Multiple Shoulder Dislocations
I'm new here and hoping to gain insight from other's experiences.
I dislocated my shoulder in 2004. I was told the dislocation was rare in that it dislocated in towards my body (instead of towards the front). It was difficult to breathe and made me want to pass out if the arm was brought down below shoulder height (while still dislocated). I was taken to the ER and put to sleep to have it replaced.
Fast forward a year or so. My shoulder kept coming out while doing normal daily activities like blow drying my hair. I also experienced nagging pain.
I had arthroscopic surgery in 2006 to repair tears in my shoulder in hopes of firming up the area and preventing future dislocations. I went to physical therapy and saw improvements in the strength of my shoulder and my ability to move it easily.
I didn't have any real problems until a year later while being pulled on a tube by a boat at the lake. We were laying on our stomaches and hit a wake that caused my arm to pop out. It was extremely painful, much like the initial dislocation. I'm assuming it hurt worse because of the surgery. I again went to physical therapy and again saw improvements.
A week or so ago I began to have pain in my shoulder from sleeping on it wrong. I adjusted. Around the same time, I also went to the gym and did an upper body workout, which I had not done in a long while. I didn't go crazy and I actually felt good afterwards.
The next day, while stretching my arm out (parallel to the floor) my shoulder came out. I panicked and immediately tried to bring my arm down, which cause the shoulder joint to be momentarily stuck, which made me extremely nauseous. Since then, my shoulder keeps popping and little movements make me think it is going to come out again.
I am extremely discouraged, given my history, and not sure what to do. Any advice and/or experience would be greatly appreciated.