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In march I started getting a ache in my shoulder. Then started to get swelling in my shoulder blade about the size of a baseball. After two weeks I went to my dr, and he had me go to pt for 2 weeks. Which did not good. He ordered an mri and had me go to an orthopedic specialist. After the specialist looked at my mri, he said my rotator cuff was torn and that I had to have surgery, he explained the surgery, and said it would be 12 weeks before I was good as new. Said I was not going to be able to do anything with my arm for the first 6 weeks. I asked him about the swelling in my shoulder blade and he said it would go away after the surgery. Well...I had the surgery, 3 months ago now, and I still have severe pain in that arm, and I still have the swelling in my shoulder blade, although, it is not as bad as it first was. I can't seem to get many answers from my dr, who after 5 weeks signed a release for me to go back to work 4 hours a day. My last dr appt, I finally got him to talk a bit to me and he said my shoulder is freezing up, and that he had to either give me a shot of cortisone, or put me to sleep and unfreeze it. My question...Should I have the injection?? Is that just a temp. Fix? And what is going to keep my shoulder from freezing up again after he puts me to sleep and unfreezes it?? Can anyone help. I am at the end of my rope here. Any answers would very much be appreciated.
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replied July 17th, 2004
Are you still seeing the pt? If so, and if the pt has taught you a stretching program that you are diligent with, then a cortisone shout could be of some help. However, if you don't work on your range of motion, any improvement from the cortisone will likely be temporary.
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replied July 18th, 2004
Re: Pt
Yes, I have been seeing a pt since 3 weeks after my surgery. I still have the cpm machine that lifts and turns my arm as well. I do the therapy here at home when I don't see the therapist, and even when I do see him, I still have 2 more times a day that I do the excercises. My dr ordered another mri this past week. He thinks everything is in my head and that once I see the mri myself and see that nothing is wrong, i'll be just fine...He seems to think I am having some kind of a mental block that is freezing up my shoulder. Which I think is the craziest thing I have ever heard of...But as long as my wc will ok the mri, I am going to have it done.
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