Question - Shoulder (pain after arthroscopy)

How long did pain last after arthroscopic shoulder surgery even with painkillers?



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Nov 12, 2008
pain after surgery
by: Bart - SII

The most significant pain should decrease after the first 1-2 weeks, however, depending on what was done during the procedure, pain can continue for several weeks to a couple of months after the surgery. Generally, it continues to get better as time goes by, but aching and occasional pain is not uncommon.

Bart

Nov 15, 2008
pain after shoulder surgery
by: Val

I had a completely severed tendon in my right shoulder, had the surgery 17 days ago. The pain is a lot less now, but at times it still gives me a lot of discomfort. One thing that really helped me was after a week the doc prescribed a muscle relaxer. I wish I had had that right from the beginning, as it would have relieved a lot of stress for me. I am stil sleeping sitting up on the couch, and still take more pain pills than I think I should, but things are getting better. I guess I'm too impatient and want to get back to normal ASAP. Keep us posted how you are doing..we can compare notes!!

Nov 17, 2008
shoulder pain
by: Anonymous

Hi Val,

I hope your pain slows down soon, and I'm glad you're getting some relief from the relaxants. I'm not taking painkillers anymore. Pretty lucky, I guess. I'm finding the sling a pain, and your arm gets really cramped up. Sleeping is definitely interesting. I'm using my bed, but sleeping on my back is a challenge. How long are you off work for?

Nov 19, 2008
SHOULDER PAIN AFTER SURGERY
by: Val

Hi,
Good to hear some comments. I'm doing much better now, still have 3 weeks left in the sling. I sleep sitting up on the couch, waking up only once a night now. I went back to work after taking 2 weeks off. I'm a bookkeeper, so nothing strenuous, altho it's difficult to type and enter data with one hand.

Nov 19, 2008
shoulder pain
by: Anonymous

Hi Val,

Wow. 2 weeks off is brave. I got 6 weeks off, but I'm a teacher and so my job is pretty active. I'll go back to work in January. I'm wishing I had recliner since a bed is challenging. I'm also up about once a night just cuz of discomfort. I'm virtually painfree unless I do something stupid when the sling is off, and then I quickly remember what the surgery was all about. You too, I imagine. Actually, a few drinks don't hurt either, and it tastes good too. 4 more weeks in the sling. If anything, maybe we'll both end up ambidextrous. Take care.


Nov 22, 2008
SHOULDER PAIN AFTER SURGERY
by: Val

Hi, good to hear from you. I'm doing much better now, specially since I'm totally off the percocet. I was on it for 3 weeks, figured that was enough, so have had a tough few days getting that stuff out of my system. I only take tylenol now, and the pain isn't really much worse than it was before surgery. This sling is about to drive nutty, but only 3 more weeks. I am going to try to sleep in a bed again, just have to trade sides with hubby. I don't want to sleep sitting up much longer. Sleeping in that position has caused my ankles to swell and hurt, another reason to try and sleep with my feet more elevated.

Good luck with your recovery, and your sleep.

Enjoy your time off, sounds like we're in for some gruesome therapy when the slings come off for good.

You are right, it's pretty amazing what I can do with my left hand :-)

Take care, have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nov 25, 2008
shoulder
by: Anonymous

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Looks like we're the only ones interested in this topic, eh? Yes, I'm Canadian. So glad to hear that you're off Percoset. I took that too for almost a week and it's pretty intense. Interestingly, it made me hyper, not sedate, much to the disappointment of my friends and family. 3 more weeks in a sling for me too. Physio starts in 2 weeks, but just light stuff. I think you'll enjoy your bed a lot. Just prop up pillows so you don't roll over accidentally. Do you have to sleep with the sling on like I do? Nice to hear from you again. Stay in touch to let me know how you're progressing.

Dec 12, 2008
rotator cuff sugery
by: Anonymous

home alone and kids off to school....
it was so nice to read your comments, i really have not gotten a lot of guidance from my dr. she actually was called away right after my surgery to help another dr, so haven't seen her face to face until the stitches come out on 12/24. it has been five days and i was wondering when everyone was told they could drive again? i know i can't for at least another week due to pain meds,
happy holidays
b

i slept in a recliner first four nights, just made it to the bed last night

Dec 12, 2008
shoulder
by: Anonymous

Hello,

As for the driving, I was told I couldn't drive for 6 weeks, the same amount of time I'd be in a sling. I had surgery on Nov. 6 and so I have one more week in a sling. This may not have been what you hoping to hear but maybe it's different for everyone. My surgery was for a labral tear and to tighten some ligaments. It sounds like you had an open surgery when you talked about the stitches. I think you'll find sleeping a bit tough, but easier over time. Use extra pillows to make sure you don't roll over on the wrong side. Do you have to wear the sling to bed? Hope you're healng well.

Dec 13, 2008
shoulder pain after rotator cuff surgery
by: Val

Well, I went back to the doc yesterday, she said I don't need to wear the sling any longer, unless I wanted to once in a while to rest my arm. It has been over 6 weeks since the surgery, so I'm glad I don't have to wear it all the time.
However, I tried sleeping without it last night and had one of the most painful nights of this whole ordeal. I finally got up after 2 hours of trying to find a comfortable position, put the sling back on, without the bolster, and tried it again. That didn't work either, so finally took a pain pill, much to my chagrin. I then spent the night in the recliner, again.
At this point I hate to admit that I'm just a bit discouraged, but I know this will get better every day.
I start PT Tuesday, the doc said to take at least 1 pain pill and a muscle relaxer before I go.
I asked about driving, and she strongly advised against it, stating that if I had to take some sort of defensive action I coukd possibly react instinctively and reach with the sore arm and undo all that had been done.
We're taking a long road trip for the holidays, starting next Thursday, that might be a bit challenging!!
Happy holidays to you!!
Val

Dec 18, 2008
Jumping in
by: Hi

Enjoying all your comments here...I had surg. 11/23, just back to work this week. I'm having constant achey pain in places I didnt even think he touched!

Driving with the sling/bolster is nearly impossible, yet they fully expect that I can do it...hope I, and everyone else on the road survives it! I agree with the comment that instinctively you will reach or move during driving, its happened more than once with wincingly painful results!

Not too pleased with the physician I was assigned to since it was workers comp, I didnt have a choice I guess...I feel like I am treated differently then a full insurance patient would be, definately. Oh well. I will keep checking back in, and let me throw out there, too...anyone else take tramadol/ultram? i honestly cannot feel any relief, but this doc's office feel it is the miracle drug; then again, like i said, I feel like a lesser patient so my protests fall on deaf/unresponsive ears!

Dec 19, 2008
shoulder
by: Anonymous

I also just got the sling off after 6 weeks with it and I also had a hard time sleeping because of the pain. I can't sleep on the operated side. You feel pretty vulnerable without it but I guess the confidence builds. It's definitely more sore and gets tired now that the sling is gone but I'm still glad to be rid of it. I haven't taken those two drugs that were mentioned. I was given Percoset which worked fairly well. I'm surprised that some people were told not to drive after the 6 weeks. I've started driving, but it's a bit tough so I'm sticking to short distances. I'm curious to know how everyone's physiotherapy is going.

Dec 20, 2008
SHOULDER PAIN AFTER SURGERY
by: Val

Well, I've had two sessions of therapy so far, and they're not as bad as I thought they would be. They are a bit painful when he stretches my arm where it doesn't really want to go, but he is extremely pleased with my progress. I have two appts a week for the next 6 weeks, then will be re-evaluated to see if I need more.
We decided not to go on the trip for the holidays, the weather looked so bad on the whole route, we didn't want to chance it.
So, keep working at getting stronger, that's the only way it's going to happen. I can fianlly say that I'm glad I had this done, first time I've said that :-)
Have a good holiday, take care...Val

Feb 17, 2009
shoulder pain after surgery
by: Anonymous

Had rotator cuff surgery 14 months ago and also a bicep tendon reattached. I still have intense pain (feels like an impinged nerve) along the inside of my shoulder blade which sometimes extends down the outside of my arm to the elbow. I have had physical therapy, seen a chiropractor, have had acupuncture and injections - nothing seems to get rid of the feeling of the nerve impringement. I'm back in physical therapy - now they are thinking it could be coming from my neck.
Has anyone else had this problem - it is so frustrating!!!

May 27, 2009
Rotator Cuff Repair
by: Anonymous

My shoulder was injured in a rear end collision in 2005. It took me almost a year to convince the doctors that my rotator cuff was torn. Had surgery in 2006 and the pain has never completely gone away. It might have lightened up some, but never disappeared. I haven't been able to do any of the things listed below since before the wreck in 2005: never regained full range of motion, can't sleep on that side, can't carry my purse for long, can't push a grocery basket, etc. The pain became more intense I believe in 2008 and I finally convince the doctor to do an MRI and the same area is torn again just worst this time. I wish you all the best with your surgeries and recovery. I think my recovery and whole experience could have been better if the doctors hadn't waited so long to diagnosis me as well as so long before perfoming surgery the first time.

May 28, 2009
shoulder surgery
by: Anonymous

It's 6 months since a Bankart Repair to fix a shoulder that was dislocating. I'm wondering how others are doing after several months. I've gotten back about 80% of my range of motion and the strength isn't bad. I still go for physical therapy to help with some tightness I'm still feeling. There's still a noticeable difference between the two arms, but a big improvement. Reaching forward, and moving my arm across the body in different ways is limited. Back to playing tennis, but sometimes hurts later. Anyone have any experiences to share?

May 28, 2009
shoulder surgery
by: Anonymous

It's 6 months since a Bankart Repair to fix a shoulder that was dislocating. I'm wondering how others are doing after several months. I've gotten back about 80% of my range of motion and the strength isn't bad. I still go for physical therapy to help with some tightness I'm still feeling. There's still a noticeable difference between the two arms, but a big improvement. Reaching forward, and moving my arm across the body in different ways is limited. Back to playing tennis, but sometimes hurts later. Anyone have any experiences to share?

May 28, 2009
shoulder surgery
by: Anonymous

It's 6 months since a Bankart Repair to fix a shoulder that was dislocating. I'm wondering how others are doing after several months. I've gotten back about 80% of my range of motion and the strength isn't bad. I still go for physical therapy to help with some tightness I'm still feeling. There's still a noticeable difference between the two arms, but a big improvement. Reaching forward, and moving my arm across the body in different ways is limited. Back to playing tennis, but sometimes hurts later. Anyone have any experiences to share?

Jun 27, 2009
pain in the neck after shoulder surgery
by: Anonymous

I have read many of the comments posted but didn't come across anyone complaining about a pain in the neck area. I had surgery 2 weeks ago to repair a bicep tendon, clean up a rotator tear, and to shave bone spurs. I've had this pain since the first day back from surgery but just assumed that it was pain from not allowing the sling to do it's job and straining to hold up my arm. I start physical theraphy on Tuesday so I guess if it isn't better by then hopefully they can help me out. It almost feels like nerve pain, which I wonder if it is possible that I have this side effect from the interscalene block I received in my neck before surgery. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, so frustrating! Thanks for listening:)

Jul 12, 2009
BURSECTOMY AND SPUR REMOVAL
by: Anonymous

Hi, i had a bursectomy and a spur removed on 29th june 09. I am a bit concerned that i am still getting a sharp pain in the chest and shoulder blade, which was one of the sorest complaints before i had surgery. It occurs when im asleep, i find it hard to breathe in. I thought having the surgery would eleviate that that problem which makes me think there is a problem with my neck and it could be refered pain.

Jul 12, 2009
pain in chest and shoulder blade
by: Michelle

I just read your response and was somewhat happy to hear that I'm not alone. I started physical theraphy 2 weeks ago and I actually look forward to it b/c it is when I feel I get the most relief. My therapist actually pushes into my shoulder blade, neck, and under my arm pit to work out the muscles which seem to be what is causing me so much discomfort. Then when the muscles seem more relax I work on exercises. It is a whole different story when I come home and try to do the exercises on my own which is so frustrating. I know these things take time, however it has been 4 weeks and I still feel more pain than before surgery...patience, patience, I guess:)! Good luck and hang in there!

Jul 20, 2009
Shoulder surgery/rotator/bicep tendon
by: fireman

I just had surgery last Friday, after waiting 3 months. Apparently, the rotator cuff was torn and my bicep tendon needed to be reattached to the bone. The pain is intense right now. I am using a slingshot2 arm sling and an ice machine on the area. I'm taking hydrocodone 10-325 and carisportal- muscle relaxant...but so far the pain hasn't gone away and i haven't slept, since before the surgery. I start physical therapy today and am not looking forward to it! How long will this intense pain last? Has anyone else had this similar surgery and what kind of RX eas prescribed?

Aug 29, 2009
pain post bankhart repair
by: Anonymous

I had two surgeries to repair dislocated shoulder 4 mnths apart. The second was a reconstruction of my shoulder. It has been 4 months since the last surgery and I still have pain on a daily basis. My scalpula pops and grinds with movement as well. The shoulder is still tight but at the same time it grinds and pops on the outer side? To make matters worse, The other day I began to have severe pain in the back and the front of my shoulder as if something was ripping through it? I was unable to move my arm at all when before I did have some fair rom. Anyone have any ideas

Mar 08, 2010
Pain 4 out of 10.....
by: Anton

Hi Everyone,

I had my shoulder surgery 7 weeks ego , was in the sling for four weeks...
I was taking Percaset , but just made me a zumbie and steel woke up in pain so I stoped taking it after a week..
I could drive after the sling came off..
I could not sleep in a bed for 5 weeks and still not sleeping too well..
I still have an an going pain in the front of the arm and my shoulder blade area..
The pain is let's say 4 out of 10...
I hope this is just the course of healing and because of the streching exersises and not because of something went wrong ...
I been looking for some answers , but seems everybody is different and no straight answer to this...

Thanks : Anton

Mar 19, 2010
sleeping and pain
by: Anonymous

i got my surgery two ddays ago and it still hurts pretty bad i have 5 or 6 anchors and a tightened capsule. im finding sleeping on the couch with one of those hussband pillows with the aarms and lots of pillows to be working for sleeping. does anyone get like clenching muscle spasms when you get up or walk?

Apr 18, 2010
OUCH!
by: Pete in NH

I had a torn labrum (one oclock to six oclock) and had orthoscopic surgery THREE months ago. I was kept out of work for two months and wasn't allowed to do PT for 6 weeks.
I am able to lift my arm up and use it but have chronic pain, three months later. I did a cub scout hike (level terrain), 4.8 miles and was in such pain I ended up medicating with vicoden when I got home, to no avail.
I have since gotten 'kicked' out of PT until my doctor can diagnose what the problem is. The issue with that is the pain is halting my progress in PT. I am not sure what the problem is or what is causing the pain. It either could be nerve damage or I am having a reaction to the metal anchors. Either way my quality of life with this issue sucks and sleep is a challenge to say the least. I do have good days but at this stage in the game this problem should be non-existent.

Jun 27, 2010
Still pain 2 months after shoulder arthroscopy
by: Anonymous

Today is June 27th. I had a right shoulder arthroscopy on April 27th. After the initial post-op period and 8 sessions of physical therapy, shoulder joint seems awfully painful- but a strange achy different kind of pain than before surgery for tendonitis. Doc said he repaired a partial rotator cuff tear and also shaved off a bone. But this pain is terrible. Two months after surgery? And there is no sign of letting up. What is going on? Is this normal? At about 5 weeks post op I saw the doc for follow up and he didn't seem to be concerned much. I am very confused. I had the arthroscopy to get rid of the pain. Now I have CONSTANT pain in the bone joint area which I did not before. Anyone have the same? The doc said that some patients have pain even til six months after? I am so discouraged and in pain all the time. Can anyone know if this is going to take more time? I don't trust the doc anymore. I stopped going for p-t because it seemed to be making it worse and the doc said to stop. Just let it be. I am very upset and feeling worse- I thought I would be better by now to have the arthroscopy done.

Jun 27, 2010
re frustration after surgery
by: Anonymous

Are you using ice and heat? It helps. I had shoulder arthroscopy a year and a half ago for a torn labrum and did PT for 1 year. I was told that PT isn't always consistent progression. There were time periods for me when I didn't feel like PT was helping and then I'd suddenly notice a big difference all at once. Sometimes, the pain was pretty distracting, in spite of PT and I was discouraged. I'd even miss a day of work now and then, but it's probably worth it over time. I've ended up with a decent range of motion, although not complete and only occasionally, there's a bit of a dull ache. My biggest complaint is that it's prone to feeling tight easily and needs a lot of stretching sometimes. All in all, I think the surgery was a good idea. Hope you start to do better.

Jun 28, 2010
Shoulder pain after surgery
by: Pete in NH

Well it's been 6 months since my surgery and I have to say I am doing so much better. The pain is mostly gone now and I have so much more mobility. What happened was my shoulder joint tightened up after the surgery, which is probably what happened to most of you. I went in for a cortizone shot and it immediately took care of the issue. I have been able to stretch out the area now because there is so much less pain. While going through this I still have some pain but not much. I have found that by taking one Tramadol I can "kill" the pain and function. I can even drive to work while taking this. My plan is to get one more cortizone shot in a couple of months so I can gain even more mobility. I highly recommend this proceedure, either its that or have to surgically loosen the joint.

Aug 20, 2010
Nerve Damage after shoulder Labral surgery
by: Karl

I had surgery Arthroscopy July 22 labral repair 3 anchors, I only had pain in the shoulder the first 3 days very mild, but I have had continuos pain, tingling,sharp sting pain in the last 3 fingers of my left hand, the pain is so horrible I can't sleep, not even with pain killers or sleep aids.
I went for a Nerve conducting test and was told that I had mild damage on C8, dr gave me Lirica pills, they haven't work, today I went for an MRI of the C-spine, I am waiting for the results, I remember the anestesiologist putting a large serynge to my neck 3 times ( should have been once, they couldn't find the correct place ) could this be the reason for the Damage. what is recomended for this kind of pain?? plz let me know....

