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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 is by far the most painful of any. I can hardly raise my arm and have constant pain. I have confidence in my physical therapist, but it is very difficult to not get discouraged with the slow progress. I should have done my homework before surgery- I was thinking I would be well on my way to normalcy in 6 weeks. Now I realize I am just getting started with the REAL rehab part. Sure could use some encouraging words from someone who might be further along or even completely recovered!!

j2judybug j2judybug 56-60, F 210 Responses Dec 17, 2009

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Had complete tear repair on October 23rd. My pain is in my bicep. Anyone else with this problem? I thought 3 week post op I would be much better...when does the pain go away!

I'd just seen my surgeon, and I was preparing to have my fifth knee surgery, when I slipped and fell while shooting baskets in my driveway; the fall was attributed to some old, worn basketball shoes. I tried to break my fall with my right hand, which is my dominant hand. I could not lift my arm after the fall, so I visited my surgeon the next day. He determined that I'd torn my rotator cuff and moved the shoulder repair up on the priority list. An MRI later confirmed that the supraspinatus was fully detached from the humerus.
I had surgery about a month after the fall. The first week after the surgery was difficult. I'd purchased a cryo machine (Donjoy Iceman) to minimize pain, but getting to sleep at night in a recliner was still uncomfortable. Also, the sling I was initially provided after my surgery didn't abduct the arm, so I had lots of swelling in my forearm. To reduce the swelling, a physical therapist applied a cryo-cuff to my arm during a couple visits and recommended that I temporarily place a towel between my arm and my side. I immediately purchased a Breg Atlas Universal sling to abduct the shoulder - extremely comfortable sling that doesn't tug on your neck. I highly recommend the Breg sling (about $75).
I started passive range of motion exercises during week two (pendulums only), then my surgeon had me visit the therapist twice a week starting week three for more aggressive passive range of motion to loosen up the shoulder - ouch, very painful. I've been doing some of the exercises at home more frequently recently, in part to make my PT visits more tolerable. I apply heat for about five minutes before performing the exercises then I apply ice after exercising.
In terms of everyday life, I've gotten use to the inconvenience of not being able to use my right arm. My wife helps me bathe, and I was able to return to my desk job after two weeks (typing and maneuvering the mouse with one hand is not fun). Eating, brushing my teeth, and dressing myself are no longer that difficult. Lack of sleep, which is less of an issue now (getting around six hours per night) and boredom, since I'm usually very active, have been my biggest challenges. I'm hoping to be out of the sling next week.

I have a cryosurgery, and use two frozen water bottles instead if ice. Works great and is much less messy. Two in the freezer to rotate, two in the cryocuff "thermos".

Sorry - I have a cryocuff, not cryosurgery. Darn Percoset. ;)

I too am 6 weeks post op and have the same pain and awful crunching. Very hard getting by when alone.

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I am 59, in good shape, and scheduled for surgery in 10 days. I live alone and am wondering if I can handle this on my own. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated.

I would suggest you have a nurse/aid if your insurance covers it. I don't know what I would have done without my husband. I spent the first week basically sedated with narcotics and did not do anything myself. I have a high pain tolerance and this is the most painful experience I have ever had. I wish you well!

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The rehab in particular has been painful at times to this point (five weeks postop). Getting everything prepared at home is a major key to easing general discomfort: Sling that abducts the arm (Breg Atlas Universal), cryo therapy machine used at regular intervals (also bought Breg Polar Shoulder Wrap), recliner, pillows, meds, short sleeve button up shirts one size larger than normal, practice using the non-injured shoulder/hand if the dominant arm is affected, healthy foods, etc. Mentally, I constantly tell myself that the process is temporary, which helps me get through my PT visits and home rehab sessions.

i had my surgery three days ago. If not for my hubby, I would be lost. This very painful and just this morning my sling slipped while I was peeing and i banged my shoulder against the wall. I usually avoid pain meds but I cant get by without them. I cant even walk without the sharp pain. Please be sure you have someone within yelling distance. Take care Ken!

