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welcome14 posted 12/1/2013 19:46 PM

and badly torn also. will probably need surgery. i don't know what to do. the pain is horrible, i cant even walk the dogs. how to do Christmas or yard work? can't even hardly type. never felt more dependent and alone and hopeless. this sucks out loud. someone tell me i wont need surgery....lie if u have to....

jrc1963 posted 12/1/2013 20:00 PM

((( Welcome )))

tara1110 posted 12/1/2013 21:52 PM

Hi welcome

I have worked with people with rotator cuff injury. It wouldn't hurt to go to the Dr and get referred to Occupational. Therapy. They will teach you non invasive pain management techniques and rotator cuff exercises. Is your pain positional? During certain movements? Constant? You also want to make sure that it's not badly injured. If after 4 weeks your therapy doesn't help then you might wanna check in for possible surgery.

jo2love posted 12/1/2013 21:57 PM

(((Welcome)))

tara1110 posted 12/1/2013 22:20 PM

Welcome I didn't mean to put that blush icon... Must have punched it by accident...

Feel better

purplejacket4 posted 12/1/2013 23:08 PM

Get some therapy from a physical therapist first. I dislocated my shoulder six weeks ago and have been going to PT twice a week since. If they cannot rehab you enough to your satisfaction then consider surgery.

If it's a new injury sling, ice, NSAIDs and simple range of motion pendulum Swing exercises only.

lynnm1947 posted 12/2/2013 08:19 AM

Oh dear God, I hate to worry you but welcome to the worst year of your life. I tore BOTH rotator cuffs in a freak fall a few years ago. I have never stepped on the Toronto transit system with tears rolling down my face before or since. Both shoulders would spasm (the left worse than the right) when moved, so the physio wouldn't even touch me until the spasms stopped several weeks later.

It's really really REALLY important to keep moving the arm no matter how much pain you're in. You do NOT want to get a "frozen shoulder". I found the best exercise the physio taught me was to bend over and let my arms (one at a time) hang loose, straight down, then make lazy circles with the arm, first clockwise, then counterclockwise.

If your shoulder freezes, you will not be able to move your arm above your head for many months, possible a couple of years. Or so I was told by at least three people who's experienced it.

[This message edited by lynnm1947 at 8:20 AM, December 2nd (Monday)]

nowiknow23 posted 12/2/2013 15:18 PM

((((welcome)))) A dear friend of mine had the same injury (caused by a dog walking/squirrel chasing incident). I'm not saying you will have to have surgery, but I will tell you that she had surgery and bounced back fully.

Sending you strength, honey.

64fleet posted 12/2/2013 16:18 PM

Had my torn rotator cuff repaired 5+ yrs ago, they poked 5 little holes and did it. Worked great. Gets a little achy now & then, I do my exercises and its gone.

welcome14 posted 12/2/2013 18:24 PM

thanks for all the support guys, but initial presumptive dx wrong, it's a complete break of the humeral head, partially displaced. So, thanks to si mojo, no surgery at this point,they have it immobilized and if i am very careful (xrays every week, house rest) it will heal by itself...more mojo please! u guys rock! and so sorry to hear of all ur pain as well, hugs to everyone!
eta- its my dominant hand so the ins paperwork looks like a drunken two year old did it...and sandwiches r gonna b my friend...no eating implement skillz either. lost a pound so far..

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[This message edited by welcome14 at 6:30 PM, December 2nd (Monday)]

nowiknow23 posted 12/2/2013 18:31 PM

((((welcome)))) Swift healing mojo to you, honey!

lynnm1947 posted 12/3/2013 08:39 AM

Yay! I wouldn't wish the rotator cuff (especially if it's not considered operable)injury on my worst enemy!

woundedwidow posted 12/3/2013 16:13 PM

Welcome, sorry to hear about your injury. I had the same injury as you - fell and slammed my left shoulder onto the floor. Thought I dislocated it, but found out I broke the humerus instead. Honestly, I was shocked. I'm surprised they immobilised yours - I never got a cast because they were afraid of frozen shoulder. Instead I did the same exercises recommended in previous posts, followed by physical therapy. It healed up fine, but still gets a little achy sometimes. Best wishes for your speedy (and relatively pain-free) recovery!

sad12008 posted 12/3/2013 21:48 PM

Healing mojo your way!

Pentup posted 12/4/2013 10:02 AM

Ouch!! Sending you fast healing mojo

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