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Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 03-25-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By galalena
Re: sharp boney bump after rotator cuff surgery

I might suggest requesting an X-ray. Then you can get the radiologists read. If it is a bony change, and there is a previous X-ray, you might get a better answer or comparison. Do listen to your...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-06-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,138
Posted By galalena
Re: We don't get no respect!

We have several friends who are ER docs. My husband has shared my issue and experiences with them and asked them what they think. Most say they give a person the first benefit of truth and honesty....
Board: Pain Management 02-21-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 919
Posted By galalena
Re: Changing PM Dr.

I picked them up and did not have to pay.
Board: Pain Management 02-21-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By galalena
Re: chiropractor now??????

You are right kat! Walking causes pain for me - treadmill is out, and must use a neutral rotation sling to walk in the park. Warm water therapy is great - a good PT can give you the exercises to...
Board: Pain Management 02-21-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 919
Posted By galalena
Re: Changing PM Dr.

I asked for my records when i changed docs as well.
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 02-19-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By galalena
Re: Rotator Cuff & Labrum Debridement

Oh OK! That is a whole different scenario! Yes, i agree surgery will be a good idea. Mris are a tool, to be used in conjunction with physical exam and history.

I am a bit older than you, had a...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 02-19-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By galalena
Re: Rotator Cuff & Labrum Debridement

I am not a doctor at all. I am not seeing full thickness tear anywhere on this report though. I do see some "suspicions" though and night pain in an indication of something amiss.

My irritation...
Board: Pain Management 02-18-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By galalena
Re: why am i having pain

Hi - we know that going to a pain doc can be intimidating, but they really do want to help. My issue is clear and specific, but i never asked for any particular medication by name or type. I told...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 02-16-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By galalena
Re: bone spurs rubbing on rotator cuff

Bone spurs can grow any time and tear up the cuff. I cannot imagine cortisone doing anything to help that situation (tears caused by an impinging spur) but maybe it was inflammation for some...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 02-14-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By galalena
Re: Update on yesterdays' shoulder surgery

I bet you are glad that is over! When you see your doc or therapist, you can get your operative notes and find out what was done. Mris are not always conclusive. Take your pain meds before you go...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 02-13-2014, 04:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 475
Posted By galalena
Re: To operate or not.

I would not have cuff surgery just on the basis of weakness. That is just me, however. If there was severe pain and weakness and a definite diagnosis of a tear I would seriously consider it. Age...
Board: Pain Management 02-11-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,159
Posted By galalena
Re: Doc refused additional meds in hospital after massive surgery

I met with my surgeon yesterday, and although he did not order sufficient pain meds,I would never complain to him as I respect him too much as an expert in shoulder problems. We discussed chronic...
Board: Pain Management 02-10-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,159
Posted By galalena
Re: Doc refused additional meds in hospital after massive surgery

I have nowhere near the pain you have, but had a mini- version of that experience after my reverse shoulder replacement, as in no postop meds ordered at all. If it were me, i would say i had a very...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-30-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!!

It is not only the anchors. It is getting the tendon tissue to adhere to bone. That is very difficult, and in animal models, can take 24 weeks. Yep, 24 weeks, which is 6 months. It is scar tissue...
Board: Pain Management 01-28-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,516
Posted By galalena
Re: METHADONE for PM?

You all know I take methadone. It has nothing to do with breaking bad, which I loved, but people have a very negative reaction to hearing the word methadone. That is just too bad, and typical of...
Board: Pain Management 01-27-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By galalena
Re: question on fentanyl patch

Best wishes tomorrow.
Board: Chronic Pain 01-22-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,138
Posted By galalena
Re: We don't get no respect!

