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Does This Get Better?????

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  • Posted By: BOCACHICA
  • February 10, 2007
  • 04:05 AM

I suffered a right shoulder dislocation 1 year ago that required surgery for a rotator cuff tear, labrum tear and impingement. After surgery and a year of therapy I had an EMG done which reveled an incomplete brachial plexopathy. I still have pain in my shoulder that radiates down my arm into my index and little finger. I can raise my arm about 90 degrees but have a lot of difficulty doing so plus pain. I am 35 years old and require a lot of lifting at my job. My doctor suggested that I apply for disability from my job which I am very upset about and which is also difficult to recieve. Has anyone had a similar situation?? Or can any one give advice????

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  • This is exactly what I have Right arm, the tear, the pain and a year later.I got my dr to do another MRI and it is showing that a part of the orginal repair did not heal correctly, so he is going back in to put another anchor in.If I were you I would just keep pushing your dr. the answer isn't to live with it and sit on disability.Shar
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 06:38 PM
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  • I am 35 years old and require a lot of lifting at my job. It will be very hard for your injury to heal if you are constantly aggravating it with your job. Is there any way out of doing all the heavy lifting? I suggest trying acupuncture to help promote healing and help with your pain, but it will only be a temporary solution unless you can find a way to stop the heavy lifting for awhile. I wish there was another answer, but there is no way you will get lasting improvement unless you can stop the heavy lifting. A Acupuncture really helps, but you need to allow time for the treatment to work and need to keep from aggravating your shoulder. Best wishes,DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 04:58 AM
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  • Thanx 4 the advice! My pain manag.DR. has put me on methadone for pain,which has worked some. He stated that he is going 2 increase the dose the next time I see him.Have any of you guys tried this med.??As for avoiding heavy lifting,thats almost impossible because I work as a paramedic.
    BOCACHICA 1 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 11:08 PM
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  • Ah, that is impossible for you to take a rest from lifting. I suggest you try to find a practitioner who does kinesiotaping - this is a special form of taping from Japan that is used for repetitive injuries, especially sports related injuries...it is VERY different from sports taping, and allows the joints and muscles to breath. Visit www.kinesiotaping.com. for info and to find a practitioner who does this near you. If you can find an acupuncturist who does this even better. In my opinion, the methadone is doing nothing to promote healing, and will eventually harm your liver. All it's doing is mask your symptoms. Your pain dr. should have heard of kinesiotaping, so ask him. I think it would really help.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 11:46 PM
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