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My frozen shoulder started around Sept. of 2017. It started with a little "twinge" in my left bicep. I thought I had pulled it at the gym, so I did not think much of it. I rested it and it seemed to get better, but looking back, as well as reading the symptoms, I realize now that I was in the freezing stage of frozen shoulder. After a while sleeping on my left side became too painful, and while walking my dogs my left shoulder would hurt so bad I just wanted to lay down where I was and not finish the walk. I didn't even notice that I lost all range of motion until I was reaching for something and the pull was so bad in my bicep that I started to cry. I had an MRI done but it did not show any tears and it took 2 doctors to diagnose what I had. Everyone was saying it was my neck (I had a c6/c7 disc fusion back in May of 2013), but I KNEW that wasn't it (I also had an MRI of my neck and it all looked normal). I had 2 cortisone shots and they did nothing. I had a short round of steroids (6 day pack) and again, nothing. I am on Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen 5/325. I take one in the morning (after I finish my errands and don't have to drive) and one and a half before going to bed around 9pm. It seems it does not help too much with the pain. I tried taking Gabapentin with the pain meds but it kept raising my fasting blood sugar (I am type 2 diabetic) so I had to stop taking it.
So, to get to the point, I have been frozen for about 5 months, have had 14 PT visits and the Dr ordered 12 more. I did make some progress with ROM, but that seems to have stopped. The Dr told me that, at this point, surgery would be more painful than helpful. Has anyone ever had ANY success with PT? Does anyone have any suggestions with managing the pain? I can't imagine going through this pain for several more months. I am not sleeping and getting more depressed. Thank you in advance!
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