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Frustrated And Second Thoughts

I've never wrote in any kind of forum before and did a wild card search today.  I was reading some of the others and a couple especially hit home. I am 8 weeks post op from rotator cuff, I had a full thickness tear which had fully torn away from my bone, bone spur, and I guess the worst part was I let it go over a year and had a pretty extensive frozen shoulder.   I guess I just wasn't prepared for the length of recovery that this is taking.  I just a couple days a go got out of the monster sling :).  I really want so much to be myself again.  I'm told that even now I can't even use that arm to so much as wash my hair, lift it, etc. for 6 more weeks.  I have been in PT since week 2 following surgery to keep it from freezing up again but I am only allowed to move it under supervision.  Being  a person that finds it hard to sit still this is making me question everything.  I can relate to another member about losing their FMLA as mine ran out last week and I sit waiting everyday for my termination letter to come.  I have learned also that you do not receive unemployment until you are released by your physician and he is telling me I am looking at a 4 more like 6 month rehabilitation.  I am truly not wanting to come to anyone sounding like "Debbie Downer" or a whiner in anyway I am just so frustrated.  Does anyone feel like I do?  I ask myself was this worth it?  Is the pain better....no.  Maybe down the road I will be able to say yes.  I do try and stay positive read, walk, etc. but I guess I just didn't realize that it would be like this.  Sorry for the vent.
beachlovermd beachlovermd 51-55, F 7 Responses Oct 24, 2011

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I am so interested to find out how you feel now since it's been a few years and was it well worth it I'm eight weeks post surgery I've been in physical therapy for three weeks and I'm still having so much pain sometimes I can't think I'm on Percocet wanting to get off of it so that I'm not addicted but I'm told to stay on it if I have the pain does this ever and?

I am scheduled to have shoulder surgery in 7 hours but am so anxious. I have 5 children which two of them are 1 and 3 so that is the that is freaking me out. I am not sure what to do and may have to postpone it. I will let you know what I decided but what do you think with the small babies? I am the main person responsible for them as my husband works and kids are in school. <br />
Cross fingers for me. <br />
Lisa

How are you doing now? It's almost a month out. I have two children and am very concerned about getting this surgery in about two weeks.

all encouragement needed from everyone who has recovered from rotator cuff surgery thanks a bunch

I am now two weeks post op, and frustrated with this ache arm. I let this injury go from July until January, maybe that was a bad decision. I had this same kind of surgery in 1993, and knew it was painful, that was my reason for delaying it. Simply I hurt, and I am not a cery baby. I have a strong tolerance to pain, but this really, really hurts. I can't get comfortable at night and find myself crying with frustration. I appreciated finding this web page at least I realize that perhaps this is just the pain that goes along with this type of repair. I too could not take the pain meds given me and after 4 days of misery put myself on Ibuprophen, the doc said 600 mgs every 6 hours. After 3.5 hours it hurts even worse. I am 68 years and very active and this is killing me to sit still and be patient .

I hope you are feeling a little relief by now from the pain. I took PT for awhile to see if the tear would heal on its own, but that was wishful thinking. So I had the surgery. Then they found the shoulder was too bad to get a good repair, The doctor did the best he could, but I ended up getting a total shoulder replacement in December 2011 and a rotator cuff repair. I will have to say this surgery has been a lot less painful than the first. Why, I couldn't say. I was expecting it to be worse. Just started using my arim lart week after the six week mark. Cannot do a lot with it, but anything is an imporvement. Try and have patience, I hope it will be better with time,

miffalcon,please tell me how you are doing 4 months after your surgery.I just found this site.week or so ago. I am having rotator cuff repair May 22 ,this tuesday and after all i have read here it sounds like it will be hard any encouraging words from other people seems like that is what i need to hear right now thanks

Well, I guess I can count my blessings for at least being unemployed when this happened to me. I don't have the added stress that you do about possibly losing your job. I feel for you, I really do. My surgery was on Dec 7th, 2011. Just now around 5 weeks out. Pain is enormous when the weather changes to rainy. I took myself off all meds except ibuprofen and tylenol at differing times. I love my ice pack and am even considering going in debt for one of those tins units. Has anyone used those at home? They put it on me at the Physical Therapist office, works great for pain. I should have researched how long the recovery time was for this, but didn't due to the Christmas rush to finish everything before the holiday and surgery. Ugh, wish I had! But I sure hope I did the right thing having this surgery, time will tell!!!

Well, I guess I can count my blessings for at least being unemployed when this happened to me. I don't have the added stress that you do about possibly losing your job. I feel for you, I really do. My surgery was on Dec 7th, 2011. Just now around 5 weeks out. Pain is enormous when the weather changes to rainy. I took myself off all meds except ibuprofen and tylenol at differing times. I love my ice pack and am even considering going in debt for one of those tins units. Has anyone used those at home? They put it on me at the Physical Therapist office, works great for pain. I should have researched how long the recovery time was for this, but didn't due to the Christmas rush to finish everything before the holiday and surgery. Ugh, wish I had! But I sure hope I did the right thing having this surgery, time will tell!!!

I a sooo sorry to hear what you are going through. I am suppose to have the surgery for a 9mm full thickness tear on the 16 of this month (November), but the more I hear and read, I might just wait. I have been in a pretty good bit of pain for about 6 weeks from the tear but nothing like what everyone is saying. I am really not using my shoulder though or it can be really painful. Don't feel bad about venting. Everyone feels bad when the world seems to go on with out us. I had brain surgery in 1999 and Gallbladder, with pancreatitis, 6 months ago. I felt that way too. I hope you get better soon and get back to your old self. I am on the fence... Take care

First I want to say I appreciated hearing from you and your kind words. I feel for you, it sounds like you have had a very hard year. I have always heard pancreatitis is a very painful thing to have to go through in itself. I know I vented through this forum about my surgery and I am still struggling daily good and bad I guess we have to realize in the end of the day that certain things in our lives have to be treated or they don't get better whether we like the path we have to go through to get better. You have obviously been down hard paths before enduring brain surgery, I can't imagine and that also shows me your strength as a person. I can't tell you what to do as far as postponing your surgery but I do think you should do some research on the internet about full thickness tears such as yours. I know this is me saying this (irony) but they don't usually get better by themselves at that stage and you need your arm for an active life in the future. One thing that has been hard for me was lack of support and not having someone understand what I was going through. If you decide to go through with it I hope you keep in touch. My thoughts will be with you. Please take good care of that shoulder and your welcome to vent on mine any time :) !