I don't think it will ever be better

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   Posted 4/24/2010 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
 I am soon to be 33 years old and have had shoulder pain since I was a active duty Marine in 1998. I never did anything about the pain just lived with it for years. In 2006 I went to get help, after 3 months of physical therapy I went to have my shoulder scoped. I woke from my surgery with a pin stuck in my shoulder, I was told I had a broken acromion. After more and more PT,still to this day I live with so bad pain. The muscles in my neck to my shoulder never stop hurting. I take Advil like its candy it does nothing I need to stop and just go back to the doctors. The pain now is just getting harder to deal with!!!!!!

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   Posted 4/24/2010 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey BOXER , I'm really sorry your expierencing such pain , I know what its like and its a hard thing to endure . You may need to go to a pain clinic and/or see a pain therapist .You certainly should be able to get something more than advil to help the pain you expierencing .Make sure you tell your doctors everything , write down your questions beforehand so you get all your questions answered .Would a heating pad , or massage help ? Have you tried a chiropracter ? Well I hope this at least may give you some ideas , good luck to you . Mikel
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of unknown but cellulitus-like ailment  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus-like ailment .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now . Great frustration because doctors unable to diagnos ailment              .Medecines -    ,viracept,truvada, l Indomethacin  '                                                                                                                         

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   Posted 4/24/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mike, I have had massage and heating pad both are nice but the pain just will not go away. PT never works, before surgery I would go every day for 2 hours, they would put these pads on my shoulder that would send electric charge to them. At this point I am sick of PT and taking Advil 3-4 times a day at least, my liver is going to be shot. What does a Pain Therapist really do ?

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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi IrishBoxer,
I do not believe I have met you before so hello and welcome to Helaing Well's chronic pain forum. I can pretty much tell from your post you feel you are at the end of the road on getting help or relief with that shoulder. It is understandable it has been going on a long time.
You asked what a pain mgt dr could do for you. Well, there are alot of different things that can be tried to try and get your pain reduced. But first, you need to know there are two types of pain mgt drs. One kind will do injections and different procedures only, no medications at all. The other kind will do the same except he will write scripts for medications that he feels may help you. If you have access to the drs lists online at your insurance company, then I suggest lookingt there to see who is on your list. Also, most all pain mgt drs want patients referred to them by another dr. This can be a primary care physician or even a specialist making the referral. Next I would call and make sure they are still on your plan (sometimes they are not but have been taken off the list), make sure they are taking new patients, ask if a referral is needed and then ask if the dr writes scripts if he feels the patient needs it. This will not make you look like a drug seeker when asking this question. The main thing is to put together a plan to help you get to feeling better and be more active and have more quality life.
Pain mgt drs are more in tune with the pain medications available on the market today over our primary care drs or specialists. Those guys normally do not like to write pain meds for more than a week to ten days. A vast majority of pain mgt drs requires the patient to sign what is called a Contract. This Contract pretty much lists all the do's and the don'ts. If a patient slips up and does the don't, many times they get kicked to the curb then no other pain mgt dr will see a patient. It will be put in your medical records and those follow to around from dr to dr. Normally we can get pain meds from the  pain mgt dr only, use one pharmacy to fill rx's, no dr shopping, bring bottles in for pill counts, do random urine tests to make sure the patient is taking their medication and not selling it. Also, if the medication is not taking as prescribed and you run short this can send up a red flag to the dr and create all sorts of probllems, including having to find a new dr. There is more but this gives you a general idea how it works. Never ask a dr for a specific medication by name, instead write down what meds you have taken and how you reacted, if helped or did not help. Since you have had surgery on your shoulder I would stay away from chiropractor care, because of the type of surgery you had on the shoulder. I am not so sure I would want a chiro popping around a shoulder like that, not after having surgery on it.  I am not anti-chiropractor either. I do believe they have their place in the medical community.
I hope I have helped you a little here. If you have more questions by all means ask them. People are usually in & out of here at all hours of day and night. Good luck and let us know how things are going.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 4/24/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe an Orthopedic Dr can help............

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   Posted 4/24/2010 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey BOXER , A pain therapist will help you deal with the emotional aspect of dealing with chronic pain .The frustration , the possible limitations you may feel , help to guide you thru the emotional trauma that can accompany the phsyical pain we have to endure .It helps to talk about it and they can give you guidance on how best to deal with it .

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   Posted 4/25/2010 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Boxer,

PM Dr's can basically give you back some quality of life. If you find a good one, they will do whatever is necessary to make you hurt less. They can't always make it go completely away, but when the pain is lower, you may feel more like getting out.

I wonder about all the PT, though...it seems that you may be aggrivating your shoulder more sometimes. It's just a thought and I'm certainly no Dr.

I wish you all the best!
Retired Mom

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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Nice to meet you IrishBoxer,
Have you had any recent MRI's done of your shoulder to see if it's healing, some fractures can take longer to heal,
than others, I've been dealing with broken ribs since January, nothing what your going thru but it can take awhile
to heal...others here have given you some great advise and I think you should consider looking
into getting treatment from pain management specialist, it might help, also if you do go for an mri make sure
they know about the metal in your shoulder, they should be able to do the mri, but they'll need to know that...
Also, maybe look into getting bloodwork done cause if your vitamin d deficient that can make it longer to heal
and you could get some vit D supplements that would help...
Good Luck to you...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...


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