Struggling with Acute Pain 3 1/2 Monthss After Rotator Cuff Surgery
On July 28, 2011, I had laparoscopy surgery for a 1.5 cm complete tear in my left rotator cuff. There was no event or accident. Surgery went well -- great surgeon -- but I have most assuredly struggled with pain issues. Maybe I'm a wimp on pain .......... but the multi-day residual pain which follows every Physical Therapy session still has me 'thrown under the semi'. I am allowed to take 2 Percocet an hour before my therapy. I have a very knowledgeable/empathetic/expert PT Therapist that has worked with me for weeks on my full-range motion. Wed (2 Nov.) I achieved 180 degrees for the arm going straight up and over the ear....but not without its high pain levels with strong nausea, which remains with me constantly.
Since I have finally completed the protocol for full-range-motion I can now begin exercises for a possible nerve issue. I am aware that nerves can easily become compacted during/after surgery. My arm feels as if it has had its 'funny bone' smashed -- lots of pain under the arm and up the neck -- painful numbness, etc. The struggle to achieve full-range-motion was logical, of course, because a 'frozen shoulder' can happen all too easily.
Has anyone had experience with nerve issues following surgery? Or -- does anyone know whether this type of nerve pain is common following a shoulder surgery? I don't allow myself to take perocet any other times of the day other than when I do PT or go to the gym the other 4 days of the week. The 7-day regime has allowed me the progress I have seen -- but these pain levels are difficult to endure daily. Most days I can handle getting the exercises completed in the a.m. -- make it until about noon -- and then need ice packs, ibuprofen, etc. to make it thru the afternoon. I have confidence in my medical personnel -- but I'd love to hear from any of you regarding your knowledge and/or opinions regarding the length of this strong pain.
Last edited by xilch; 11-04-2011 at 08:16 AM.
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