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myjoy
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   Posted 9/21/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Tuesday morning (tomorrow) is my shoulder surgery. They are fixing my torn rotator cuff. I'm a little nervous, but not too bad. I've never had surgery since my dx of fibro. I'm wondering how this will affect me in my healing. Have others here had surgery since your dx? I'd love to hear your stories.....perhaps you have pointers for me too. Thanks.
DX fibromyalgia 2007, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, hysterectomy.

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Piercings
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   Posted 9/21/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Surgery was what brought on a major flare for me. It was an unplanned emergency that I had no time to prep for. I've not had surgery since, but I have found out that there is supposedly better positions that they can place you in while you are under so that there's not as much stress on the various parts of the body. Just be sure to let your surgeon know that you are fibro and then they can try and take that into account when you're in the post op process.
Curious people are interesting people...I wonder why that is.
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beanley
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   Posted 9/21/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
((((my joy))))) i just had shoulder surgery, torn cartilage not rotator but very similar. i hope yours will be arthroscopic, not full incision. i healed amazingly fast. i figured i'd be out of commission for three months at least, but i was 95% healed in only a month! Tips are take your pain meds right on schedule, do your physical therapy religiously, but dont let them push it too far so you feel pain. lidoderm pain patches were also a godsend for me.

good luck, hon
fibro, migraines, ibs


Sherrine
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   Posted 9/21/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my entire colon removed, several fistulas repaired, adhesions removed from a previous surgery, and had my left ovary tacked to the wall of my abdomen all in one surgery after I had fibro and I was Christmas shopping at the mall 12 days after that surgery.  I was 42 years old at the time.
 
I'll keep you in my prayers tomorrow that you will surprise yourself at your speedy recovery.
 
Sherrine
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Dagger
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   Posted 9/21/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I had 4 abdominal surgeries since after I got fibro & didn't flare after any of them. I don't flare often anyway and, for the last few years, my flares last less than a week.

Just make sure you get up & move around frequently afterwards. It helps with the healing (even shoulders) and helps minimize complications.

watashi
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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a PFO closure, I felt amazing afterward it's not the same since i wasn't put all the way under, but no flares.

myjoy
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   Posted 9/23/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
i had my shoulder surgery. it went well. i'm typing one-handed.

it's pretty painful, but the meds are helping. thanks for all the well wishes.
DX fibromyalgia 2007, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, hysterectomy.

fluoxetine (prozac), abilify, trazodone, lorazepam, prilosec, nabumetone, hydrocodone, c-pap machine.


getting by
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   Posted 9/23/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I had shoulder surgery when I first had fibro symptoms, but didn't know that I had fibro at the time. I had a mass on my shoulder area. It was pressing on nerves and really causing a lot of pain. Once they went in and moved things around it was a relief. I now itch in the front and have to scratch in the back, but it is better without all of the pressure that I had. lol...

Best wishes to all,

Hugs, Karen
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beanley
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   Posted 9/23/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
myjoy,
i'm so glad u posted, i've been thinking about u every day. good to hear it went ok. keep takin' them pain pills, darlin'!
fibro, migraines, ibs


donnaeil
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   Posted 9/23/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad that you have completed surgery. Please take the pain relievers because they at least will take away some of the pain. Make yourself as comfortable as possible.

Heal quickly, that is an order.

Donnaeil

foleyfan
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   Posted 9/23/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I suffered a Jones Fracture (fracture of the fifth metatarsal that typically does not heal on its own) and had surgery to put a screw in the bone to repair it. I was diagnosed about two years before the surgery. I cant say that my experience was any different than a non FM patient having the same surgery, save for the fact that my pain was difficult to control. Even the recovery room doctor raised an eyebrow at me and said "Seriously? You want more morphine?" LOL. My recovery was smooth and the pain did not last long at that intensity level.

Good luck, I hope that makes you feel a bit optimistic!

myjoy
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   Posted 9/29/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again for more well wishes. I haven't been able to type, so you haven't seen me here.

I found out today from the anesthesiologist that they had quite a bit of trouble with my intubation during my surgery. I think it's strange that they took a week to tell me about it. I'm supposed to tell every doctor, in the future, that this happened to me should I ever have surgery again. Kinda scared me when I found out.

My shoulder is doing pretty well. I've had a bit of a flare in my rib cage - but that's where I often have trouble. I see my surgeon tomorrow, so I should find out when my rehab starts.
DX fibromyalgia 2007, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, hysterectomy.

fluoxetine (prozac), abilify, trazodone, lorazepam, prilosec, nabumetone, hydrocodone, c-pap machine.

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