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Chronic Pain | Last Active: Sep 28, 2023 | Replies (374)

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Hi - I was really surprised to see your post - well, I should say, I was surprised to discover a similar post-operative development in the arm pain you described. I had lumbar surgery (L2 to the pelvis) in 2021 and then 2 surgeries for hip replacement after I fell - all of this took place over 4 months' time. When I started P.T in a clinic - probably 8 weeks after the last surgery, I began to have the kind of pain you describe between the shoulder and elbow, but on the right side (right hip was replaced). At first it was treated with kinesthetic tape and some kinesthetic therapy; that went on for several months. The strange thing was, sometime I could raise my arm quite high with no pain; other times, anything and everything seemed to "set it off". I would describe it as muscle pain, not joint pain. My therapist suggested that I give it as much rest as possible, which I did, and now, two years and four months after the last surgery, it seems to be back to normal (no pain!). Whether this odd development was a "normal" reaction to surgery or not, I don't know. No one ever suggested that and I guess I did not think to ask. The whole pain experience is a mystery to me. I do take Gabapentin and Tramadol every 8 hours for peripheral neuropathy pain in the feet and hands - also seemingly a result or residual effect of the surgeries. I'm 76 and a widow and otherwise in good enough health to maintain my home by myself and my dog 😊(yay!). Prayers for you on your recuperation journey. 🙏

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to darby413 -
Sorry! Correction - I take Pregabalin, not Gabapentin, plus Tramadol. I had tried Gabapentin first but it was not beneficial for me.

Thanks! It was great to get your response. It sounds like you experienced the exact thing I am experiencing. The way you described your arm pain is perfect. When I went for my 6 week check up for my back/neck surgeries, the nurse kind of blew it off as normal post op pain. I thought I was I an going crazy. Tests tomorrow and Friday for fibromyalgia. I don't think that is it but then I'm not the doctor. I am your age and an active, busy person... this pain stuff is making me crazy! I feel like a soap opera...stay tuned for the next thrilling adventure.
Appreciate your prayers. It truly gives me strength to persevere.