Aug 30, 2010
3 weeks post SLAP/labrum repair
by: Anonymous

Exactly three weeks to the day after Labrum repair,slap and am still hurting. My physician looked at me strange at my two week follow up when I told him I still was having pain, especially at night and first thing in the morning. i honestly think getting rid of the abduction pillow will help with that. I actually started PT two days post op. I can only hope it gets progressively better over the next 3 weeks. I hate to keep calling with complaints of pain, but my pain was handled better with the two prior dislocations/fractures by another orthopedist. I, like a lot of you, feel frustrated yet hopeful. I just want to be comfortable enough to manage.

Sep 12, 2010
pain
by: Anonymous

has slap surgery june 29 2010,crazy pain for 2 weeks. removed sling after 3 weeks and started pt after week 4. its now 11 weeks and still some pain but slowly getting better.it took about 6 weeks to move my arm 30%. now 11 weeks i can touch ceiling with some pain, but still cannot reach to left more then 100 deg.good luck to all

Sep 12, 2010
pain
by: Anonymous

has slap surgery june 29 2010,crazy pain for 2 weeks. removed sling after 3 weeks and started pt after week 4. its now 11 weeks and still some pain but slowly getting better.it took about 6 weeks to move my arm 30%. now 11 weeks i can touch ceiling with some pain, but still cannot reach to left more then 100 deg.good luck to all

Sep 28, 2010
Bankart Repair advice
by: Anonymous

Hello all, I had a Bankart repair in 2001 after being thrown from a horse. The shoulder regained stability and strength but I think there was nerve damage from the accident or surgery, maybe a combination of both. There has not been a single day since the surgery that I have not had a compression sensation and extreme sensitivity in the shoulder region. I was diagnosed with RSD, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also called CRPS, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I finally went to a pain managment clinic after toughing it out for three years. I am taking time released morphine and hydrocodone plus the max dose of Lyrica. All of this helps cut the pain in half at times but the only relief I get is from heat. I keep heating pads next to the bed and my chair and finally found a lithium ion battery pack made by Venture Heat that has been a life saver. I am able to wear it under my clothing and it is the only way I can make it through the day. I am a farmer and am able to keep up with my chores but at 53 am too young for a complete shoulder replacement. My advice to everyone is to do lots of research. Lately I have resorted to taking Soma, a muscle relaxant and it offers great relief but my doc won't prescribe it so I have to get it online. Is that crazy or what? Hang in there.

Oct 07, 2010
feel deformed
by: Donna

I had asrthroscopy surgery on my shoulder for frozen shoulder 2 months ago. I have been going to PT 3 days a week for 6 weeks. My problem is when I do my exercises my shoulder rolls inward and my shoulder blade rolls outward. Afterwards my shoulder blade hurts and is sore, I feel as if my shoulder blade is doing all the work. I have ask my PT about it and she says it is because the muscles are still week. Has anyone ever experienced this? Does the muscle weakness sound like that could be it. During surgery dr shaved my clavical bone and acrimon,took out spurs and scar tissue and cleaned up rotator cuff.

Oct 07, 2010
dear deformed
by: Anonymous

Dear Deformed,

It sounds like some of your shoulder muscles are compensating for the ones that aren't so strong yet, so it rolls inward. I had arthroscopic surgery for a torn labrum almost 2 years ago and my shoulder moved in weird ways involunarily, and due to muscle weakness, according to my PT. For example, if I was reaching for something, my arm would turn inward instead of staying straight. It made the motion easier. I imagine your arm was immobilized for a long time like me......6 weeks. Muscles atropy and take some time to work properly and regain their strength. Until they do, it just takes a lot of patience, but it will happen. Keep up with the exercise, inspite of how boring and repetive they are. From experience, your commitment to the physical rehab is really important.

Oct 09, 2010
In sling for 2 weeks
by: Donna

Thank you for your comments, it was nice to know someone elses shoulder rolled. I was only in a sling for 2 weeks. Since my surgery I have learned that I should not have worn one at all, that I should have been in PT the day after surgery. I had muscle conduction test done and results was very weak muscles. The pain has come back in my shoulder just the way it was before surgery and I don't get much sleep. All my doctor will say is your gonna have to work thru it. I am thinking about getting another Dr. to look at it to see what they think.

Oct 09, 2010
donna
by: Anonymous

Dear Donna,

I think you're right that another opinion is a good idea. I went for 3 opinions before I decided what to do. They all said I needed surgery but if I'd gone with the first person, it would have been open surgery, not arthroscopic, which I ended up doing and it's so much less complex, with a quicker, more painless recovery. Too bad that you're still having such problems. I'm guessing you live in the U.S. and I live in Canada, but there's a website where you can check the credentials of surgeons and physicians. It's the association they have to belong to. I'm sure there's something like that in the U.S. too. Have you tried sleeping with a pillow under your sore arm, so it doesn't drop when you're sleeping and start to hurt? Might help. Good luck.

Oct 12, 2010
how long
by: Donna

Thanks again for your comments. How long do you think would be a fair amount of time for muscles to regain their strength from being in a sling for two weeks? Before my surgery I was using the weedeater and three days later my shoulder started hurting. The reason I'm telling this is because I was using that shoulder and arm up until I went to dr. I go to pt 3 days week and do exercises at home, 2 to mostly 3 times a day every day for 7 weeks now. I do support my arm with pillow at night. I have an appointment with new dr. next week and am trying to find out all the information I can. The lady that does my pt can not get my elbow to move the way she wants it to. While laying down on table on back with my arm bent at elbow and forarm up with palm facing me she tries to move it away from my body at elbow joint and it wont go. Sorry to keep rambling on. Pt also tells me they think I have scar tissue back in my shoulder and their trying to break it loose. My point here is I thought that was what the surgery was for.

Oct 12, 2010
donna
by: Anonymous

I think it'd be hard to say how long it would take you to regain your strength after 2 weeks in a sling. A sports doctor once told me that each day in a sling is equal to a week to get the strength back. Sounds like a bit much. We had different surgeries, but sometimes the rehab is similar. Interesting that your PT can't move your arm away from your body with your elbow at your side. (External rotation, I think) That's what took me the longest. I'm still a bit limited with that, but it doesn't really impact me much. As for the exercising, are you increasing the intensity gradually by using harder bands or heavier dumbbells, or whatever you're using? Is your PT checking on you with the exercises to see if you're doing them properly? They often don't check unless you ask, even if they're good. I find that they need to tell them when you find the exercises too easy and you need to ask them how to make them more challenging. When you go to your new doctor, you should ask him about cortisone to loosen the joint. I read about this, but don't know much about it. That's about all I can think of. I'm curious to know what your new doc says.

Oct 12, 2010
New Dr.
by: donna

I go to new dr. monday 18th. I will let you know what he has to say. Thanks for the info

Oct 18, 2010
manipulation
by: Donna

New Dr. said that I have frozen shoulder. I have to have it manipulated under anesthesia. He said I would get a nerve block also. I will go to thearpy starting that day and every day for two weeks. I just had this done two months ago but the dr. had me to wear a sling for two weeks and then start thearpy. The new dr. said your not suppose to be put in sling afterwards. Ends up old dr. messed me up. I'm really flustrated because I went to physical thearpy for six weeks for nothing and all the pain.

Oct 18, 2010
donna
by: Anonymous

Too bad you have to go through all that. There are definitely some weird doctors out there. When I dislocated my shoulder, the doc didn't give me a sling in case I would get a frozen shoulder. Sounds like you're in good hands now, but all that therapy is a pain. I hope it works out well for you in the end.

Oct 19, 2010
Time for Scope
by: Neck & Shoulder... Agghh

Hi all. I have Osteo in most every joint. I am getting ready to schedule a shoulder Arthroscopy to clean it up, and get rid of spurs. My cort injection did nothing for me. I've had other joints "cleaned up" but I am more concerned about this. Primarily, I am concerned because I have extensive C-Spine disk disease and herniations. I have dealt with severe pain in C-Spine post other procedures in the past. Has anyone had experience with C-Spine problems, and shoulder clean up? I would love to get perspective from someone that has actually dealt with this rather than just what my MD says. I think personal experience is often more of a point to consider in my decisions. Thanks.

Nov 02, 2010
It's been almost a year
by: Help Me

I am a 16 year old girl.. had arthroscopic surgery on my shoulder to tighten the tendons up and put some screws in due to a softball injury. My surgery was almost a year ago, and my shoulder could not be WORSE. I cannot even take it anymore that I just don't know what to do. No one understands and my doctor has run out of ideas to what the problem could be. I have a horrible loss of motion still, horrible pain everyday, clicking, grinding, popping, and a horrible, horrible, horrible sharp shooting nerve-like pain that runs down the inside of my arm. It literally feels like a knife is just slicing my arm, and this pain is LITERALLY taking over my life. It happens randomly when I am not even doing anything and whenever I try to do anything with my arm. I just don't know what to do; I just cannot take it anymore. I have had to stop PT for months now, and have gotten MRI's, x-rays, nerve conduction tests, and nothing abnormal has been shown. I don't know what is going on, and I can't keep living like this. Please. Somebody just try to help, or tell me your story if you have the same problem. Thank you.

Nov 07, 2010
Re: Help Me
by: Ready for surgery ( I think:-)

Hi, sorry to hear that your pain is worse. The sharp pain you may be feeling could be a bicep tear. And its an aweful pain. I am going in for surgery to repair a slap tear and bicep tear that I have actually had for many many years but while my husband was in the military I went to many doctors and they just said it was a pulled muscle since they didn't see anything on the xray. So I delt with it on and off. It would come for a few weeks then go away for months. This time it was gone for a year and then it came back. And it stayed.....so now that I can see a civilian doctor I was properly diagnosed. I hope you get better soon and would definitely ask for a second opinion.

Nov 13, 2010
Arthroscopy for calcium in shoulder
by: Anonymous

I am going to have arthroscopy for cleaning out a calcium deposit in my shoulder. It is not for a rotator cuff or anything else, but I was wondering how much pain is involved with this. Could anybody please tell me. Thanks

Nov 13, 2010
Dear Help Me
by: Anonymous

Dear Help Me,

I had the exact same thing, I had the first surgery back in April of this year, with the same type of pain afterwards. I switched doctors and but went back to the same surgeon. The new docotor diganosed a frozen shoulder which had to have more surgery. Since having the surgery a week ago I feel better, not as much pain. I am not taking the main meds like I was before. Although I cannot ever go back to my job as a paramedic, I will have some function in the future one the arm is healed. The docotor that actually found my frozen shoulder and diganosed it correctly was a chiropractor. Turns out they really do know ore about muscles and joints than regular doctors. Keep your chin up, and look for a new doctor. If you are in the Houston Texas area I can recommend a great Chiropractor, one that even wants to do the rehab himself, one that includes motion and weights.

Nov 19, 2010
Please advise---I don't know what to do
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone,

I have read all of the posts and first I want to wish everyone the best with their recovery so you can be pain free and able to do everything you wish.
I have had pain in both shoulders for two years now. I've had every test imaginable, but nothing has shown up on the films. I have also gone through blood tests, which have been negative. My shoulders crunch and pop constantly, and I have been in physical therapy on and off for much of the last two years. The orthopedic doctor suggested an arthroscopy because I am out of options, and he can tell something is wrong when he moves my arms. I did schedule it for next month, but after reading some of the posts about being in MORE pain long after the surgery, I am not sure I should have this done. I would appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks so much!

Teacher in NJ

Nov 20, 2010
RIGHT ARM INJURY.
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my right shoulder December 11 2009 and to this day the pain never goes away. It has gotten progressively better but the discomfort is there. I am reminded that I am not 100% everyday I put clothes on. I just wished it was my left arm instead because I am right handed. Oh! I never mentioned what I had done.I had a torn ligament and the doctor had to shave the bones where they articulate so that they dont touch. Whenever the barometric pressure changes I feel it. Cold fronts, thunderstorms etcall hurt my shoulder.What a life! Maybe I should be a meteorologist now.

Nov 22, 2010
Ouch...I want to be pain free
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I just had arthroscopic surgery on 11-18-10, four days ago....The night of the sugery was horrific, even though I had the nerve block I hated the feeling in my hands and fingers as it was wearing off. You know that feeling when your hand is asleep (pins and needles). It lasted a long time, although my shoulder didn't hurt until the following day. The dr. wanted me to do exercises the day after surgery. There was no way. I tried and all I could hear was crunching noises and it was very painful even though I had meds, which I stopped because they were making me sick. I called the dr and he said it is the water that was still in my shoulder that my body had to soak up. Just like you hear when you have water in your ear. The doctor told me that I didn't have to be a hero. I could wait 2, 3, and even four days after sugery to start the exercises because it won't matter 4 months from now. Well I started two days after. Actually felt better to drop my arm down. There wasn't much pain but definitely ice is all the time. Now I am not sure exactly what he did. He said there was a small tear, bursitis, and he also found another bone in my shoulder. He said it was very rare. The bone never showed up on the x-ray or mri...I am going to see him on Monday to find out exactly what was done. Anyway the pain isnt' too bad except when I accidently move it to the left or turn it a different way. All I know right now is that it definitely hurts more than it did before the surgery. I just want to be back to normal and start working out again. Hope to heel fast.
Good Luck to anyone else out there that has this surgery.

Nov 25, 2010
Pain under my arm and around to front of chest
by: Anonymous

I had shoulder surgery on August 5th for arthritis and a bone spur. No big deal I thought. About a month ago I started having sharp pains under my arm (in the same side as my surgery) and it radiates to the left side of my breast. If I clean the house or use that arm where I had surgery I am in pain in that area. I've at an MRI of my spine because they thought it was referred pain, it came back fine. I had an xray of the area because they thought I might have a cracked rib, that test came back fine as well. I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any ideas or has this happened to anyone else and has the doctor given you any advice. My regular doctor wants me to get a second opinion from a different Ortho. doctor. Could it be the thin muscle that connects to the shoulder and runs on top of the chest wall? I didn't have this problem before the surgery and I don't know what to do to get rid of it. I've taken 1500mg of an anti-inflammatory now for three weeks and it's about 70% better, put still have break through pain. My doctor lifted my arm and pushed along the rib bones under my arm and it hurt sooooo bad. Help!

Nov 28, 2010
Chest and back pain post-slap 2 repair
by: Sue

Hi,

I can relate to that chest pain for sure!

I am 5 weeks into a slap 2 repair surgery, 2 tears with 2 anchors. All was fantastic for the first 4 weeks, no pain meds required and only a small amount of discomfort on and off. But in the past week things seem to have completely changed, suddenly my pectoral muscle is really tender and there is a burning pain right under my arm at the front, it hurts when i breathe deeply, i have some pain in the bicep, and pain in my back between shoulder blade and spine. All pain is coming and going, and I can handle the pain just about but with all these symptoms together I am a bit worried! I did just have my 4 week checkup with surgeon and my first 3 physio sessions in a week which were good but demanding, and I tried to come out if the sling at that checkup 5 days ago. Now I am back in the sling and a bit scared! A lot of the pain feels quite ‘nervy’ if you know what I mean? I don’t want to panic, but could these symptoms be normal?

I live in Bali, Indonesia, but my surgeon and physio are in Singapore so I cannot just pop in and see them whenever I want!

Should I be concerned? Anyone have an idea?


Nov 28, 2010
Chest and back pain post-slap 2 repair
by: Sue

Hi,

I can relate to that chest pain for sure!

I am 5 weeks into a slap 2 repair surgery, 2 tears with 2 anchors. All was fantastic for the first 4 weeks, no pain meds required and only a small amount of discomfort on and off. But in the past week things seem to have completely changed, suddenly my pectoral muscle is really tender and there is a burning pain right under my arm at the front, it hurts when i breathe deeply, i have some pain in the bicep, and pain in my back between shoulder blade and spine. All pain is coming and going, and I can handle the pain just about but with all these symptoms together I am a bit worried! I did just have my 4 week checkup with surgeon and my first 3 physio sessions in a week which were good but demanding, and I tried to come out if the sling at that checkup 5 days ago. Now I am back in the sling and a bit scared! A lot of the pain feels quite ‘nervy’ if you know what I mean? I don’t want to panic, but could these symptoms be normal?

I live in Bali, Indonesia, but my surgeon and physio are in Singapore so I cannot just pop in and see them whenever I want!

Should I be concerned? Anyone have an idea?


Dec 11, 2010
Good and bad days
by: Anonymous

I had arthroscopy surgery 1 month ago and it felt pretty good for the first few days and then it started to hurt. There was a tendon that was killing me due to a fall so it had to be cut. I only take a couple of Advil when I am really hurting. It seems like there are alternating good and bad days. The ortho told me it could take up to a couple of months. I think everybody goes through this good days and bad days syndrome. After about 4 months, it's time to take a real look at the situation. I was told it could be that way for a long time. I'm 64 so what the heck, it's to be expected. Pain is never pleasant but everybody wants to heal overnight and it won't.

Jan 05, 2011
the pain
by: LawDogg

WOW!!! I never imagined how many people went thru this. Im 35 now, dislocated left shoulder in 2000 chasing a bad guy, 3yrs later had to get the bankhart repaired. Recovery was the worst still have stingers from time to time but i can extend the range of motion with confidence and not having to worry about any any slippage. Then BAM!!! goes the right shoulder while snowboarding!!! in 2009. Had a lebral tear along with a fractured humerous. Surgery in Dec 09, PT for about 4months range of motion sucked but pain is uhhh ok. The Nov 7 2010 BAM AGAIN!! im struck by a drunk while on bike patrol, slight tear in the same spot!! That's it! i'm staying in the house forever!!! GET WELL STAY SAFE ALL!!!

Jan 09, 2011
So much pain....
by: Worried wife........

1st of all LawDogg, how long did you have to wait to go back to patrol after the labrum tear fix?? My husband just had his done 3 days ago and is worried about being better before going back to patrol. The surgeon told us 3 months but I am wondering if it will be longer?? As of today he so regrets getting it fixed and wants to go back to the "before" pain.

He had a right shoulder arthroscope, capsuler labrel reconstruction, he is in so much pain, I am so frusterated with this whole thing, his arm is going purple/blue where the sling hits it. Then his elbow, not shoulder is extreamly swollen, I have already called the surgeon due to anesthesia side effects been to the ER and now almost ready to go back again!

