I Just Had Rotator Cuff Surgery Very Painful

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 233 People

    Eight Weeks Out Of Rotator Cuff Surgery, Ice Is My Savour.

    Went over the bars of my mnt bike during a race, grabbed a small Tree to trying lessen the fall, big mistake!, the tree did not give my Shoulder did, yanked it out of the socket snapping tendons from bone. Went to the UrgentCare Provider next day. Given a few test and after an...
    project7123 project7123
    66-70
    2 Responses Oct 28, 2011

    I had rotator cuff surgery six weeks ago.

    Post up, I had zero pain! I had a completely torn tendon. And bone spurs which had to be shaved down. Four plugs were required. I asked the doctor why I had no pain and he said you're lucky. Lucky? Okay. I'm 67 years old.I fell. I did two cortisone shots and two rounds of PT...
    karenlinc karenlinc
    66-70, F
    Feb 28, 2015

    I injured my shoulder a couple of years ago,

    had a MRI and it showed several tears. Complete rotator cuff,bicep tendons tore away from bone,bone spurs,arthritis in AC joint,bone spurs,and collar bone impingement. I put off the surgery until the pain and the use of my right arm was unbearable. I am 57 yr old woman disabled...
    leekhilliard52 leekhilliard52
    56-60, F
    Nov 2, 2014

    Day Of Surgery...

    Sitting up at 0200 right now, hoping for the pain meds to kick in. I have a feeling that this is going to be a bit of a long journey. Oddly, though, that isn't terribly discouraging. Life is all about the journeys, after all! What was the therapy like for you folks?
    Wondrin2Day Wondrin2Day
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Feb 1, 2013

    really wish i had read this posts

    before i had rotary cuff surgery 24 days ago. anybody that says RC surgery is not that bad has to be a miracle healer,nip & tuck freak, or clearly hung around a windowsill eating paint chips most of there life. i read every post on this topic,and let me tell you,take all the...
    fivefingerdiscount fivefingerdiscount
    41-45, M
    1 Response Mar 27, 2014

    I had rotator cuff repair 4 wks ago.

    Still have pain and hard to sleep at night. Can only sleep in a recliner. Trying to not take narcotics but I need them at night. Have PT once a week right now. It hurts but hoping it gets better. I'm getting depressed from not working and can't do much. I have to wear this sling...
    Gmoxley Gmoxley
    46-50, F
    1 Response Sep 6, 2015

    Greetings! I hate that we are in

    so much pain but so thankful to have people out there having the same experience. Having read some of your testimonies, I'm feeling very lucky. I was off pain meds at day 3, Tylenol only. But those three days? It was hell. Now my problem is this...during the day, I am relatively...
    pftpreston pftpreston
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 21, 2015

    First, I'm 66 years old now.

    Had my first RC surgery in 2007 (right shoulder) when I was 58. That was both fully and partial torn tendons. Was off of work for 13 weeks, but had pretty much full ROM by week 17. My job was primarily working in an office, but did help in a warehouse as well. Heaviest thing I...
    ClassicRockr ClassicRockr
    66-70, M
    Sep 21, 2015

    Two Weeks Postop

    Had rotator cuff repair 2 weeks ago. Pain was awful at first,nausea from pain meds, and can't get comfortable. I'm not taking any narcotics any more, over the counter pain meds only. I can't get comfortable at night to sleep without ice,lots of pillows,half sitting up, and...
    Carewill Carewill
    51-55
    3 Responses Sep 22, 2011

    I agree with everyone here.

    I am now 12 weeks post surgery for a full tear of my rotator cuff. It's more painful than the imagination. Simply indescribable and my heart goes out to those that have done it 2x or more!!! I simply cannot see how anyone could do that. I would just let my arm dangle for...
    NomadicMe NomadicMe
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jun 27, 2014

    Six Weeks Post Op!

    I found a big group on facebook that is actually active about Rotator Cuff Injuries and surgery. But I'll try to revive this one. I had my 6 weeks post op visit to the doctor on Friday, and the doc was very pleased with my progress. He said my range of Motion is now at 95% and...
    onlygodjudgeme onlygodjudgeme
    31-35, F
    22 Responses Jan 23, 2011

    I need it from a motorbike crash.

