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Hoping to get some feedback and advice from others on this site for how to best prepare for the recovery from my surgery in a few weeks. I have put off making the decision to have the surgery, putting up with increasing and constant pain for the past year, because I just hate thinking about how I'll have to cope for all the weeks and months of recovery. I will go even more stir crazy than I am now, won't be able to drive for weeks or longer, ugh!!
The shoulder that needs surgery is my dominant arm.. unfortunately. So lack of coordination for doing anything is a given. I'm 68, live alone.. so first off, just how difficult is self-care after the surgery? And for how long? Should I assume I need someone to come by an hour or so a day just to be sure I can shower, dress, get the sling back on, etc.?? How long does this most-dependent stage after surgery last?
I'm surprised my surgeon has given me so little information about the "realities" of recovery, just a ridiculous little booklet. For someone who lives alone, I can't just wait till the surgery is done to get dropped off at home and try to figure out how to manage. Can we even dress ourselves in the early days after surgery, no matter how careful we try to be with shoulder?? Do I need someone to come by in the evening to help me get ready for bed?!? Maybe I just stay in sweats 24 hours a day for a week or more, changing only in the morning when I shower?
I'm sure all of you have gone through long periods with the pain of the torn rotator muscle/impingement pain before opting for surgery... all in all, is the post surgery pain worth it, and long term has you regained good use of shoulder, no pain?? Any horror stories of surgery not really leading to any (or enough) improvement?
I have long time chronic bi-lateral neck and shoulder pain -- are there slings that support the weight of the arm with a brace belt around trunk? I've tried to use a regular sling to hold up my arm but within 20 minutes I just can't tolerate the weight of the arm pulling on the opposite side across my traps, neck muscles. So, weeks of this will be unbearable.
any and all advice would be welcome. thanks!!
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