12 Weeks Post Op

I just have to vent and maybe someone can relate. I went in to get calcium removed and left with a full thickness tear that had to be anchored back onto the bone. There was so much calcium and also a bone spur. I am still in a lot of pain. How long does this pain last. My doctor says if I'm still in pain in 6-8 weeks, we have to talk. I have been in therapy for 5 weeks but it is so painful to do anything after these sessions.
Francoise1 Francoise1
56-60, F
2 Responses May 25, 2013

I just read your post. I had extensive rotator cuff surgery 6 weeks ago. I went for one of my follow-up doctors appointment this morning. He is unhappy that I can passively only raise my arm 50 degrees and am still so much pain that I'm still needing pain meds. They took my sling completely off. I came home very discouraged. I can't get comfortable sitting in my recliner. Please tell me this gets better!

Hi, I had the surgery too. I was covered in bone spurs. The pain was horrible for weeks. The therapy just about killed me at times. Sleeping was next to impossible, couldn't roll over, or lay on anything other than my back. I pushed myself really hard, did all the home therapy, even doubled up on it. I needed to get back to work, and did in just two short weeks. Which was way too soon, for I wasn't healed well enough for my return. I'm a laborer.

After about another month I started feeling much better, and was able to do everything as before. The best part was, I finally had no pain! None! I wasn't able to even lift my arm up, to get a glass out of the cupboard before the surgery. I would lift my arm, my hand would be just above my head, and then it would just drop. Was terrible.

Now after four years of no pain, it's starting back again. I can tell the spurs are re-growing. I would guess in a year or two, I'll have to have the surgery again. Not saying you'll have to have it done again, but I know that's where I'm headed.

I wish you the best. If you have further questions, feel free to send me a PM.