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bigecase
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   Posted 3/1/2018 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It’s been one week since hopefully my last shoulder surgery. I returned to ortho today for follow up. I had stitches removed from the five little holes. Everything looked good. Said this will be about an 8 week recovery.

This time he removed a little bone and rerouted my bicep tendon. He cleaned up adhesions and inflammation. It was full of inflammation. I knew it was still a little frozen so hopefully this will help. He started me on Celebrex for inflammation. I was hoping to get rid of immobilizer and just have sling but nope.

That’s about all i know for now.
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
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straydog
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   Posted 3/2/2018 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
bigecase, good to hear from you. Hopefully you will heal without any complications & move forward. You are past due for needing a break with this shoulder.

Keep us posted.
Susie
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   Posted 3/3/2018 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
BigCase:
Sending you healing energy, positive karma, and a flotilla of Lucky Lady Bugs for a gentle recovery.

I am thinking of you and rooting for you. You have been through the ringer with this shoulder. Hoping for better days to come for you - decreased pain, improved range of motion.
Karen
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bigecase
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   Posted 3/3/2018 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the kind words. It’s been a very long week at work. I sure wish i had taken a week or two off. Today’s world though there is never enough people to cover.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

bigecase
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   Posted 3/8/2018 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Today makes 2 weeks since this surgery and i am so tired of the immobilizer. I go back to doc on 14 th. I am going to let him know that although i ask to return to work on Monday following surgery that was not a good idea. You can’t use a keyboard with one hand in a demanding job.

We have have to learn to take care of ourselves. The job doesn’t care.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

Alcie
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   Posted 3/9/2018 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah. I've had rotator cuff twice, and it not only takes a while to get out of the sling, but you really need to very gently do the pt exercises and not overdo them! It's hard to type with a sling. Can you get a voice recognition program? Works great on my phone! My little laptop has it too, but I haven't tried it yet.

bigecase
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   Posted 3/10/2018 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure. I read in his notes that i will be out of sling after next appt and starting pt. I just had them email all my records. Yesterday was a rough day at work. Paying for it this morning.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

bigecase
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   Posted 3/14/2018 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep. I am out of my immobilizer and starting pt.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

straydog
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   Posted 3/15/2018 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yay, you are finally out of it! I hope the PT goes well & you can put all of this behind you. It sure has been a long road for you. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Take care.
Susie
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bigecase
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   Posted 3/15/2018 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I was going to burn the immobilizer but decided to keep it. Haha
I am nervous without anything. Even my hubby almost grabbed it last night with a hug. I said are you serious. He forgot because of no sling. I am going on a cruise next week and may take just the sling for as needed use.

pitmom
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   Posted 3/15/2018 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I bought a bunch of large pretty scarves to make a sling from. It was 'obvious enough' for people to use caution but not so 'medical'. I could just drape it over the shoulder and keep it handy if my arm got 'tired' or I would be around a crowd.

Having a toss pillow to help support the arm if it was 'tired' also helped when not using the sling. When I had to sit in a courtroom for hours (long story) I would rest my forearm on my purse on my lap.

Hope some of my experience can be helpful to you.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, multiple wrist surgeries, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cysts, whiplash, bursitis of hips, grade 5 right shoulder separation and torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

bigecase
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   Posted 3/15/2018 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. That’s great ideas. Actually hurting pretty good tonight. I recall my first ortho saying use sling for rest as needed after surgery on right shoulder. This one said you do not need to wear it at all. I think i did need to rest that arm today. Paying for it tonight. I don’t think i was ready to go cold turkey.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

pitmom
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   Posted 3/16/2018 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Considering the arm 'hangs' from the socket...supporting it makes sense. My original P.T. told me to walk with my hand in my pocket to help support the shoulder and NOT swing my arm. Why irritate it when we don't have to?

I still roll a 'hand towel' sized towel after folding it in thirds lengthwise and place it in the armpit and support the arm somehow...either with a sling or on a pillow if sitting...to give it rest in the best position...yet another 'trick' taught to me by my original P.T.

I found ice pack 'sheets' in the camping section. They measure about 11 x 14. I keep some in the crisper drawer of my fridge so they are cold but still maleable. I can 'wrap' them around the shoulder. How I wish I had kept my cryocuff!

This many years later, it's still good to go 'back to basics'. Last surgery on right shoulder was 2001. Last surgery on left shoulder was 1996. The 'basics' STILL help!
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, multiple wrist surgeries, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cysts, whiplash, bursitis of hips, grade 5 right shoulder separation and torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

bigecase
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   Posted 3/17/2018 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I’m going to find some of those ice sheets. I have something like that from the chiropractor and love it. I have a small travel pillow i used today in car under my arm. It worked pretty good. I did end up using sling for about an hour too. I just don’t feel comfortable out in public with it. I know i am paranoid.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

gospelman
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   Posted 4/4/2018 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc. wants to do same operation, but I have fusion from S-1 to L-4 and severe bilateral stenosis at foraminal openings. Also have severe pain from pudendal nerve entrapment. Had surgery but it was so screwed up from such a long time of mis. diag. Much scar tissue. Been taking pain pills for 28yrs. just to handle pain. Tried them all. How do you do a shoulder, in that pain?
thanks
Had 1st. back surgery in 1975, then several hernia surgeries for mis-diag. of PNE. Finally after Dr. Stanley Antolak, (Minn) & Dr. Mark? Conway (NH)-- diag. PNE/ had surgery in 2010-- 37 yrs. later. Much scar tissue on nerve. Thinking of trying cryoblation. I need someones experience w that.

bigecase
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   Posted 4/4/2018 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure i follow your question on how you do a shoulder? I also had impingement. That surgery was in 2016. Wasn’t too bad. This time it’s a little tougher. I am moving along in pt. Not much external rotation back though. It still hurts i would say about a 3 or 4 most days. We have to be careful because they screwed the bicep tendon down. Can’t mess that up.
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,3 left shoulder surgeries
12/14, SCS implant

bigecase
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   Posted 4/13/2018 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a follow up with Orthopaedic surgeon on Tuesday. Things are going good except for the one motion behind the back. My pt repeatedly ask if i have tingling in hand and i do occasionally. I told doc and he says not to worry as he does too from a pinched nerve. Um i am here to talk about me buddy. Ha. Still have chronic neck pain. Working on that with this pt as well. It’s unbearable most days at work.
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