I suffered dislocated shoulder, with 2 fractures seen commonly with traumatic injury from a fall. Also almost 5 mo later following unsuccessful PT progression, MRI showed complete severe rotator cuff tear of all tendons, plus bicep tendon complete tear. I continue to suffer from varying degrees of pain, intense burning pain around my right scapula, severe muscle spasms which radiate up and over right shoulder and continue in bicep/upper arm, RUE numbness radiating down my arm to fingers. Severe pain when I lean forward or bend over, lie back or recline position. This pain is comparable to the suffering I endured prior to surgical repair. MD has mentioned inflammation of muscle and bursa... bursitis. MD stated a lot of scar tissue causing loud popping and grinding noises with movement involving shoulder and scapula. 16 months since original injuries, surgery done for repairs and the impact of continued pain is devastating me... psychological, physical, mental. I am healthy 55 yo female who cannot function daily as I did before. I am a 25+yr ER nurse, my knees are shot, back pain is with me always, but what I am enduring now has impacted my professional career. I have been medical restrictions since the fall, 16 mo ago and fearful of losing my job within the VA acute care healthcare system. I am 55, injured, limited physically impacting performance of my duties as nursing manager. I don't know what to do or where to turn for guidance and assistance in reaching a resolution and successful recovery. another MD, a third consult? continue taking so much NSAIDS that I will probably be battling AKI or failure in future... I don't want to end with frozen shoulder or rotator cuff disease, but feel that either or both are infiltrating me and my life insidiously taking all joy away
Hi, my name is Liz, we have alot in common. We both work(ed) in the medical field. I worked in the OR. I can tell you that the shoulder and elbow are the hardest joints to repair. And you had several components involved. It does sound like you have alot of scar tissue, if you can here it pop in the office. Do you have good range of motion? Has Doc given you anything for muscle spasm? Maybe you should ask if going back in to clean up scar tissue would be of any benefit. I had to stop working after 3 back surgeries, so I can sympathize with you. I also found that depression usually goes hand in hand with chronic pain, so you might want to explore that avenue. Some of those medications also help with pain. Good luck to you, and if you need to talk, feel free. Bless!!
I also had rotator cuff surgery twice for the same shoulder with similar issues as you have. Failed PT, talked to my Ortho, and he suggested manipulation of shoulder under twilight sedation to break down scar tissue and restore range of motion. Worked miracles for me! Able to go back to PT, can raise arm straight up now, working on strength. Suggest asking PT for a set of pulleys for home, and an over the door hook so you don't have to keep fooling with the tab to set up your pulleys. This way, you can continue your exercises at home, the set I got had a pamphlet with instructions for the exercises, including pulling up behind you, and out to the side. Best of luck to you!
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