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Re: [IP] Frozen Shoulder
I dealt with a frozen left shoulder. It is fine today. But it took two
years. The first year with a frozen shoulder, I had aggressive PT, then had
it scoped (unnecessary surgery), then had it manipulated under anethesia.
All of these things did nothing but make matters worse. I finally gave up
on it all, let mother nature take its course, then did light stretches.
Over time (1 year), it healed completely.
Then I injured and froze my right shoulder. I attempted light PT, then gave
up realizing that mother nature needed to be the first course of action. It
has been 1 year and I have seen significant improvement. I expect to fully
recover in time.
My experience has been that any aggressive action to break up the scaling
that causes a frozen shoulder does nothing but impede the recovery (make
matters worse). Light stretching - short of any pain - was the most
beneficial in my case. It was slow, but I did find progress. I hope you
have success as well.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne & Laurel Sedgwick" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 8:06 PM
Subject: [IP] Frozen Shoulder, Hand Cysts = Irritable Pumper?
> I haven't been on in a while.
> I have two problems with my left arm that are driving me crazy.
> One is continuing frozen shoulder. I am coming up on my 2-year
> with this stupid thing and wondering if it is forever. My GP seems to
> assume that it will never really "get better"--she says I'll know what
> of disability I'm going to be left with after another 3 years time. I've
> read that frozen shoulder eventually "goes away" of its own accord. What
> does this mean? That it will stop hurting when I try to move beyond a
> certain point? That I'll regain my range of motion? What do I make of
> my GP says?
> I have given up on physical therapy--it hurt like hell and only modestly
> improved my range of motion. I stretch when the damn shoulder isn't
> actively aching--but it seems like every time I do exercise, it activates
> the pain again, and I have to lay off. The arm is functional . . .
> I have had to make many adaptations in daily living. I cannot reach up
> high with the affected arm. I automatically use my right arm to reach for
> the shoulder belt. I sleep on my back or right side (though all my life,
> slept on my left side, and I do not believe I now sleep as well). I shrug
> my coat off. That sort of thing. But I still do stuff: carry groceries,
> gardening and yardwork, etc. Activity frequently hurts the arm, and I
> a course between trying to ignore it, and trying not to aggravate it to
> point that I'll be forced to take pain meds.
> That's the shoulder. The other problem is with my hand. There are two
> lumps in the palm that hurt if any pressure is applied to them. My GP
> she thinks they are cysts on the tendon(s). When I saw her, she advised
> to wait a month or two and see if it (at the time, there was only one)
> continued to bother me. She didn't think it would get larger. Well, it's
> been a month, and it is slowly but surely getting larger (plus, I've
> discovered a second one), and it hurts. She has now referred me to a
> plastic surgeon. Has anyone had this surgery? Will the cysts come back?
> How long does recovery take? My job involves use of a keyboard, but not a
> lot of straight typing (I'm a programmer/systems analyst).
> Not surprisingly, I guess, I am one very irritable pumper! I mean,
> the pump and dealing with the inconveniences of doing so (catching my
> on drawer edges and bed posts and robe ties; having several problem sets
> a row; running out of insulin when I am already late to work; etc.) are
> really getting to me right now. Far more than usual. Is this because of
> the arm problems? Because my A1C still isn't what my endo/GP would like
> to be (last one was 8.8), even though I do my best? Troubles finding
> that work and don't itch too much? Work stress (I've had to do quite a
> of OT lately)? I don't know what to make of it. I am not seriously
> thinking of going off the pump, but I just don't feel blessed by the fact
> that I have it, as I once did.
> I'm not depressed, per se (I have chronic clinical depression, but it is
> currently pretty well controlled by my meds), just . . . very irritable.
> swear a lot about (and sometimes at) my pump.
> Okay, this is too long already, so I'll shut up. Any advice, comments,
> statements of empathy, etc. much appreciated.
> Please,please post me direct--I can't seem to keep up on the digests!
> Laurel Sedgwick
> email @ redacted
> Type I; DXed 12/74; pumping with MM507/sils since May 1998.
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