I am 8 days post op and doing well. I have only been taking pain meds in the evening and at night. I still can not sleep in a bed the recliner is where I can get the best sleep. The one thing that had me freaking out before surgery was I could not wipe my butt with my other hand. Turns out they make a device for that found one on amazon.com. Other things that are good to have on hand before surgery are: floss sticks, prepare meals ahead and freeze them, bath brush on a stick, pants that you can pull up and down with one hand, plenty of large ice packs (amazon,com) button down or zip up shirts, slip on shoes and practice doing stuff with one hand before surgery! Oh and practice putting the sling on by yourself. I feel confident enough right now to be on my own only after one week. The first few days after surgery you defiantly need someone around to help.

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Great to hear everyone's experience following surgery. My condition was a result of coming off my horse during training for jumping - classic case of horse going left instead of straight at the jump and me going down and landing on my shoulder. An MRI showed a full tear and retraction of the supraspinatus, bone spur, and tear of the bicep tendon. Prior to surgery, about 2 months after the injury, the shoulder was starting to become frozen so I was required to have PT to increase the range of motion to reduce post surgery complications. Surgery was a breeze - until they woke me up. Actually the first 10 to 14 hours was tolerable as a result of the nerve block. I elected to purchase a "cold therapy machine" which I still use now 5 weeks after surgery. This is a device which has a bucket you fill with ice and water connected with a hose to a type of vest you wear. A pump in the bucket circulates the cold water through the vest providing hours of cold therapy. This has been critical to help manage the pain. It is a "must have" for anyone about to have this type of surgery. My post surgery pain was sever once the nerve block wore off so I started taking Percocet to help manage the pain. I had requested my prescription to be the 10/325. This gives more bang than the 5/325 with the same amount of Tylenol. Sleep was not an option for the first few days following surgery. I couldn't sit for long in a recliner and I couldn't lay down. I resorted to sitting with a foam roll positioned to help prop my head so I could get brief naps while sitting up. Oh, I should mention here the importance of taking a stool softener while taking the pain medication. The doctor or PA don't always share this essential advice. I started PT after 4 weeks limited to passive movement. My physical therapist is highly educated and well trained with a lot of experience working with rotator cuff injuries and surgery patients. Being selective and picking the right PT is another nugget of advice. So, here I am awake at 12:41 am because I took 2 Percocet due pain and can't sleep writing to share my story. The up side is now after about 5 weeks I can sleep in bed on my stomach with the support of several pillows to help position my arm. Although I become a little depressed due to the physical constraints I always come back to celebrating the small improvements that come when they come. It is a slow process for recovery due to the need of the tendon to reconnect to bone. A business saying comes to mind - slow is fast and fast is slow. Go slow to go fast in your healing.

i just had left rotator cuff surgery arthroscopically 3 days ago. Had much more severe tear on right shoulder with open surgery 15 years ago and recovered pretty much 100%..at least i cah do pretty much anything. This time i am much older and sort of scared of what lies ahead. My orthopod is highly experienced but paints a pretty ominous picture of how long real recovery will take. i want to be able to kayak again so im all in. i dont have my post op f/u visit for another week and so far things seem to be going ok but i cant sleep more than an hour at a time even sitting up in a chair. I didnt get to talk to the surgeon after the operation so im not sure where this is headed although the post op nurse said the operation "went fine". i tend to avoid pain meds at all costs but am taking mine regularly at this point based on all the advice i have had from friends who are in health care. i wasnt to be kayaking by January but it is starting to look like that may not be realistic.

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I had rotator cuff repair and a "Mumford Procedure" (removal of the end of my clavicle) on July 2, 2014...it's now 12 days since surgery. Had an open procedure rather than arthoscopic, so now have 19 staples in my left shoulder...these will come out tomorrow.
I was prescribed Percocet for post op pain, but due to a mess up with the prescription - doc neglected to put the date on it, so pharmacy refused to fill it - I ended up with Vicodin. Dressing was removed a week ago, and all looked well at that point. I have been told that I will be in the sling for about 4 weeks before therapy starts, and then for another two weeks as the therapist does "passive movement" on my shoulder. Not too sure that I believed that recovery was going to be this difficult. I soooooo long to sleep in my bed, but lying flat is impossible because of the pain. I don't have a recliner, so have to prop myself up on the couch. I keep a pillow under my shoulder at night, but still wake up in excrutiating pain each morning. It feels as though someone is stabbing a knife into my shoulder! As soon as I get into an upright position, the pain lessens, but I still need the vicodin to get rid of it altogether. Yes, I KNOW it's only been a couple of weeks, but should I still need the Vicodin everyday just to get my day started?
Really feeling miserable with this.