    .. I've kinda just been sitting hoping it will heal itself
    howmanylettercantiputhere howmanylettercantiputhere
    16-17, M
    Aug 7, 2015

    Rotator Cuff Surgery

    I am 9 weeks out from rotator cuff surgery. I had a bone spur which caused a partial tear. I only have 3 weeks of FMLA left and am worried that I will not be able to return to full duty as a nurse that has to be able to turn patients from side to side. Any thoughts on how long...
    tpkkjj tpkkjj
    61-65
    1 Response Sep 29, 2011

    Had a full U shaped cuff tear repaired on

    5-1-15. All I can say is Holy Cow. What a rough road it's been since the pain block wore off. Awful pain for 2 weeks nonstop. Couldn't sleep good till a few days ago and that's only 3-5 hrs each night. Cramps, spasms, twitching, just couldn't get comfortable for any more...
    Scooter411 Scooter411
    56-60, M
    1 Response Jun 1, 2015

    Is my surgeon jumping the gun by suggesting I

    see a pain management specialist after having 2 shoulder surgeries one month apart? I had a 1st one early June but 3.5 weeks later I did tear a couple tendons: rotator cuff and biceps. Thus requiring a 2nd surgery 1 month and 1 week after the first one. I am now just 6 weeks...
    yodasl yodasl
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 26, 2014

    i had surgery and months of therapy

    and the pain is still there. my arm cant extend or reach behind is this permeability
    tracicook tracicook
    51-55
    1 Response Mar 1

    I am 7 1/2 weeks Post surgery

    and produce tears at physical manipulation by my therapist. Don't want to dread therapy twice a week. Is this normal or is my therapist pushing progress.? I am making progress but I am 59 and the going is slow. Any tips??
    babsie777 babsie777
    61-65, F
    1 Response Dec 5, 2014

    I had surgery April 18,

    2015. I had 1 big tear and 1 sm. tear. I have 6 anchors. I started PT at 4 weeks only stretching for the 1st 2 weeks. as of May 18, I am 6 weeks in to this so I am aloud to move it and take my sling off. I have to take pain meds about every 6 to 7 hours. since I started PT I...
    shrea63 shrea63
    51-55, F
    Jun 1, 2015

    I am 4.5 weeks post RC surgery.

    ..small partial tear repaired with one anchor. I had been doing pulleys and PT with discomfort but not " pain " doing pulleys. Friday Jan.1st 10:00 am my arm was out of the sling sitting on my desk and my chair rolled back and my arm fell off the table and i felt a short sharp...
    cfhunter cfhunter
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 3

    3 Weeks Out From Rotator Cuff Surgery

    Hello, I am a 55 year old female and had rotator cuff surgery 3 weeks ago. My cuff was torn about 80% of the way through. I also had a fair amount of Synovium tissue removed because of inflammation and a good deal of debridement and subacrominal decompression. I ended up having...
    blackpupjean blackpupjean
    51-55, F
    7 Responses Sep 17, 2012

    I'm almost 4 weeks post op I had open rotator

    cuff repair with 3 anchors, acromioplasty and Mumford procedure done. The pain is unreal!!!! Worse than childbirth. Will start PT soon, very scared.
    Ithurtsbad Ithurtsbad
    56-60, F
    1 Response Dec 31, 2013

    I am 59 and had surgery on may left shoulder

    May 5, 2014 for a small but full thickness rotator cuff tear. Also had bone spurs removed, labrum cleaned up, and arthritis removed from the AC joint (including removing 1/4" off clavicle). Unfortunately I also already had frozen shoulder going into this. In 2010 I had...
    Bob119 Bob119
    61-65
    Aug 15, 2014

    Pain From Rotator Cuff Surgery

    Now 7 weeks post surgery with pain at its worse when I sleep. My therapist has been a great coach and I am very pleased with my range of motion. The use of a pulley at home has given me great confidence and a leg up during in- house rehab. Post op dx was massive tear, bicep...
    Barnboy911 Barnboy911
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Jul 1, 2012

    8 Weeks Out And My Biceps Tendon Is So Painful

    So, I'm 8 weeks out and this has been by far the worst surgery of my life. The pain in my shoulder radiates thru my neck and has caused my traps to knot up. The brace was causing me so much pain i gave it up. There are no more deltoids to speak of and nothing holding the biceps...
    40ishvermontguy 40ishvermontguy
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Nov 3, 2013

    I had my right shoulder done in 2011.

