Frozen shoulder

Posted by auntieoakley @auntieoakley, Tue, Jul 30 9:25pm

About 4 months ago I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, the doctor said take nsaids which I was already taking. Then I had a hospital stay for prancreatitis, complicated by a perforating ulcer and was told it was from nsaids and never to take them again. So here I am responsible for everything over 5 lbs at our house with a shoulder that just never stops hurting. Into my elbow, into my collarbone, and into my neck. Nothing really helps, not ice, not heat, not creams or lidocaine. Does anyone have suggestions for me. The doctor said it would resolve itself in one to three years but in another month I will be ready to cut it off myself.

@auntieoakley

Apparently my body likes to create unnecessary scar tissue, there was no injury and no rotator cuff tear. But the shoulder capsule was showing adhesions. I always slept on this side after they put a plate in the other clavicle, I guess maybe that was it. But I have called for another appointment to check the structures surrounding it, just in case something is wounded somehow. The truth is I play with large animals and I do all of the heavy lifting at our home. My husband has bone cancer and a 5 lb. lift limit. So it is always possible I injured it but I don’t remember anything except just waking up one day to the beginning of pain. The doctor found no reason for the scar tissue, but did say he had no real effective treatments. He said ride it out, and it would resolve itself in 1 to 3 years. Thanks to connect I am not just accepting that, but I will stay with treatments that are recommended by Mayo because I trust them. I can not justify traveling there for a hurt shoulder but I have been there many times with my husband. I also cannot really afford travel and uninsured treatments that might or might not be helpful. 10 weeks for you sounds like possibly 16 weeks for me. That is light at the end of the tunnel, in fact geez that is about how long since I was diagnosed, I can do that!

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I am curious why your doctor didn't suggest PT as an option. I'm sure there must be a reason why it wouldn't work in your case. I'm not sure PT helped my shoulder any more than just waiting it out, but the use of the TENS machine at the end of each session was worth going through the PT pain. It felt divine! I sympathize with you and hope you recover soon. I think the worst for me was never getting a good night's sleep. Each time I would roll flat on my back the pain in my shoulder was excruciating and would wake me up.

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@that_girl

I am curious why your doctor didn't suggest PT as an option. I'm sure there must be a reason why it wouldn't work in your case. I'm not sure PT helped my shoulder any more than just waiting it out, but the use of the TENS machine at the end of each session was worth going through the PT pain. It felt divine! I sympathize with you and hope you recover soon. I think the worst for me was never getting a good night's sleep. Each time I would roll flat on my back the pain in my shoulder was excruciating and would wake me up.

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I am not sure why he didn’t, he listed a few things that have been tried over the years and didn’t work but he never said anything about that. I was so disheartened after he said ride it out and it would take 1 to 3 years, I did not even think to ask. I certainly agree about the sleep. I would probably be able to tolerate the pain of cleaning stalls, picking fruit and all the rest if I could just get a good nights sleep, but every time I move it is a five minute ordeal of getting that shoulder comfortable enough to try sleep again. Thank you for your comments, I hope you are well now.

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