What is your arm supposed to look like after the surgery? Anyone have the purple/blue look, his fingers are awefully cold too. He is on percocet every 4 hours but that doesn't even seem to help. This is the only page I have found with actual good information and what to expect!! I feel so bad for most of you knowing how much pain you are still in.
He is in so much pain he can't sleep or anything. I am calling the doctor asap in the morning to see what is going on, Oh and not to mention NO ONE ever showed us how the sling worked or is supposed to work, so I am wondering if that is the problem?? Hopefully get him feeling better soon, this just SUCKS!!!!


Oh and the motion movements hurt him so bad, they say not to take the sling off to do them but that immobilizer pillow is in the way!! :0(

Jan 10, 2011
The pain continues
by: frustrated in IL

Had laprascopic slap repair that included bicep tear & rotator cuff repair on 11/10. Still having horrific pain in bicep area and inner side of elbow. Still sleeping in a recliner with ice on every night. I was in a sling for 6 weeks, which resulted in very limited movement, cannot externally rotate my elbow and my range of motion is horrific. PT is god awful and is very limited on exercises, and leaves me in tears. I do my exercises 3x a day and experience the same so I spread them out over the day, so I'm not in tears at the end. I am a nurse and have been off work for 6 months due to the delay in diagnosing and treating my injury which happened at work. Am not released to work due to the physical nature of my job. I so regret having this surgery, this pain is much worse then presurgery not to mention the impaired function in my arm/shoulder. Am not sure what lies ahead but extremely frustrated and constant pain has impacted me and my family. See my doctor tomorrow, not sure what will take place. Last follow up he said I might need to have an additional surgery, I really can't take any more & am going to lose it soon. Sorry for my rant, needed to vent.

Jan 15, 2011
Labrum Slap tear repair surgery on tuesday
by: tom

Wow! The doctors and physician's assistants never prepared me for what i have seen in this forum. i have been diagnosed with a slap tear in my shoulder labrum, and have been in mild pain for the past 2 years. I had to stop exercising and all sporting activities so i decided to have the surgery. After reviewing the horror stories in this forum, i am having second thoughts about surgery. The dr was very confident i would recover within 3-5 months, but now i am concerned about making it worse? any advise?

Jan 15, 2011
Op or not to Op?
by: Anonymous

Hi Tom,

Since my last post my condition has rapidly improved. I am about 3 months on and my pain is slowly decreasing, my mobility returning,and with that comes a more positive attitude which always helps with healing!

So in my opinion and what I have seen form other posts, this is such an individual thing with individual outcome. You may be lucky, or not. It might be worse after. I knew all of this going in to my op, but I could not stand the thought of not being active any longer and not able to exercise as I always have and live my regular life again, as exercise and activity are such a big part of mine. Of course if it does not work our well you may regret having the op, if it goes well you will never look back. But I do not think anyone can tell you if it is a good idea or not because of all of the above, in the end the question is are you willing to take the risk, and it is worth it for what you are now missing, knowing the possible outcome.

One important thing to remember though, which someone else pointed out on another forum, is most of the posts are people who are having problems, having a bad time of things. I only went to the forum because I was having pain and I was worried, if the recovery was all going well I would not have even been there to be honest! So you may be getting only half the story when you read the forum posts.

Good luck mate!




Jan 18, 2011
shoulder pain
by: shoulerpainforever

I feel for everyone with shoulder problems. I tore up my shoulder while in the Army. First surgery a slap repair and mumford procedure was done. Sling for a month. Extensive PT due to arm being frozen. After the lengthy PT, my shoulder had the exact same pain and caused same sleepless nights. 2nd surgeon scoped the shoulder, tightned the capsule, shaved a bunch of torn muscle. More therapy. Exact pain still existed. Was sent to a 3rd surgeon, who reviewed everything and said he needs to go in and severe many of the tendons, clean them up and screw them down. I told them to forget that. So the review board sent me packing with disability. Last surgery was August of 04'. Today, I take vicodin for pain. Limit what I can do with my dominant arm.....any work above the shoulder causes my hand and forearm to go numb and cold. Atleast, I dont have to sleep on my arm anymore to help control pain....thats the only thing that really changed. Why is it that some people can have one shoulder surgery while others need many.

Feb 17, 2011
bankhart and rotator cuff
by: asterbar

i just had surgery on the 28th of january. they had to repair my labrum fix a dent in the bone and some other stuff that i really didnt understand. the surgery was supposed to take about 2 hours but took over 4. the pain went away after 3 days other than some soreness. i dont even wear the sling as much as im supposed to.. im very careful not to use my arm . if it doesnt hurt and im really careful do i really need the sling. if anyone has any comments id appreciate it good luck everybody.

Feb 17, 2011
bankhart and rotator cuff
by: asterbar

i just had surgery on the 28th of january. they had to repair my labrum fix a dent in the bone and some other stuff that i really didnt understand. the surgery was supposed to take about 2 hours but took over 4. the pain went away after 3 days other than some soreness. i dont even wear the sling as much as im supposed to.. im very careful not to use my arm . if it doesnt hurt and im really careful do i really need the sling. if anyone has any comments id appreciate it good luck everybody.

Feb 17, 2011
Sorry to hear about all your pain
by: Anonymous

I had surgery about a year ago on a torn labrum. At the time I just figured I'd be in pain for the rest of my life. I was getting addicted to Tramadol and nothing was changing. Even after getting my cortizone shot the pain came back. I have to say that I am now pain free, for the most part. There are times when I overdue it and my shoulder reminds me what an idiot I am. I do not take Tramadol anymore which is good because your body can get addicted to it(once I realized mine was I stopped immediately). There is no "miracle" fix. At least in my case. This s#%t hurts hands down and hurts for quite a while. If your joint has tightened up after labrum surgery, just be patient. Hopefully one day, like myself, it'll just be gone. The cortizone does really help a lot but it goes away eventually, but still get it as it lubricates the joint allowing you to stretch and exercise it more and more. For those of you going through this....I feel for you and hope things improve drastically.

Feb 22, 2011
update
by: frustrated in IL

Every surgery is very individual, however unfortunate complications happen. It is frustrating when things do not go well and dr's are not always forthcoming and not a lot of information out there that I can relate to. My post is to let those who are experiencing complications, that they are not alone, it's good to vent and share experiences. Since my surgery in Nov I have had many ups & downs; pain was sooo bad mid January, to my bicep I could have cut my whole arm/shoulder off, dr gave me two cortisone shots, oral steroids and sent me to a pain doc. New meds have helped, had a procedure to rule out complex regional pain syndrome, so now my dr is thinking poss brachial neuritis due to a nerve block had with surgery. Which has left me with limited range of motion and partial use of forearm, which PT cannot address until my pain/nerve issues improve. So looking at another block so the dr can evaluate my shoulder and ROM, to see if PT or poss surgery will help. So if you had a great outcome, I'm very happy for you. If you did not, this is my experience so far.

Feb 23, 2011
pain after 2 surgeries
by: Anonymous

well im 47 yr old female and had surgery for a torn labrum full thickness also had bursectomy and a acromoplasty after 4wks in sling started therapy very painful 8wks. finally had a second opinion and ended up having another arthoscopic surgery found out the anchors had partially detached and one suture completely covered in adhesions. well im 5wks post op started therapy was doing well. and the same pain if not worse has started again. have a drs appt tomorrow....dont know what is wrong or what to do i have constant pain. anybody out there with similar experience?

Mar 02, 2011
Thermal shrinkage
by: Anonymous

Hello, I've read through a few of the comments & it's nice too see I'm not alone with pesky shoulder issues.
29, had arthoscopy mid jan, thermal shrinkage & small repair of tendon. The shoulder was loose hence the shrinkage, three weeks in sling with physio straight away, six weeks off work. 
Was doing ok until around ten days ago & started feeling more severe pain then any time pre or post op. Like pulling, can't lie on it at all, hurts without moving, feels hot, The physio said it's because my muscles are weak and it's only the tendons that are supporting my shoulder. Been signed off again by doctor who said he's not surprised by the pain. He's put me on steroids for a week.
I can't seem to find much info on the web from anyone who had had thermal capsular shrinkage, is there anyone who has had similar pain and can give me an idea of how long to expect this for etc, thanks

Mar 02, 2011
follow up to arthoscopic surgery
by: Anonymous

WELL UPDATE FROM THE 47 YEAR OLD FEMALE I HAVE ADHESION GROWING AGAIN I WAS TOLD A SURGEONS NIGHTMARE. STILL GOING TO THERAPY WAS GIVEN AN INJECTION OF CORTISONE TO TRY TO HELP. STILL PAIN SOME DAYS CONSTANT. I SOMETIMES THINK I CANT STAND IT ANYMORE. AND WAS IT WORTH THE SURGERY. IS THERE TREATMENT FOR ADHESIONS?

Mar 23, 2011
still living with pain after 3 months of acromoplasty surgery
by: marvin phil,

i was operated acromoplasty surgery last december 9 ,2010.because i have impigement syndrome according to my doctor.after 1 month its not so painful but its hard to move after doing sttreching and exercise the pain was the same again i suffer before ,now is march and still suffering from pain and hoping that someday the pain will be gone,

Mar 25, 2011
breast pain
by: JB

I had arthroscopy surgery on my left shoulder March 1st for a bone spur. 2 days later I noticed my breast hurt worse than the shoulder. Do they use a large instrument that may have bruised me? I'm too embarassed to call the Doc.

Mar 25, 2011
breast pain
by: JB

I had arthroscopy surgery on my left shoulder March 1st for a bone spur. 2 days later I noticed my breast hurt worse than the shoulder. Do they use a large instrument that may have bruised me? I'm too embarassed to call the Doc.

Apr 06, 2011
shoulder arthoscopyfeb. 8
by: Everette

After shoulder repair I had some pain but was able to deal with it. three weeks later doc sent me to pt. For the next three weeks I progressed well and felt that i would be pain free in no time at all. I was able to move my arm in any direction with miminal effort or pain. My doc than ordered pt strengthening, theystrped a two pound weight on my arm and had me doing repetitive exercises. From day one with the added weight I started experiencing intense pain, when I complained to the therapist they claimed no pain no gain. after two weeks of this torture I have severe pain the inside of my left bicep is black and blue. Could I have retorn the labia?

Apr 06, 2011
shoulder arthoscopyfeb. 8
by: Everette

After shoulder repair I had some pain but was able to deal with it. three weeks later doc sent me to pt. For the next three weeks I progressed well and felt that i would be pain free in no time at all. I was able to move my arm in any direction with miminal effort or pain. My doc than ordered pt strengthening, theystrped a two pound weight on my arm and had me doing repetitive exercises. From day one with the added weight I started experiencing intense pain, when I complained to the therapist they claimed no pain no gain. after two weeks of this torture I have severe pain the inside of my left bicep is black and blue. Could I have retorn the labia?

Apr 11, 2011
Arthroscopy surgery on right shoulder
by: Anonymous

I had 1cm tear in ligament in right shoulder. Had the surgery a week ago today, April 4th. My doctor says I will probably be able to go back to my desk job in a week. It's been a week and I guess Iwill go back tomorrow. I had severe pain the day after the surgery and he had to up my meds from Morphine to Vicodin. I was taking Vicodin like clockwork but the past two days I have only taken 2 a day. I feel just Ok. Arm is very stiff, very sore which is expected but now he wants me to do these arms exercise with this rope. I thought this was too soon after one week of surgery? But he is the surgeon. Has anyone else started moving the arm only one week after their surgery? He wants to see me in 3-4 weeks and then after that we will discuss PT.

Apr 27, 2011
doing well
by: boo

Hi all, I think I must be fortunate as I'm doing so well. I had a shoulder arthroscopy almost 5 weeks ago. The surgeon removed some tissue. I had a torn bicep tendon which sadly they couldn't repair. I was given exercises to do straight away. They were painful to start with but they got easier. I have progressed to exercising with bands. I'm also going to try dumbells. I still have pain but its manageable. I'm now back at work. Working as a carer in a nursing home. Luckily the staff are brilliant and help me with the heavier work. I'm hopeful that I will get better in time. I hope all those who are still suffering feel some comfort soon.
Boo

May 17, 2011
anyone had this?
by: Anonymous

my doc advised, i could take my arm out of the sling when i was at home or when it wouldn't get bumped a week after surgery. i did it over the weekend a couple of days later after he told me but now its really sore. it was fine initally after surgery and while in the sling, but now it aches especially especially around the collar bone and when i turn my neck. any tips?

May 17, 2011
anyone had this?
by: Anonymous

my doc advised, i could take my arm out of the sling when i was at home or when it wouldn't get bumped a week after surgery. i did it over the weekend a couple of days later after he told me but now its really sore. it was fine initally after surgery and while in the sling, but now it aches especially especially around the collar bone and when i turn my neck. any tips?

May 17, 2011
anyone had this?
by: Anonymous

my doc advised, i could take my arm out of the sling when i was at home or when it wouldn't get bumped a week after surgery. i did it over the weekend a couple of days later after he told me but now its really sore. it was fine initally after surgery and while in the sling, but now it aches especially especially around the collar bone and when i turn my neck. any tips?

May 18, 2011
Get that arm out for the sling!
by: Sue Besant

I had pretty much the same experience, my physio was pushing me to take the arm out of the sling as mush as possible, to avoid elbow stiffness and promote early movement.
It hurt like hell to do it, my arm felt like a dead weigh and I was aching it was pretty scary actually, it felt like too much too soon, but I persevered for a few days and balanced having it in the sling and out, and not too much letting it hang down to pull on the bicep but more letting the arm lie out straight on my body or on a cushion if I was sitting or lying.
After a week or so it was feeling much better an more mobile and strong, and now I a 6 months out of a slap !! repair and about 85% back to Normal! I don;t have any real pain, a few twinges here and there as I am still on the road to recovery, but a better outcome than I could have imagined so far. I do put a lot of my recovery down to that early movement.


May 24, 2011
i need answers please
by: carlene

I had shoulder surgery on my left shoulder to repair a small tear and take some calcium deposits I had on April 7 2011. Yes it is so hard to find a right way to sleep. I am up 3 or 4 times a night. My biceps are so sore in my left arm. Is it suppose to feel that way? Also I have a aching pain that goes down to my wrist and my wrist hurts. Please could anyone let me know if this is normal. Thank you

May 25, 2011
shoulder op
by: boo

Hi, I had my op in March on my right shoulder. They removed some tissue and a torn un repairable biceps tendon. It was very painful for a couple weeks. I did my pt faithfully. After a few weeks I went to see a physical therapist and he gave me stretch bands to exercise with. I'm doing very well but I still feel some pain while I'm working as a carer and in bed and I too Carlene get pain down to my wrist. Plus I still need a low dose of painkillers. I was told it could take up to 12 weeks for the pain to improve completely and the strength to return to normal in 6 months. The strength in my biceps is still weak. Maybe when that improves the pain will ease off. Hope so.
Boo

May 30, 2011
arm pain
by: Cindy

I had arthroscopic surgery on my right shoulder one week ago and for a bone spur and a frozen shoulder. I started PT the next day, which includes massage therapy (the best!). I have pain in my neck on the right side and down my arm to my hand, but my muscles are atrophied in my neck and shoulder, and so knotted, that it will take time to work them out. I also have some compressed discs in my neck, which doesn't help. I am just taking Aleve and Tylenol, and using a lot of ice packs. I go back to work tomorrow (desk work). PT said the pain in the arm is normal, since all of the muscles are related to one another, it just takes time. I still don't have total motion from my arm, that will take a while.

Jul 10, 2011
what I should be worried about after surgery
by: sean

I had shoulder surgery 4 weeks ago, I was told I could start lifting weights after 3 weeks of physical therapy. I think I pushed it to far, because my shoulder swelled up the size of a balloon. Now I have massive bruising under my shoulder and my whole arm aches in a pain I can barely stand. Should I be worried about this?

Jul 13, 2011
shoulder surgery
by: Anonymous

well here i am again it will be almost a year after my 1st surgery for a labrum tear, bone spur removal and acromiplasty and 7 months after my second arthoscopic "clean up surgery " adhesions and biodegradable ancors had come off. well was doing better and now i have constant pain burning sensation my dr thinks im crazy i requested another mri and he suggested i come in for a visit and re-evauate my rom….i cant stand it anymore. no one seems to understand. is this normal to have pain for so long? any suggestions ? shld i see another ortho he seems to be lost for words/treatment
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Aug 01, 2011
My shoulder pain!
by: Jeannette

I dislocated my shoulder 3 years ago and should have had surgery sooner, in June of this year I dislocated it twice so I knew I needed surgery as soon as possible or I would contiue to dislocate it, because of the past two dislocations I did so much damage to my shoulder! I am is so much pain from the surgery! 5 weeks later!!! I know I am not alone after reading all the posts on here, and I am not the only one that is stuck trying to sleep in a recliner!!! the pain is so bad and I do have pain pills but they put me to sleep when I need to be awake! (like at work) but do not keep me sleeping at night! I can't wait to feel normal again :'o{

Aug 01, 2011
it does get better!
by: Sue Besant

Hi Jeannette,

I had the same experience, but if you are getting the right advice and support from your physio and surgeon, and strictly stick to the rehab without fail, it does get better!

Unfortunately most of these forums are all the 'bad stories' which can be a bit scary, but once we start improving and recovering, not everyone goes back to the forum again to say how well they have done!

Hang in there...I am 9 months post op now, and finally feel better than before the surgery. It is not an easy road, but you do come out the other side if you make the right decisions....

