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Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and SLAP tear

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I am struggling with these conditions both physically and mentally. I am trying to find a way to exercise safely and comfortably but I'm not getting much help or information from my doctor. Even though this is a part of his specialty, I think it is difficult for the professionals to really understand on a practical level just how hard it is to manage the chronic pain, side effects of the meds and the physical limitations. I have steadily been gaining weight and don't really know how to fix it. I have yet to talk to anyone that has actually suffered from this condition. My physical therapist has probably been the most helpful but even there I feel like I'm just not getting enough information or ideas on how to handle all of this. Well, now that I have put this out there maybe I'll pick myself up and figure out what to do next.
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  • LWARD8447
    Hi Birdslaurie! I hope you are doing better today with your shoulder. I found this blog trying to diagnose myself and the terrible pain I have in my shoulder. At first, I thought I had torn something but heat and rest didn't really help. I have taken a river of Aleve and Motrin with not much pain relief. I will be making an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon this week. Hopefully, she will be able to give me a cortisone injection and prescribe some PT to get me back to being able to fully use my arm.

    I will check back often to see how you are doing. Best of luck! And thanks for writing this blog. emoticon
    2696 days ago
  • JUNEYPETUNIE
    Laurie!! I don't believe it! I had adhesive capsulitis the same time you did. well, actually, the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.yearofnot being able to lift my arm, even for the simplest things like blow drying my hair or putting on mascara or opening the sunroof in the car or using the squeegie in the shower. my range of motion was next to NOTHING with my right arm. sleeping SO HARD with the arm plastered to my side. finally ended up at an amazing specialist who took my insurance. got a shot of cortozone in the shoulder and and MRI (the technician had had both shoulders frozen the year before and fully recovered - that was reassuring). also a great physical therapist 3 days a week... the circular motions, stretching, and light weights. she explained Adhesive Capsulitis is most common in women our age and seem to go through a "freezing", "frozen" and "thawing" stage no matter what you do. I had suffered through the first 2 stages and happened to get help during the "thawing" stage, so had quick and dramatic results. HOW ARE YOU? have you thawed and have a working arm again? Yours, June
    3047 days ago
  • KLEONCO
    I have been going to a physical therapist for over 4 months. I have regained alot of movement and the pain is bearable. They say it can take maybe a year to fully recover. I do alot of stretching and light weights. I swear by physical therapy. They have really helped me and I am committed to go until healed. I ask alot of questions and always ask them to treat me agressively and they do. I don't want
    to be babied. I want to get better. Maybe you
    need to find another therapist.
    3388 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2011 11:09:27 AM
  • TANZIFAN
    Hi there

    My frozen shoulder started last august after a sever bout of tendonitis. As you know the pain is totally indescribable and just the absolute worst. Aside from all of that my physio has helped to gain some movement.
    Now for exercise doing light weights i have found to hurt after so i lean forwards and gently swing my arm like a pendulum. If your looking to do a major work out there really is not much that i ahve found that does not involve the upper body.
    I have taken to walking now and some days its with my arm tucked inside my jacket/top others i am able to march. I have lost weight and inches. hope this is of some help. My surgery is due on the 18 July were he will free it and the hope is make it more manageable.

    Yesterday i lend my head sidewards to do my hair and my back crack, now not only does my shoulder not fully move but i cannot move my neck and upper back. I look like I'm walking with a broom up my butt!!!

    Take care Debs
    3443 days ago
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