    Post surgery due to bad pt shoulder and shoulder froze -no one wants this!!!!! Injury happened 4 years prior and was ignored by me. Now dominant shoulder ripped. Pain was immediately noticed, registered and knew it needed treatment right away. First time the recovery was...
    rotatorcuffpain rotatorcuffpain
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Nov 15, 2014

    Saturday - Two Days Post-Op

    Well, things are turning interesting. Pain levels are much better. My nerve block infuser was broken, so Thursday and Friday I got no additional anesthesia to the nerve. We got that fixed late last night, so Friday night and today (Saturday) have been easier. Having lived without...
    Wondrin2Day Wondrin2Day
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Feb 2, 2013

    The Pain

    Has reached theoretical levels. I will pay someone to travel to SC bringing something better than the FIVE LORTAB that were totally worthless.
    Wondrin2Day Wondrin2Day
    41-45, M
    1 Response Feb 3, 2013

    1 Week Post-Op

    Today it finally feels like I've turned the corner. In general, pain levels are much lower. The immobilizer is a total PITA, but it has saved me from re-injury at least three times so far. Last night the recliner tipped over at 3 am! Very glad to have the hateful thing...
    Wondrin2Day Wondrin2Day
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Feb 8, 2013

    only seem physio once

    but doing the pendulums etc still painful I'm 71 yrs old and my husband is still having to do most of the house work and cooking . It's the most painful operation I have ever been through but I find to get a good nights sleep really helps so have no hesitation in taking...
    jifjoan27 jifjoan27
    70+, F
    1 Response May 2, 2014

    Nov 1st 2013 surgery.

    ..today Jan 11th 2014.. Original MRI noted no tear only impingment. Surgey was completed and they found small tear with sutures, minimul bone removal and cartlidge removal. In a sling for almost 6 weeks with no movement that was very painful in the bicep and upper back...started...
    Toddg81 Toddg81
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jan 11, 2014

    In February 2014 I fell on the ice at work

    and injured my shoulder. I tried several different treatments to advoid having surgery. ( Physical Therapy for several months , Cortizone shots etc) and did not see no improvment actually I felt as though my injury was getting worse. My Orthopedic surgeon that I see told me...
    lover2kids lover2kids
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jan 29, 2015

    Had rotator cuff surgery 20 hours ago

    and it's the most painful surgery I have had to date10 lumbar surgeries with complete fusion. That was a cake walk compared to rotator cuff surgery. It's 5 am and my nerve block wore off a hour ago. Taking Percocet 10/325 for pain. Also using pumped ice water via a sleeve around...
    JayMb62 JayMb62
    51-55
    Jun 27, 2015

    Mine was 6 weeks ago.

    MRI said partial or complete tear but no, there wasn't. Doc debrided area. My question is about bruising. A week after out of the sling (in for 3 weeks) I got a lot of bruising on my bicep and it's still there. Doc said he moved deltoid around to do debriding and stitched it...
    MaryVanH MaryVanH
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 28, 2015

    Found this and just wanted to chime in to let

    others know who are thinking of having it done, it's not always gloom and doom with this. I fell off a ladder and tore up my rotator cuff. I didn't even bother with Pt first as I knew it was bad. The bicep tendon was torn too. The MRI was the most painful thing I've ever had...
    pfflyers pfflyers
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Feb 4

    Just Had Cuff Surgery On Right Shoulder - 10 Days Ago

    Hi everyone , ten ago i had cuff surgey on my right shoulder for a sizeable tear on my suprapsinatus - has was seen on the ultrasound and a bone spur to be shaved/removed , after surgery i was told besides the above a 2nd muscle/tendon was also repaired the subscapularis...
    austringer austringer
    46-50
    3 Responses Dec 10, 2012

    had surgery on my dominant shoulder on april 24.

    it was arthroscopic, had 10 incisions which were done to treat/repair 1 full thickness with a graft and two partial tears, remove two cysts, reattach a torn bicep pulley, and scrape out some bone spurs. i thought i had just strained my shoulder but the pain persisted so had...
    pdpcuffed pdpcuffed
    66-70, M
    5 Responses Jul 23, 2014

    I'm 5 1/2 weeks post op from open rotator cuff

    repair. Like so many who have already posted here, I still am dealing with moderate to severe pain and find sleeping in bed uncomfortable. After 3 weeks of prom, my PT couldn't wait to have me lifting my arm above my head and pushing out from my chest while holding a pole and...
    don64rcr don64rcr
    61-65, M
    May 16, 2015

    I am 4 weeks post-op.

    Felt great after PT two days ago, but was miserable again last night. Ordered a HyperIce shoulder compression wrap from Rogue Fitness yesterday. My friend got one after his surgery and swears by it. Says pain instantly subsides when he uses it. Picking mine up today, and will...
    Jtreneff Jtreneff
    61-65, M
    1 Response Jan 15, 2014

    So I had 2 shoulder surgeries one month apart.