:)

Aug 06, 2011
HAD ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY IN FEB 2011
by: Anonymous

HAD INFORMATION AND A SPUR ON RIGHT SHOURLDER, HURT FROM A FALL. BONE SCRAPED AN SPUR REMOVED, WENT TO PT FOR 6 WKS, STILL HAVING EVERY TIME I GO BACK HE GIVES ME ANOTHER CORTOSONE SHOT WHICH DON'T HELP, HAS ANY HAD THIS ANY ADVISE

Aug 06, 2011
HAD ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY IN FEB 2011
by: Anonymous

HAD INFORMATION AND A SPUR ON RIGHT SHOURLDER, HURT FROM A FALL. BONE SCRAPED AN SPUR REMOVED, WENT TO PT FOR 6 WKS, STILL HAVING EVERY TIME I GO BACK HE GIVES ME ANOTHER CORTOSONE SHOT WHICH DON'T HELP, HAS ANY HAD THIS ANY ADVISE

Aug 21, 2011
RE Shoulder
by: Anonymous

I am a 45 yr old women. Diabetic. I had a shoulder
manipulation. Did not work. Then they went in with a scope found a partial tear, bone spur. cleaned out all the scar tissue. Also manipulated it again. Great I went to physical therapy after surgery and am still going 3-5 weeks later. Problem is still lots of pain. Is this normal? I am taking so many pain pills. Problem is I try not to take them , then my shoulder wont relax enough to move. Because it hurts so bad trying to move it.I am still putting ice on it and started taking an anti-inflammatory Any suggestions from anyone?
I am supposed to go back to work in 2week. I need to be off pain pills and in very little pain.
Please help
Sherri

Nov 23, 2011
Tolerant NEW
by: Caressa A.

I guess I'm really tolerant. I had Bicep Repair and Slap Repair surgery one month ago today. The second day I was almost off of the pain medicine. I didn't go back on it aggressively until I fell in the tub at the end of week two. The pain the next day was more then the pain from the surgery in the first two weeks. I think I have a high pain tolerance though...otherwise I would have never gotten so torn up in the first place. My shoulder pain began over a year ago and it took me nearly that long to complain to a dr. Had I complained sooner it wouldn't have been such a major surgery. Anyway, I think the recovery is what hurts more. A lot of burning and stuff. I am going to try a muscle relaxer since it's been 4 weeks and I saw another similar surgery on this page where they had used one at 17 days. I think that will help me sleep better and so on. Good luck everyone. I don't even know how I got a Sports Injury. I'm the least sporty girl out there.

Dec 13, 2011
6 days after shoulder surgery NEW
by: Veronica

Hi, I had surgery 6 days ago. I have so much pain at times. I don't like to take so much meds but for now I can't help it. The second dsy sfter surgery,I was crying like a baby. Reading all this comments really helps. Thank you all...

Dec 13, 2011
6 days after shoulder surgery NEW
by: Veronica

Hi, I had surgery 6 days ago. I have so much pain at times. I don't like to take so much meds but for now I can't help it. The second dsy sfter surgery,I was crying like a baby. Reading all this comments really helps. Thank you all...

Jan 11, 2012
burning peck muscle NEW
by: DaveF.

Hi, I am Six weeks post-op from an 80%orthopedic tear in my cuff along with muscle atrophy. I am having burning in my peck muscle when I have been doing to much house cleaning or walking the track at the Y. Is this a normal pain? I was told I will be off work 4-6 months because of possible retear.

Jan 19, 2012
Wish it would go away NEW
by: MNladycop

I have read all the comments here and am so glad to hear that I am not alone. I had a NEER-Mumford open procedure (bone spurs) and bursa sack repair in Sept of 2009. Was still in LOTS of pain one year later. The doc didn't believe me but finally ordered another MRI. This showed a torn rotator cuff. The doc missed it when he was in there. Back to surgery in April of 2011 with a different doc. Did this one arthroscopically. As of today I am still on light duty. Did therapy both times and do my home exercises but still have trouble reaching overhead, out to the side, and behind my back. The strength is pretty good now. But then there's the pain. My shoulder always feels swollen inside and I have constant pain especially in my shoulder blade. There is a sharp pain and constant burning. Where that bone spur surgery was performed I can feel weather changes big time. I live on ibuprofen and still have problems sleeping. I had another MRI a week and a half ago but haven't heard anything yet. My employer has been very patient but is starting to wonder when I'll be cleared for full duty. I'm wondering if I will be able to go back to work at all. I am so frustrated and question my decision to have these procedures. The pain is better than it was before all this but before I didn't have doctors making life changing decisions for me (does that make sense?) I hope everyone here has a totally pain free day!

Jan 19, 2012
Wish it would go away NEW
by: MNladycop

I have read all the comments here and am so glad to hear that I am not alone. I had a NEER-Mumford open procedure (bone spurs) and bursa sack repair in Sept of 2009. Was still in LOTS of pain one year later. The doc didn't believe me but finally ordered another MRI. This showed a torn rotator cuff. The doc missed it when he was in there. Back to surgery in April of 2011 with a different doc. Did this one arthroscopically. As of today I am still on light duty. Did therapy both times and do my home exercises but still have trouble reaching overhead, out to the side, and behind my back. The strength is pretty good now. But then there's the pain. My shoulder always feels swollen inside and I have constant pain especially in my shoulder blade. There is a sharp pain and constant burning. Where that bone spur surgery was performed I can feel weather changes big time. I live on ibuprofen and still have problems sleeping. I had another MRI a week and a half ago but haven't heard anything yet. My employer has been very patient but is starting to wonder when I'll be cleared for full duty. I'm wondering if I will be able to go back to work at all. I am so frustrated and question my decision to have these procedures. The pain is better than it was before all this but before I didn't have doctors making life changing decisions for me (does that make sense?) I hope everyone here has a totally pain free day!

Jan 19, 2012
Wish it would go away NEW
by: MNladycop

I have read all the comments here and am so glad to hear that I am not alone. I had a NEER-Mumford open procedure (bone spurs) and bursa sack repair in Sept of 2009. Was still in LOTS of pain one year later. The doc didn't believe me but finally ordered another MRI. This showed a torn rotator cuff. The doc missed it when he was in there. Back to surgery in April of 2011 with a different doc. Did this one arthroscopically. As of today I am still on light duty. Did therapy both times and do my home exercises but still have trouble reaching overhead, out to the side, and behind my back. The strength is pretty good now. But then there's the pain. My shoulder always feels swollen inside and I have constant pain especially in my shoulder blade. There is a sharp pain and constant burning. Where that bone spur surgery was performed I can feel weather changes big time. I live on ibuprofen and still have problems sleeping. I had another MRI a week and a half ago but haven't heard anything yet. My employer has been very patient but is starting to wonder when I'll be cleared for full duty. I'm wondering if I will be able to go back to work at all. I am so frustrated and question my decision to have these procedures. The pain is better than it was before all this but before I didn't have doctors making life changing decisions for me (does that make sense?) I hope everyone here has a totally pain free day!

May 09, 2012
labral repair, six screws, bone spurs shaved, ball joint pulled back up NEW
by: Ivan

Surgery apr. 24 2012, lot's of pain, wake up a lot. started a light therapy one week after surgery to keep from stiffening, God I hope that i can get back to close to normal, I am a construction worker, very physical. I quit smoking the day of surgery, drinking protein, walking. and trying to stay strong. this stuff is painful. taking lortab when needed, usually once a day. Good luck with all of your surgeries and recovery's. stay strong think positive and rest a lot.

May 09, 2012
labral repair, six screws, bone spurs shaved, ball joint pulled back up NEW
by: Ivan

Surgery apr. 24 2012, lot's of pain, wake up a lot. started a light therapy one week after surgery to keep from stiffening, God I hope that i can get back to close to normal, I am a construction worker, very physical. I quit smoking the day of surgery, drinking protein, walking. and trying to stay strong. this stuff is painful. taking lortab when needed, usually once a day. Good luck with all of your surgeries and recovery's. stay strong think positive and rest a lot.

Jun 05, 2012
Increased Pain After Shoulder Surgery NEW
by: Julie

Had arthroscopic surgery May 3rd to repair labral tear. While there, they found a rotator cuff tear and shaved down some bone spurs. I do my exercises at home and am on week three of physical therapy. I realize there is quite a bit of pain associated with the therapy and I have a high tolerance for pain. I stopped pain meds day 5 after surgery but continue with ice and ibuprofen. The pain is gradually worsening and radiates from the shoulder blade down to my wrist. I cannot sleep at night and am experiencing shooting pains with different movements that I never had before. I am worried something isn't quite right but I am told that my surgeon is one of the best. Any suggestions?

Jun 05, 2012
doing great NEW
by: boo

Hi all,
My arthroscopy op was 12 months in march. I didn't get much physio so I've tried to help myself. I joined a gym, that was the best thing I could of done. exercise at the gym using weights has worked for me. I still have some light pain but as long as I keep up the with the weights I'm fine. My muscles and strength has almost regained. I don't expect I'll ever be pain free but I'm on the right path.
Boo

Jun 08, 2012
Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Repair NEW
by: Rigley from NY

Hi, I've been reading all of your comments and hope someone can help me. I have had SLAP repairs (2) on each shoulder. The last one was done with anchors on the left shoulder 9/11.
I was finally beginning to feel less pain in 5/12 when I began having migraines and went to a chiro. I warned him of my recent shoulder surgery, but he ended up causing a torn rotator cuff on the left side.
I'm scheduled for repair on 8/14/12 and wonder what to expect as far as postop pain (it's quite painful and weak now) and recovery (how long)? I know every case is different. I've been sleeping in a recliner for 5 years, since my 1st. shoulder surgery. Will I have an abductor pillow with my sling? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Jun 08, 2012
Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Repair NEW
by: Rigley from NY

Hi, I've been reading all of your comments and hope someone can help me. I have had SLAP repairs (2) on each shoulder. The last one was done with anchors on the left shoulder 9/11.
I was finally beginning to feel less pain in 5/12 when I began having migraines and went to a chiro. I warned him of my recent shoulder surgery, but he ended up causing a torn rotator cuff on the left side.
I'm scheduled for repair on 8/14/12 and wonder what to expect as far as postop pain (it's quite painful and weak now) and recovery (how long)? I know every case is different. I've been sleeping in a recliner for 5 years, since my 1st. shoulder surgery. Will I have an abductor pillow with my sling? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Jun 08, 2012
Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Repair NEW
by: Rigley from NY

Hi, I've been reading all of your comments and hope someone can help me. I have had SLAP repairs (2) on each shoulder. The last one was done with anchors on the left shoulder 9/11.
I was finally beginning to feel less pain in 5/12 when I began having migraines and went to a chiro. I warned him of my recent shoulder surgery, but he ended up causing a torn rotator cuff on the left side.
I'm scheduled for repair on 8/14/12 and wonder what to expect as far as postop pain (it's quite painful and weak now) and recovery (how long)? I know every case is different. I've been sleeping in a recliner for 5 years, since my 1st. shoulder surgery. Will I have an abductor pillow with my sling? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Jun 08, 2012
Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Repair NEW
by: Rigley from NY

Hi, I've been reading all of your comments and hope someone can help me. I have had SLAP repairs (2) on each shoulder. The last one was done with anchors on the left shoulder 9/11.
I was finally beginning to feel less pain in 5/12 when I began having migraines and went to a chiro. I warned him of my recent shoulder surgery, but he ended up causing a torn rotator cuff on the left side.
I'm scheduled for repair on 8/14/12 and wonder what to expect as far as postop pain (it's quite painful and weak now) and recovery (how long)? I know every case is different. I've been sleeping in a recliner for 5 years, since my 1st. shoulder surgery. Will I have an abductor pillow with my sling? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Jun 08, 2012
Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Repair NEW
by: Rigley from NY

Hi, I've been reading all of your comments and hope someone can help me. I have had SLAP repairs (2) on each shoulder. The last one was done with anchors on the left shoulder 9/11.
I was finally beginning to feel less pain in 5/12 when I began having migraines and went to a chiro. I warned him of my recent shoulder surgery, but he ended up causing a torn rotator cuff on the left side.
I'm scheduled for repair on 8/14/12 and wonder what to expect as far as postop pain (it's quite painful and weak now) and recovery (how long)? I know every case is different. I've been sleeping in a recliner for 5 years, since my 1st. shoulder surgery. Will I have an abductor pillow with my sling? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Jun 27, 2012
Sore shoulder NEW
by: Stephanie

Hi I had shoulder surgery 3 months ago and I finally got released to swim again . Do you think having a sore shoulder after swimming is normal?

Jul 04, 2012
Pain & Discomfort (Helpful Hints) NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I had 2 shoulder reconstructions in the space of 4 months. Firstly, my right shoulder open surgery where they reattached the ligaments and did a bonegraft with a screw holding it in place. I was 15 y.o when I had it and the pain was close to zero - HOWEVER the discomfort was huge! You must distinguish between Pain and Discomfort - they are completely different. The pain was very minimal however the discomfort in my shoulder and back lasted around 2 months after surgery. Expect lots of discomfort which can last quite a while especially in the joint but that is fine. Pain should go away once you finish your course of painkillers (7-10 days after surgery for me). I then had my left shoulder operated on and had it in a brace which held my arm 90degrees from my body - it was terrible and very uncomfortable.
What you must remember and this is the most important thing is that it will finish - you must get your head right. I found the hardest thing to deal with was mental strength. I was very anxious returning to rugby the following year but I have since played 8 games and they are both 100% - I wish you the best luck :)

Jul 24, 2012
My shoulder surgery was May 10, 2012 NEW
by: Sandra

I had my surgery on May 10th. The doctor took me out of the sling by week 5 and I have been in physical therapy now for 8wks. I took myself off of the strong pain meds when I was sling free so I could drive short distances safely but recently had to go back on a milder narcotic for the pain so I could sleep. The dr. repaired a tear in the shoulder, removed bone spurs and tried to repair a weak tendon. I am thankful that it was not the rotator cuff but I am still trying to find a comfortable way to sleep and do daily activities. I guess I am an inpatient patient since I have had several surgeries in my life but have never had pain this long or such a long recovery time. I am glad I found this page since I read that others are going through the same thing. I was told that it would take 4 to 6 months to be pain-free and a whole year before total recovery. I experience pain and a burning sensation in my shoulder especially after doing my daily shoulder exercises. My shoulder was injured in a car accident 7 years ago and we tried everything to avoid surgery which I think in hindsight was a mistake since the weak tendon couldn't be repaired. I just hope that the surgery was the right decision. Thank you all for your tips and for sharing your experiences.

Jul 28, 2012
Where are the positive stories and the updates? NEW
by: Anonymous

This page worries me as its all so negative. People come here, post a horror story, but few come back and give an update later on (which actually suggests they're better).

Complications and long term pain in arthroscopic shoulder surgery are thankfully rare. Most people recover fine - but they're less likely to come and post about. This page must therefore be doing a fine job of putting off people trying to make a decision about whether to get surgery.

If you want to read some accounts from people who've been through this, and have posted updates in their progress 12mths+ after surgery, then visit the Crossfit message board. In the Injuries section there's a thread called "My SLAP journey". It's a lot more balanced than this, and the same people post regularly. You'll see the recovery process is long with ups and downs, but most people will not have long term issues.

Sep 04, 2012
1 month out 1 week out NEW
by: Anonymous

Had surgery for sucrominal decompression on July 24th. Also had labrum tear that didn't show up on mri so doc performed slap repair as well.

Started therapy 1 week after surgery for movement. I love doing the therapy and stretching the scar tissue as it does bring relief. Like others sleeping is pretty hard and wake up several times and usually end up on couch. Pretty much only take 2 norcos at night and that's it for pain meds.

Wore sling for month straight and now only wear it when outside. Started driving 2 weeks out but with 1 hand ofcourse.

Still have some pain in rear of shoulder but biceps tendon and top of shoulder acronium are pain free. Get occasional click in shoulder which I'm told is normal because labrum is starting to force itself around glenoid. I'm hoping the tightness in the rear surrounding the shoulder is a good thing.

Pretty much have 95% overhead and 80 percent behind back and the therapist told me I'm weeks ahead there. Elbow to the side stretching out has been the most difficult as well as arm across the body but therapist says this is common in slap repairs for labrum and will take awhile.

Never thought this would be easy and I just try to keep a positive mind and keep working through the exercises. Start strengthening next week after 6 week post up with doc. Hoping for more improvement and less pain.


Sep 04, 2012
Shoulder NEW
by: Janet

Had surgery 5 weeks ago....rotator cup, slap repair, and 4 tears.....still very painful, and feels like sharp twitches sometimes......upper arm feels like I had a bunch of shots......therapy good in a painful way....wish I could lift my arm up.....It is slow, but getting better.......just can't sleep at night and pain pills make me feel strange

Sep 15, 2012
laberal repair NEW
by: Buderus

I had a slap repair on my labrum and had to reconnect bicep tendon to shoulder using ancor and stitches.I needed secound surgery for frozen shoulder now it has been two years still out of work very physical job. i can not throw anything or use my arm for much at all. I had nerve study it came back with positive results for damage, I suffer every day with shoulder blade pain and arm pain and numbness they stopped giving me pain killers a year ago, and I really need them. So I went and got my medical marijuana card because the doc would not give me any more pain killers. marijuana helps me sleep and the right stuff does relieve some of the pain. My surgery turned into a nightmare i hope people do not go through the same thing i went through and is still going through with permanent nerve damage

Sep 15, 2012
laberal repair NEW
by: Buderus

I had a slap repair on my labrum and had to reconnect bicep tendon to shoulder using ancor and stitches.I needed secound surgery for frozen shoulder now it has been two years still out of work very physical job. i can not throw anything or use my arm for much at all. I had nerve study it came back with positive results for damage, I suffer every day with shoulder blade pain and arm pain and numbness they stopped giving me pain killers a year ago, and I really need them. So I went and got my medical marijuana card because the doc would not give me any more pain killers. marijuana helps me sleep and the right stuff does relieve some of the pain. My surgery turned into a nightmare i hope people do not go through the same thing i went through and is still going through with permanent nerve damage

Sep 15, 2012
Update from my May 10, 2012 surgery NEW
by: Sandra Lang

Here it is Sept 15, 2012 and I still deal with pain. I do not take the pain medicine anymore since I live alone and need to drive. I still have pain that effects my sleep, and after doing some of my household tasks. My insurance no longer pays for physical therapy so I continue my exercises at home on my own. I still do not have full mobility. I can raise my arm overhead and sideways and across the front of my body just fine but cannot move it behind my back like I should be able to (according to Dr. and physical therapist). I am wondering if I should have ever had the surgery done. I lived 7yrs post injury with pain but this seems to be worse. I was told it can take 6mons to a year post opt for full recovery but I am wondering if I should still have so much pain. Are they any suggestions out there for exercises that can increase my mobility when I try to reach behind my back? I am open to all suggestions!

