Seems my surgery worked ,yet I'm still having pain!

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   Posted 10/31/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
So the wrist ,hand ,elbow feel lots better ,yet my shoulder and back of the arm ,not at all!I am told sometimes after the surgery,in some cases ,the muscel needs to  be cut?I guess Iwill find out on my checkup appointment in aweek!I really expected to feel better then Ido now.I am also trying to cut my pain meds back to 2aday instead of 3 ,it worked for 2days so far ,not sure how Iwill feel after giving out candy allnight! Lucky I have a cart on wheels full of  candy!Iam begining to wonder if,infact Iwill ever be painfree? Ican handle the IBS pain as it comes and goes ,but the pain from the TOS surgery,is still pretty bad ?Ido start physio tomorrow ,maybe that might help! I sure realize now my body tells me when Iam healed not my mind! happy halloween  from Michele

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   Posted 10/31/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michele I know you were hoping for less pain, but it hasn't been that long since your surgery. I'm sure you've got plenty of more time to heal. Try to be patient. Take care.

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   Posted 10/31/2011 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Depending on what was cut during the surgery, it can take a few weeks to months before the residual pain levels come down. It hasn't been that long since your surgery, don't rush it, and don't push too hard. Physical therapy will help get things back on track but do as the therapist says, don't push too hard otherwise you can wind up hurting yourself more.
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   Posted 11/1/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sore I think you are just jumping the gun a little, lol, and thats so easy to do after having surgery. it will really take some time for things to heal even on the inside. Sure things look good on the outside , just keep in mind the inside need time to heal as well. Your body went through a pretty traumatic experience so it is like any surgery you just need to give it time to straighten itself out.

The physical therapy should also help a lot too. Jut try not to over do and expect so much so fast from your body, it will all come together for you, just needs some time.

Please slow down and take good care of yourself.
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   Posted 11/2/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
     Good morning Michele!
           I will have to second, third, and fourth,...everything said here. Give yourself plenty of time to heal, and remain as positive as you can. Pushing yourself too much may only delay the healing process.
   Also, becareful reducing the pain med's too soon. If you need to up on them again, your Dr may be reluctant to do so, or at least slow about it.
   Good luck, and becareful!
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   Posted 11/2/2011 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   


I am in the same boat.... post op 7 months now.... while the pinched nerve pain is gone... my muscle pain has increased and it worse off now....

I thought I could do this without pain meds.. went off them... but now, I just can't... I went back to Oxycodone... the constant ache and pain really grates on me... it's
so hard to think I'll have this pain forever...

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   Posted 11/4/2011 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll join the gang too.

Shoulder surgery took care of the bone spurs because I can do some things better, but it hurts SO much worse and now I can't sleep more than however long the sleep med I took works.

Stomach surgery which shows as being undone on CT is supposedly back in place and just fine on endoscopy. I get bad chest pain every time I eat or drink anything, but that and the bleeding, that happened when stitches tore loose from vomiting, seem not to matter if the surgeon doesn't want to take a look. So I will just keep on losing weight.

Then there's the chronic sinus infections that weren't cured with sinus roto-rooting (my explanation), although the doc didn't fix the deviated septum. Now it must be my immune system, despite tests to the contrary. For 2 years he's been blaming everything but the accident that broke my nose, and he couldn't possibly be wrong.

We are only patients. We must be better if the doc says so.
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