Frozen shoulder and pregnancy

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Can someone advise me please. Iv got a frozen shoulder for the 3rd time this year. I'm allergic to naproxen and only thing that helps is the cortisone injection, but I'm 20 weeks pregnant and iv heard it cause problems in pregnancy. Can anyone advise whether I should have it or not?

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    Rachel it doesn't seem like the right diagnosis as frozen shoulders in and of themselves do not come on and resolve themselves once within a year much less three times within one year. It sounds like something else is going on here.  Have you seen an orthopedist or a physiatrist?  Physiatrists study the mechanics of our bodies and may be able to figure this out. Congratulations on your baby !  

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    Rachel, I am so sorry to hear this! I don't think anyone on this forum is an MD, so we really can't give you medical advice, especially with your pregnancy as an added factor. Ultrasound guided cortisone shots have been only slightly helpful for me and actually I have never felt much benefit from ibuprophen etc, except for a few Advil PM's which have helped occasionally when I am really dying for a good nights sleep.

    Talk with your Dr. I have found that movement of any kind vs being sedentary (walks and gentle yoga) have helped with some of the soreness and pain.

    Have you had 3 separate diagnoses of frozen shoulder? My FS is at the 9 month mark and while I have been quite stuck throughout, the pain has been better at times and then worse at other times.

    I hope that you start to feel better! Take very good care of yourself and enjoy your pregnancy. Your body is doing some amazing things right now!!

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    Yes I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder in January, I read on forums etc and I'm experiencing the exact same pains. I find it weird how it has comes and goes, especially on one occasion where I had no injection. But definitely getting the stiffness on mornings and nights. Most mornings I carnt move my arm at all, which is horrible but the pain fades for a few hours during the day. My doctor hasn't done much he just wants me in and out and hasn't tried to explain it to me. To get any physio or other opinions from professionals i would need my doctor to refer me, but every time he just assured me that it will go away in time. I'm worried because when the pain is at it's worse I carnt hardly do anything, and I'm scared that when I have a newborn that the frozen shoulder comes back and then I won't be able to even care properly for my own child. I Do need to find alternatives other than the injection and anti inflammatories before I have the baby. Thank you for your replies

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    Maybe you could ask your Dr if things like fish oil and tumeric supplements would be safe for you to take during your pregnancy. These are both considered anti inflammatory and no prescription needed. I have been taking both and recently feel that my FS is easing slightly....maybe due to the tumeric, maybe not. There is a supplement called phytoprofen (their name to mimic ibuprofen) that is tumeric, frankincense and bromelain I think. Again, check with your doc to see if any of these would be worth a try and safe for you.

    I am a perimenopausal woman and believe strongly that my FS is related to hormone swings and changes. Who knows, maybe the same is true for you as pregnancy can certainly be a hormonal rollercoaster! If so, I would guess that you'll "even out" after your baby is born and have fewer issues. Who knows!

    It is SUPER aggravating that so many Dr's are so dismissive of this issue!  If they had the experience of the limitations and the pain with it, they'd be more empathic!

    You could also look up some basic stretches and gentle exercises for FS online. Just do them to a gentle pull, not agony....you are trying to tamp down inflammation in your shoulder, not aggravate it. I have found that a few minutes a day with a heating pad on my shoulder is helpful as well. 

    Good luck with things!

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      Thank you Karen that is good advice and will definitely speak to the doctor about it on Monday, and yes they don't understand the pain, not many do. Work are completely unsympathetic to me, and doctors just fob me off. It could be my pregnancy but it wouldnt explain earlier episodes of my fs. Although iv found that each time iv had a flare up iv been at the most stressed, and emotionally time, So probably a hormonal imbalacment link to fs.

      I have tried the stretches but even slight movements are agonising at the moment. The heat patches are comforting, and medication is distracting so that helps a little.

      Thank you very much

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    Sorry for not replying. So I ended up having the injection even when pregnant. My fs came back again at the end of my pregnancy and 3 months after my baby and back with it again. This time they are finally referring me to the hospital. It's wierd how many times iv had a fs in the last 12 months and how I have it for a few weeks and then it comes back every 3-4 months. Whereas most on this forum seem to have it for months continuously. But the symptoms are the exact same. Unable to move my arm when it's at it's worse. But hopefully the hospital can explain it fully. 

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    Hmmm sounds like you should see a specialist/Orthopedic Doctor.

    I have had the same frozen shoulder for over two years. It's very slow to come on and very slow to resolve.  I'm not a specialist, but I do have Frozen Shoulder and I can confirm that it would not go away that quickly.

    If it were me, I would NOT take the Kenelog/Cortisone injection while pregnant.  Read about Kenalog on Drugs.com, that is the typical Cortisone used. I have had five Kenalog injections over last two years Some very strong stuff. That's just my suggestion, reaserch the drug they want to inject ,  on your own and get a professional opinion.

    Hopefully they can figure out what's going on. Good luck.

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      Sorry not sure why they listed this topic as "new". Good luck 

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