Sep 15, 2012
Update from my May 10, 2012 surgery NEW
by: Sandra Lang

Here it is Sept 15, 2012 and I still deal with pain. I do not take the pain medicine anymore since I live alone and need to drive. I still have pain that effects my sleep, and after doing some of my household tasks. My insurance no longer pays for physical therapy so I continue my exercises at home on my own. I still do not have full mobility. I can raise my arm overhead and sideways and across the front of my body just fine but cannot move it behind my back like I should be able to (according to Dr. and physical therapist). I am wondering if I should have ever had the surgery done. I lived 7yrs post injury with pain but this seems to be worse. I was told it can take 6mons to a year post opt for full recovery but I am wondering if I should still have so much pain. Are they any suggestions out there for exercises that can increase my mobility when I try to reach behind my back? I am open to all suggestions!

Sep 15, 2012
Update from my May 10, 2012 surgery NEW
by: Sandra Lang

Here it is Sept 15, 2012 and I still deal with pain. I do not take the pain medicine anymore since I live alone and need to drive. I still have pain that effects my sleep, and after doing some of my household tasks. My insurance no longer pays for physical therapy so I continue my exercises at home on my own. I still do not have full mobility. I can raise my arm overhead and sideways and across the front of my body just fine but cannot move it behind my back like I should be able to (according to Dr. and physical therapist). I am wondering if I should have ever had the surgery done. I lived 7yrs post injury with pain but this seems to be worse. I was told it can take 6mons to a year post opt for full recovery but I am wondering if I should still have so much pain. Are they any suggestions out there for exercises that can increase my mobility when I try to reach behind my back? I am open to all suggestions!

Sep 25, 2012
Rotator Cuff Surgery NEW
by: Kat

I had surgery for a full rotator cuff tear, using 2 titanium anchors. Bone spurs were shaved off the collar bone and shoulder bone. I wasn't prepared for the amount of pain afterwards. The Polar Care Cube cooling system & Percocet got me through it. I'm 7 weeks post-op and 5th week of physical therapy. I'm told it's not the repair that hurts so much, but the shaved bone. I'm having alot of pain & some swelling where the bone was shaved. I'm told it WILL hurt like heck and may take 6 months to a year for full recovery. The woman that complained of neck pain, I also experienced. I found that it was the sling laying across the back of my neck & pushing on the nerves in the neck. I found it useful when I was sitting down to remove the sling & rest the arm on pillows. Use the sling when standing or sleeping. Hope this helps.

Sep 25, 2012
Excersizes to increase inner rotation behind back NEW
by: Sue

Hi Sandra,

I had a slap 2 labrum repair almost 2 years ago now, and I am 99% back to normal movement with no pain!

What I wanted to say is that it does take time, and I think most of us go through those moments of wondering if it was all worth it - I certainly did, many times! And inner rotation behind the back is apparently often the last and most difficult to get back fully, that would be my 1% not fully back yet! But I still do my exercises and one day I will get there.

One great exercise to work on that is to put the good hand behind your back over your shoulder, then the bad one behind your back as far as you can, opposite so towards your lower back. Hold a towel between these 2 hands, the use the hand on top over your shoulder to gently pull the bad arm up towards your upper back. You should feel stretch and maybe a tiny bit of pain, but don't push the movement full any real pain. Get it to where you can, and hold for 10 seconds. Do this 3 times a day, maybe 3 x 10 seconds, trying to achieve a little more height from week to week.

Hope this helps!

I believe that a full recovery is possible, or close to it, if you just stick to your exercises like a religion, no matter what. Don't give up in them!

Cheers,
Sue

Sep 26, 2012
Thank you for your input NEW
by: Sandra

Thanks to Sue for her response. I appreciate the tips. I have always followed the daily exercises and the one you suggested is one of those. However, I wasn't aware that the "shaving" of the bone spurs accounts for a lot of the pain. I had not been informed of that. Thank you for your encouragement.

Oct 09, 2012
sever pain in right shoulder still NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey had shoulder arthroscopy done Sept. 5 2012 in my right arm.. pain wasnt so bad but now im having horrible pain from the side of my neck across my right shoulder all the way down to my right wrist!! this pain is really severe going to family doc tomorrow and back to ortho guy end of this month.. any suggestions on what could be wrong? This is horrible.. paining all the time now.. Thx..

Oct 09, 2012
sever pain in right shoulder still NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey had shoulder arthroscopy done Sept. 5 2012 in my right arm.. pain wasnt so bad but now im having horrible pain from the side of my neck across my right shoulder all the way down to my right wrist!! this pain is really severe going to family doc tomorrow and back to ortho guy end of this month.. any suggestions on what could be wrong? This is horrible.. paining all the time now.. Thx..

Dec 31, 2012
Left shoulder debridment NEW
by: Mary M

Had shoulder debridment surgery Dec 5, 2012. It was supposed to be rotator cuff surgery but to much scar tissue, and swelling. One tear was fixed but one tear was left. Now I have to do PT and then get better to have another surgery. PT is killing me, i cry everytime i go. My shoulder still hurts alot and I cannot sleep in a bed, i cant sleep at all. Im up all night. I feel like the surgery was for nothing. The pain is the same, sometimes worse because it is now constant pain. I was only in a sling for one day and started "Aggresive PT" the week after surgery. I dont know how long it will take for the pain to go away and I am sick of pain meds that do not work. They only work if I take 2 at a time and then i just lay around like a slug. I am so tired and moody.... If anyone has any tips I would appreciate it.

Dec 31, 2012
Left shoulder debridment NEW
by: Mary M

Had shoulder debridment surgery Dec 5, 2012. It was supposed to be rotator cuff surgery but to much scar tissue, and swelling. One tear was fixed but one tear was left. Now I have to do PT and then get better to have another surgery. PT is killing me, i cry everytime i go. My shoulder still hurts alot and I cannot sleep in a bed, i cant sleep at all. Im up all night. I feel like the surgery was for nothing. The pain is the same, sometimes worse because it is now constant pain. I was only in a sling for one day and started "Aggresive PT" the week after surgery. I dont know how long it will take for the pain to go away and I am sick of pain meds that do not work. They only work if I take 2 at a time and then i just lay around like a slug. I am so tired and moody.... If anyone has any tips I would appreciate it.

Jan 02, 2013
HELP! NEW
by: Anonymous

My 15 year old son just had shoulder surgery On 12/31/12. He is in a ton of pain. I called the Doctors office to refill his norco and they want him to use Ultram which he had in the begining before surgery and it only made him groggy. How long does the pain normally last? He needs to go back to school on Monday but I cannot send him taking Ultram? The doctor sasid he doesnt like to use Norco for very long. He hasnt even been on it 48 hrs??? What do you think?

Jan 09, 2013
a set back NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my shoulder scoped on Dec 7th. the recovery was doing well until this morning. My girlfriends son was acting up so I picked him up to move him from one place to another when I felt a painful ripping sensation in my shoulder. Ever since then my shoulder feels like it was a couple of days after the surgery.

Jan 11, 2013
Tips to share and looking for more.. NEW
by: K. Stufflebeam

I had a completely torn ligament in my left shoulder. Repaired through arthoscopic surgery. I found out after the surgery that morphine doesn't work on me. Yay!!! Anyhoo, lots of pain the first week. Was given Norco for pain. It basically relieved enough pain to keep me from tears. Also ice helped. But, I found out that 800mg ibuprofen helped more than the Norco. I'm wierd with painkillers I guess. Anyhoo, I really had a problem sleeping. I getting a reclining position in bed, but kept sliding. So, I lay on my back and prop elbow with pillow. Then forearm started getting stiff. I tried stretching, but that did very little. I read to try using it, squeeze a ball or something. Anyhoo, that's all i've got.

Feb 25, 2013
Arthroscopic Pain NEW
by: 2x is the charm

I broke my shoulder 3 ways. Took 2 weeks of laying still not to trigger more severe bone break. Did PT for 6 weeks. Shoulder had severe capsuilits. Did surgery. OUCH!!!!! Feels like stitches inside are pulling. Exercise at least 5x daily and do passive motion in chair. Bicep tendon was fixed too, don't understand why it was attached lower. Maybe, that's what is pulling and flipping around.

Bad pain and a flipping feeling inside arm when it is rotated inward or down.

Hand hurts and goes cold, hot, and cramps. Wrist is painful.

After surgery, hand swelled at least 3x its size, got hot, red, swollen and turned inward like a claw. Went to ER. Docs had no clue, but said it look like nerve problems. They put a compression bandage on it. Very strange.

Went off pain meds. Felt like I was walking sideways and out of body feeling, along with nausea constantly. Feet, arms, legs and head tingled... Weird.

Twirly light in eye when I exercise, like a migraine. Not cool!

Wondering when pain will go away. The comments help me a lot. Thanks.

Couldn't go to the bathroom for five days. Not fun! What a journey!

P.A. took stitches out in 3 days. Told no sling in 24 hours. Amazing! PT in less than 24 hours.
Pain is beyond, but I am biting the bullet for the day it all ends

Are stitches inside my arm??? Will I always have problems with my forearm and hand? Why does the hand hurt and wrist? Are nerves comprised?


Feb 28, 2013
Rotator cuff nerve pain causing severy pain and loss of use in hand. NEW
by: Anonymous

I had rotator cuff surgery and it's been 6 weeks now and I have developed severy under arm pain, nerve pain, that is rotating from under arm down arm into forearm and hand. I'm loosing use of my fingers, especially my thumb. Very frustrated. Is this normal. Doctor is having my neck checked out. In a lot of pain and extremely frustrated that I'll be left this way.

Feb 28, 2013
Rotator cuff nerve pain causing severy pain and loss of use in hand. NEW
by: Anonymous

I had rotator cuff surgery and it's been 6 weeks now and I have developed severy under arm pain, nerve pain, that is rotating from under arm down arm into forearm and hand. I'm loosing use of my fingers, especially my thumb. Very frustrated. Is this normal. Doctor is having my neck checked out. In a lot of pain and extremely frustrated that I'll be left this way.

Apr 07, 2013
RC Surgery NEW
by: angie

Hi I had arthroscopy in left shoulder 7 weeks ago and still painful although at least I have about 2 thirds movement in my arm now. still finding sleep very difficult and usually end up in the middle of the night on my coach with a blanket. I just find it strange that the surgery was in my shoulder and yet that's the only bit of my srm that doesn't hurt! I get very sharp pain from my underarm right down to my hand, my bicep is still quite swollen and feels like it has been punched very hard all the time. I do find things every day that I can do today that I couldn't do yesterday so I must be making progress though it doesn't feel like it! I started driving last week, just short journeys maybe 30 mins max. I came on here to see if the arm pain was common - it seems it is? I take naproxen anti inflammatory drugs but not sure they have any effect, and also codeine for pain relief but that makes my sleepy so only can take 2 in the evening - in the hope they help me sleep!

Apr 14, 2013
Shoulder NEW
by: R Merrill

Shoulder Pain after surgery,Yeah.Whole bicep is black.at 6 days, did not have any pain till 7th day.Pretty muched lived on the pill.My line of work is pretty hard and I have dropped the sling to try and get the arm back to work environment.No
luck so far and still have to get back to the sling.

Apr 15, 2013
Still hurting after 7 months NEW
by: Mary Montgomery

Had debridment and munipulation back in Dec 2012, was supposed to have rotator cuff repair but had to much swelling and scar tissue. I was hurt on 9/5/12 it has been 7 months and i still cant move my left shoulder all the way. I now have spasms, frozen shoulder and severe neck pain, also my good shoulder hurts as well. Physical therapy did not help, i think it made it worse. I started taking Turmeric 450mg, it is an herb and it works. After the surgery my left breast was about 3-4 times the size of my right, it really had me scared. I took the turmeric 2times a day(told the doc lol) and i swear by it. It reduces swelling and has helped alot. Try it, you can get it anywhere over the counter...ask your Doc first. Im having a hearing because Workmans comp denied my 2nd procedure.... after the 2nd one i still have to repair the rotator cuff tear. Im just sick and tired of being in pain and want to sleep all night, without a stupid sleeping pill.

Apr 17, 2013
new surgery labrum repair NEW
by: clair

hi all.
I have been reading your comments and been having the same issues. I had the op on Friday 12th April so not even a week. however I have extreme stiffness from the sling and like a pulling sensation like stringy thing cant explain it really and also aching on the bicep. when I remove the sling to wash just moving the arm downwards is painful. I have done Cpl light stretches shown. does anyone feel the pain I tried to explain?


Apr 17, 2013
new surgery labrum repair NEW
by: clair

hi all.
I have been reading your comments and been having the same issues. I had the op on Friday 12th April so not even a week. however I have extreme stiffness from the sling and like a pulling sensation like stringy thing cant explain it really and also aching on the bicep. when I remove the sling to wash just moving the arm downwards is painful. I have done Cpl light stretches shown. does anyone feel the pain I tried to explain?


Apr 21, 2013
11 weeks after surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 61 years old and had othroscopic surgery on Feb 4 to repair torn subscapularis and relocate the bicep tendon. Most of my lingering pan is from the bicep surgery. I was doing passive physical therapy 3 days after surgery and 3 times a week for the next 5 weeks. After 5 weeks I was out of the sling and began moving my arm on my own. I was very dscouraged at times and the PTs kept telling me to hang in there - it would get better after 6 weeks. 6 weeks and one day after surgery things changed considerably. flexibility changed almost overnight, pain dropped to bearable level with 2 ibuprofen/2 times a day. now 11 weeks after surgery I am hoping to get released to start working with weights next week to regain my strength. this was my fourth rotator cuff surgery and the most difficult to recover from - probably due to my age. but just wanted to encourage those that are questioning when it gets better and say hang in there and do that therapy.

Apr 22, 2013
shoulde athroscopic post op NEW
by: clair

hi

I have read your story and this is encouraging words. I was worried id over stretched the bicep as I still get a pulling sensation however I have kept the shoulder close to my body although I have been using elbow and hand as I was told this was ok now I have heard the elbow and hand should not move at all also. So now I have stopped using elbow and hand and will not for the next 5 weeks until sling is off. Anyone with advice is greatly appreciated... thankyou

May 14, 2013
Pain after Surgery NEW
by: Glofish

I had shoulder surgery in right (rotator cuff), then 4 years later in left..6 months ago. Did PT, shoulder is still stiff and still experiencing some pain. Then suddenly the right shoulder is flaring up again. I can't go through another surgery it's too painful - any suggestions? I'm an admin and do a lot of typing - I'm convinced this is causing a lot of the issues with repetitive motion.
Also I have large breasts, I'm pretty sure this is a contributing factor but no one will tell me yes or no!

May 22, 2013
Shoulder blade popping after Slap 2 repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Slap repair type 2 on my right shoulder 5 months ago. I'm still doing my exercises but have noticed significant increase in shoulder blade and collar bone popping and aching.
Can you go to chiropractic therapy for shoulder blades after surgery?
Does popping last forever?
It pops almost after every day to day activity moving scenario. Any thoughts or comments?

May 22, 2013
Shoulder blade popping after Slap 2 repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Slap repair type 2 on my right shoulder 5 months ago. I'm still doing my exercises but have noticed significant increase in shoulder blade and collar bone popping and aching.
Can you go to chiropractic therapy for shoulder blades after surgery?
Does popping last forever?
It pops almost after every day to day activity moving scenario. Any thoughts or comments?

May 29, 2013
post shoulder repair NEW
by: clair

Hi ,it is now 7 weeks since surgery and I have still got limited movement in my arm. I cannot lift it above shoulder height so I am not able to do normal tasks like put hair up atall, reach in the cupboard hang washing on line etc... physio said this is unusual and I should have a better range of movement and may need further surgery or injections. I told them I will not do anymore surgery it is not that I am being stubborn but I am afraid in case there is more trauma and it gets worse. The surgery has not given me a better quality of life as I am unable to do things I had no problem doing before surgery so I am a little frustrated. If anyone can tell me things do get better and that it is just time this would put my mind at ease...

Jun 02, 2013
swollen fingers NEW
by: Caroline

I am 59 and tore my labrum in a bicycle accident 3 months ago. Had arthroscopic surgery April 23 with 2 anchors. Used a sling for 3 weeks then started laser, ultrasound and shortwave treatment and gentle excercises at home. Have had 3 sessions moving my arm with the P T. I am still in great pain, especially biceps, and sleeping seems to be a thing of the past despite painkillers. I notice no one mentions swelling of the fingers, which I have and cannot close my hand properly although I am squezzing a small ball various times throughout the day. My arm movements are extremely limited, bad hair day everyday! Wonderful to have you as a support group, great help reading all your comments. Hope someone can help me with the finger swelling, trust you more than the dr. Get well soon everyone.

Jun 04, 2013
Finally approved for procedure. NEW
by: Anonymous

After many months of pain and frustration my additional diagnosis has finally been approved and added to my file.I can now get the manipulation to tear apart the scar tissue to my left shoulder. Since the first surgery I have had added pain to my neck and right shoulder. It has been a long road. I am praying that the manipulation will get rid of the spasms and pain that I have all day everyday. The swelling in my left breast has gone down alot but still a bigger compared to the right side. I do have a little more range of motion (still with pain). I sleep better but still up through the night just not as much as the beginning. I only have 3 weeks of FMLA so I think I will be ok for the manipulation but as far as actually getting the rotator cuff repaired I will be out of FMLA and could be fired if they want. A work injury is so complicated and frustrating. I just keep on keeping on and hoping that with the procedure I will get better. It happened 9/5/12 so it has been 10 months and that is way to long to be in pain. If you have swelling try the tumeric and see if it helps with your pain. It can't hurt...also I have found that ice is way better than the heat.

Jun 04, 2013
labrum tear surgery NEW
by: clair

Hi there.. I read your post and actually feel alittle better as I know now I am not the only one to be experiencing these issues with mobility. I do hope you get sorted soon please keep intouch wih your post and let us know how you are all getting on..Itis nice to hera of our stories..

