Posted , 3 users are following.
At the end of May, I dislocated and fractured my shoulder. I am 46 years old. It was an anterior dislocation and displaced fracture of the greater tuberosity. The doc managed to put the shoulder and fracture back into place with a closed reduction. I had to keep it immobilized for 7 weeks to make sure the fracture knitted in place, or else it would be surgery. I got through all of that and started physio in the latter half of July. My physiotherapist is fantastic and she said I've made good progress. I have especially made use of the pool to help mobilize and strengthen the shoulder.
An ongoing problem is the swelling with fluid pooling right down to the hand and all the way up the arm. I started massage therapy to try to get the fluid moving. It isn't doing much. When I overdo the exercises, the arm just blows up like a balloon. As I'm doing my exercises, there is pain, but I always use the physio's recommendation that at this point it is ok to push it and it will hurt. But, is the pain doesn't stop when I release the exercise, then it is too much.
I thought I was doing well with this advice and I want to get stronger and get all my ROM back, but the arm is so reactive with the swelling and nerve tingling. I did my pool work on Sunday and did lots at physio on Monday and it felt ok. On Tuesday, I felt absolutely sick from the swelling and discomfort. The fatigue is horrible too.
It is hard not to get disappointed and frustrated, but it is terrible and I thought it would be better by now.
I guess I need to know if others have had similar experiences and when they came out of this awful situation.
0 likes, 5 replies