frozen shoulder for too long

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I have been suffering from frozen shoulder now for 14 months. Still in a lot of pain with little reieif. been through pt and had 3 cortizone injections and  still in pain. mine was caused by trauma. When will they give you the option of surgery. This has gone on way to long for me. Feeling doubtful

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    I think this depends very much on what country you live in, whether you are seeing a PT or orthopaedic surgeon, and your own doctor's personal beliefs.  Mine was pretty against any type of intervention, because it should go away on its own, and is rarely needed (his words).  Unfortunately you have to be your own advocate, and beg/scream/demand to be heard.  Have you gotten hydrodilation or just cortisone?  Sorry, the pain is brutal, I know.

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      I believe that he has done both to no avail. I just know that it's been too long and suffering. Did pt but the pain was to intense so it made the exercise so hard to do but still been trying to push through even after my pt sent me back to my specialist. It's been very difficult to do just everyday chores. But I live alone. Luckily my neighbor has helped with the more difficult things

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    I had a flouroscopy hydrilation injection 3 weeks ago after suffering from a FS for 8 months and I am now relatively pain free and my movement whilst initially seemed minimal straight after is gradually improving so hopefully this has worked. My specialist said this type of injection was better than a cortisone injection so perhaps you should try and request this before considering surgery. I do feel your pain though this is such a debilitating condition and effects every aspect of you life. Hope it improves soon xx

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    Try massage to relax. It really helps and the pain is more tolerable. I think they push with the PT and little stretching excersises that you can do at home help more. Just stretch to the point where it starts to hurt don't overdo it. Hope something helps for you soon. Relaxation really helps

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    Sheila,

    So very sorry to hear this. I would agree with others that state that typically surgery is considered a last resort (if at all). I tried to "throw everything I could" at my FS: fish oil, an anti-inflammatory diet, supplements like tumeric and glucosamine, massage, acupuncture, adding some hormone therapy (My FS ran parallel to the beginnings of menopause), emotional freedom technique (EFT or tapping), physical therapy,and applying heat to the shoulder daily with a heating pad. I had some luck with cortisone injections. The successful ones for me were done by ultrasound so they can get into the shoulder joint with the needle. My FS lasted about a year, and since there can be such a range of time that individuals endure this, it is hard to say if anything I did hastened my recovery. It does come to an end. Document your efforts with a variety of things. If none of them bring relief, at least you have a list of all that has already been tried which may help your medical team consider surgery if you still want to pursue it. It can be depressing and feel endless. Take care and let us know how things go for you!

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    I just saw on tv again today and I have been taking turmeric. It really helps with joints and swelling. Everyone should try turmeric, glucosamine and collagen 2. They've helped me and I am almost back to normal. 

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