I did get SSDI right off the bat. Applied in july and was approved in october just on the basis of my records. I guess having your right arm screwed on upside down is prima facie disabled. The...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-21-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,645
Posted By galalena
Re: Shoulder Surgery next week

You will be unable to use your operated arm for several weeks. First, be prepared to sleep in a recliner or propped up with many firm pillows. It is very painful to lie flat after shoulder surgery....
Board: Pain Management 01-20-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By galalena
Re: 1st PM APPT... Advice?

My doc did an exam of my shoulder, listened to my story, and i gave him my records from the previous doc. I have been with him for 2 years. He has never done a UA or pill count. We had a couple...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-19-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!!

Shoulder operative management is 10% or less surgery and 90%+ recovery.
Board: Pain Management 01-17-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,360
Posted By galalena
Re: More PM fun

Whistle, of course it was caused by a horse! 40+ years of riding and horse ownership, not one problem, and i got knocked down when one spooked and whalloped me from behind. The whole saga is over...
Board: Chronic Pain 01-15-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,154
Posted By galalena
Re: Ho-Ho-Hope?

just got to chime in and say i wish I could complain. Between deaths and my son going MIA with his new bride, my family is miniscule. I had a very tough holiday season, the only sunshine was my...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-14-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,226
Posted By galalena
Re: Upcoming shoulder surgery

I am so sorry for what you are going through, but except for all the physical things you are attempting, it is normal. I did not say anything, about your trip because you did say it was not...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 01-08-2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!! 5 week post surgery

I cannot understand why people refuse to follow instructions and wear the sling. They are doing themselves a huge disservice. Would they take a cast off a broken leg? Healing a tendon back to bone...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-28-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By galalena
Re: Need THIRD rotator cuff repair!!!!! Help!

Hi. Total shoulder is the only option for what? Do you have constant pain? Are they suggesting a conventional replacement or reverse?
Many people do just fine with a conventional replacement. ...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-27-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,513
Posted By galalena
Re: My story...

Your doc is right. Mine would not consider cortisone at 4 months after surgery.

It takes weeks, MONTHS, to recover. There are so many ups and downs your head will spin. Take it easy, listen to...
Board: Pain Management 12-24-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 799
Posted By galalena
Re: expectations @ Christmas on PM patient

I hope you have as much help as you need. Wishing you peace and serenity during a difficult time.
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-21-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,563
Posted By galalena
Re: suprascapular nerve entrapment

I had the numbing block first to see if it would help. Then had the block a couple months later. Mine was a nerve ablation, which is radiofrequency waves that "burn" the nerve. It is not steroids...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-20-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!!

Everyone is different. But the fact that you see improvement already is great. You are very very early in recovery. There will be ups and downs- it is not a straight line of improvement. As long...
Board: Pain Management 12-20-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,551
Posted By galalena
Re: Pharmacy won't let me pay cash for my meds? Refused to call my doc as well...

I am sorry if my message came across as bashing as it was not intended that way. The first relevant statement in this thread is about having an "extensive history" of pain medication use. That one...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-20-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By galalena
Re: Need THIRD rotator cuff repair!!!!! Help!

The only shoulder replacement for an irreparable cuff is the reverse, which is what I have. And I qualified for disability immediately with the reverse as there is no going back to work.

I do...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-20-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By galalena
Re: Need THIRD rotator cuff repair!!!!! Help!

I am very sorry. I DO understand. If there is no physical reason to stop the ROM, with time and daily use it may come back. I had pseudoparalysis and could not lift the arm more than 25 degrees,...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-20-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,226
Posted By galalena
Re: Upcoming shoulder surgery

No one will think less of you if you cry. It does help. I had a problem with my pain doc's staff, and completely lost it when I got off the phone. I had a meltdown, hating the fact that my...
Board: Pain Management 12-19-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,551
Posted By galalena
Re: Pharmacy won't let me pay cash for my meds? Refused to call my doc as well...

It seems there may be more concern about getting the meds to avoid withdrawal than any other reason. Uncomfortable pregnancies and dental work are issues that most folks deal with all the time...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-19-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By galalena
Re: Need THIRD rotator cuff repair!!!!! Help!

