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Sun, Jan 12 3:17am · Trust your gut instinct Pillow advice for sleep after shoulder surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I had shoulder surgery to repair 3 torn tendons and the bicep muscle. I have posted in here several times about the pain that I was still feeling and have gotten some good advice, but the doctor insisted that I was fine. My surgery was in Oct. 2018. In December 2019, I finally got the doctor to send me for an MRI on my shoulder. They found that one of the tendons had torn again. I was told I needed surgery again and that the bicep muscle was fully healed and had nothing to do with the issue. I realized that I had lost all faith in this doctor, so I went to another surgeon, for a second opinion, one that had an excellent reputation and specialized in the issues I was having. He was wonderful. He very carefully went over all my MRI’s, worked with the shoulder to see where the pain was. I told him that my bicep mucle was still hurting and he looked at it and pressed on a spot that was extremely painful, He then told me that it was the bicep muscle that was hurting alnog with the re-torn rotator cuff. I just want to encourage some of you who find yourself in a position where the doctor is not listening to you and you know something is not right, it is time to get a second opinion. I am so glad I did!! While this doctor agrees that I need to have it repaired again and soon, he addressed all my issues and concerns that I had. He told me that My bicep muscle needed to be lowered because it had been stretched too far and that is why I had been is so much pain. So, I will be scheduling surgery on Monday. I am not looking forward to it because I know it will be painful and a slow healing process, but I feel that I can trust this doctor and that he will listen to any concerns I have. I do have one questionabout sleeping after the surgery. I know may people recommend sleeping in a recliner, however, I was not comfortable I was wondering if there was a body pillow or something you had used to help you sleep at night. Any tips wold be appreciated And trust your instincts, you know your body better than anyone.

Sat, Jan 4 6:59pm · Living with a reattached bicep muscle. in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I thought I'd follow up with what the MRI said about my shoulder. I just went back to the doctor. The bicep muscle is completely healed as well as 2 of the tendons. But they found that there was a full thickness re-tear of the suprasinatus tendon, with retraction to the mid humeral head, as well as mild atrophy. The doctor wants to go back in and fix the tendon again. My surgery was awful! They did a nerve block and hit my diaphram. I went into V-tach, woke up in the OR and was over sedated because I needed 3 doses of reversal drugs. A 2 hour recovery turned into 7 hours. I struggled to breathe. Then my shoulder froze and I was in extreme pain. I have also had both knees replaced. All of this withing a 15 month time frame. I do not want to have surgery again. It is a 6 month recovery and I feel like my body needs to recover for a while. I also feel like the tendon may re-tear if they do it again. I am also worried about the side effects of the anesthesia. This is also not a good time for surgery as I am expecting my first grandchild in April and my son is getting married in October. I have agreed to try Physical therapy. Anyone else been through this situation?

Nov 23, 2019 · Living with a reattached bicep muscle. in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Thank you @artscaping and @jenniferhunter. I have had both knees replaced as well and the shoulder surgery was much more painful. My shoulder locked up a bit and we thought I was going to end up with frozen shoulder, but I managed to escape that.I have made an appointment to see the doctor next week and will ask about MFR. Right now, I can only lift about 10 pounds and am beginning to feel like that may be as much as I will ever be able to lift. And I have 2 partial tears in the other shoulder that he wants repair so that they don't get as bad.

Nov 19, 2019 · Living with a reattached bicep muscle. in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I had surgery on my right shoulder in October 2018. I had 3 torn rotater cuffs and a torn bicep muscle. The bicep muscle was worn at the end, so a piece was cut off and it was reattached in the front of my shoulder. Recovery from this surgery was extremely painful, but I finally was able use my arm with some restrictions. Recently, when I move my arm certain ways, I feel a sharp pain and can feel a knot in my bicep muscle, which I have to rub out. Then my arm is sore for a few days. It feels to me like the bicep muscle is getting twisted and I have to massage it to get it back to normal. I don't know for sure that this is what is happening. Has this happened to anyone else after having a bicep repaired? Is the muscle twisting or is something else causing the pain

Sep 28, 2019 · TKR: Did I do too much too soon? I'm freaking out. Please weigh in in Joint Replacements

Hi @amytro! I am amazed at all that your are able to do after 3 months. I would not "freak out." It sounds to me that you may be doing too much too soon, but you should ask your doctor about that. The one suggestion that I would make about exercising, would be to try a low impact water class. I did that after my first TKR and right before my my second one. It was much nicer because the water took the pressure off of the joints. I am hoping to be able to go back to my low impact water classes as soon as my knee is ready.

Sep 28, 2019 · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

@contentandwell JK, I would like to know the name of the procedure if it is not to hard to look up. I have also heard that dry needling can help. I am not sure about that though. I've heard it hurts and then I've heard it does not hurt. Thank you!!

Sep 28, 2019 · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

@contentandwell JK, my bend went halfway between straight and 90 degrees. Last week the IT band was extremely tight. I spent the weekend massaging it and doing my exercises to loosen it up. When I went to PT on Tuesday the bend was better, but not at 90. The tendon on the inside of my knee is extremely sore, I came home on Thursday and massaged it util it was bruised to try and loosen it up. I made it to 90 on Friday, but it takes evey ounce of my concentration to get it to bend. Today (Saturday) it is too sore to touch and it has hurt all day. It will bend to maybe 80 (I am just estimating) and then it is like it just can't move anymore. I am one of those people that is bound and determined to make ot work, but the knee just stops and then won't move. My PT said he did not like the way the knee was responding to therapy. I start PT once a week begining the second week of October. Last time I was much further along. I have not been able to ride the stationary bike, I am still walking with a cane, and there are a lot of things that I am not able to do at this point. It is extremely frustrating.

Sep 20, 2019 · Severe Pain after 2nd TKR in Joint Replacements

@donheads Because I had to stop bending my knee and let the pain ease up, I lost any range of motion I had gained. My PT is working on bending the knee again. I barely have any bend in the knee at all. While the Lyrica helps, it takes all my energy to focus on breathing so I can get through my PT working on my bend. This knee surgery has been a roller coaster ride. It seems like every step I take forward, I end up taking 2 steps back. The PT has been working on my T band and I have been massaging it at home, but today he said that it wasn't looking good. I am hoping that it is not scar tissue. I do not want MUA.