Multiple shoulder surgeries
I am a physical therapist and --ironically enough-- I got injured on the job. I suffered a subluxation/dislocation. I couldn't tell which because it happened so fast and I immediately popped it back in. I got an MRI 2 months after the injury (gotta love workers comp) and it showed a healing contusion on the head of my humerus, as well as signs of neuropraxia. There was also tendonosis of my supraspintus but that's chronic and unrelated to the injury.
I had an ORIF to fuse my acromion in 2001. In 2002 I had a subacromial decompression in January and a distal clavicle resection in July when they also removed the hardware from the ORIF. Things were good until 2008 when I developed multidirectional instability and had to go for a capsular plication. Since then I have never actually had a "pain free" day but after that dislocation, I'm reeling! It's getting worse, even with therapy. I feel like a traitor to my profession!
The only pain medication that works for me is tramadol but I am concerned about long term use. My @$$hole dr also won't prescribe it because he thinks I'm either faking it or I'm a junkie... Nevertheless, I really just have some questions about my prognosis.
Is surgery number 5 looming around the corner? I'm going for an emg to see if there really is nerve damage. How long will that take to heal? Are there worthwhile herbal/nutritional supplements I can take for the pain? It's starting to make me depressed and anxious because I can't do my job. I can't even open a damn window without pain. Does anyone have any insight?