Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Update on My Shoulder . . .

Many thanks for all the good wishes - it was a good thing I decided to fish . . .

Turns out that I had a partial tear in my rotator cuff in addition to my shoulder being partially frozen.

Once he got in with the scope, he found a partial tear that hadn't shown up on the MRI nor the x-rays.  It's fixed now, and I was also told that when they manipulated my arm under anesthesia that it was very stiff. I guess they broke up those adhesions so it will be able to move freely again. Yay!

I had a very rough afternoon yesterday as the anesthesia left my body - thank goodness for Linda the Chicken Lady being here to help me.  Otherwise I would have had to have gone to a rehab facility for a few days.

The big bandage comes off this morning. The nerve block should wear off some time today.  When it does, I take the sling off.  I start PT again this morning - it will be aggressive to keep it from freezing up again. Every day for 2-3 weeks and then back to 2-3 times a week for, I guess, 3-5 months.

This will sound odd, but I'm actually very grateful that he found something. It makes sense now why I didn't respond to PT well before.

I have my massive dose of Advil, and they are trying me on Norco in the hope that I won't be allergic to it. I've had one and will take another before PT today.  They want to be sure I don't have an issue with it before the nerve block wears off. So far, so good. Please cross your fingers that I will be able to take it without issue. Once this nerve block wears off, I think I might need it.

So, onward. It's a new journey, one that I undertake gladly because it means that I regain the full use of my arm again :-)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting about the tear in the rotator cuff. As you say, it explains a lot. I hope that PT goes well for you. Just keep the Advil handy!! And when you're not doing PT, sit back, relax and eat approved bonbons. ;) Like the dark chocolate, which is good for us.

Janice H.

Michelle said...

Oh, so glad you got EVERYthing fixed! Yes, that would explain a lot. I tend to expect diagnostics to find everything, but it doesn't always.

Kristyn McCain said...

I am so glad that things seem to be going well. Good luck in your recovery!

Linda M. said...

best of luck with recovery and rehab. When I had my laminectomy/discectomy in my lower back I managed the whole thing with the mega doses of ibuprofen layered with Tylenol when the pain started to break through. If you can take Tylenol it really works well to back up the ibuprofen.

A :-) said...

Thank you all very much!! :-)