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In agony with left shoulder help!!

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  • Posted By: tattygirl
  • November 19, 2006
  • 11:08 PM

Hi everyone

Just found this website which I've found really helpful so far. I'm in agony at moment with my left shoulder and arm, so much to the point I can no longer put my arm behind my back because of the severity of the pain and stiffness. I'm basically crawling the walls with the pain and need advice. I'm currently seeing a shoulder consultant at my local hospital and my next appointment is 7th December (brought forward 3 weeks because I'm in agony!) anyway, it started after I had an operation for Carpal Tunnel and an Ulnar Nerve decompression on my right hand and elbow nearly two years ago (my symptoms are much worse since, the burning I get doing stuff like typing is unbearable etc) so wish I'd never had it done. Anyway started having severe shoulder pain in my right shoulder after and had physio injections etc and have been on numerous painkillers. Nighttime is the worst, I'm lucky if I get two hours sleep a night and always crying with the pain. I had an MRI Scan in October on my right shoulder (after much begging to my consultant who was reluctant to let me have one due to the cost - I think the health service in the UK is disgusting) and I get the results on the 7th but now it's reversed and now my left shoulder has just gone completely stiff and I've NEVER had pain like this in my life, even putting my coat on to go out is absolute agony. I feel like the consultant isn't listening to me and just need support from others who are going through similar symptoms etc, what you advise etc. Any ideas as to what I might have etc. I'm only 36 years old and feel my life is slipping away from me. I don't know how much longer I can bear this pain to be honest. Sorry to be so down but just needed to talk about it. Would be good to hear from others in a similar plight.

Thanks for listening

Diane

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  • Hi DianeMany people come to me with an 'alledged' frozen shoulder but I'm afraid it really sounds like you have one. Without having a physical look at you it's impossible for me to confirm but it sounds like it. Could you give me an idea of where you are in the UK, you don't have to be specific. In the meantime...if it is FS, keep heat on it, get massage....it is the only course of action to help mobilise it.....you alone will not be able to do that. Take pain killers, rest it. Get to a good consultant and, unfortunately, if it is complete agony, don't rule out surgery. Going under the knife is a last resort for ANYTHING but in this case like disc injuries it might be the long lasting pain relief you need. I hate steroid injections......but that's one way to go....having discussed with your consultant, of course. A Frozen shoulder comes on suddenly for no reason and 95% of the time, if you can cope, it will, eventually go, but I know sometimes you can't continue and you feel like ripping your arm off. If you can let me know where you are (ish) and I can be of some help I willAll the best Di
    musclemadness 6 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 04:56 AM
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  • I am in Worthing in West Sussex. Thanks so much for your advice so far, are you a GP?
    tattygirl 1 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 10:08 AM
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  • Definitely sounds like FS. A rolfing practicioner will most likely fix it, they are available in UK look them up in the net. My pilates instructor practices it a bit and has been invaluable in unfreezing a few of his clients shoulders and has indeed helped me with my shoulder blade muscle problems that cripple me; it literally keeps me going to be honest. He is working wonders with people with all sort fo problems, an osteopath is also great for such things. If you do go to an osteo, ask if they are hands on familiar with FS.Rolfing is painful but by the sounds of it you cant be in much more pain!!Surgery is best avoided, like you said, you wished you hadn't had surgery for your other problem. Your muslces and tendons need releasing not slicing.all the best.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 10:36 AM
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  • HiI was hoping you might be closer to me I was going to offer to have a look, for nothing, obviously!I am an experienced sports/remedial massage therapist in central England and the offer is still there, it's very difficult to diagnose without seeing you.Be very careful re: wrenching the shoulder around too much with different therapies...PLEASE go for the best (word of mouth) whatever you decide and, as I say, unfortunately, in really severe cases, in my experience...and it's extensive, surgery is effective in 50% cases bit like disc problems.I know you would only consider that at the very end and I'm the last person to recommend it usually but with the right consultant and keyhole surgery rather than slicing n' dicing it can be effective.Take it easyIf I can do more don't hesitate,All the best D
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 11:55 AM
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  • I know the pain you are going through. Its agony!I too have frozen shoulders (both arms). I've tried physiotherapy, accupuncture, massage but none have had lasting success and at most gave me relief for a day. Heat helps relieve the pain as does an ointment called "Deep Cold". I'm now doing Trigrenics therapy which is a combination of applying pressure to trigger points (knots in the muscle where it hurts) while having the muscles (arnm, neck,shoulder,back) stretched while I do heavy breathing. This seems to have limbered me up a bit but unfortunately it seems to cause the body pain where it was streched. So far I'm not sure if the cure is not worst than the origninal ailment but I'm giving it a try for a few more weeks.The therapists says he's has had success with others in 3 to 6 teatments. So far I've had 3 and I'm still in pain but for some reason I believe this will eventually work as there is relief where he worked on the body.If it works I'll let you know.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
    • 00:37 AM
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