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Shoulder Surgery & Chronic Low Back Pain

Mar 11, 2016 10:11 PM

O yet another horrible day of not being able to stay ahead of the pain. I'm 3 weeks post-op from shoulder surgery. This surgery has put me very limited in exercise and has me stuck to my recliner and bed most often which as I'm sure a lot of you know is not good for chronic back pain which is now flaring like crazy on top of the shoulder pain. Can't wait to see how things go when physical therapy starts next Friday :/ ... I constantly have my cryopack on to make sure to keep the swelling down along with the pain meds and such. Which not to mention is making my depression/anxiety take a huge hit as well

Mar 12, 2016 7:37 AM

What shoulder surgery did you have done? I underwent reconstruction surgery in October.
However, part of surgery was undone when I had knee replacement surgery last month. Shoulder surgery is one of most difficult to recover from but it will happen. My sarcoidosis flared up as well. Please continue to take your antidepressants. It's difficult now but it should get much better.

Mar 12, 2016 8:17 AM

John, being three weeks post op from shoulder surgery is still pretty fresh and it's hard. I had shoulder surgery (the first of many) in 1994 when they did a pectoralis major transfer. My scapula was winging and my shoulder hanging down so they cut my chest muscle in half, took muscle and tendon from my left leg (cut from my knee to my hip) and grafted it all under my arm, around and across my back. This was supposed to hold everything in place. They had also done impingement release at the same time and repositioned some other ligaments that were torn. I was in a sling for 12 weeks!!! I stayed home for 2 weeks and then had my Mother drive me back and forth to the barn so I could see my horses. I'd sit out there with a lawn chair and give them treats and just be around them. I had over 250 staples up my leg, under my arm and across my back. I had to be driven back and forth to Manhattan weekly to be checked out and then after 12 weeks the physical therapy started. It was a hard road. Needless to say, I went back to mucking my stalls and grooming my horses and even hopped on for a ride (shame on me) and tore the graft!! So, do everything the doctor says, try to take the pain meds 1/2 hour before your dose so that the pain doesn't get too far ahead of you and try some distraction methods such as your favorite music, have some friends over to visit (even if for an hour), meditate, whatever works for you. I understand how it can mess with your depression and anxiety as the same happened to me. Keep up on your antidepressants and also try deep breathing. As far as your back, I also have spinal issues and wore a back brace to try to quell the pain in my lower back. I had that surgery when I was 30 and started driving with the sling at 3 weeks and going to the barn myself. I don't recommend doing ANY of the stupid things that I did... LOL!!! I hope that you heal completely and get the range of motion and relief of pain in that shoulder. Hang in there. {{{{Hugs}}}}💕🙏🏻🌻

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