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shoulder My Shoulders?!!?

Discussion in 'Other joint replacements' started by Me2, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. Me2

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    So fantastic news this week on shoulder front!

    Visit with my surgeon on Monday! He was visibly VERY impressed with my AMAZING recovery! Range of motion is fantastic -- 90%+ every way but behind my back. I know that would never be all that great! (But I can tuck a shirt in with care and (TMI warning) can't wipe but the left can -- what does one do if both shoulders replaced?) He said that he has NEVER seen a replacement with the range of motion I've already achieved in less than five months!

    Not only that, but saw physical therapist for last shoulder visit! Whew! A full year of shoulder therapy counting the before surgery try to get better without visits before the MRI last December! Discharged FINALLY! She reiterated that though I am only her third shoulder replacement patient, I absolutely by far have best range of motion and strength. She shared that my surgeon had stopped in last week. (I had told them I was told by scheduler that my surgeon and several others were leaving the practice to set up new. The group is fairly large and well established group. They have their own physical therapy there, so I assume and hope that he stopped by to make a connection with my therapy group. They had referred me to him actually.) Anyway, she said that my recovery came up in conversation, and they shared and agree that it was indeed AMAZING!

    So, I LOVE BEING THE STAR PATIENT!!! :wowspring:

    So, update otherwise. I started back swimming about three weeks ago. First couple sessions were a little awkward and I took on a lot of water. :swim: Almost postponed going back, but so glad I kept it up. Shoulder wise swimming is almost normal. Definite shoulder tired but good tired, good stretch, good for strength, too, I suppose.

    Everything else shoulder wise is darn good! Can get cups from top shelf, easily lift two cups or one big heavy Pfaltzgraph plate to second shelf and two small ones. I can almost pour coffee or even gallon of milk with new shoulder. I can hold my smaller babies for a few moments. I can even toss something with my right hand -- looking back, I have not been able to throw snowballs for quite a few years! I really can't wait to have snowball battles with my preschoolers!:snow dig: But, alas, don't know that I'll be able to shovel snow ever. :eyebrows: I got a pass on that all last year! Shoulder is still feels a little stiff but really so terrific. (It does give me hope about back/hip, hopefully not false hope.)

    So...... I am a shoulder replacement and rotator cuff repair wizard! :yes!:
     
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    So great to read your good news @Me2 ! Well done on all your hard work!
     
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    What a wonderful post to read. I'm sure shoulders are like everything else.....you'll see more improvements with time as you continue working on doing "normal" things. Bravo for you!!!
     
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    So . . . haven't been around in awhile . . . and I was really looking forward to 2017 as a good year .... but when one starts off the Christmas holiday with a horrible toothache, to find a terribly infected tooth, begin the new year with a root canal and pulled tooth on January 2, hmm what can one expect?

    On January 13, I went in for a six month follow up on replacement shoulder and reported to my surgeon, showed off a wonderful range of motion, all was good. I thought my shoulders were very much on their way to full strength in the year to eighteen months for full recovery but then I've thought wrong before. I mentioned my left just repaired and not replaced shoulder had been a little achy as of late but was not really concerned. My surgeon had left his old practice with several other doctors, and I was happy to hear where their pain specialist went so I could continue my follow up with my back. I went on my merry way with my almost perfect shoulders.

    But, then, my mom had a stroke on January 15, and I spent the next month helping care for her with my sisters. I would not give up a moment of that time with her and my sisters but, alas, helping to lift and move her about was part and parcel. And, of course, the more my sisters suggested I not, the more I felt I had to show them my shoulders were just fine, healthy and bionic. My mom went on her way to heaven, and I went back to my stretching and strengthening exercises, got more achy, until I realized my left shoulder was not going up like it should. Hmmm. Waited a week, two, and more and more achy and painful. Make the appointment, get the xray. Surgeon says shoulder "riding a little high", lets get an MRI. So MRI is scheduled for Monday. Everybody please wish really hard that it just needs a little more rest. :sad:
     
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    Ohhhh.....I do hope that's the case. Boy, you certainly have been through the mill so far this year. I know how that caregiving thing is as I did it for both my parents. I felt the same as you. The time with them was precious, but it takes a toll on the ol' bod.

    My shoulder keeps telling me that surgery is probably getting closer. I cannot lift my arm as high anymore. At least it doesn't hurt. So I'm going with that for a while longer. Hopefully you can wait it out a bit too!
     
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    @Me2 So sorry for your loss and for all the other problems going on. Sure hope the MRI shows no real problems - hopefully what ever is going on is muscle related rather than hardware related.

    Hugs and healing vibes for you :friends: :flwrysmile:
     
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    I sure hope you have not torn anything in your shoulder. Let's hope it is just muscle strain and that resting it will help.

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.
     

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