cal

Christchurch, UK

#402 Dec 19, 2010
aladdin wrote:
I had right shoulder surgery 11-23-10... Better in a few days! But now i get extream intence pain when i do the simpleist movements,, Therepy three times a week,, had to back off due to pain,,, Also had a torn labrum, Anybody know whats up with this!
You say you get "extreme pain when you do the simplest movement" ...... shouldn't your shoulder be in an immobiliser? I.E. not used at all.......... I get quite tense reading some of the above when the guys are saying they got straight into exercising straight after their op - my world wide known surgeon said I shouldn't DO ANYTHING WITH IT FOR A MONTH except small pendular movements and supporting it on pillow to take the weight and then straightening the elbow - I started pt at one month and until then was in an immobiliser.

All the best meanwhile.

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