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Hi!

I continue to read your posts with great interest as our stories are somewhat similar. I too have been suffering with postop pain - a burning in my back at my shoulderblades, going over my shoulder and down my arm to the elbow. What is really crazy is that it is the opposite arm that was bothering me before my surgery while my previous "bad arm" has no pain at all. I am definitely losing strength in my upper arm - even brushing teeth is a chore. Saw my ns today (for about 60 seconds) and he said it was all completely normal and ordered PT. By the way, he does not believe in postop pain meds so I don't take anything stronger than Tylenol so he couldn't even bring up the narcotics dependency issue. By the way, "dismissive" is the best word I could use to describe my Dr. as well. He had ordered muscle relaxers a week ago, but they did nothing for the pain.

I'm frustrated that he is not taking my complaints seriously but will go through a few weeks of PT and see what happens. At least I can work on getting the strength back in my presurgery bad arm. I figure at that point my ns will discharge me from his care and I can go back to my GP and get his help. I feel pretty much the same as before surgery - some days are not too bad and I can function while others are just impossible but the pain never goes away. If this is so normal, why don't they tell us before the surgery so we know what to expect? Sorry - have been discouraged and just needed to vent.

CTmom
I've read about others who ended up with arm and shoulder pain because during the surgery, that was the side they were laying on during the surgery for serveral hours. I wonder if that may be the case for you?

Quote from CTmom:
Hi!

I continue to read your posts with great interest as our stories are somewhat similar. I too have been suffering with postop pain - a burning in my back at my shoulderblades, going over my shoulder and down my arm to the elbow. What is really crazy is that it is the opposite arm that was bothering me before my surgery while my previous "bad arm" has no pain at all. I am definitely losing strength in my upper arm - even brushing teeth is a chore. Saw my ns today (for about 60 seconds) and he said it was all completely normal and ordered PT. By the way, he does not believe in postop pain meds so I don't take anything stronger than Tylenol so he couldn't even bring up the narcotics dependency issue. By the way, "dismissive" is the best word I could use to describe my Dr. as well. He had ordered muscle relaxers a week ago, but they did nothing for the pain.

I'm frustrated that he is not taking my complaints seriously but will go through a few weeks of PT and see what happens. At least I can work on getting the strength back in my presurgery bad arm. I figure at that point my ns will discharge me from his care and I can go back to my GP and get his help. I feel pretty much the same as before surgery - some days are not too bad and I can function while others are just impossible but the pain never goes away. If this is so normal, why don't they tell us before the surgery so we know what to expect? Sorry - have been discouraged and just needed to vent.

CTmom