Oct 01, 2013
Nerve pain in bicep tendon following shoulder surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had keyhole slap tear and decompression surgery 3 weeks ago. After 10 days the doc told me to take off the sling in the daytime and wear it only at night. The day after I took it off I got a violent nerve pain going from my shoulder to my hand - alleviated only by putting the sling back on. Had immediate MRI which showed the surgery had irritated the nerve at shoulder site, nothing wrong with the neck MRI, thankfully and now back on sling for 2 more weeks. Constant pain in bicep tendon is the most annoying. Anybody out there who's had this and got through it over time?

Oct 05, 2013
extended shoulder pain after surgery NEW
by: greggo

On july 16 I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum, rotator cuff and bicep tendon. I also had bone spur in the shoulder. These injuries were years in the making so I didn't expect to heal fast especially since I'm 53 years old. I started physical therapy 1 week after surgery and felt this was way too soon but did as I was told. Six weeks later, I came out of my sling. My progress since then has been disappointing to say the least. I had minimal improvement over the next few weeks and in the last 2 weeks seem to be going backward. I'm still having a lot of pain and have had to cut back on physical therapy because of it. My therapists have different opinions on this but still want me to show up for therapy. Without showing any improvement, these sessions are nothing but painful and seem to be for the therapists to justify their jobs. I see the doctor next week but being almost 3 months past surgery, I'm not happy with my current status. I would also add that I have had 2 back surgeries, major neck surgery, broken arm and a broken ankle. None of these have been as bad as shoulder surgery. I will post what my doctor says but I am frustrated and starting to regret my decision to have surgery. Anyone else have this combination of injuries......

Oct 12, 2013
Arthoscopic Rotator Cuff Surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a complete cuff tear and had surgery 9/25/13. I hope it will get better. For now, it's hard to see I made the correct decision. I was still training martial arts, working out and shooting hoops, albeit at reduced levels. Now, I'm down and out completely, tying to keep my sanity.
Maybe connecting with others will help as I progress with my physical rehab and mental health stability as well.

Oct 13, 2013
labrum surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

had labrum surgery sept. 3rd and most of the time wish i hadn't, sleep past 3-4 hours is impossible, i wake up in so much pain, i take a vicodin and have to wait for it to work so i can get another 3-4 hours! Therapy really sucks, therapists really don't grasp the pain i feel because they have no clue, they just pull and stretch until THEY want to stop, the only thing i look forward to at therapy is the ice pack. Wore sling for 5 weeks, doc told me to slowly ween myself off, lot less pain wearing the sling, arm gets soooo tired. Told therapy will last 3-4 months, just don't see how i can make it, this is so depressing, can't do much with my right arm. Doc has been great, explains things that were done very well and listens and answers questions. Hate therapy, more pain afterwards than when i walk in the door, sometimes I feel like they just see a dollar sign in a patient.

Oct 14, 2013
Don't panic, you'll all be fine NEW
by: Anonymous

Decompression, bicep tendon and tendonitis surgery done Sept 14. After 1 1/2 weeks doc said to take sling off in the daytime but wear it at night for 6 weeks. Took sling off and get horrid nerve pain. Straight back to doc for MRI next day. But it was OK cos so much work inside the joint made swelling and pushed on nerve, just a matter of time for it to go just like any bruise. Don't worry if you get this nerve pain, horrid, shooting pain, its not as bad as you think. Back in sling for two more weeks but after a week took off sling and back to doc on Oct 12. Everything going well and had to delay physio until October 22 cos the nerve setback, not looking forward to it after reading your letters! I was taking cocodimol (one 500g tab) per night and it was getting me through although I did wake up once or twice but now doc gave me Panadol for Joints, if needed, but so far, OK. Stick with it guys. I had my right shoulder done in 2010 and it seems important to keep the sling on for at least 2-3 weeks all day every day and at night. Physio can sometimes be too soon judging by letters. But we are all different. Full range of movement is supposed to take up to a year, so don't rush it. Good luck.

Oct 14, 2013
labrum surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Good luck to you, had therapy today, therapist said i was behind schedule by 2 weeks, told him to treat me as a person not a number, don't think he liked that but this is my shoulder not his, like i said, my doc is great, 3 weeks ago he gave me vicodin because percocet was messing up my stomach, having a good relationship with your doc is important. Sleeping is so hard, tried the pillow under arm, on my good side and stomach, nothing helps, anyone have any suggestions? Sleeping on the recliner is still good but don't want to stay here. 6 weeks out and i have sharp pains occasionally where surgery was but muscle on outside, under armpit really pains me yet as the muscle in front of shoulder, anyone having these pains? Hey just because you are getting better, don't stop talking here, we need some type of support system.

Oct 14, 2013
Extended shoulder pain NEW
by: Greggo

I posted on October 5 that I was recovering from torn labrum,rotator cuff and bicep tendon. I talked my doc into giving me a steroid packet and I also laid off physical therapy last week. It was the best thing I could have done. The crippling pain has subsided and I've got my range of motion back in my shoulder. My wife could not believe it until I raised my arm over my head without wincing.I cannot wait to show them in physical therapy tomorrow. It proves my point that the patient should be listened to about what is going on in his therapy and not just shrug off his input. If you are having extended pain long after surgery, DEFINITLEY consider doing this. It has helped tremendously with the pain and probably just as important It has helped my frame of mind and can move forward now feeling better about my decision to have surgery. They won't like it that you lay off p.t. For a week but it's your shoulder, not theirs.....good luck

Oct 14, 2013
extended pain NEW
by: greggo

Hey guys, I wanted to say one other thing about something that the last guy who posted brought up. The pain under my armpit and back of shoulder where the doctor did not do anything was giving me as much a problem or more than the actual surgery point. No one could actually tell me why that is but the steroid dose packet fixed that. I'm guessing that inflammation in the muscles there ( I had that problem before surgery) was the culprit. If you get rid of the inflammation in the support muscles, the repaired areas will respond better. As far as sleeping positions, go with whatever works. I sleep on my good side with a pillow shoved against my back and my hurt shoulder tilted back at a 45 degree angle. That's what works for me. Hope that's helpful...

Oct 15, 2013
To all you getting better out there NEW
by: Anonymous

Sounds like you guys are improving whether with p.t or without it. Would say that my son had dislocated shoulder surgery (slap tear) and at 18 didn't do his p.t exercises once he was out the door. He has 100% range of movement from just using his arm/shoulder, slowly pushing it out over the months.

On the other hand I had a brilliant Swiss physio who worked alongside the german surgeon I had. He was gentle and sympathetic and only pushed me as far as I could without much pain. (Me being a girl!) P.T. isn't all about no pain no gain - it should be slowly but surely. In fact I think the therapists who send you out of the door crying are not doing their job properly. Perhaps some therapists might like to comment???

Oct 15, 2013
labrum surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Morning, i also would like to hear from a therapist, i am actually thinking of taking a week off from therapy just "to take a break" from the excessive stretching and pain, i can do all the exercises but when he over-stretches my shoulder, tears roll down my face. I am 55 years old, not 20 or 30, of course i am going to heal slower.

Oct 26, 2013
Post steroid pack NEW
by: Greggo

I started back with p.t. after taking a week off with steroids. I guess they thought I had to make up for taking off because I was in there for 2 hours. I had to do all my old exercises plus several new ones. REALLY!! Some of the exercises were the same ones I was doing 1week after surgery. Of course my shoulder is sore and hurting now.I guess I'm going to have to refuse to do the old exercises if they are going to keep adding new ones. That's 2 hours without doing ice and electric TENS. They say here,do these then run off somewhere. Plus they get upset if I don't give them a days notice that I'm not going to be there. It's looks like they try to cram as many people a day thru therapy as they can. And the P.T. is part of the doctors practice. Doctors office on one side, P.T. on the other. Does anyone else get this impression?

Oct 26, 2013
labrum surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I also took time off therapy and i really enjoyed it, seems i have less pain now, anyway when i went back, no questions asked and they picked up where we left off. Did notice one thing though, now when i tell the therapist he is going too far, he is FINALLY listening to me and not over-stretching me. Before i go to therapy, i write down on a slip of paper exactly where the pain is and the levels i am experiencing, that way my therapist knows exactly where the pain is instead of saying "my shoulder is at level 7", now i write, "front is a 5, behind shoulder a 6", etc. Yes, my doctors office is across the hall from therapy BUT according to my insurance, if i do not like where i am going, i have the right to go to another company, does your therapy company start with the word "coordinated"?

Oct 26, 2013
P.T. Therapy NEW
by: greggo

My P.T. people are not listed as coordinated with my doctors office. They are listed under the same name as my doctors office. Now if I did not want to use them I could choose whoever I wanted as long as my insurance would cover it. But they are closer and convenient than anybody else to me so I saw no reason to drive further than I have to. It's just the assembly line type of therapy that I'm seeing now that makes me question it. I will have to be vocal from here on out to make sure I am getting what I'm needing. The patient has to take control and say whoa to some things.

Oct 27, 2013
Going to physio, not doing the exercises at home! tut tut NEW
by: Anonymous

I had decompression and slap tear surgery mid September. I have only just started physio because of a nerve inflammation set back. I have been to physio twice and my shoulder and nerve pain has got worse because of the "too-advanced" exercises I have been given. 3 sets of 10? Are you having a laugh, I can barely do 5 singles. Then it hurts, so I stop. So now I shall be going to my physio appointments twice a week and having massage and stuff - and that's it. I feel that just by using my arm/shoulder in everyday life is what's increasing my range of movement, not killing myself through exercise. Let's face it, it's going to be the best part of a year to get full range - I know this cos 3 years ago I did exactly the same with my right shoulder. So physio is good for me and it's not good for me. I don't think I will be going the steroid route though, not for me. Good luck guys

Oct 27, 2013
Going to physio, not doing the exercises at home! tut tut NEW
by: Anonymous

I had decompression and slap tear surgery mid September. I have only just started physio because of a nerve inflammation set back. I have been to physio twice and my shoulder and nerve pain has got worse because of the "too-advanced" exercises I have been given. 3 sets of 10? Are you having a laugh, I can barely do 5 singles. Then it hurts, so I stop. So now I shall be going to my physio appointments twice a week and having massage and stuff - and that's it. I feel that just by using my arm/shoulder in everyday life is what's increasing my range of movement, not killing myself through exercise. Let's face it, it's going to be the best part of a year to get full range - I know this cos 3 years ago I did exactly the same with my right shoulder. So physio is good for me and it's not good for me. I don't think I will be going the steroid route though, not for me. Good luck guys

Oct 27, 2013
6 months after Slap 2 NEW
by: Caroline

Now just over 6 months since arthroscopic SLAP 2 surgery. Have stopped physical therapy as insurance no longer pays. I do my excercise at home everyday. Very frustrated as I still cannot raise my arm above shoulder level, out to the side or behind back (not because of pain, it simply won´t go) The pain in biceps and triceps has diminished greatly but I still need ibuprofen at night as I still have trouble sleeping. Would like to swim (style will be interesting!) Has it worked for anyone else? Mentioned swollen hand in my June 2nd comment, less swollen now but when I wake up it's very stiff,don't understand as I didn´t hurt it in my bicycle accident. Sometimes I feel like just giving up but all of you keep me going, THANKS!!

Oct 29, 2013
shoulder pain after surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Wow, 6 months and still having pain at night, i believe that, it has been almost 2 months since my surgery and still waking up with strong, achy pain. Therapy, i just don't get it, they stretch me for 10 minutes then i am on my own for 45 minutes, i do not do the required number of reps THEY want, I do what I can do. I seem to do better at home doing normal daily activities, if it wasn't for my biceps and triceps hurting so bad, i would stop therapy. By the way, why did your insurance company stop paying for therapy? And, does anyone else notice that the therapist "favor" the younger patients and that the therapists talk amongst themselves while they are stretching you out? I am in my 50's and feel really left out of conversations because I am "too old". Guess from this you can tell I am not a fan of therapy.

Oct 29, 2013
therapy NEW
by: Caroline.

They stopped paying for therapy as I'd already had 60! My yearly cuota. I made a great discovery two days ago. I was at a friends and they were playing some really rhythmic music. I started dancing, swinging both arms in all directions, you have no idea how much good it did. No pain, a lot of fun and next day I could raise my arm much more. I think music takes your mind off the pain and it's certainly more fun than therapy. Now doing it at home, only embarrassing my dog! It's been 6 months since my surgery so probably not a good idea for those who have had their surgery recently.

Oct 30, 2013
life after shoulder arthroscopy NEW
by: Susie

I had surgery for slap tear and decompression and impingement in the middle of September. I had a set back with inflamed nerve because of all the work done in there - which is normal. I couldn't start pt until three weeks ago, which is probably more difficult than starting at the recommended two week post surgery.

Yeah, just like you guys, sleep is a problem, pain is a problem and its just frustrating. I look at that I've just gone 6 weeks, which is no time at all really when I think of all the work that's been done in there. I tend to use intermittant ice bags on it as a pain killer in the day if needed and just before I go to sleep I put one on in bed (sometimes I take a couple of Panadol). It works for me, maybe it'll work for you. And sure you wake up in the night, so you get up and go the freezer and put another one on. Pain in the neck but you soon drop off again.

I don't do the painful exercises my pt gives me very much at all, just the ones I can tolerate. I did find however that gently on the cross trainer is BRILLIANT! I'm been doing 5 mins slowly but rhythmically and I am going to add a minute on every day. As soon as it starts hurting I call it a day and then do it again later on.

Hope it helps guys - give it time.


Oct 30, 2013
labrum surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone! Labrum surgery 8 weeks ago, still having huge problem sleeping more then 3-4 and a sharp pinching front of shoulder. Therapy going o.k., she told me today to sleep either on recliner or with towel under my arm like i had with the "pillow" with my shoulder immobilizer, well..., i didn't have a pillow with my immobilizer and maybe that is the problem. I now do all my daily activities with a rolled up towel under my arm, even using my laptop, i use a towel. The person that does exercises with music, what type of exercises do you do? Small rom? Like you, I do not do the exercises at home they tell me but i found doing the pendulums when i am in pain helps, at therapy i do close to what they want me to but i don't push it, lol, i don't even count everything. After 60 therapy visits your insurance company cut you off? Is that normal? The people that have pain during the night, is yours like a burning pain throughout the whole shoulder area? Thanks everyone, it's nice having a "support" group.

Nov 03, 2013
Pain after Tendonesis with RA and FMS NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone else on here have other pain issues besides post-op arthoscopic shoulder surgery? I am dieing here! 2 1/2 weeks after surgery, and I've been doing PT since day one the doc (even though saying he would'nt) stopped pain meds. Besides moving the tendon he manipulated the shoulder and cleaned up a small labrum tear. I had no idea the pain would be so intense!! Now the PT is agrevating my other pain issues as well as a sore under my arm caused from the nurses tearing my skin. I am 63 yrs young and have dealt with a lot of pain but this is rediculous. Why don't they tell you these things so you can make a better choice before deciding to have surgery or not? I'm usually pretty informed but two days before surgery, the doc decided things were a little more complicated. Bo-Ho... It's too bad I didn't find this site earlier. Any suggestions for finding pain remedies besides going underground?! it looks like This May take awhile to get back to some sort of normalcy... I wonder what would happen if I just stopped PT?

Nov 04, 2013
for the 63 year old in pain NEW
by: susie

Hi,

I too am no spring chicken and 56 years young when I had my shoulder done 7 weeks ago. Slap tear, decompression and impingement. I also had post-op problems with nerve inflammation. Yep, it seems normal to start physio after 2-3 weeks - I did this with my left shoulder 3 years ago - as it breaks down the scar tissue quickly before it has time to "set in". Because of nerve set back I had to wait 5 weeks before physio.

You will be in pain, its normal, and sleeping is rubbish as well. I find that an ice bag is a good painkiller together with a couple of panadol extra's. Thing is you can't keep taking megapainkillers. I, like you, were thinking when is this ever to stop, but it does. I would leave off the physio exercises for a couple of days and see how you go. If you are still going to physio ask them to just use the ultrasound thingy for deep tissue healing and massage - you know best - its your shoulder. By the way you shouldn't be in pain during physio sessions to the extent where some of you are crying coming out. My physio just touches the pain barrier and then backs off and I'm doing just fine. Sometimes I don't do her exercises if it hurts. Full range range movement takes about a year. Just doing normal things like reaching up on a shelf for something will stretch it out further and further.

Cross trainer is also good, just 5 or 6 mintes slowly slowly. Good luck!

Nov 04, 2013
shoulder surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I really feel bad for the person that the doc took away your pain meds, that is not right. I was having really bad pain, all day and it woke me up at night, took an aleve one evening and oh my gosh, it was great, i slept 8 hours pain free. my first 4 weeks were really bad but then the "surgery" pain started going away, now it is the pain from where the doc tightened the rotator cuff and the stretching at pt, i let them know when they go too far and I do not do any of their exercises at home, need those days to recover from pt., I like alot of other people on this site, took a break from pt for 10 days and it really helped, i can't believe also that you started pt right after surgery, these people don't understand our pain because they never experienced it. Oh yea, do you do the pendulum exercises? I do them maybe 5 times a day just to help relieve the pain, hope all this helps, do you live in the u.s.? I know people in canada have a harder time with pain and pt. julie

Nov 18, 2013
ouch NEW
by: Anonymous

going in for surgery on 11/20/2013..not looking forward to having my arm in a sling for 3 or more weeks.let alone sleeping or atleast trying to sleep sitting up,ugghh.and then ofcourse I have to drive my neice 45 min away for her surgery shes having the following day..thats going to be fun..

Nov 18, 2013
ouch NEW
by: Anonymous

going in for surgery on 11/20/2013..not looking forward to having my arm in a sling for 3 or more weeks.let alone sleeping or atleast trying to sleep sitting up,ugghh.and then ofcourse I have to drive my neice 45 min away for her surgery shes having the following day..thats going to be fun..

Nov 19, 2013
Surgery on the 20th NEW
by: Anonymous

You Most definitely won't be driving after surgery - I was laid off for 4-6 weeks. Good luck with that!