I understand everyone's pain on here I have now been through 4 shoulder surgeries and counting...from one nightmare to another. My 1st surgery was a labrum tear on the right shoulder 2012 operated on in October and back to work in February 2013 not fun but not the end of my world.

Over compensating for the right I tore the left by the end of February 2013. My first surgery for the left tear was August 2013, I was hoping it would be as smooth as the right, but found out quick after that I had frozen shoulder. My scar tissue was so bad I had to have a second operation in January 2014. After surgery I experienced tons of pain and was unable to lift my arm more than 4" above my waist. I had an EMG done discovering my nerves had been permanently paralyzed from the pain block, that news of course hit me hard. But that still didn't explain all the problems, so I had an MRI done again and to my horror found out during manipulation my Rotator cuff and muscles had been fully torn. May 2014 I had a 3rd surgery to beak up once again frozen shoulder and repair my rotator cuff. You can't imagine my frustration waking up from shoulder surgery with pain in my elbow... Guess what my elbow may now be injured due to over manipulation along with another tendon. the saying pain sweat and tears can't explain the frustration. I'm lucky to have a great support system of friends, my partner and amazing nurse to keep me focused on getting better oh and of course I will be seeing a new specialist. I am only 31, I could never imagine how horrible some of these experiences could really be. With a new doctor and determination I'm hoping to get my life back or at least a little bit more of my left arm anyway...

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I feel for you. I am scared to death. I tore my rotator cuff 4 mths ago but didnt have ins. just got ins so my 1st ortho appt is may 16 n then will schedule my surgery appt. Good luck. (Didnt look at date of this post)

i had my shoulder surgery 5 weeks ago, which included a hip bone graft into the anterior glenoid, a Bankart repair and a rotator cuff repair. i have been told that my hip site would be worse than my shoulder area, which was true before in the first 4 weeks, as it was a 10cm long incision when compared to the key holes above. but right now my shoulder is showing dominant pain, esp. after i did the PT exercises every time, i just hope nothing is going wrong up there, as my shoulder had been so manipulated after this surgery. may i know if someone outthere also experiences pain after PT, and know if that is normal or not?

I'm now 5 weeks post op and surprised by amount of spin I still have. Had this surgery on my other shoulder but it seems much worse this time I suspect because it's now my dominant arm. Am weaning off the sling/pillow so pain is worse than last week. I assume this is normal?

I had my first rotator cuff repair done arthroscopically on December 6 2014. I was told not to move it so I didn't move it! I went for my first follow-up appointment on December 11 and had an X-ray. When the doctor put the x-ray up his first words were "oh no". Second words "what did you do" - I did nothing but the anchors had popped out. He scheduled me for my second surgery on December 18. This was an open surgical repair of the repair. No one could prepare me for the pain. I thought it was bad with the first one - this one took my breath away. I spent 5 weeks sleeping in a recliner and trying to get myself off the pain meds. I've been in PT 3 times per week for 3 months and I am still unable to raise my arm higher than chest level without assistance. I've finally asked them to schedule an MRI because without assistance my range of motion does not seem to be improving. My PT benefits have run out for the year and if he's going to have to go back in to clear scar tissue, I'll need therapy after that so I want to know now and schedule it now (I can't even believe I'm thinking of another surgery.....but this is unbearable as it is).

Boy you are telling me, I had this surgery on 06/16 and it is now 08/27 I still wake all night long, haven't slept in 5 days really hour or two here and there. I see you posted in April, if you are still around how are you now! my Dr left the practice Surgeon still there, apparently I don't need pain meds anymore I should be fine his staff told me when I asked if it was normal to have so much pain during PT, that its not a trip to the day spa, I think my PT progressed me too fast and something is wrong, but they are paid so who cares if Im suffering im tired! I hope you are doing better ((((hugs))))

I am 5 weeks out from my surgery. I fell on the ice, 3/9/2014 tore my rotator cuff and fractured the head of my humerus. Surgeon put in a plate and screws to fix the fracture and repaired the rotator cuff on 3/14/2014. I am still having severe pain. I have been going to PT since 3/31. I feel like my progress is very very slow. I am anxious to get back to work but I have no idea when that will be possible.

