Kathie P

Charlotte, NC

#463 May 13, 2011
shirley wrote:
I had my surgery 12/27/10. Bone spurs & a small tear. I now have about 50% range of motion & constant pain. I had a Cortisone shot & just finished a series of Supartz ( VERY painful) shots. Still no relief. Dr. says It's arthritis. Don't know what to do now. I have more pain & less use than I did before my surgery. Started my re-hab the day after surgery & did it faithfully. HELP
Dear Shirley,

I Also had rotator cuff surgery on december 22nd on Right shoulder.had a partial tear, bone spurs, osteoarthritis and they did the arthroscopy and acromioplasty, etc. Started PT. 5 days later and did it for 2.5 months then some at home. Back to work as a Hospice Nurse in 2.5 months. Now it is 4.5 months and I am worried I may have developed some "frozen shoulder". Very stiff when trying to move arm back or to side and very painful! If go past this point IM in agony for a couple minutes. Surgeon had said at last visit don't need any more appointments and if i do to come get another cortisone shot.(I've had 2 and they lasted 5-10 days tops). I feel this is a direct result of. The surgery. My range of motion was not horrible like this. I am 55 and. WAke up hurting and makes me feel ancient! Any ideas?
Mike

Buffalo, NY

#464 May 20, 2011
On 4/6/11 I had surgery due to a dislocated and fractured shoulder. Here it is 6 weeks later and I'm still sleeping on the recliner, icing often, and still taking an occasional lortab for pain. Im wondering if Im doing anything wrong. Also, the muscle area has been swollen for a couple weeks now. The doctor and phys therapist say everything is progressing fine but Im wondering !!!
shirley

Churubusco, IN

#465 May 21, 2011
I have had no change. I have another app't. w/Dr. in about 3 wk. They're talking about Cortisonne shot. Say's there are diferrent kinds. Never heard that before. Wish I had something good to say to give you all hope. W/keep you posted.
Bonnie

National City, CA

#466 May 21, 2011
Hi Shirley, I had my surgery a month before you. It was for shoulder inpingement, from a shoulder separation... They removed bone, my bursa, a lump of some kind and also cut my bicep tendon and just left it without re-attachment. I have had nothing but trouble, sleepless nights, and am still on heavy pain meds to be able to do my daily tasks... I was also a caregiver for 20 years, and I will never be able to do that again... My life has changed from very active,to that of a sedentary 80 year old and Im only 56. So bummed about this new life of mine, but Im not giving up! Ive been back to the Doc several times for more Cortisone injections, physical therapy, etc... They say I have severe arthritis too, but I don't think arthritis pain is a non stop every minute type of pain??? Anyway, on to another MRI in a week. I wish you better luck than I've had, and soooooo many others on here...I know how hard it is to care for others, and when your having pain to move yourself, its terrible if not impossible to do. God Bless....
shirley wrote:
Had I found this forum before my surgery, I prob. would not have had it. So sorry for all of you. My Dr. told me to come back in 3-4 wks. if no relief. I am caregiver for my husband who is disabled. He has had both legs amputated. One in 2001 & the other in 2005. I told Dr. I can't take time out of my life for a shoulder replacement. Just to get rid of the pain. I also sell real estate. Guess I'm looking for a miracle. W/let you all know after I go back, or if by some miracle These Supaetx shots suddenly kick in. Who is Peter Barry?
Good luck to all!
shirley

Churubusco, IN

#467 May 22, 2011
Yea Bonnie, I'm w/you. My Dr. said arthritis too. But no way is arthritis non-stop pain. That's a good way to phrase it. Am going to remember this when I go to my next app't. God bless you too!
Shirley

Bealeton, VA

#468 May 29, 2011
I fell in July 2010 and hurt my shoulder. I lived with the pain until I could not bare it any longer. I finally went to OS for a MRI in Jan 2011. The MRI did not indicate a RC tear however it did show signs of a Labral tear. Due to RC not being torn my OS decided on 12 PT sessions and a shot of cortisone which neither helped. So we opted for surgery April 2011. Here's my Postoperative Diagnosis: partial-thickness tear, anterior rotator cuff (less than 20% thickness, leading margin supraspinatus tendon), Chondrocalcinosis, glenohumeral joint, and subacromial bursitis. A debridement was done to clean up the calcinotic debris and RC tear-with no ancors inserted, an aggressive bursectomy was performed, a decompression was performed to release the lateral extent of the CA ligament. All of these procedures have given me some relief but I am still vey much in pain. Started PT 2 weeks ago and it's going slow due to no ROM. Reading this blog has answered lots of my questions. Thanks
Bonnie