Nov 19, 2013
pain after slap tear/decompression/impingement surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Two months down the line from surgery and going to physio and slowly slowly starting to increase the range, but damn, does it still hurt and twinge at night. Today I went to an Indonesian masseuse and she spent 40 mins just on my shoulder and arm. These girls are amazing, they understand the physiology perfectly and afterwards I had a significant increased range and whats more the pain was less. I'm going to go twice a week on top of my physio - recommend it!

Dec 16, 2013
going for 2nd surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had rotator cuff surgery on 1/11/2013 as out patient. Six days after, I was in so much pain that I could no longer stand it. I then went to the E.R., they did an X-ray and I was told that my shoulder was dislocated. I was then put to sleep and they placed my shoulder back in. I had about 4 months of therapy, which could not give me back range of motion. I had 3 cortisone injections and they didn't work at all. So now I am now trying to get myself ready to have surgery again on 12/19. So as for the pain of the first surgery yes it was very painful. I know this will be as well. But, I don't want to have half usage of my right arm, which I'm right handed, so I can only hope that this surgery will work out better than the first, and hope I can deal with the pain after the surgery.

Feb 22, 2014
SLAP & Acromioplasty NEW
by: Jimbo

I had surgery Dec. 19, 2013 and today is Feb. 22, 2014. In addition to stitching the top portion of the Labrum to the piece it tore off from (SLAP) I also had the underside of the (AC Joint shaved to give more space for the arm bone ( humerous to move in the shoulder (Acromioplasty). I am 64 yrs. old, athletic, great health and never had a surgery before this one. This was one of the worst experiencing of my life; pain lasting up until recently-so bad and the shoulder tight, crunching and grinding. Everything felt so bad I thought the surgery was unsuccessful or perhaps I did major damage doing the PT. I pursued the PT consistently 5 to six days per week, regardless and this is the good news for those reading this post. I saw the surgeon on Feb. 18 and he was shocked to see I had almost 100 % full range of motion. Just within the last 4 days the pain has subsided to a little discomfort. I am now able to sleep on both sides in bed since before I was sleep deprived, in great pain and suffering from deep depression due to how the shoulder was feeling. I'm closing in on 10 weeks since the surgery and a break through is happening and I know now I am going to be fine. I read all these posted comments as I was going through this hell and believing I made the biggest mistake of my life by having the surgery. Almost completely pain free now and I want others to know that recovery is possible. My suggestion is stay consistent with the PT and take it one day at a time. I prayed a lot and thank God that this recovery from severe pain is happening to me and I feel so much better. hang in there!

Mar 14, 2014
Not so bad, really. NEW
by: uk_patient

Keyhole surgery for decompression; removal of bony spur. Luckily got to it before there was any tear. Four neat holes with a stitch each on 25 Feb. Sling (only for three days, then "throw it away"). Pain killers for three days (every three hours alternately Ibuprofen and Cocodamol) and then stopped completely (Cocodamol danger of addiction). Physiotherapy exercises as recommended (pendulum, shoulder shrugs, hand up to the small of the back...) since then. Stitches out ten days after op.
Pain during day comes and goes but not above 4/10. Worse at night and less sleep than I would like (but no worse than before the op). Driving after a week. Out on the trike (recumbent tricycle, so elbows in at sides and no great pressure on arms) for five miles or so a day recently. Keep positive!

Apr 06, 2014
Shoulder pain NEW
by: Steve

I had a torn labrum and my bicept muscle was relocated. In my fifth week and still in a lot of pain. Medication dosent seem to be working any more. Tried Norco now on oxy. Seems like Advil relieves the swelling in my shoulder . The dr is very vague on what wrong with my shoulder . He put me on this steroid to relieve the inflammation . On the second day of this med. funny thing is I had pain day after surgery n a week later I wasn't in pain at all then the fourth week pain over took my entire arm . Has anyone had this problem. I feel it in bicept , triceps, wrist , shoulder, and my pointing finger feels like it is sprained.

Apr 07, 2014
steve NEW
by: susie

Hi Steve

I am 56 and had successful surgery having my bicep tendon located with titanium screw, tendonesis and subacromial decompression in September 2013.

Following which I suffered nerve pain into my arm as a result of the subac decompression.I was told to put ice on it and this seemed to work quite well. I was in a lot of pain after surgery and had to take co-codamol for a week (yuk!), after which I took mild anti-inflams. It did still hurt but I wanted to get off the painkillers as quick as I could. Obviously I have been going for physio since end October until last week.

I would say it has taken 7 months to be virtually pain free and it was only about 3 weeks ago when I felt that I had turned a major corner. Now its just a bit uncomfortable but it will go. I have a German surgeon and he says it is going to be a total of one year before I can get a) full range of movement and b)no discomfort. I can actually now use 1kg and 2kg dumbells for bicep curls but only from last week. It takes time but you will get there, don't worry. I had the right shoulder operated on in 2010 for bicep tendon relocation and it took about 8 months, but that was simpler.

Apr 07, 2014
steve NEW
by: susie

Hi Steve

I am 56 and had successful surgery having my bicep tendon located with titanium screw, tendonesis and subacromial decompression in September 2013.

Following which I suffered nerve pain into my arm as a result of the subac decompression.I was told to put ice on it and this seemed to work quite well. I was in a lot of pain after surgery and had to take co-codamol for a week (yuk!), after which I took mild anti-inflams. It did still hurt but I wanted to get off the painkillers as quick as I could. Obviously I have been going for physio since end October until last week.

I would say it has taken 7 months to be virtually pain free and it was only about 3 weeks ago when I felt that I had turned a major corner. Now its just a bit uncomfortable but it will go. I have a German surgeon and he says it is going to be a total of one year before I can get a) full range of movement and b)no discomfort. I can actually now use 1kg and 2kg dumbells for bicep curls but only from last week. It takes time but you will get there, don't worry. I had the right shoulder operated on in 2010 for bicep tendon relocation and it took about 8 months, but that was simpler.

Apr 07, 2014
Sue NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks sue. Problem is that I had great range of motion the first 3 weeks n no my shoulder has regressed at least half now putting a damper on my recovery. I thought I was going to be the 1 percent that wasnt going to have a problem. Therapist is annoyed that the surgeon is not concered about was my regressed in progress of my ROM. The therapist said that at this time I should be doing more n not less in P/T. I know everyone is different just annoyed by reading a lot of these post that everyone seems to be having a lot of problems n not getting any better. Just frustrated that these surgeons don't have better answers for people problems. Glad to hear ur doing better n hope u have a great n final recovery !!!

Apr 07, 2014
Sue NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks sue. Problem is that I had great range of motion the first 3 weeks n no my shoulder has regressed at least half now putting a damper on my recovery. I thought I was going to be the 1 percent that wasnt going to have a problem. Therapist is annoyed that the surgeon is not concered about was my regressed in progress of my ROM. The therapist said that at this time I should be doing more n not less in P/T. I know everyone is different just annoyed by reading a lot of these post that everyone seems to be having a lot of problems n not getting any better. Just frustrated that these surgeons don't have better answers for people problems. Glad to hear ur doing better n hope u have a great n final recovery !!!

Apr 07, 2014
steve NEW
by: susie

Hi,

When I was going to physio and then had inflammation and couldn't progress with physio, the therapist told me to go and take a mild anti inflam and come back in 2 weeks. It worked really well, cos it had settled down enough to go back to the physio and make some headway, cos they can't work with you if you are in pain. You'll be fine!

Apr 12, 2014
slap repair NEW
by: Renee

jimbo I found your post inspiring. I am 6 weeks post op. Like you I am healthy and live a life style to that. I knew I could not continue my regiment of daily exercise after this slap repair but the pain is more than I can bear at times. nights the worse. PT is painful but I get great relief from it. So I go in hopes this will get better but it is very slow. I do my exercise regularly and mile stone was when I could put my hair up in a pony tail. I want 100% ROM nothing less and my dr said I will so I am banking on this. I am an RN and knew what I was in for but you don't know till it happens to u. The ackey pain is unbearable at times and when it is bad no position to sleep is comfortable I just cry. I take my pain pills when that bad but I hate it,seems it should be better as far as the pain. I am going to have to get another RX for them I could just scream. Gets so depressing the pain never ending wears on u.GGGGGRRRRR

Apr 12, 2014
P/T NEW
by: Steve

Thanks sue . I hope just hot off the steroids they gave me arm was doing better after the inflammation went down. Now it regressed again. I have no clue what to do. Monday will be six weeks n I can't even lift my arm by myself yet. Good for u Renee for being able to tie ur hair in a pony . Wish I could move my arm mor than a couple of inches by myself. Well we will c what happens . Hate to sound like a baby but I don't like being dependent on people. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong . Hope everyone heals to 100 percent!!!

Apr 13, 2014
steve NEW
by: sue

Hi Steve, Sounds like you're not feeling that brilliant with not being able to lift your arm, after what 7 weeks? I'm not a doc and wouldn't give any medical advice but if it was me I would come off all the meds and just use ice and a mild anti inflammatory. It DOES heal, be patient. I am 7 months down the line and it's only just about 3 weeks ago where I'm generally not even thinking about it but from time to time I get a twinge. One whole year is what you are looking at but you'll be glad you did it. happy days hey! haha

Apr 13, 2014
Numbness and cold NEW
by: Anonymous

I am glad I found this forum. I am at the five week mark wearing a sling with 5 anchors placed for torn labrum. I also had a partial tear in my biceps tendon repaired and some humeral head clean up done. I can not say I have enjoyed this journey, but the main question is this......Has anyone else suffered numbness and severe cold in the affected limb? It sometimes feels like someone is pouring a glass of ice water down my arm. I got my daughter to feel both arms and the repaired arm is definitely colder to the touch :( It happens intermittently on and off all day. Sending out my best for those recovering and those embarking on this journey.

Apr 13, 2014
Nun nous NEW
by: Steve

There is time I feel a sharp pain down my bicep n triceps it also numbs up the whole arm . Never cold but hot from inflammation . It sucks but they gave me a steroid to help it feels alittle better. Tomorrow I come our of the sling but I think I will still need it time to time. How's P/T coming for u?

Apr 14, 2014
Numb numb NEW
by: sue

I had pretty much the same surgery as you but no anchors - just a titanium screw. I'm guessing you had a nerve block cos I had some nerve pain following mine for longer than 7 weeks. I am 7 months down the line and still get the odd twinge. My doc did a cervical MRI to check my neck and all is great there - so it is just time! I have to say tho that I didn't get any feelings of cold or numbness - just a slight nerve pain going down the arm. I went to a trained Indonesian massage therapist who spent 40 minutes per week just massaging the shoulder, arm and upper back of shoulder - sometimes I think it did more than the PT but that's not fair - massage is massage and PT is just a necessary evil! Good luck with it and don't worry.

Apr 14, 2014
Numb numb NEW
by: sue

I had pretty much the same surgery as you but no anchors - just a titanium screw. I'm guessing you had a nerve block cos I had some nerve pain following mine for longer than 7 weeks. I am 7 months down the line and still get the odd twinge. My doc did a cervical MRI to check my neck and all is great there - so it is just time! I have to say tho that I didn't get any feelings of cold or numbness - just a slight nerve pain going down the arm. I went to a trained Indonesian massage therapist who spent 40 minutes per week just massaging the shoulder, arm and upper back of shoulder - sometimes I think it did more than the PT but that's not fair - massage is massage and PT is just a necessary evil! Good luck with it and don't worry.

May 18, 2014
Second time around NEW
by: Michele

Hi Folks

I had frozen shoulder and impingement surgery on right shoulder 10 years ago. That time it was workman comp due to repetitive nature of my work. I had surgery in Sept and after intense physical therapy had to go back in for manipulation under anesthesia, due to excess scar tissue (adhesions). After that doctor put me on CPM machine, physical therapy and finally I was able to make progress. The pain was bad... lack of sleep, etc everything I'm hearing on this message board. I'm glad to say I'm totally pain free from that surgery and regained
most all my range of motion. External rotation didn't come back all the way, but not enough of a problem to cause any concern.

The problem is I now had the same surgery on my other shoulder and am experiencing it all over again. The shoulder was frozen, very inflamed and he shaved the bone. This time the doctor put me on CPM (continuous passive motion) machine immediately after surgery. I think this has made a difference because I'm making good progress, except rotation. It's been five weeks since surgery and I'm still hurting a lot, especially after PT. I only take pain med at night and then again when I wake up four or five hours later. The pain does wear you down, and make you think you'll never get better, but I know my other shoulder has been A OKAY for ten years now. I just have to tough it out, try to stay positive and be glad I only have two shoulders.

May 18, 2014
Second time around NEW
by: Michele

Hi Folks

I had frozen shoulder and impingement surgery on right shoulder 10 years ago. That time it was workman comp due to repetitive nature of my work. I had surgery in Sept and after intense physical therapy had to go back in for manipulation under anesthesia, due to excess scar tissue (adhesions). After that doctor put me on CPM machine, physical therapy and finally I was able to make progress. The pain was bad... lack of sleep, etc everything I'm hearing on this message board. I'm glad to say I'm totally pain free from that surgery and regained
most all my range of motion. External rotation didn't come back all the way, but not enough of a problem to cause any concern.

The problem is I now had the same surgery on my other shoulder and am experiencing it all over again. The shoulder was frozen, very inflamed and he shaved the bone. This time the doctor put me on CPM (continuous passive motion) machine immediately after surgery. I think this has made a difference because I'm making good progress, except rotation. It's been five weeks since surgery and I'm still hurting a lot, especially after PT. I only take pain med at night and then again when I wake up four or five hours later. The pain does wear you down, and make you think you'll never get better, but I know my other shoulder has been A OKAY for ten years now. I just have to tough it out, try to stay positive and be glad I only have two shoulders.

May 18, 2014
Second time around NEW
by: Michele

Hi Folks

I had frozen shoulder and impingement surgery on right shoulder 10 years ago. That time it was workman comp due to repetitive nature of my work. I had surgery in Sept and after intense physical therapy had to go back in for manipulation under anesthesia, due to excess scar tissue (adhesions). After that doctor put me on CPM machine, physical therapy and finally I was able to make progress. The pain was bad... lack of sleep, etc everything I'm hearing on this message board. I'm glad to say I'm totally pain free from that surgery and regained
most all my range of motion. External rotation didn't come back all the way, but not enough of a problem to cause any concern.

The problem is I now had the same surgery on my other shoulder and am experiencing it all over again. The shoulder was frozen, very inflamed and he shaved the bone. This time the doctor put me on CPM (continuous passive motion) machine immediately after surgery. I think this has made a difference because I'm making good progress, except rotation. It's been five weeks since surgery and I'm still hurting a lot, especially after PT. I only take pain med at night and then again when I wake up four or five hours later. The pain does wear you down, and make you think you'll never get better, but I know my other shoulder has been A OKAY for ten years now. I just have to tough it out, try to stay positive and be glad I only have two shoulders.

May 18, 2014
Second time around NEW
by: Michele

Hi Folks

I had frozen shoulder and impingement surgery on right shoulder 10 years ago. That time it was workman comp due to repetitive nature of my work. I had surgery in Sept and after intense physical therapy had to go back in for manipulation under anesthesia, due to excess scar tissue (adhesions). After that doctor put me on CPM machine, physical therapy and finally I was able to make progress. The pain was bad... lack of sleep, etc everything I'm hearing on this message board. I'm glad to say I'm totally pain free from that surgery and regained
most all my range of motion. External rotation didn't come back all the way, but not enough of a problem to cause any concern.

The problem is I now had the same surgery on my other shoulder and am experiencing it all over again. The shoulder was frozen, very inflamed and he shaved the bone. This time the doctor put me on CPM (continuous passive motion) machine immediately after surgery. I think this has made a difference because I'm making good progress, except rotation. It's been five weeks since surgery and I'm still hurting a lot, especially after PT. I only take pain med at night and then again when I wake up four or five hours later. The pain does wear you down, and make you think you'll never get better, but I know my other shoulder has been A OKAY for ten years now. I just have to tough it out, try to stay positive and be glad I only have two shoulders.

Jun 13, 2014
Rotator and Labrum Surgery NEW
by: Jen

Rotator cuff (1 anchor) and labrum (2 anchors) surgery on February 11th. 2x/week physical therapy plus home therapy every day since 2 weeks after surgery. Range of motion is currently about 70% and it is coming up on 4 months now since the surgery. Pain is still about 5x more than it was before the surgery, although that is not constant - just when I try to do anything with the arm above waist. Doctor told me 6-12 months for full recovery, and some people take 2 years. Doctor and physical therapist think I am doing good considering what damage there was.

Missed a total of four days before I had to be back to work (brutal) because I had just changed jobs. Worker's Comp injury - some equipment came loose from a wall and I felt the need to catch it.

I am anxious to be at a point where I am glad I had the surgery, but I am not there yet. Started yoga 2x/week to hopefully help the stretching. Tired of hurting and not being able to reach with my right arm.

