I was wondering how your bout with Adhesive Capsulitis is going I had my left shoulder (I am right handed) freeze on me in late October 2005. I didn't have any idea what I was dealing with and by the time I got to a Dr. (Physiatrist) I could barely lift my arm away from my body. I had the cort. injections and went into extensive PT including water therapy (I also had Medical Insurance then - NONE now). Ten months of therapy later I had about 98% range of motion recovery. For a pain med - Tramadol HCL 50 mg. saved my sanity. That is how I found this forum - I was trying to find out if Tramadol was on Wal-marts $4 Rx list. Thank God in heaven it is and there is hope that I will get through the next year. I didn't mention that I am in the beginning stages of AC in my right shoulder. I have been putting off the Dr and the cort. shot because of the cost (way over $200). I won't go into the gory details but $200 may as well be $200 million. We decided to do it anyway and figure out where the money will come from later. I need to be able to keep the shoulder moving (just starting a new business) and have read some material suggesting, "the shot", if given before the frozen stage, shortens the duration. The other thing is I see Non-steroidal antiinflamitory Rx mentioned but no one ever uses a drug name. I was given one of these the first time and can't remember the name. I am avoiding calling my old Dr because it is in another State and I cannot afford any toll calls. I tossed out all the stuff I had on AC when we moved because the Dr. told me getting it in the other shoulder was extremely rare. Lucky me. Why not the Lottery?
I saw someone post something about hurting her shoulder (falling or banging it) and then noticing an improvement. That is what made me join the forum but, by the time I got through the registering stuff your name was the only one I could remember and ,not being very computer savy, I couldn't get back to where I found you in the first place. The point is while I was dealing with my left shoulder I had two similar situations. The first I smashed my (left)shoulder against the left half of a set of French Doors - the door was bolted closed into the floor. I can't even begin to describe the pain but, the next day at PT my range of motion had improved a great deal. The second happened in the winter - The driveway was a sheet of ice and although sanded and salted I hit a patch we missed. I went down so fast I didn't even have time to put my hand out to break the fall. I landed full force on the left shoulder then smashed my head on the driveway. The next day at PT - same thing - vast improvement. I wouldn't recommend falling and smashing into doors but it did seem to loosen things up. I believe that is exactly what they do if you have the "surgery" They just knock you out and twist and pull on your arm to break up the scar tissue. Hey it's a lot cheaper too.
I guess I just needed to vent some - the thought of all that pain for all that time AGAIN - makes me just want to scream and cry.
I hope you are doing better - judging from the dates on your posts you should be doing better. I hope so.
If anyone can throw some names of anti inflams they've taken for this my way (I would probably remember the name if I saw it again) I'd appreciate it. Hopefully it is also on Walmart's list too. Sorry this is soooo long.
I get my shot Tuesday - I hope it is soon enough.