National City, CA

#469 May 29, 2011
Shirley, I injured mine in May, had my surgery in late September of last year.... next week I go in for another MRI... Still pain around shoulder where your sleeves are, all the way around, Never had this before surgery... pain before was AC joint. I have no idea whats up now, but I hope they can figure it out and fix it as my insurance will stop in a year due to my Husbands retirement. I wish you better luck than I've had. When I had a MRI last time they saw nothing and did surgery anyway and said when they went in it was way worse then expected and had to do alot of repair.... Im scared to death to see whats up now..... I know MRI's dont show everything, but at least I would like to know before hand "this time" what they are going to do to me..... Surprises are not fun when you have to live with them and it messes up your daily life from then on... I hope things get better for you and make sure you ask lots of questions. I know I will from now on. God Bless...
Shirley wrote:
I fell in July 2010 and hurt my shoulder. I lived with the pain until I could not bare it any longer. I finally went to OS for a MRI in Jan 2011. The MRI did not indicate a RC tear however it did show signs of a Labral tear. Due to RC not being torn my OS decided on 12 PT sessions and a shot of cortisone which neither helped. So we opted for surgery April 2011. Here's my Postoperative Diagnosis: partial-thickness tear, anterior rotator cuff (less than 20% thickness, leading margin supraspinatus tendon), Chondrocalcinosis, glenohumeral joint, and subacromial bursitis. A debridement was done to clean up the calcinotic debris and RC tear-with no ancors inserted, an aggressive bursectomy was performed, a decompression was performed to release the lateral extent of the CA ligament. All of these procedures have given me some relief but I am still vey much in pain. Started PT 2 weeks ago and it's going slow due to no ROM. Reading this blog has answered lots of my questions. Thanks
Shirley

Rockville, VA

#470 May 31, 2011
Thanks Bonnie. I'm in week 6 and I still have lots of pain. I'm out of pain meds and I've been popping advil not mad because I still have lots of inflammation. May need to get more pain meds. Now, I always have pain in my trapezoid and in the front of the shoulder. At times, the front of my shoulder feels as if it's going to pop right off. I also feel a constant pinch on the top of my shoulder. I'll hang in there because I know it will get better...Good luck with your shoulder and thanks
mary

Leland, NC

#471 Jun 11, 2011
jean wrote:
i had surgery eight weeks ago my bone was shaved as i had a spur i am still in pain i wish at the moment i didn"t have the operation
I had a similar surgery; shaved bone, slap tear type 2, tendon repair, remove bone spurs. I am at 8 weeks also and am out of pain meds. I hurt like the devil, and my ars hole physician has yet to offer me a flippin' Percocet. I refused to see him after he sent me home from surgery with nothing for pain. I'd like him to know this horror. Don't these jerks know that post op pain control is part of what they're getting paid for? If I had it to do over again, I'd make sure I had a Dr who gives a flip!!!
One little pain pill at night and first thing in the AM could enable us to sleep and endure.
shirley

Churubusco, IN

#472 Jun 11, 2011
mary wrote:
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I had a similar surgery; shaved bone, slap tear type 2, tendon repair, remove bone spurs. I am at 8 weeks also and am out of pain meds. I hurt like the devil, and my ars hole physician has yet to offer me a flippin' Percocet. I refused to see him after he sent me home from surgery with nothing for pain. I'd like him to know this horror. Don't these jerks know that post op pain control is part of what they're getting paid for? If I had it to do over again, I'd make sure I had a Dr who gives a flip!!!
One little pain pill at night and first thing in the AM could enable us to sleep and endure.
Shame on your Dr. Mine sent me home w/a pain pump in my shoulder & pain pills. Of course I'm still on them after 6 mos. Would rather the pain went away so I wouldn't need them.
Good luck.
Kim

Port Charlotte, FL

#473 Jun 11, 2011
Just wanted to post a "happy story". I had rotator cuff surgery and 2 bone spurs shaved 1 year ago. Was in extreme pain...like all of you posting. I got depressed thinking I shouldn't have had the surgery. Dr told me to keep up with my PT and exercises at home and under the recommendatiion of a friend, I went to a massage therapist 2x's a wk who loosened all the tight muscles I couldn't dress myself, I slept on the couch every night with ice and felt like this would be my life...then just like a miracle...one day without thinking I put my arm behind my back to tuck in my shirt...aproximately 8 weeks after surgery. Today I am 100% back to where I was before having a problem. I am 59 years old and very active. Don't give up, it will get better.
Kathie P

Boiling Springs, SC

#474 Jun 11, 2011
Kim so great that you have had a good healing experiencing. I truly pray that the rest of us by one year out will feel this good! That is encouraging!! I am 5.5months post open and a year of ft. Shoulder pain. I have been back to work a few months full duty as a Hospice nurse. Demanding job. Right arm/ shoulder increasingly painful, weak, stiff,with burning pain with moving arm back.. throbbing to elbow... went to urgent care and started on, mobic,, daily and lortab at night to sleep. Referral to new Physical therapist who says I have never healed post op and had a lousy post op course basically. He said my tendon is very inflamed and i have to start P.T. from square one. He performed "Pressure point needling" on my very tight inflamed muscles. Anyway more excises and its very frustrating as i am only 55 and its my right arm and my livelihood and i am a single Grandmother supporting a 7 year old.. Lets all say a big prayer for each other..
Bonnie

