Originally posted by Heather333
I had surgery last May on my shoulder secondary to an MVA. I had impingment sydrome where my AC joint was compressing my rotator cuff. Plus I had a bone-spur imbedded in my rotator cuff. I did not have full ROM and had significant weakness in my right arm even though I went through 7 months of PT and rehab. Surgery is a long process and I am still having trouble with my scar.
Hope all goes well.
I'm very sympathetic!!! Had a lingering shoulder ache for some time, which I foolishly ignored. Then all heck broke loose. 8 months of NSAIDS, 6 months of PT, 4+ months of narcotics, 2 steroid injections, CSpine and shoulder xrays, frozen shoulder- couldn't even lift an empty glass or push a grocery cart. Had to fight to get MRIs done; they insisted on doing CSpine first since I had sensory problems. Major waste of everyones time and money.
After about 5 months of daily pain, the MRI showed a small RTC tear, a large cyst, bone spurs, a completely inflammed joint capsule and AC joint impingement. I SO badly wanted to show that to the ortho who thought i was faking to get out of work, but I had fired him. <g>
Finally, we found the right NSAID and the right PT. Amazing what happens when you treat the right problem! My shoulder is at about 80% strength and ROM. I still have to do daily PT exercises and take prescription NSAIDS about 30% of the time, and have been told I have about a 50% chance of reinjuring it.
I moved into a different area of nursing because of this. People just don't realize how hard nursing is on our bodies.