Hope everyone feels better soon, including me. :)

Jul 05, 2014
Arthroscopy with mumford NEW
by: Angela

I had arthroscopic surgery on my right shoulder one week ago. The ortho Dr, went in and cleaned everything out, shaved off multiple bone spurs, about a centimeter of my clavicle and also a dented spot in my clavicle. He also found when he got in there that the front almost half of my labrum was not just torn but shredded beyond repair. So, he cut it off. Snipped it right at the top and bottom of the damaged area. Has anyone else had this? Is it going to predispose me to having my shoulder come out of socket? Also, he gave me Lortab 10 which helped a lot, but of course I am out of them at the 7 day mark. Nothing else even seems to touch the pain. I generally have a high pain tolerance but this one is kicking my butt! Any ideas? I think I will go back to him Monday and see if he can prescribe more meds or do something to help. I am sleeping in my recliner, which thankfully has electronic buttons rather than the traditional lever you have to pull. I'd love to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience. Also, did any of you have an issue of the torn labrum just not showing up on tests? My ortho was fairly surprised when he got in there and saw just how much damage I had. Thanks! Angela

Jul 05, 2014
Arthroscopy with mumford NEW
by: Angela

I had arthroscopic surgery on my right shoulder one week ago. The ortho Dr, went in and cleaned everything out, shaved off multiple bone spurs, about a centimeter of my clavicle and also a dented spot in my clavicle. He also found when he got in there that the front almost half of my labrum was not just torn but shredded beyond repair. So, he cut it off. Snipped it right at the top and bottom of the damaged area. Has anyone else had this? Is it going to predispose me to having my shoulder come out of socket? Also, he gave me Lortab 10 which helped a lot, but of course I am out of them at the 7 day mark. Nothing else even seems to touch the pain. I generally have a high pain tolerance but this one is kicking my butt! Any ideas? I think I will go back to him Monday and see if he can prescribe more meds or do something to help. I am sleeping in my recliner, which thankfully has electronic buttons rather than the traditional lever you have to pull. I'd love to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience. Also, did any of you have an issue of the torn labrum just not showing up on tests? My ortho was fairly surprised when he got in there and saw just how much damage I had. Thanks! Angela

Jul 05, 2014
4 months NEW
by: Steve

My labrum was completely torn none spurs shaved 3 anchors and bicep muscle was relocated. I'm on my fourth month right now n pain does get better but not out of woods yet. I had a flare up n put me back . Lost external rotation but coming back very very slowly. Go to therapy 3 times a week n it seems like I'm at a stand still. My shoulder n scapula is frozen they r moving it but it seems like the scapula keeps taking over n dosent want the shoulder to move. If that makes sense. Anything above shoulder is very hard to do but I started on weights a month ago to get rid of the atrofine . Strength coming back but I still have pain as well. I hope I get at least 90 percent back. Sleeping in the bed is a challenge I keep tossing n turning to find comfortable spot. I feel everyone's pain I m just wondering if I will have to have that manipulation surgery as well. Hope everyone heals fast n has a great recovery!!

Aug 21, 2014
shoulder resurfacing with pros, implant NEW
by: frankie t

just had the resurfacing yesterday,with an cap implant.wow that nerve blocker was a trip.after it wore off the pain is bad.my whole bicept is swollen and purple. I expect that's normal.this surgery has a good recovery rate. hope I heal like new. im sure pt will be tough. anyone have this kind of surgery. they put a cap on the head of the bone, titamium I guess. feel like steve Austin. lol

Nov 21, 2014
post surgery pain NEW
by: christopher

I had arthroscopic surgery on left shoulder. Cleaned out alot of bursitis, arthritis, took out bone spurs, and shaved my a/c joint a bit to make more room. I now have pain and weakness if raising my arm laterally and if trying to do overhead pressing. pain shoots down are to wrist and feels like something is being pinched or like something is catching in the joint on those movements. Anyone had this problem?

Dec 05, 2014
so much pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I just had arthroscopy surgery on my left shoulder 3 days ago this really hurt cant sleep in my bed have to sleep sitting up how long does this pain last I feel like I am going crazy from this pain

Dec 06, 2014
PT NEW
by: Scorpio55

soooo much pain with the physical therapist . could he be pushing too hard??

Dec 15, 2014
My shoulder surgeries NEW
by: Brad

Hey everybody. It is hard finding people who understand what this is like, so I appreciate that you have shared your stories. I'll go ahead and add mine to the mix.

I'm 33 now and I've had 2 anterior shoulder surgeries - an arthroscopic bankart repair on the right shoulder back in 2007, and then very recently an open bony bankart repair on the left shoulder in October 2014.

Surgery 1 - Arthroscopic Bankart Repair on Right Shoulder
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I was 25 years old when I dislocated my right shoulder crashing off a snowboard jump. It was my first ever dislocation, and I thought I could heal it with physical therapy and exercise. Not a chance. I went through 3 months of rigorous PT followed by 9 months of very regular and focused exercise with a trainer. I really thought that would do the trick as I was in excellent health and very diligent with the rehab. Unfortunately, after a year my shoulder was still wonky and sometimes felt like it wanted to fall out during overhead movements, so I went ahead and scheduled the surgery.

The repair on my right shoulder was done arthroscopically, and I was shocked at how much WORSE it felt immediately following the surgery. This surgery is no joke. I began physical therapy and slowly regained motion, then strength. After about 6 months most of my motion was back and it was starting to feel pretty strong. After a year it felt WAY better than before surgery, and I was so glad that I did it. I was able to resume mountain biking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, etc. all without pain or instability. Yay.

Surgery 2 - Open Bony Bankart Repair on Left Shoulder
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Fast forward to 2014. I now have 7 years on my repaired right shoulder and it still feels great. Better than my left shoulder felt, in fact. The left shoulder started feeling sore after some particularly aggresive sessions of wakeboarding and I knew something was wrong. Sure enough, 2 months later I'm out wakeboarding and I throw an air raley (where you extend your body out kind of like superman) and my left shoulder popped out of the socket while I was in the air. Crap.

This time, I knew what I was in for and that I most likely had a torn labrum which PT alone could not repair. I got an MRI which confirmed my suspicion and the ortho recommended I get an arthroscopic surgery. She said that there was also a fairly large bone fragment floating around in there (fractured glenoid rim), and it would either be removed or reattached during surgery. I decided to get a second opinion, and the next ortho also recommended surgery, but he wanted to do an open surgery. He said with the presence of a bone fragment, an open surgery would be more predictable and also leave me with a stronger repair than an arthroscopic surgery. He felt this was important since I am very active.

I went ahead with the open surgery in the last week of October. I don't know exactly how many anchors they put in, all I know is that they had to reattach the labrum, a tendon, and the glenoid fragment. Pain was pretty severe at first, and I was taking 2 of the 5mg oxycodone (Percocet) every 4 hours. Sleep was extremely difficult the first several days, and I slept in a recliner. Probably only got 3-4 hours of sleep the first few nights.

The sling caused me incredible discomfort and left me with terrible neck pain. The neck tension and pain actually became worse than the shoulder pain. The doctor told me to wear the sling for 4-6 weeks but I just couldn't take it. I stopped wearing the sling after that first week. This relieved some of the neck tension and improved my state of my mind since I wasn't feeling so claustrophobic and grumpy. I was extremely careful (for the most part) not to do anything stupid with my left arm while it was out of the sling, and a few times I put it on when I was in a crowded public place so nobody would bump into me. I think that taking off the sling early was the right move for me. I started using icy-hot on my shoulder and neck, massaging it with a tennis ball (placing the ball under my shoulder blade and laying against it), and alternating between a heat pack and ice pad. This got rid of most of the neck pain. After the first week, I was taking 10mg hydrocodone (Norco) about every 6 hours.

On to physical therapy. I began PT at 2 weeks, just for range of motion at first. I make a point never to take pain meds before PT so I can feel everything. I do this so I don't push it too hard and so I can give the therapist accurate feedback. Of course it is usually very sore when I get done, so I take the pain meds afterwards. After 3 weeks of PT I was back up to about 30 degrees of external rotation and with assistance from my right arm I was able to lift my left arm almost to 180 degrees, just about straight up. At this point I begain strength training in PT and at the same time, the doc cut my prescription from 10mg Norco to 5mg Norco. On the first day of strength PT they had me using a band for external rotation. This hurt but not terribly. Then they loaded up a stronger band and had me try internal rotation. Holy ****. First time I cussed out loud in PT. The sharp pain in my joint was unbearable. I went home and took my 5mg hydrocodone, then an hour later called my doctor because it just didn't do anything for the pain. They instructed me to take 2. Sure, I can do that, but I'm not sure why they cut my dosage in half then just tell me to double the dosage. I think doctors have gotten very conservative with pain meds since the recent re-scheduling and new laws. It really sucks because they treat you like an addict if you ask for more pain medicine. It's not like I'm just popping these all the time and taking them for fun. They need to cut people some slack when they're off a fresh surgery and going through painful PT.

A few days later in my next PT session, I was shocked by how much better the internal rotation felt already. It was night and day difference. I was still sore afterwards, but it was at least manageable. They quickly started ramping up my weights. I'm actually surprised at how much they had me doing so soon. After just a week of strength PT, they had me doing pushups against a table (not full pushups), dumbell curls (10 lb), triceps (10 lb), bands every which direction, and a walking plank up and down a 6" box, and a few other things. I was particularly surprised that they had me doing the walking plank so quickly, but it didn't cause me any problems. For the first time since before my surgery, my arm had actual muscle soreness and not just joint soreness, which I was very happy about.

I am now almost 8 weeks out from surgery, with a couple weeks of strength PT under my belt. I still have a long way to go on ROM, particularly external rotation and behind my back. I can barely even put my hand behind my back right now, let alone bring it upwards. That will come in time. I can't wait until I'm 6-12 months out because I know this is going to heal up great. Right now I still have some joint pain after PT, and just ran out of the 5mg hydrocodone that my surgeon had given me. He told me 2 weeks ago that he wouldn't prescribe any more pain killers because "you typically don't need them after 6 weeks." That's pretty lame, because my shoulder still has a ways to go before it is fully healed and I'm hitting the PT hard, and it leaves me in pain. I didn't want to argue with the surgeon so I just called my primary care physician and it sounds like he is going to give me a new pain med prescription in the next couple of days. I'm very thankful for that as it will allow me to push it in PT and know that I don't have to sit around in pain afterwards, which I think will ultimately get me healed up more quickly.

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For anybody out there that is debating whether to go through with a bankart repair for shoulder instability, I highly recommend it. Yes, it sucks. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it is a lot of work to rehab it properly. But it really works. I had to sacrifice a snowboard season for this surgery, but in the end I'm going to have a stable strong shoulder that will last me for years. The repair I had on my right shoulder 7 years ago has allowed me to push hard in many sports, and I know my shoulder wouldn't have stood up to this without the surgery.

As far as open vs arthroscopic shoulder surgery, it depends on what is wrong with your shoulder and also how hard you plan to use it. In my case because of the bone fragment and because I really use my shoulder a lot, then open surgery seemed like a good choice. It was definitely a bit more painful than the arthro, particuarly the first couple weeks with the huge bandage chaffing and uncomfortable incision in my armpit. At almost 8 weeks out it is now pretty even with the arthro as far as pain. The incision wasn't very large, about 3", and it tucks neatly into my armpit.

I should also note that I really shopped around for the right surgeon both times I had surgery. I have no problem asking a doctor if they are the best or if they know any better surgeons, who they would want operating on them, who they would refer an olympic athelete to, etc. I also ask a lot of questions about what was wrong and how they would fix it and why. If somebody can't be bothered to explain this to me, that isn't somebody I want digging into my shoulder and making a lifelong repair. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make a decision about the type of surgery you get, who will do it, and how to rehab it.

Ok, I'm done rambling for now. Hope somebody finds this helpful. Wishing all of you a speedy and full recovery.

Dec 15, 2014
My shoulder surgeries NEW
by: Brad

Hey everybody. It is hard finding people who understand what this is like, so I appreciate that you have shared your stories. I'll go ahead and add mine to the mix.

I'm 33 now and I've had 2 anterior shoulder surgeries - an arthroscopic bankart repair on the right shoulder back in 2007, and then very recently an open bony bankart repair on the left shoulder in October 2014. I only had one dislocation of each shoulder before surgery.

Surgery 1 - Arthroscopic Bankart Repair on Right Shoulder
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I was 25 years old when I dislocated my right shoulder crashing off a snowboard jump. It was my first ever dislocation, and I thought I could heal it with physical therapy and exercise. Not a chance. I went through 3 months of rigorous PT followed by 9 months of very regular and focused exercise with a trainer. I really thought that would do the trick as I was in excellent health and very diligent with the rehab. Unfortunately, after a year my shoulder was still wonky and sometimes felt like it wanted to fall out during overhead movements, so I went ahead and scheduled the surgery.

The repair on my right shoulder was done arthroscopically, and I was shocked at how much WORSE it felt immediately following the surgery. This surgery is no joke. I began physical therapy and slowly regained motion, then strength. After about 6 months most of my motion was back and it was starting to feel pretty strong. After a year it felt WAY better than before surgery, and I was so glad that I did it. I was able to resume mountain biking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, rock climbing, etc. all without pain or instability. Yay.

Surgery 2 - Open Bony Bankart Repair on Left Shoulder
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Fast forward to 2014. I have 7 years on my repaired right shoulder and it still feels great. Better than my left shoulder felt, in fact. The left shoulder started feeling sore after some particularly aggresive sessions of wakeboarding and I knew something was wrong. Sure enough, 2 months later I'm out wakeboarding and I throw an air raley (where you extend your body out kind of like superman) and my left shoulder popped out of the socket while I was in the air. Crap.

This time, I knew what I was in for and that I most likely had a torn labrum which PT alone could not repair. I got an MRI which confirmed my suspicion and the ortho recommended I get an arthroscopic surgery. She said that there was also a fairly large bone fragment floating around in there (fractured glenoid rim), and it would either be removed or reattached during surgery. I decided to get a second opinion, and the next ortho also recommended surgery, but he wanted to do an open surgery. He said with the presence of a bone fragment, an open surgery would be more predictable and also leave me with a stronger repair than an arthroscopic surgery. He felt this was important since I am very active.

I went ahead with the open surgery in the last week of October. I don't know exactly how many anchors they put in, all I know is that they had to reattach the labrum, a tendon, and the glenoid fragment. Pain was pretty severe at first, and I was taking 2 of the 5mg oxycodone (Percocet) every 4 hours. Sleep was extremely difficult the first several days, and I slept in a recliner. Only got 3-4 hours of sleep the first few nights.

The sling caused me incredible discomfort and left me with terrible neck pain. The neck tension and pain actually became worse than the shoulder pain. The doctor told me to wear the sling for 4-6 weeks but I just couldn't take it. I stopped wearing the sling after that first week. This relieved some of the neck tension and improved my state of my mind since I wasn't feeling so claustrophobic and grumpy. I was extremely careful (for the most part) not to do anything stupid with my left arm while it was out of the sling, and a few times I put it on when I was in a crowded public place so nobody would bump into me. I think that taking off the sling early was the right move for me. I started using icy-hot on my shoulder and neck, massaging it with a tennis ball (placing the ball under my shoulder blade and laying against it), and alternating between a heat pack and ice pad. This got rid of most of the neck pain. After the first week, I was taking 10mg hydrocodone (Norco) about every 6 hours.

On to physical therapy. I began PT at 2 weeks, just for range of motion at first. I make a point never to take pain meds before PT so I can feel everything. I do this so I don't push it too hard and so I can give the therapist accurate feedback. Of course it is usually very sore when I get done, so I take the pain meds afterwards. After 3 weeks of PT I was back up to about 30 degrees of external rotation and with assistance from my right arm I was able to lift my left arm almost to 180 degrees, just about straight up. At this point I begain strength training in PT and at the same time, the doc cut my prescription from 10mg Norco to 5mg Norco. On the first day of strength PT they had me using a band for external rotation. This hurt but not terribly. Then they loaded up a stronger band and had me try internal rotation. Holy ****. First time I cussed out loud in PT. The sharp pain in my joint was unbearable. I went home and took my 5mg hydrocodone, then an hour later called my doctor because it just didn't do anything for the pain. They instructed me to take 2. Sure, I can do that, but I'm not sure why they cut my dosage in half then just tell me to double the dosage. I think doctors have gotten very conservative with pain meds since the recent re-scheduling and new laws. It really sucks because they treat you like an addict if you ask for more pain medicine. It's not like I'm just popping these all the time and taking them for fun. They need to cut people some slack when they're off a fresh surgery and going through painful PT.

A few days later in my next PT session, I was shocked by how much better the internal rotation felt already. It was night and day difference. I was still sore afterwards, but it was at least manageable. They quickly started ramping up my weights. I'm actually surprised at how much they had me doing so soon. After just a week of strength PT, they had me doing pushups against a table (not full pushups), dumbell curls (10 lb), triceps (10 lb), bands every which direction, and a walking plank up and down a 6" box, and a few other things. I was particularly surprised that they had me doing the walking plank so quickly, but it didn't cause me any problems. For the first time since before my surgery, my arm had actual muscle soreness and not just joint soreness, which I was very happy about.

I am now almost 8 weeks out from surgery, with a couple weeks of strength PT under my belt. I still have a long way to go on ROM, particularly external rotation and behind my back. I can barely even put my hand behind my back right now, let alone bring it upwards. That will come in time. I can't wait until I'm 6-12 months out because I know this is going to heal up great. Right now I still have some joint pain after PT, and just ran out of the 5mg hydrocodone that my surgeon had given me. He told me 2 weeks ago that he wouldn't prescribe any more pain killers because "you typically don't need them after 6 weeks." That's pretty lame, because my shoulder still has a ways to go before it is fully healed and I'm hitting the PT hard, and it leaves me in pain. I didn't want to argue with the surgeon so I just called my primary care physician and it sounds like he is going to give me a new pain med prescription in the next couple of days. I'm very thankful for that as it will allow me to push it in PT and know that I don't have to sit around in pain afterwards, which I think will ultimately get me healed up more quickly.

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For anybody out there that is debating whether to go through with a bankart repair for shoulder instability, I highly recommend it. Yes, it sucks. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it is a lot of work to rehab it properly. But it really works. I had to sacrifice a snowboard season for this surgery, but in the end I'm going to have a stable strong shoulder that will last me for years. The repair I had on my right shoulder 7 years ago has allowed me to push hard in many sports, and I know my shoulder wouldn't have stood up to this without the surgery.

As far as open vs arthroscopic shoulder surgery, it depends on what is wrong with your shoulder and also how hard you plan to use it. In my case because of the bone fragment and because I really use my shoulder a lot, then open surgery seemed like a good choice. It was definitely a bit more painful than the arthro, particularly the first couple weeks with the huge bandage chaffing and uncomfortable incision in my armpit. At almost 8 weeks out it is now pretty even with the arthro as far as pain. The incision wasn't very large, about 3", and it tucks neatly into my armpit.

I should also note that I really shopped around for the right surgeon both times I had surgery. I have no problem asking a doctor if they are the best or if they know any better surgeons, who they would want operating on them, who they would refer an Olympic athlete to, etc. I also ask a lot of questions about what was wrong and how they would fix it and why. If somebody can't be bothered to explain this to me, that isn't somebody I want digging into my shoulder and making a lifelong repair. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make a decision about the type of surgery you get, who will do it, and how to rehab it.

Ok, I'm done rambling for now. Hope somebody finds this helpful. Wishing all of you a speedy and full recovery.

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