I had a very similar experience. I fell on the ice on 3/23 and had surgery on 6/23. Progress is slow. I hope you are feeling better!

These posts are so interesting and have really helped me deal with the unexpected pain and lengthy rehabilitation of shoulder arthroscopy. Like others, I lifted weights as if I was still a 19 year old, not like the 60+ geezer I am. I suffered a torn rotator cuff in both shoulders. I'm only 6 weeks into my first recovery period, with at least a couple of months of rehabilitation ahead of me. I'm worried because I still wake frequently at night due to the pain. I thought I'd be sleeping soundly after so many weeks. My passive exercises start tomorrow and I'm going to do them as often as possible to try to prevent the problems so many others have had. And when the recovery is complete, I'll have to start over on my other shoulder. Who says getting older is good? Best wishes to all of you out there and I hope your recovery periods are short!

Please dont overdo the PT! I did that with my first rotator cuff surgery and hurt my neck in the process which took 3 MORE MONTHS of PT to correct! I wont be doing that again! Good Luck.

Had torn supraspinatus repaired with suture anchors (screws), subscapulris and bicep torn too. Trimmed acromion process on collar bone. Played 18 holes of golf today, April 12, 5 1/2 months out. Therapy was slow, all passive for 6-8 weeks, then active with bands and weights. I am doing well because I did the exercises three times a day as instructed. Do not try to lift anything for two months, heavy lifting six months to a year if at all. I coild not sleep or raise my hand higher than my chest before surgery and now I' fine. I still do the stretching and weights each morning. Your success is up to you following this surgery. Be patient and follow the directions of your therapist exactly.

I am at 2.5 weeks and this forum has helped tremendously. If anyone is having a problem (now that's a joke) who isn't with taking a shower my husband bought an extra sling for me to wear in the shower. What a saving for me. I would not take a shower without it or without him. This really blows.

I can feel your pain as I read your post. I had my surgery 4 1/2 months ago. Mine was hanging by a thread and what they didn't know was the subscapulary was torn as well. So my surgery was double of what they thought. I still am in so much pain. PT is slow going and I just had an injection a week ago to see if it would help some. They told me I may have to go back into surgery but every time I think about it, I start to tear up, I can't go thru that pain again. I had a blood clot on the inside of my elbow from the sling and it took 1 week to calm down. Talk about pain! I was ill from every med out there so I only took Advil and that did nothing. I have only half of my motion of the use of my elbow rotation. I'm not sure why that is but my surgeon said I will not get that back. I was hurt at work, I'm a Nursing assistant but I'm now back to work only 4 hours a day doing activities. Nothing much, just playing games and talking with patients. It's all I can do at this point. I don't think I will ever go back into Nursing, I'm so afraid I'll never have that strength again and I'm afraid to do it again.
I'm really just hoping for the pain to stop and to be able to do some things normally again. It's frustrating....

I had been suffering from calcific tendonitis in my left shoulder for years, from excessive workouts.
After many cortisone shots, physical therapy etc my ortho doc decided surgery was the next option.
I'm a month post op. He went in removed the calcium and since it had been there for years when removed it left a huge hole in my rotator cuff. He then had to repair that, as well as shaving the bone spur etc.
yes, it's a painfully hard recovery so far but I do feel better than I did a few weeks ago.
My issue is the terrible dull constant ache in my wrist and hand. Has anyone experienced this as well???

Me, me, me. Going to talk to MD about this tomorrow. You are not alone!

I'm 4 weeks post-op and I have that dull ache in my wrist and hand too. It doesn't make any difference if I'm in or out of my sling it still aches. Sometimes I put a moist heating pad ( the microwave kind) on my hand/ wrist to help ease the ache. It must be something common since you're experiencing it too. Good luck and hope you soon feel better, myself included.

Yes I do---mine usually starts in the afternoons and lingers for some time.

