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Old 12-09-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy rotator cuff injury

Hi, I have a rotator cuff injury and am in alot of pain...My doctor gave me percocet for 2 weeks. (got injured 2 and a half weeks ago).. I'm going for an
x-ray, ultrasound and seeing a sport injury doctor next week.

My dilema is that my doctor doesn't want to give me anymore Percocets but I'm still in pain and won't even know how bad the injury is until next Wednesday.

She's afraid I will get addicted and I told her to give me something that will take care of the pain but wont be addictive...So far no response and I'm tired
of not sleeping or waking up in tears from pain...

I was on 5/325 , 4x/day... I've tried exercise but seems to hurt even more..
Do you think her fear of me getting addicted is founded..even if it is I just want to get through the pain.... Cortisone shots have been mentioned but I'm terrified they could make it worse...

Does anyone know of a way to keep my arm immobile while I am sleeping maybe then I'll feel better... Just hate being trapped (car is manual and can't shift)...

Any comments or suggestions would be welcome. BTW in Canada we have to pay for physiotherapy and financially not an option..

Thank you

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Old 01-18-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: rotator cuff injury

I went through this a year ago. Believe me the pain pills don' help the pain. I slept in a recliner with a pillow under my arm for about 5 months, before and after surgery. I still had the same amount of pain after surgery, it was very discouraging. I finally found a different speciallist after recommended by my insurance co. This guy was great, I had a cortazone shot before surgery didn't help. But this speciallist explained that most dr.'s use a x-ray machine to give the shot, it has to go directly into the muscle or nerve or something or it doesn't work. So he gave me another one, correctly, the shot hurt like hell. But I think if it had been done the first time right, I may not have needed the surgery. A few weeks after getting the shot, was about a month after my surgery, I gave my arm a rest, no PT, only did what I could, to keep from freezing up. That was in May and by July I was moving and never gave my shoulder another thought it was pain free. I now have 99% movement back. Don't be afraid to get a second oppion. And make sure they know what they are talking about. There are some doctors who think they are god, be carefull. All I know is the less I moved mine, the less it hurt, just kept moving it enough so it didn't freeze up. In time it gets easier, and get more motion, just don't over do it, that's only causes more pain. Good luck.

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Old 01-19-2011, 03:42 AM   #3
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Re: rotator cuff injury

Why don't you go for the injection at the site. It will help. I doubt it would make it worse.

Old 01-25-2011, 01:11 PM   #4
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Re: rotator cuff injury

I am not sure what you mean? A doctor did give me a cortizone shot in my shoulder before I had surgery, but that's it, it was just in my shoulder and not in the muscle or tendon or whatever he was suppose to make sure it was going into, so it didn't do anything, didn't help. But when I went to another specialist after my surgery, and still in pain, he gave me the cortizone shot correctly and it did help, tremendously. I am fine now.

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