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.
Mom of 5
| current weight: 195.0