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I underwent 2 rotator cuff surgeries to my left shoulder... It started in 2005 while working out and knew I did something to my shoulder. Six years later, after several bouts of physical therapy and several MRI's, the navy doctors finally figured it out - my rotator cuff was torn, but I managed to deal with it by severely curtailing my activity level. In March 2011, I had my first surgery and was quite unprepared for the aftermath, so to say... The old saying, "you don't know what you don't know," was quite applicable. My recovery nurse tried to tell me I had to do these exercises, which I found out later were called Codman Exercises. I was still so doped up from the surgery, I didn't understand a word he said, and didn't do them. My first post-op appointment a week after surgery was the first time my arm came out of the sling. My surgeon helped me out of it and wanted me to straighten my forearm down and let it hang naturally. The pain of trying to straighten my arm was incredible... The end result was it took almost 2 weeks for me to straighten my arm. Physical therapy started later that day. As a result of me not doing the Codman exercises for the first week after surgery, my recovery by my estimation was set back months. I spent 7 months in physical therapy making small progress with range of motion and strength, when I felt something give in my shoulder during physical therapy. I knew I did something to it, but didn't want to believe it. A month later, I was sent for another MRI and they confirmed my fears - the rotator cuff was re-torn and I would have to undergo a second surgery. I had to sit down when I heard my physical therapist tell me that and almost felt like I was going to pass out - I didn't want to have to deal with that pain again, but that was the only option to fix it, so I did it. Unfortunately, with the failure of the first repair, the revision, my doctor said, had less chance for success and once healed wouldn't be as strong as it would have been if the first repair succeeded. January 2012, nine months after the first surgery, I had it again. This time, I knew what to expect, but still couldn't fully prepare for the pain to come - primarily from physical therapy. The second one was still rough going, but by doing the Codman exercises made my recovery faster. I'm a little more than 2 years after the second surgery and it's okay. Not good, but okay. I still have to stretch my shoulder a couple times a week, and the strength is about 50 percent of what it was, at best. There was a time I could bench press 295 lbs with my body weight around 165. That will never happen again, and I'm fine with that. I work out with 50-55 lb dumb bells and it works out fine and I'm able to keep myself in shape. I'm still cautious about activities I do because I don't want to risk hurting my shoulder again. I'm at the point that I can, in some ways, fondly look back at the pain, discomfort, sleeping in my recliner for 6 weeks twice and know I can't forget it. The day I forget about it and think I'm 19 again will be the day I tear it for the third time...

I had surgery done on January 27. I have two full tears and 1 partial tear along with a torn bicep muscle. I was told since you have 2 biceps muscle one will take over for the other. The surgeon said that if my muscle was only partially the way down my bicep he could've repaired it but since it was torn to shreds I order for him to repair it he would have to make an incision and it would've been considered cosmetic.
So here I am 4 weeks out and it is still painful at times but more frustrating. I tore my right and am right handed. I'm still sleeping in a recliner. I have PT 3 times a week and am told I should be able to fix my hair with difficulty but 2 hands in about another 2 weeks.
I've talked to 2 ppl who had this surgery and they both told me that is will be 100% within a year... Crazy but it did need to be done.

It's been 4 weeks since my surgery. I had three tears and two bone spurs. The first couple of days post-op were pretty rough, but it's been relatively pain free since then. I'm still sleeping in a recliner. Havng said that, the PT is starting to get a little painful now that he has started extending my stretches a little. Not using my arm hovever, is starting to drive me crazy. It feels like I'll never get back to using it.

in reading all these posts of people having really bad pain, I can't but help fearing that that pain will come in my furure as well.

I've had rota cuff repair ligaments had slipped off and damage to back from repeatative dislocations this is my third op. It does get better over time. I always end up doing more than I should and faster than I should due to having a 7 year old autistic child. But believe it does get better with time my first one on that arm would have worked but I went back into nursing. It does change your life I have had to retrain to do another job but life is looking better the only time I really get pain is in the winter with the cold and the pain is really bad. Atleast its not all the time tho and a hot pack sorts it with pain killers hope that helps xxx

I saw that you were in Nursing. I had rotator cuff and subscapular surgery plus a bone spur. I'm 4 1/2 months out and I can't even imagine going back to my job as a Nursing Assistant. I have lost half of my elbow rotation. It doesn't move outward any more. My work has me working in Recreational Activities and I am enjoying that. I'm afraid to go back into NA and get injured again. Did you say you could not do nursing anymore?

