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Hi everyone, I’m a 35 year old male, this is my first post here and hoping someone might have some answers or suggestions for me.
I’m 5 weeks post surgery for a labrum tear in my shoulder from 10-11 o’clock so quite small really, as well as a subacromial decompression and clavicle resection. Pre surgery I had pain for about 8 months, nothing too bad, but I experienced pain sleeping at night and some burning from the AC joint arthritis, as well as pain when overhead lifting. An mri showed AC arthritis, and a subscapularis tear. Physical tests by my orthopedic surgeon also correlated with that so I was booked for a subscap repair, biceps tenodesis, decompression and resection. I’d had 2 cortisone injections and they hadn’t helped.
The day after the surgery the surgeon saw me and said I had a slap tear, so that was fixed, as well as the decompression etc, but he said the subscap turned out to be fine. I was in a sling for 5 weeks and early on was only having some paracetamol and a pain patch for the first week. The pain wasn’t that bad, and I kept my excercises up. 3 days ago I came out of the sling and was to start Physio and aim for full rom at 1kg max weight for the next 4 weeks. I went to an indoor pool on his recommendation and spent 45 minutes moving it around under water and it felt quite good. It actually felt really good and I was so happy to finally be out of the sling. My wife wanted a new blind in the kitchen and seeings how I was feeling good I installed a small light weight blind 2 days ago. There was only a little pain and I only spent a few minutes doing it, and didn’t think much of it. Later that day I had my first Physio session and by that stage it was starting to really hurt so the Physio just did some massage and a bit of pulley work. An hour or so after getting home from that it started getting worse and worse, and for the last 48 hours has been excruciating. Far worse than any pain I’d previously had in it, and probably the worst pain I think I’ve ever experienced. I’ve had to take endone/OxyContin every 4 hours and I’ve put the sling back on. Even when slowly walking just the slightest movements are agony, and lying dead still now on bed I’d say the pains a 6/10. Any slight movement I can feel popping and catching, and the pain that comes with it is enough to bring tears to my eyes. I had a little bit of poppping and catching earlier in the recovery but not much extra pain came with it.
Any thoughts if I’ve just overdone it or could I have retorn the labrum? What’s everyone else’s shoulder recovery been like when they came out of the sling? I won’t be able to see the surgeon for another week as he’s away, so if I need to follow it up before then it’ll be a visit to the local public hospital
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