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Author Topic: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?  (Read 2559 times)

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Offline et in arcadia ego

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Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« on: February 08, 2007, 02:52:25 PM »
Hi, all:

I'm having surgery for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and a torn rotator cuff early next month. Anyone ever have this? I've been having lots of trouble over the past 18 months, including being misdiagnosed twice and sent for physical therapy for the wrong thing  >:(

Nice to see y'all again....mike

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 03:01:18 PM »
yes, I have had surgery on both shoulders for torn rotator cuff. While in my first surgery the dr. discovered i had double frozen shoulders. I knew something was wrong cause I couldnt raise either of my arms and thought it was a result of a skiboarder landing on my fucking shoulders in tahoe, but i have read several articles that say this could be a side effect of crixivan.
my dr. does not operate on frozen shoulders,he is of the school that believes the best way is to let it resolve itself which takes approximately 18 months. I can tell you that the middle 6 months of this time period is extremely painful and you dont get much sleep. I spent each night in a hot shower off and on till Iwould pass out around 6am. The pain was very bad during the night.

Offline et in arcadia ego

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007, 03:14:37 PM »
Thanks, Jack. This has been a real nightmare; I haven't been around here for a long time b/c I work at a keyboard and it's the last place I want to be when not working due to pain.

It's my right arm; doc says the frozen part often affects the nondominant shoulder. I have very little movement in it (not to mention great pain), so he thinks surgery is the best way to go. I can't tolerate PT with it at this point.

I can still play the fiddle some, with a bit of a modified arm motion. I have to do three dances and two workshops at an upcoming festival two weeks before the surgery, and it pains me now just to think about it.

Doc says I probably injured it playing the fiddle (the only thing I do right-handed), and the resulting defensive posture I took due to injury led to the freezing, exacerbated by diabetes. (I am HIV-negative, for those keeping score, but am an old friend of some folks here). The stress of pain has led my blood sugar to go batshit, which is causing other health problems, too. Ugh.

Sorry to whine.


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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 03:21:21 PM »
Yeah, the name"frozen shoulder" sounds so innocent. When i awoke from my first rotator cuff surgery my dr. told me he had really good news and really bad news. The good news was my rotator surgery went perfect,the bad news was I had frozen shoulder and most likely had it in my other should also. as you know,sleep is almost impossible with a frozen shoulder. I was unable to raise either of my arms. really weird. he told me to be ready for a miserable 12+ months.  FFFUCK. I can empathize with what you are going through. I have had no problems since my it ended.

Offline et in arcadia ego

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2007, 03:30:39 PM »
Well, thanks for your good thoughts. Much appreciated. I must agree that the name "frozen shoulder" doesn't come close to describing this.

And to have both of them this way...I don't even want to imagine it....


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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2007, 07:07:25 PM »

I've missed you around here!   Best of luck to you with the surgery, I hope you recover quickly and get back to your fiddling.

I've never had rotator cuff problems, but have friends who have, and I know it is no walk in the park.    Let us know how you're doing....if you can manage to type!


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Offline et in arcadia ego

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2007, 09:04:47 PM »
Thanks, Mr. Birthday....

Nice to see you again. I'll try not to stay a stranger for so long, and surely will let you know how this operation comes out....


Offline Robert

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007, 02:05:43 AM »
I've missed you too Mike.  I hope everything goes OK because I know how important it is for you to fiddle your fiddle.  The operation certainly doesn't sound like much fun.

good luck.


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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2007, 08:10:17 AM »


   I don't know much about the "frozen shoulder" thing.  I do hope you find some relief from it though.

   Like Alan said, I've missed seeing you around the forums...  It's good to see you back!

   Take care of yourself Mike...

   Thomas aka Sadtom from the old forums...

   Edited to add:  Hey Mike you are my 1000th post!
« Last Edit: February 09, 2007, 08:13:20 AM by skeebo1969 »
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Offline Grinch

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2007, 09:21:00 AM »
I had this problem after a broken arm, followed by surgery on the shoulder on the same side as the broken arm. 1 year of just forcing myself to use it no matter the pain and one day...all gone! I asked a sports Medicine Doc about it, he told me exercise can usually resolve the issue but it hurts like hell.  Usually they end up surgically repairing the problem. The problem there is you tend to get this from lack of use, surgery results in lack of use.  Kind of a vicious circle.

Offline et in arcadia ego

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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?/update
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2007, 06:02:19 PM »
My shoulder was operated on last Friday. The rotator cuff was bolted back together, bone spurs were shaved off and, ugh, tendons adhering to the bone were manipulated, snipped and repaired to loosen up the whole show in there.

Still hurts post-op, but is far better than it was. Will pick up the fiddle again in a few days and see how that goes.

Thanks for all your good thoughts.


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Re: Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder?
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2007, 06:05:02 PM »
Dear Boddisatva Mike,

Yikes! The whole thing sounds positively ghastly! I'm glad you're one the mend, brother.

And it's good that you're back with us.

Most fondly,



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