I am 3.5 weeks post op pttd surgery and this past week I have been waking up at night every few hours with terrible pain in my arms. I wake up in the morning in so much pain. It's like pain with muscle cramping. I am really struggling to get going in the morning because of this.
I am frustrated because I was just starting to wean off the pain pills.....now I need them to get me through. I had surgery on the other foot in September and I never dealt with this at all.
I realize that it is from overuse with the crutching etc. But my arms were already built up from the last surgery and I don't think I am doing any more than I did last time around.
So I am asking all you fellow foot surgery survivors if you have dealt with this and what you did for it.
I had one of those shoulder packs that you heat up in the microwave. Maybe Icy Hot? I also take longer showers to relax the muscle. Are you sleeping any different? I fell asleep and sometimes I'd hurt from the way I'd fall asleep. I'm sorry you're hurting.
I never had that, but maybe you are tensing your arms and not realizing it. I sometimes find that I'm clutching my fist and have to mentally tell myself to relax. I would think since you had the surgery before and you know what to expect, you're unconsciously tensing for it to happen. Maybe?
I would try one of those bags that you can microwave for heat - that seems like a good idea to help loosen the muscles and get them to relax a bit. It's a bummer this is happening!
I was on crutches for a total of 4 months (with a 3 week stint of "walking" before my surgery) (but my surgery wasn't as intense as yours with the PTTD surgery...just a small OCD lesion at the anterior facet of the talus at the subtalar joint and a very small PTT tear, which I PRAY doesn't lead to PTTD surgery). I had issues of tightness, popping, and pain in my shoulders while I slept. During the second 1.5 months of crutching I really laid low...like really laid low because I just didn't want to chance ANYTHING. You might want to do some very mild ROM moves for your shoulders and some stretching. I did that and it helped. If you are participating in PT or have easy access to PT, I would also ask them for guidance. Maybe they could do some electrical current acupuncture, I had that done to my ankle in the beginning stages and it helped me very much to deal with the pain...acupressure is also very helpful (I did that the month after my ankle surgery and it helped). I'm really sorry that your hurting so much. Pain takes it's toll and you've already been through so much. I hope some of this helps!
Hurts, I would like to share just alittle about the shoulder. The first thing you want to do is put ice on for 20 minutes on every hour, Although the heat sounds good it is the ice that will help the most. I have had 2 shoulder surgeries and lots of PT for it. The crutches can do some aweful things too our shoulders. If you can avoid them for a awhile to let the muscles settle down that helps. I also would recommend a tens unit as this will help settle the muscles down thru stimulation. Now you can ask your doc or PT person to prescribe one, you have this on for 1 hr on on off. It does help calm those over used muscles down. Its been almost 1 yr since my last shoulder surgery and I still use the tens unit expecially now that I am starting to PWB, my shoulder and arm muscles are barking at me too. Please don't let this pain get to far out on you. Get suggestions from PT they can really help.
hurts, eat more protein. get protein shakes or bars, trust me...you need it to help recover. basically you are using muscles you haven't really before, like lifting weights (which breaks down the muscle tissue hence the soreness) then your body needs to rebuild it. i was getting real sore....and added a lot more protein and it helped.
also, stretching, ice, massage will all help. the pain does get better week by week as you get stronger. just hang in there.
Thank you ALL so much for the suggestions and sympathy.
worldwalker and SoCal: I have been using heat packs...it helps some.
let me walk: I am going to do some more strectching....thanks for that suggestion too.
walleye: I will do some research on the tens unit thing...thanks. The ice sounds ok too......will try that.
shelley: I do get quite a bit of protien in my diet......protien shakes and bars are normal for me but I appreciate your idea. Maybe I need more or something else in my diet?
I am not in PT now.......most likely when I start the WB. But I bet that would be helpful. I will be calling the doc on Monday because I still have some oozing from one of the incisions so I will talk abou the arms too.
I am just frustated because like I said before, I was trying to wean off the pain meds.....but I am taking them more now with this. And I want to do more around the house etc. but this keeps me from that. As you all know....foot surgery is more that "just" foot surgery. I knew you would all help me get through this one....thanks.
after mine, my upper body was so sore, then i fell off crutches and hurt my elbow! try crutching with hurt elbow, then my wrist...to the point i went to the hand specialist and they gave me a cortisone injection! there are lots of pains, but you can get thru them.
Yes.....I will get through all these pains I guess. I just am soo frustrated. I did spend yesterday doing NOTHING to see if the arms got better. I did still wake up with pain a few times in the night. I am torn between resting or just keeping going. You know how you rest your muscles and they stiffen up? I think I do need to keep working the arms to keep the muscles warmed up?