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Someone here has had to have done this, what should I expect? I'm getting checked out tomorrow since my doctor couldn't see me today. I don't know for sure yet and I'm hoping its just a bad strain. I'm on 15mg of vicodin to fight the pain but still can't move my arm more than a few inches from its resting spot.

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Dad had this surgery. He said the recovery was painful. He was pretty serious about maintaining his range of motion post surgery, so he did his PT agressively. So, it was up in the AM, take a pain pill, go irriatate the crap out of the tissue, ache the rest of the day and sleep partially through the night for a spell. And, he has a pretty high tollerance to pain. He's good now, but I recall that he was not a happy camper post surgery for a while.

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What did you do? I had years of abuse, then a really bad fall that tore one a bit, then I crashed really bad later and tore another really bad, was supposed to have surgery, we got really busy at work so I had to postpone, then I got laid off, that led to all the other muscles weakening, and my arm dislocated doing pull ups, so surgery wasnt bad in you out, you cant much with your arm, then you start doing pullys, and other therapy things you think its never going to go away, then 8 months later there is still some pain and you are wondering then its gone and you are good to. If you need surgery, just plan to have a lot of down time, you are going to be amazed how much you need your frickn arm.

There were painful moments but it was not as painful as people said it would be, I iced the shit out of my shoulder for months, kept like 4-5 ice pads in the freezer, used a friends cooler icing thing but I found it only useful the first days when I was stuck in the recliner. Dont stop popping pills cause you think you feel better. Oh and plan to be sleeping up right for a few months, you'll get used to it, but it sucks, I'm not gonna lie. Actually, how are you sleeping now? If its really torn you aren't you are not putting your arm above your head or laying on it. If you can do that you are probably fine.

Depending on what you do, plan to take two weeks off, I took one I sit in an office, but I should have taken two, although it got boring you can really play video games so you watch a lot of movies, I watch a lot of horrible movies on netflix. I slept like shit, sleep for a few hours, up for a few hours, it was miserable for a few months, but you fight through!

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6 months minimum before you can really have good range of motion. However, the thing that made my shoulder feel better was to ride my dirt bike. it seems as long as the tension was pushing my arm up into my shoulder, no pain, but if the arm is being pulle out of the shoulder, lots of pain. The worst was at night to try and sleep. Seems that the arm kinda pulls out of the shoulder when laying down. I found that I could use a pillow under my arm to hold it up into the shoulder while laying down and it would feel good enough to fall asleep.

When you can hook your thumb under your arm pit and lift your elbow without it hurting, it's healed.

I eventually had to get a cortozone shot in my shoulder. Within 5 minutes, it was is if I never had the injury. Better living though chemistry!!

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I was installing a power transformer at work and while screwing it in the ladder I was on slid, I lost my balance and while in a weird state of trying to keep from falling, not drop a transformer on my head and hold a power tool with the other my left arm got twisted in a horrible position with my weight on it. I usually sleep on my left side but it's in so much pain I can't even wear a heavy sweatshirt. I can't sleep on my back either as it still puts too much pressure on it.

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Try sleeping on your stomach and put the pillow between your body and your arm with your arm slightly away from your body. That worked for me. Otherwise, my lazy boy recliner was the other option.

BTW you are going to hate PT. I had a surgical tube to do strengh exercises. I'd get up 3 or 4 time in the night because I couldn't sleep and do my reps. Ask your doc about the shot. I sure wish I hadn't waited as long as I did before I got it.

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forgot to add;

Tomorrow the doc will probably have it x-rayed. They inject a dye in the bursa (sp?) then take a photo to see if and where it leaks. This is a membrane that shouldn't leak. Mine only leaked a little so they didn't recommend surgury.

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forgot to add;

Tomorrow the doc will probably have it x-rayed. They inject a dye in the bursa (sp?) then take a photo to see if and where it leaks. This is a membrane that shouldn't leak. Mine only leaked a little so they didn't recommend surgury.

Thats for MRI's, you probably wont be having that until a later date. Sounds like you may have torn it. If its a 25-50% tear they are probably going to tell you to rehab it, which still sucks and will take 4-6 months. Try putting a pillow between your bad arm and your body at night and a prop a pillow behind the bad arm, that helped me a lot to sleep

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I did a minor tear at the end of last season.

Dr. said to rest it and then work ROM.

It has been 4 months now and feels better.

It was wicked muddy and the most slipperty stuff I had ever been on the day i did it, I rode a little and almost went home it was so slick (and not many other bikes to churn it)...U said screw it and went back out, got about 200yards and the front wheel just washed out going up a jump and i went down hard.

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I did a minor tear at the end of last season.

Dr. said to rest it and then work ROM.

It has been 4 months now and feels better.

It was wicked muddy and the most slipperty stuff I had ever been on the day i did it, I rode a little and almost went home it was so slick (and not many other bikes to churn it)...U said screw it and went back out, got about 200yards and the front wheel just washed out going up a jump and i went down hard.

And that is why I am a fair weather rider folks! Mud riding is just stuipd in my opinion, it tears up the bike, is hard on seals, chains, sprockets, your body, just not worth it.

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Someone here has had to have done this, what should I expect? I'm getting checked out tomorrow since my doctor couldn't see me today. I don't know for sure yet and I'm hoping its just a bad strain. I'm on 15mg of vicodin to fight the pain but still can't move my arm more than a few inches from its resting spot.

I hope you didnt tear it...if so your &%$#@!ed, its a long rehab like you will miss an entire season, sorry dude.

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SO, GREAT NEWS!! I didn't tear it but have a really bad strain. Nice thing about your normal doc is he is a shoulder specialist. Thanks for all the help guys, I was really worried.

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That's good news. I had surgery for a completely torn rotator cuff last August and went for my first ride last weekend. Almost 6 months to the day. Still going to PT as I don't have all of my ROM back yet.

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SO, GREAT NEWS!! I didn't tear it but have a really bad strain. Nice thing about your normal doc is he is a shoulder specialist. Thanks for all the help guys, I was really worried.

It is going to be very easy to tear it now, this is how mine started happening. Plus you are an electrician, lots of us after 40 need both shoulders done just from work. My left is going out, just not so bad I need it fixed yet. Get your self into the office and become a PM or an estimator. I started looking around and seeing all these dudes tore up, bad knees, backs I wanted out the field right quick!

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It is going to be very easy to tear it now, this is how mine started happening. Plus you are an electrician, lots of us after 40 need both shoulders done just from work. My left is going out, just not so bad I need it fixed yet. Get your self into the office and become a PM or an estimator. I started looking around and seeing all these dudes tore up, bad knees, backs I wanted out the field right quick!

I'm trained in all of it but it's not my primary job. I mainly do shipping and receiving, along with projects at work. Usually I'm building test rigs for lighting fixtures sitting at a table. This transformer I was installing just happened to go out and I was the only one who knew how to install it.

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