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How does one dress with an immobile arm? Are there special clothes with snaps? Ladies please advise!
It is so good to recognize what you are afraid of. This will help you to prepare and build a plan. Here are a couple of my initial suggestions:
– Talk to you doctor or nurse about taking pain medications.
– Tell them your concerns.
– Ask about managing pain BEFORE it happens. It is easier and better to manage pain before it hurts.
– Contact a neighbor or friend to be on standby. Have their phone number on speed dial. Prepare a schedule for them to check on you.
Any other thoughts to help prepare?
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Shoulder replacement 18 days past. My surgeon said sleeping with the arm without the sling can be a difficult transition. I did not query him more about this upcoming situation. Do you have any insight? thnx
Good question, @cattanzer. I'm going to ask @artscaping @ltsally @irish283 and others in this discussion to weigh in about sleeping comfortably once the sling is removed. They have first-hand experience.
Cat tanzer, when will you have the sling removed? Will you be seeing the doctor again before that time to ask him for more sleep positioning tips? Oh, and how did the surgery go?
Hi there @cattanzer…..I have been stewing about the sleeping issue. I remember some of the things I tried when the immobilizer was removed. I am not 100% sure because I had 4 shoulder surgeries and my memory is not clearly telling me which was which. I am pretty sure I bought a large wedge and slept sitting up with my right surgery arm across my chest. The danger of course when you lie flat or on either side without the wedge is that you tend to curl your head upon your arm when you are sleeping. I actually got very used to the wedge and fell asleep well. There is no room for snuggling and cuddling……..as you might have guessed.
Just be careful and make sure your new shoulder is not expected to do any work at all.
May you sleep peacefully and with contentment.
Fabulous surgery job!! Have seen surgeon. One week till sleeping with no sling. Three weeks till no bulky sling. Thnx
You all help so much!!
Cattanzer…. so glad your surgery went well. I was concerned about arm movement when the sling was removed so I wore a T-shirt to bed with my arm inside the shirt. That way I knew it wouldn't fly all around. Were you able to have the nerve block and did it help?
Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
@cattanzer I would love to hear updates on how your shoulder progresses. I was told by my orthopedic surgeon that I am a candidate for shoulder replacement whenever I decide the pain is too much. I've had both knees replaced, so not looking for another surgery soon, but the time will probably come in the next year or so. I was horrified to discover that that a person has to keep the arm immobile for so long after surgery. I don't know how I'll get along without using my right hand for everything. I assumed it would be like knee replacement where they want you to use it as much as possible from the get go. Four to six weeks in a sling sounds awful. I would love to hear how to get through it.
Nerve block worked! Thnx. Tshirt over arm brilliant!
What a nuisance. Constantly Lining the sling with 100% cotton bar cloths. Day and night. I took the strap off at night. Needed a lot of help first two weeks. Bathing. Everything. Driving now. Phew!
Hi there @cattanzer……although you didn't ask me, I will chime in and say that you get through it one day at a time. Mine surgery was a reverse replacement on my right shoulder. I am right-handed and at the time I owned and ran an art gallery. My family came and stayed, my friends drove me around …… even my customers pitched in and wrapped their own purchases.
Since I don't remember anymore, I think it just mosied along until it was time for PT and strengthening exercises.
May you be safe, protected and free from inner and outer harm.
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