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Posted By : bigecase - 7/22/2017 4:36 AM
Had to go back to my shoulder doc due to stiffness and pain. Shoulder is froze just a little. Going to take a steriod dose pack and then mobic. Have to due at home pt. He thinks it should be better in a month. I hope so I have a cruise coming up and I don't want to go backwards with this shoulder.

On another note--dentist and tmd pt wants me to go to another dentist that specializes in tmd that makes splints. It is a hard arcylic type. I had one about 25 years ago. Hate to go this route due to expense and trips back and forth to get it adjusted but so ready for some relief. The pt is painful but when I leave there is the only time I have some relief from the pain. It only last a day or two though and then it is right back.

Maybe one day this will be over.
bigecase
Age 46

bulging disc C6, c7, L4 &L5, L5S1 Spinal Stenosis, degenerative disc, mild anterolisthesis FAILED back Surgery 11/29/12. Torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, and spurs all in right shoulder--3 shoulder surgeries. ESOPHYX TIFF surgery. Hypothyrodism, anxiety, migraines, tmj,2 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

Posted By : (Seashell) - 7/22/2017 8:00 AM
Big case:
I have a custom molded acrylic resting splint for temperomandibular malocclusion (TMD joint necrosis due to steroid use) and find the splint to be a valuable and essential component to keeping my jaw comfortable and in working order.

The splint was expensive but worth every penny. It is composed of a thick acrylic and should last for years.

Word to the wise: Place the splint in the provided case each time you remove it. It is easy to inadvertently throw the splint away in the trash if wrapped in a Kleenex or napkin temporarily.

The splint is formatted with your jaw in a position of optimal muscle relaxation. The splint aligns the teeth and jaw to allow the overworked oral-facial muscles sustained relaxation.

I actually love my resting splint. I am more comfortable wearing my splint. My jaw "pops" less and I am able to chew more functionally. I refer to my resting splint as my adult pacifier. Honestly, I enjoy wearing it because I feel better for wearing itZ. The resting splint has been a win-win.

In my case, the investment in the splint has more than paid for itself.

My TMJ problems have taken a position as a background nuisance - which is a welcomed relief from the constant pain, popping, and clicking before fabrication and use of the splint.

I hope you find sustained relief,
Karen
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Addison's disease
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)

Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 7/22/2017 8:04:03 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : bigecase - 7/23/2017 5:55 AM
I actually went through this about 25 years ago. I had the splint back then. I guess I will start the process in a few weeks.

Posted By : straydog - 7/23/2017 11:34 AM
I hope the home PT works with your shoulder, ugh, does it ever end sometimes it makes us wonder. I too about did the splint thing about 25 years ago & it was something else to get use to.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : bigecase - 7/23/2017 2:44 PM
It doesn't seem like it will ever end with these shoulders. Not wanting the 6th surgery but left one may want to be equal to right one.

I recall having to wear for 23 hours a day at first. I didn't work back then so not too big of a deal. I don't know how I can make that happen now. I have to talk to too many people in our organization. They need to be able to understand me. lol
bigecase
Age 46

bulging disc C6, c7, L4 &L5, L5S1 Spinal Stenosis, degenerative disc, mild anterolisthesis FAILED back Surgery 11/29/12. Torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, and spurs all in right shoulder--3 shoulder surgeries. ESOPHYX TIFF surgery. Hypothyrodism, anxiety, migraines, tmj,2 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

Posted By : bigecase - 7/29/2017 3:31 PM
WOW~ I took Mobic years ago but do not recall it working. This time it is really helping with my neck and shoulder pain. It is not gone but manageable. That says a lot!!! Wonder how long I can take it?
bigecase
Age 46

bulging disc C6, c7, L4 &L5, L5S1 Spinal Stenosis, degenerative disc, mild anterolisthesis FAILED back Surgery 11/29/12. Torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, and spurs all in right shoulder--3 shoulder surgeries. ESOPHYX TIFF surgery. Hypothyrodism, anxiety, migraines, tmj,2 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

Posted By : straydog - 7/30/2017 5:13 PM
Considering it is an NSAID, those are taken short term because of the potential gut issues. I went to Drugs.com to read in more detail abut Mobic & I hope you will do the same. I took it for a very short time but having crohns disease it just did not agree with my gut, lol. With that said it was worth a try to me.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : bigecase - 8/13/2017 4:34 PM
So the Mobic has been great for the TMJ and neck problems. The pt I am doing on the shoulder has really aggravated it. I knew when I woke up from the first shoulder surgery last year and was told the partial tear was not fixed this was not over. I waited several month to see if it would just get better but it is not. It hurts the same if not worst than last year. I go back to ortho on the 21st. I hope he will get to the bottom of it. I don't want to do this again. I don't want to go to our pt clinic over and over again. This gets old.

