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Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder Replacement

Has anyone had reverse shoulder replacement surgery?

A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

Yes, last October, on my right shoulder..
I was in unbearable pain before, but, as soon as I had the operation the pain stopped. AMAZING......

posted over 4 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I had both knees replaced in 2016, 5 months apart. However, I haven´t been able to walk since, but that is because of another problem that was unknown at the time of surgery. I had a reverse shoulder replacement of my right shoulder in March of 2017. I did very well initially and progressed better than most patients. However, for the last few months, I have had increased pain in my upper arm, not my shoulder. I will see my surgeon the end of this month and see what he thinks about it. The reason I have trouble walking is I have Parkinsons disease.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I had a reverse shoulder replacement just about 3 months ago and I am feeling very positive that I will be doing much better soon. I've had 6 wks of PT and I think that it is going OK. My range of motion 2 days ago was the best since surgery. I was told that since this was the 4th surgery on this shoulder, that I would never have full range of motion. The pain is lessening. It isn't my shoulder that hurts, but my upper arm.
I recommend having the surgery,

posted over 4 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

I had bi-lateral knee replacements in March 2009. Then had right one done again in 07. I still have pain but its different and not as bad as bone on bone. I think they dont do both knees at the same time anymore. The right one gives me more pain than the left. Im glad i had the replacement surgery.
Ive also had both shoulders done. One at a time. I still have pain but more range of motion than i used to.
I will answer any questions.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyChronicPainTeam Member said:

i have been told i am a candidate for one and met with the surgeon and a surgical resident i can still lift my arm all the way up and i have two neighbours one who had one and it is ok but she cant lift her arm higher than her elbow another neighbour has had a hospital acquired infection not sure how he is doing NOT back at work so probably not great i am getting by on shoulder injections every six months both shoulders have bone on bone arhtriits use a medical grade heating pad on shoulders when in bed which is frequently take meloxicam and tramadol and have decided to hold off on replacement i am also being treated for depression with paxil trazodonoe for sleep and buspirone because my family doctor feels all chronic pain patients suffer from depression because of all the pain their are in and accompanying inability to function i dont see shoulder replacement as a viable option for me because A. they havent been doing them that long nor are the replacements they havent been around that long

i also have bone on bone arthritis in both knees and get hyaluronic injections and warm water physical therapy in a pool at local hospital which really makes me feel better so that is how i am learning to cope with these issues which i have had for several years now maybe my body is adjusting to this situation because i seem to be able to do more lift shoulders more changed way pots pans are in my kitchen

my orthopedic surgeon says they are finding 50% of people who receive knee replacements have as much pain or more pain than those who do not risk of infection so i am a big believer in synvisc hyaluronic acid injections for knees which i just had and they feel really good right now and warm water physical therapy which is also available at a lot of public health gyms who have warm water pools and the arthris foundation offers grants for those classes with a doctors prescription at a smaller fee like 60.00 for 10 sessions

posted over 4 years ago
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