United States

#475 Jun 11, 2011
I have got to say, you people who have Doctors who do not help you out with pain Meds need to ask your General practictioner for them. I have Kaiser and my "Ortho.Doctor" refers me to my "General Practitioner" for these. She has been wonderful to me. With out her help, I could do nothing!!! Ive been on pain Meds since my surgery in September, not because Im a whimp but because I have things to do and a life to live... I would much rather be able to be with out them, believe me...But they still are trying to find out what has gone wrong in there and it seems to be taking forever. Now they are thinking tendonitis, before that it was frozen shoulder, Im thinking it may be in my neck??? next Wednesday I go back to discuss my options. They have already removed bone, taken out the bursa and a lump of somekind, and cut my bicep tendon so it no longer is attached to anything. The pain I have had is ridiculous especially this far after surgery. Sorry to go on..... The point is, if you NEED Meds talk to your REGULAR Doctor and let them know whats going on... Im sure you can find someone to help you... Good luck and God bless
Amber

Allentown, PA

#476 Jun 14, 2011
Wow... my story is so simular! I had impingement (mumford) surgery early May. I'm dying, it seems to be worse than ever. I go to Physical therapy and swell and suffer after. They put me on prednisone to try and control the swelling. I was doing fine until they cut out some stitches and started me on weights in PT. I am on pain meds constantly and still can't function normally or without pain. I never realized this would be so long and painful! Ice is my best friend... It would be nice to see one post saying it does end and does get better!!
John

Las Vegas, NV

#477 Jun 24, 2011
jennymohenny wrote:
mine was 7 weeks ago! still don't sleep! i've learned to sleep during the day as much as i can.
med don't work and the dr's lie! my brother
had back surgery a month before my shoulder surgery
he was laughing at me! he's better i'm still
in severe pain! WHY! arthroscopic shoulder surgery i had torn labrum! not sure of the spelling!, 2 pins,an ancore in my back shoulded blade, bones cleaned, scraped!!!! if that how they expressed it!!!!
I am in the same boat. Exact same procedure. 6 weeks yesterday and last night I was almost in tears because of the pain. Regret ever having the procedure.
John

Las Vegas, NV

#479 Jun 24, 2011
Cheryl wrote:
I had an arthroscopic SLAP repair and decompression on 6/25/08. Of course, surgery was on my dominant side. After the first week post-op the pain has been less than before surgery...maybe because arm is in a sling and I'm not using it at all. I had the nerve block, but don't think I'd do that again because I had diaphram paralysis and that was kinda scary. My question is...how bad is the PT going to be? So far it's been soft tissue massage and pendulum exercises. Will start the real hard work in 2 more weeks when the sling comes off. I'm a little nervous about the PT, but looking forward to getting rid of the sling. I can't sleep with that thing on!
The sling came off for me after 4 weeks (I had a SLAP repair). I felt a little better beginning PT, but once I started some resistance exercises I was in agony. I have never felt pain like this and have been sleeping in a recliner for 6 weeks. I only sleep about 2-3 hours a night.
shirley

Churubusco, IN

#480 Jun 25, 2011
I had minor surgery last Dec. Pain worse than before. Dr. now wants to do a shoulder replacement. Shoulder has been frozen for months. Wasn't frozen before surgery. Don't understand how I could go from a simple tear & bone scrapings to a total replacement.
I'm on my second Dr. I take Tramodol. Helps. I also take an anahistamine at nite. Helps me sleep. Good luck to all.
Gayle

Palm Bay, FL

#481 Jul 12, 2011
I had labral ( I'm not sure Sp?) surg. May 17, 2011. Basically rebuilt it, and shaved 2 spurs.Pt since the day after surg. I have range, the muscles are whats killing me. They ache, hurt so bad and go into spasms, living a normal life is impossible. I felt better before surg. Is this normal? I get no sleep..I pop Tylenol like candy and am getting very frustrated. I'm 53 yrs and this is driving me crazy!!
Marie

Scottsdale, AZ

#482 Jul 21, 2011
I had an open surgery on July 1st. This is my second open surgery on ONE year! For a year, I complained about the pain and finally after being told I needed more PT (after months and months of PT) and said NO! I want an MRI. Sure enough, it was torn open again. Has anyone had a popping feeling in your shoulder, as if something has snapped -- like a rubberband snapping? I'm afraid it has once again opened! I won't even mention the pain. That's another post in itself!
Dawn

United States

#483 Jul 31, 2011
Hobbes wrote:
I had appendix removed [three little holes, plus the gas fill up ;)] this past Monday night-Tuesday morning. Upon waking and then throughout the day yesterday [Tues], my right shoulder had some pain, and the arm, esp. the little fingers felt like it was asleep. Finally went away, for the most part, by noonish today [Wed]. Good luck!
I also had my appendix out this past Tuesday so its been 6 days I guess. My left shoulder is killing me. They didn't tell me anything about shoulder pain. They used the gas to blow up my stomach. How long does this last? I'm only taking pain meds now just because of my shoulder. It gets so bad I can't lift my arm.

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