We will see!!
bigecase
Age 46

bulging disc C6, c7, L4 &L5, L5S1 Spinal Stenosis, degenerative disc, mild anterolisthesis FAILED back Surgery 11/29/12. Torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, and spurs all in right shoulder--3 shoulder surgeries. ESOPHYX TIFF surgery. Hypothyrodism, anxiety, migraines, tmj,2 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

Posted By : straydog - 8/14/2017 5:35 AM
Wow, your shoulder problem has sure been a huge issue for you. I am sorry that you have found yourself where you are now. You have been put through the ringer trying to get relief. I understand about the PT, you have done quite a bit of that. I do hope when you see the dr he can figure this out once & for all.

Please let us know how the appt goes. Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : bigecase - 8/24/2017 7:49 AM
Well he didn't seem too concerned about me still being in pain. He put a painful injection into it and said come back in six weeks if still hurting. He said should be better and be able to cancel appt. Maybe so. If not I will suggest him do a MRI and see what the tear has done.

Posted By : straydog - 8/24/2017 11:07 AM
Well, I just don't know, you have sure had plenty of issues with this shoulder. I think you are being perfectly reasonable in your thinking if you don't get relief. Oh can I empathize with you on the injection. Many years ago I fell off of the back of our motorcycle. Among various injuries I ended up with impingement of the right shoulder. Months of pain & ended up losing the use of my arm because of the incredible pain with any movement. I had an MRI was referred to an ortho. He explained the problem & said I am going to do this injection in your shoulder. This is 7:30 in the morning. I had numerous injections done previously but nothing like that. He went through the top of my shoulder & hit scar tissue, I nearly passed out from the pain, lol. A few choice words flew out of my mouth as well. He said I am almost done & I remember telling him I am done & you better be too. I hurt like hell for several days after that little ordeal. I told my dr what happened & assured him that would not be repeated ever again. I had very little relief & it just wasn't worth it.

I do hope that you get the relief the dr is expecting. Please keep us posted.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : bigecase - 8/24/2017 11:49 AM
He went through the front kind of top too. I thought he hit bone. It may have been scar tissue. He said hold on, I am about done. After, he said you about came out of that chair. I said it hurt. I have had three in left shoulder and about six in right. You never get used to it. I will refuse another if he suggests. I always think after, you could have had this done through pm doc under sedation. But will not do any more in shoulders.

Posted By : pitmom - 8/24/2017 1:05 PM
I have chronic impingement syndrome following 2 surgeries in each shoulder. Then, on top of it, I was first hit by a truck as I was walking my dog, tearing the labrum and also had a fall at the dog park, causing a grade 5 separation of the same shoulder! The first surgeon said nothing could be done because after the second surgery where the collar bone was 'shaved', my body reabsorbed even more, leaving me without the last inch of the collar bone. It was 3 years later before I got a second opinion. That surgeon put me in physical therapy, which made everything else that's wrong with me flare up horribly. At best, another surgery, using cadaver tissue to 'tie down' the end of the collar bone would have only had a 50/50 shot at working. I decided it wasn't worth it.

Having said all of that, I would like to share some of the 'tricks' I use to help with the pain...

Aleve (naproxen sodium) seems to work best on my ball and socket joint issues.
Placing a rolled up hand towel in the arm pit helps keep it in optimal 'at rest' position. You fold the towel in thirds and then roll it. You can tape it like this for repeated use. I use this if I'm sitting or walking. Keeping my hand in my pocket, either pants pocket or sweatshirt pocket.

I have an extra pillow for sleeping so that instead of laying on the shoulder I am 3/4 turned and having the front of my shoulder against the mattress. It's close to 'side sleeping' without crushing the joint.

If I'm on my back, I use the pillow to support the shoulder joint so that it doesn't 'hang back'.

Don't curl your shoulders in, as one does when crossing the arms in front. Keep them back and 'open'.

If seated on an armless chair, place a throw pillow on the lap to support the forearm, taking the stress of the shoulder joint.

I hope my experience will be beneficial to someone.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

Posted By : bigecase - 8/26/2017 5:29 AM
I thought I had replied to this. May have been on the wrong thread. But I use pillows under each arm while sleeping. I have had to do this for years. My office chair has arms and I honestly wouldn't have one if it didn't. I am about to force them to get me a new one even if I have to fill out the ADA paperwork. Thanks for the other helpful tips.
bigecase
Age 46

bulging disc C6, c7, L4 &L5, L5S1 Spinal Stenosis, degenerative disc, mild anterolisthesis FAILED back Surgery 11/29/12. Torn rotator cuff, torn bicep tendon, and spurs all in right shoulder--3 shoulder surgeries. ESOPHYX TIFF surgery. Hypothyrodism, anxiety, migraines, tmj,2 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

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