It looks like it has been a while since the last post, any updates?
My timeline: August 2012- Slipped while walking down stairs, grabbed railing to stop my fall and my full body weight shifted forward. almost dislocating my shoulder. Noticed pain in my shoulder blade area, mainly when I reach behind. Otherwise, I could live with the pain.
December 2012- I thought I would go for a run on the treadmill. I noticed some pain in shoulder blade area, I thought it was a "catch" and continued to work through it. The next week I noticed that my neck and back started feeling stiff. By the end of the week, I couldn't move without pain shooting down my spine.
Dec 24th- Went to Dr. Swelling in shoulder blade area with symptoms of Rotary Cuff tear and pinched nerve. Prescribed steroids, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory meds to reduce swelling to determine cause.
Jan 2nd- Swelling gone, pain is evident in shoulder, referred to Othropedic surgeon and an Arthogram/MRI comes back as SLAP tear. Surgery recommended ASAP as tear is very close to bicep and can result in bicep rupture if not promptly repaired.
Feb 8- Arthroscopic surgery. SLAP tear repair and Rotary Cuff shaved down due to inflammation.
Mar 8-current: PT. Going well, but like you all, I am ready to get back to my normal routine. I have 2 small children that don't understand why I can't do normal activities with them, as before. I also, need to get back to a healthy lifestyle. I have found myself feeling a little depressed with the inability to do so many things and the constant (though dull) pain.
I'm still wrapping my head around how long all of this will take.
I saw my primary care doc today and he diagnosed frozen shoulder. He was appalled that my ortho practice has had me off of PT since August (surgery was in late June). I asked him to refer me to another specialist who does revisions.
Looks like I'm in good company with y'all! It's definitely a long slow process.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Shoulder Surgery Recovery... it takes a long, long time.
Here's my timeline...
May 21, 2011 - Fell off my bike. More accurately, slammed to the ground landing almost fully on my left elbow/forearm. May 22, 2011 - Saw a doctor at an after-hours clinic. XRays - no fracture of forearm/elbow. June 1, 2011 - Follow-up with my primary care doc. No improvement in pain - in fact pain is worse and now goes from my neck to the tips of my fingers. Fingers go numb/tingle. More rest. More ice. More pain meds. June 29, 2011 - Another follow up. PCDoc thinks I have frozen shoulder from "babying my elbow", give referral for MRI, but clearly states he does not think it will show anything. July 6, 2011 - MRI performed. Due to the strange way they positioned me, I am in more pain following the MRI than I was before. July 8, 2011 - PCDoc calls to apologize. Rotator cuff is torn in two places. Referral to Orthopedic doctor and PT given.
I started PT the first time on July 21.
Surgery was September 21. Bone spur removed. Tears repaired. When I crashed, my shoulder joint jammed (like you jam your finger) shoving all of the soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons, rotator cuff, etc) into the bone spur. The bone spur punctured/stabbed through all of the tissue. Ouch. Back into PT two weeks post-op.
Discharged from PT in February 2010 - insurance won't pay for more PT and I cannot afford to cover it myself. Oh and to add insult to injury, we made too much money by $50/month for Medicaid to help out.
Let's see... I still have pain. every day. I still lack approximately 50% of external rotation. I cannot lift my left arm straight over my head. I am left with little/no choices. $15K in medical bills from the last round of doctors, meds, surgery, and pt. I'll be paying on that for the rest of my natural life.
I made a conscious decision to not tell anyone (including my children and husband) about my pain and to just get on with my life. I bicycle - endurance sport. Hubby and I completed a 300 mile-3 day bicycle tour in July. We're now registered and training for the same event in 2013. I took up running. I do the best I can with the household stuff.
Good luck. It's a slow process. Many people never make it back to 100% following shoulder injuries/surgery.
I'm not sure what a SLAP is, but it does appear that recovery time depends on a lot of factors, even for the same type of injury.
In my case I was in PT from April 2011 to September 2011 (surgery was in May). I was banned from kayaking until October 2011. According to a trainer in August 2012, my repaired shoulder is still weaker than the other side.
The best thing you can do is listen to you physical therapist and doctors. If they do not agree, it might be a good idea to find a second opinion somewhere...
Hang in there. According to my PT, shoulder injuries are the absolute worst, most frustrating, slowest to heal of all the things he deals with.
Never, ever, EVER give up!
From BMI 53 (336 lbs) to under 30. Now aiming for less than 20% body fat.
I had a SLAP repair and my bicept tendon fixed on 6/22/12. Today I'm 3 months out of surgery and haven't been to PT in six weeks. I still have a lot of pain and my range of motion is 100% worse than it was before the surgery. Pain doc in the ortho practice thinks I have frozen shoulder, but the surgeon disagrees (although he can't say why I still have so much pain). I think I went back to work too soon (I took one week off and worked from home the second week). Any idea how long this takes to recover?
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