I am 3 weeks I from full thickness repair with retraction and bicep repair. Glad to say it is not as bad as I had read about. PT is slow and I find myself in a hurry. I am still in the part where my PT is doing the work.

I am at day 6 post op, and experiencing a lot of pain, which is to be expected. However, Is any one else experiencing the frustration of not being able to do anything like you used to? Also feeling really lonely as I live rurally and have a great social network at my job. I'm missing all of my friends and my sense of purpose!!! Feeling helpless!!! My husband and others seem to minimize my pain, and can't seem to understand that it is difficult for me to continue cooking and cleaning, etc only using my left hand (I'm a righty), so I am getting minimal help in these areas...making the pain worse by the end of the day (and possibly preventing the healing process to happen). I was all set to deal with the pain but was not expecting this depression.

I can feel for ya. I have not had my surgery yet. But it is coming in the next 2-3 weeks. I am also a righty and do all the cooking and cleaning and deal with my kid. It really makes me worried about the surgery because I wont be able to do those things.

I'm 4 weeks post-op and I know exactly how you feel. I'm happy that I'm beginning to do for myself ( get dressed on my own, doing some cooking with one hand, cleaning with one hand) but I still feel depressed throughout the day. I've had pain and discomfort from the tear and now from surgery for the past 3 months and it is starting to take its toll. I just have to keep my chin up and try to stay positive. I've always been very active and I seem to spend a lot of time resting and sleeping all night in my recliner! I'll be happy to become more active, hopefully by summer. I'm a righty also and have to use my left hand for my cooking and cleaning and I understand how tiring it becomes. Hang in there, I'm sure it will get better for both of us.

Totally understand and empathize with your frustration levels and depression! I hope you were able to find some more support. Ridiculous for anyone to think that after only six days you would have been ready for cooking, cleaning, etc. I hope you have had a successful outcome, and also have to wonder if you are still married....

I am so afraid. I just went to the Dr and the MRI said this:

1. probable subtle full-thickness rotator cuff tear of the distal supraspinatus tendon, just proximal to its insertion upon the greater tuberosity as above with a small accumulation of fluid within the subdeltoid and subacrominal bursa. Questionable subtle contusion at the level of the greater tubersoity of the humeral head, may also be a potential site of tendon tear at the insertion of the supraspinatus tendon.
2. Mild synovial thickening of the ac joint. Mild inferior spurring with mild crowding of the subacrominal space may lead to impingement.

from all these posts it sounds like I am in for pure hell. Almost makes me wonder if maybe I shoul dpass on the surgery??

I am really scared about this surgery. Almost to the point of not wanting to get it. AllI hear are horror stories. I have a family but my wife is severely disabled so she cant help. I do the cooking and cleaning. How am I gonna do this stuff? Also what about sleeping? It sounds like I wont be able to sleep in the bed? Let alone even pull up my own pants!!! and advice?? I am not worried about therapy I will do it to get my movment back but I am worried!!!

I have a 7 year old autistic boy and have very little help before surgery I went out and got loafs of ready meals I know its not ideal but will feed you both and can eat off paper plates you throw away. Cups and small thing are not too bad with one hand. I have had left and right done with extensive damage done to both. But there are ways any more advice I will do my best to help. It is worth it xx

O and you can sleep in bed go get your self a v cushion and your two pillows you will get comfy. Everything takes a little longer to do but you can do it even pulling up your own pants xxx

Pulling up pants - that did become easier with time, no button pants for the first 2 months though. I found long sleeve shirts actually easier to get out of than short sleeve shirts. I finally 4 months out can mostly get dressed and undressed by myself... My "Big Day" was when I could blow dry my hair by myself. My husband, Bless his heart, built me a contraption that he mounted on the wall and I could place my hairdryer in so I could do my own hair with one arm.

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Welcome to the club. 9 weeks post surgery and still sleeping in Lazy Boy. Some times pain is almost unbearable. Doing PT exercises 3-4 times daily. Have had 2 hip replacements and rotator cuff surgery on the other shoulder, but this is the worst.