I wanted to add a couple thoughts. Most surgeons do not like to operate on a stiff shoulder. If you are that stiff going in, it is very likely you will remain stiff, or have a worse time trying to...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-18-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,545
Posted By galalena
Re: Need THIRD rotator cuff repair!!!!! Help!

Hi monica,
Yep, been there. Six surgeries total, got worse and worse, ended up with a reverse replacement, chronic pain, disabled.

There is a lot I could say, but it would fill a book. So much...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-18-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,226
Posted By galalena
Re: Upcoming shoulder surgery

The ulna as well? Not "just" the shoulder?

You don't need to think about pics, believe me, we know how bad it is! Whenever i show my xray to anyone, they are completely floored with all the...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-16-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!!

My gosh jules, you went back to work already?!? You poor woman, this is major surgery and in the best case you should rest for at least 4 if not 6 weeks. If you have to work, try not to do a full...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-14-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,226
Posted By galalena
Re: Upcoming shoulder surgery

Glad you made it through and on the road to recovery! MRIs do not always give a clear picture, believe me, i know. So it is not unusual for the actual pathology to be different than the summary. ...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-08-2013, 04:37 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!!

That is perfectly normal. I did use ice packs a lot at first. It will settle down. Just take your pills on schedule. Do not wait. If it says every 4 hours, take it every four hours!
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-03-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 554
Posted By galalena
Re: Other shoulder

I had severe stiffness after my cuff surgery. I had a lysis of adhesions done about seven months out. The scar came back. I think that 95% success rate is a load of *#%^*. It is not that high. ...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-02-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 554
Posted By galalena
Re: Other shoulder

Arthritis and frozen shoulder are two different things. As for your question, i just met with a woman who had minimal pain, but was advised to have surgery. She had a cuff tear on MRI, but little...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 12-02-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,513
Posted By galalena
Re: My story...

Oh my goodness, you have to keep that big dressing on for that long?!? Even after my reverse, with the 6 inch incision, it was off in two days. Well, i did not have stitches, but that glue. Glad...
Board: Pain Management 11-28-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 997
Posted By galalena
Re: Percocet ~v~ Methadone

I am at a similar age, have advanced degrees and professional occupations my entire adult life. Never took a prescription pain med until an accident 4 years ago, which led to several failed...
Board: Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Problems 11-25-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 5,638
Posted By galalena
Re: I HATE pain!!

Did he say what the plan was, or just wants to wait and see? It does sound overwhelming, but if you take it apart, at least what you are writing, it sounds like he will be able to help you recover...
Board: Pain Management 11-23-2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,635
Posted By galalena
Re: Can you give me advice for my next appointment, please.

There are people here with a lot more experience than i, so what I have to say may not mean much. But, what i can offer is this - you are not an addict, by any definition. So, that is that.

If...
Board: Pain Management 11-21-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,514
Posted By galalena
Re: Paper script vs what the bottle said

Since most pain contracts have you deal with only one pharmacy, it would be a positive step to have a trusting relationship with your pharmacist. You should not have to feel anxiety as they are...
Board: Pain Management 11-19-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,468
Posted By galalena
Re: Can Fentanyl patch cause feet to swell??

Have you spoken to your doctor? Or even your pharmacist as to the possible interaction of the meds? Hope it is better by now.
Board: Pain Management 11-16-2013, 02:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,489
Posted By galalena
Re: RLS scuttles Narcotic taper

Iso, I have been on that same page for awhile, knowing what others have endured. You said it much better than my fumbling attempts recently. And gmak, I fully understand what you are suffering as...
Board: Pain Management 11-15-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,489
Posted By galalena
Re: RLS scuttles Narcotic taper

Is the fentanyl patch the end of the line? Would a doc start someone there?

I understand exactly what you are saying. I have a friend with crohns who is waiting for a liver. She had to beat...
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