frozen shoulder, anyone?

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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder and what does it feel like?  I have pain in my shoulder that is excruiating, but only when I do certain trying to put my arm in a coat sleeve, or reaching behind me for something.  It also hurts when I hold my arm out with 'palms up'.  It came on out of nowhere...just woke up with it one day about a month ago.  Maybe it's just another fibro-thing.
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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   Posted 1/13/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Donna!!

I had shoulder surgery a year and a half ago... I had frozen shoulder and it ROYALLY sux. I got it from being a hairdresser for 20 years, on again off again bursitis for years. Anyway, I could only move my arm about 18 inches from my body, couldn't put my arm behind my back in anyway shape or form.  When I had the surgery (orthroscopic.. not really a big deal) they repaired a torn rotator cuff, removed the bursia, shaved off a bone spur and so on.  I was in terrible pain for about a year before I had the surgery, went to PT 3 times a week for a month and it did NOTHING, but the doctor had to send me there first, then I went to a ortho-surgeon, got a cort. shot directly into the joint, did nothing. Then the surgery.. and WOW what a great difference!!!! I can raise my hand over my head from all directions with little to no pain... but I still have fibro pain in the shoulder muscal but not the joint.

Best advice I can give you is STRETCH IT.  Google shoulder stretching exercises, it hurts in the beginning but its worth it... you don't want frozen shoulder and good stretches really helps to avoid it.

Hope that helps :)

Warm hugs,


Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Heart Disease, Bi-lateral Carpel Tunnel.  (Still being tested for other disorders/or whatevers).

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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna,
yes, I had it. I got it from reaching across the bed to grab a book, felt a twinge and from there it just got worse to where I couldn't lift my arm even to my hips. And it was excruciating pain. I did physical therapy for a couple months as well as accupuncture and was able to eventually get the use of my arm back. Gentle stretches are majorly important! I did a series of them a couple of times a day including one with a pulley over the door. It really is vital to keep it moving or it will just get worse.

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   Posted 1/13/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never had anything like this, but I wondered immediately about rotator cuff...

I do hope you pay attention to it, and get some treatment.

Take Care,
Still learning how to manage my Fibromylagia, and all the lovely gifts it brings.   
I had severe spinal stenosis, had fusion done on C5-7, and my life has changed. 

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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I'm still fairly new at this, but I saw your question and wanted to tell you about me. I was unable to use my left arm or hand for one summer. I finally asked my Dr. if he thought it was muscles. I tried muscle relaxers, which really knocked me for a loop at first, but it slowly went away. Hang in there Lucy
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