Had rotator cuff tear surgery Tuesday and never imagined such post-op pain and limits to moving. Starting PT on this coming Tuesday. Does anyone experience muscle spasms post-op. Great that I found this site and see others that can relate to this surgery.

Post-op spasms are so severe that I want to cry like a baby.

Good luck, this pain and limitations have been a nightmare for me!

me too, im 11 weeks out, and im fending for myself my Dr left the practice no one really cares I haven't slept for a week really its nothing but a nightmare

I'm 8 weeks post-op and I still have occasional spasms, that will make you want to cry. But they are getting farther between now. Usually worst if I'm tired or over did things with my right arm/shoulder. I still take approximately 4 -6 Advil a day to help with the residual pain and stiffness.

I start PT next week so I'll let you know how it goes. I've done a few of the exercises suggested by my doctor for after 6 wks in the sling. I hated the sling!
So glad to be out of it! Used a large microwaveable heating pad prior to doing the PT exercises recommended by my doctor and that seems to help. I use the heating pad for 20 minutes, then do stretching exercises and strengthening exercises for next 20 minutes, then follow up with 20 minutes of ice packs.

Surprisingly, after my exercises and the hot and cold packs, a lot of the pain in my shoulder is eased up. I know that sounds crazy, but I think just stretching the muscles/tendons helps. Still can't get my right arm up over my shoulder, but making some slow but steady progress.

Hardest things I found to do, while in the sling: getting my pants up (sounds funny, but it isn't, trust me!), wiping after going to the bathroom, and trying to pin my hair up! My bicep muscle seems to be bigger than it was before and tighter/harder. Hope this will improve with time and anti-inflamitory drugs.

I had rotator cuff surgery 4 weeks ago this Friday. I experienced muscle spasms down my right arm, a lot of discomfort in my shoulder blade on right side and neck pain. My hand has discomfort also. I still sleep in a recliner and can only let my arm hang down when the sling is off and I can bend it at the elbow but nothing else. I start therapy tomorrow because my surgeon says I'm very stiff and tight in the shoulder and my therapist will get me past that. I know it will be a long, hard recovery and I'm not looking forward to the pain. I'm so tired of feeling helpless and depressed at times. Just have to keep my chin up and move forward. Good luck to you!

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Hi I am waiting on my RC surgery to my right shoulder I also have Impingement. I am 40 yrs. Old and still working light duty in the office have been waiting on surgery since July Workers Comp and all the legal crap has been holding me up. I just wanna get this done and back to my job. I literally sit for 8 hrs. A day doing nothing. I am going crazy. Do any of you know how long rehab takes before I can go back to my job I lift totes of car parts that I spot weld they weigh 30-35 pds. Just wanna feel productive again.

Hi there. I had shoulder surgery on 10/24/13. I am just now starting to get most of my range of motion back and should be starting strengthening it soon. I am 50 and have a very physical job. I don't expect to be back to work for at least 3 more months. At times it feels great and other times it feels like it is just going to fall off. Good luck when you have your surgery and be very very patient.

I also had repair 11/12/13. Full thickness tear with retraction, which required augmentation patch to bridge the gap. 9 weeks now and the cracking, popping and snapping is terrible when doing pendulum exercises. Anyone else have these noises going on? Scares the hell out of me, sounds like something is broken loose. Any input would be great thanks.

When doing my pendulum exercises in PT, I get a little bit of a popping noise. My therapist said it was a result of still having inflammation and it compressing bone together. Made sense to me. I am 4 weeks post-op.

Experiencing the same cracking, popping, and snapping, with immense pain, after 9 weeks post surgery. Hang in there. I am 79 years old and this is my second rotator cuff surgery.

Yeah, I'm 6 weeks post OP just started the real therapy and the noise I hear is awful but heard its normal. Poussin exercising though and can't hardly move the attn excerpt for pendulum expertise

Thank you for the advice. Although this scares me it helps knowing there are others who can relate to all of this.

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I am 4weeks out from surgery. I was under the misguided impression that it would be 2 month ordeal and viola! Not so. Physical therapy for the next 6 weeks and then 4-6 weeks rehab on my time. I feel for everyone. The pain is worse than what I ever expected. Hang in and blessings.