    First surgery was for taking care of a shoulder impingement and tighten my shoulder which could pop out of its socket. Then unfortunately a stupid bad move 3.5 weeks later while trying to buckle up my seat belt and I ended up with 2 torn tendons: rotator cuff and biceps. So a...
    yodasl yodasl
    46-50, M
    Aug 8, 2014

    I am 7 weeks post-op.

    Up until last week the amount of pain I have experienced was about 5% of what I expected. In other words the experience has been very good. I am sleeping normal without pain again. The problem is I started therapy last week. After two days of exercise I began having an...
    tgb260 tgb260
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Aug 18, 2014

    Both Shoulders Torn And Getting Surgery On Both

    I am not looking forward to this at all. Both shoulders are extremely bad, and to make matters worse, i've waited close to 2 yrs to get this done, hoping by some chance to find a different way out of this...no such luck. My first surgery is less than 2 weeks from now.. jan 12th...
    telestrat telestrat
    46-50, M
    7 Responses Dec 31, 2011

    I am almost 5 weeks post op from rotator cuff

    surgery. I had a small tear and bone spur with impingement. I am weaning myself off of my sling, still cannot move much on my own, therapy is very painful when they stretch it yet. I have not been able to sleep in my bed for a full night yet. I always wake up and have to...
    kimdesmet3 kimdesmet3
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Mar 3, 2014

    Rehab Is Tough!!

    Ok, I'll start and maybe someone else will share. As of Tuesday, Dec. 15th, I am 6 weeks post op. I had spurs and 2 large tears in my rotator cuff. I did the sling thing for 6 weeks and have just started strength training this week. I have had 3 knee replacements and this surgery...
    j2judybug j2judybug
    56-60, F
    242 Responses Dec 17, 2009

    I am 47 years old i fell on ice in 3-15 hurt

    shoulder neck and middle back did therapy on shoulder only released back to light duty over the road truck driver then was still hurting 6 months later became b Mir found tear in left shoulder they did surgery now I am 13 weeks out and now they r starting to treat my neck and...
    Badcomp01 Badcomp01
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jan 9

    Second Surgery On The Second Shoulder

    Greetings, I had surgery on 2 December to repair a torn Rotator cuff on My right shoulder. They put in 3 posts to reattach the tendons and removed bone spurs and calcium buildup. I had the left shoulder done 4 years ago but It wasn't as severe. 15 days later I have pretty much...
    shoulderpopped shoulderpopped
    46-50
    3 Responses Dec 17, 2010

    Still In Pain - 7 Months Post-op

    I had rotator cuff repair surgery and removal of bone spurs on right shoulder 7 months ago - 4/11/11.  I did all of my PT and continued exercises at home and am still in pain . . . all the time.  I don't feel any better than before I had the surgery. Everyone said I would be so...
    vwobrock vwobrock
    51-55
    69 Responses Nov 25, 2011

    Rotator Cuff Surgery 7-9-12

    Im glad Ive been reading some of these posts, at least now i know the pain is real. I had rotator cuff repair for a massive tear, its been 6 1/2 weeks post-op, and Im experiencing alot of pain and limit range of motion. Im a letter carrier for the USPS, so wear n tear has caught...
    yola40 yola40
    36-40, F
    1 Response Aug 24, 2012

    Had rotator cuff surgery on June 8,

    2015 - and have to say the first two weeks were hard. Felt like a quarter back playing for a football team - down and out ... and it was awkward moving around and could not really do much. It was my right shoulder and I am right handed ... and with the sling and pillow - no...
    Nano17 Nano17
    66-70, F
    1 Response Aug 7, 2015

    Ok I has rotator cuff surgery two weeks ago

    still feels torn. Yes I have sort of used my arm did not get the memo about how you can't move it at all. Scared I have screwed it up already. I am a yoga teacher and I don't know it I will fully recover. I had a small tear that has to be anchored
    awakendeeply awakendeeply
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2014

    I am thankful I found this site

    as I thought I was going crazy with being depressed, crying. etc. I had my surgery on 10/5/15 and am miserable. Although my ROM has improved, I am tentatively scheduled to return to work this up-coming Thursday (I decided to go in for 2 days and then have a weekend to recover...
    chrbok01 chrbok01
    51-55
    Nov 7, 2015

    I had Rotator Cuff repair March 2015.

    I am still having pain. I just started strength training and now my arm & shoulder feels worse. I can hardly lift it and I am unable to sleep at night. I hurt all day everyday. I am not taking any prescription paid meds, although I need them. I felt that I should be off of...
    kimplaw kimplaw
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jul 5, 2015
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