I'm so over it all

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it's been going on 3 yrs since my last shoulder surgery...I've had 3, all failed. 1. slap repair, 2. bicep tendencies, 3. capsule release with mua. I've continued to have some issues. I'm seeing a new surgeon and shes almost positive the bicep tendon is anchored to tight. I've had 3 guided injections with very minimal relief. she is suggesting a 4th surgery to release the bicep from the anchor. however she is a bit cautious about another surgery cuz I've had 3 failed already and shes afraid of another bout of frozen shoulder. I have no idea what I'm going to do. just live with it or go under the knife again. I need to work cuz the Bill's wont stop coming in but I cant work with my shoulder like this but cant afford to be out for another 4 months. ugh I wish someone else could make this decision for me. does anyone have any advice?

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    I am so sorry to hear of your on going problems. I think the deciding factor has to be how much pain are you in and can you manage it without surgical intervention.

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    I have had 2 surgeries in the last year and a half, I have been having pain worse than before any of the surgeries, my physical therapist keeps suggesting different things but unfortunately workers comp seems to think that I don't need what the therapist is suggesting and will not approve for anything she has suggested. I myself am about to tell them to forget it. they won't give me anything for the pain, they keep saying that it's just going to take time. I am not sleeping more than a couple hours a night because the pain wakes me up and then I can't go back to sleep because of it. I bet if it was them that was going through this BS they would get one of their buddies to right them a script for something for the pain. I don't know what to tell you cause I am in the same boat as you. good luck!

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    I wish I had some advice for you. I have had 3 surgeries in 2 1/2 years, the last about a year ago. I was so confident this one would work, but here I am again in pain. Going to call the doctor Monday but there is NO way I am going through surgery again. I'm hoping it is inflammed from overuse and an injection of a steriod will calm it down. It's very discouraging. Multiple shoulder surgeries are a huge undertaking and I'm not convinced it works. Once those tendons are shredded and weak, there's no way to fix it. I even had a cadevar graft on the last surgery. Sorry to be so negative. On the good side release of the bicep doesn't sound too bad. They released mine on the first surgery and I don't notice it at all. Good luck to you.

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    You obviously don't live in the U.K ,having to pay for everything ,..which ,I have to say ,,are the suggesting more and more surgery for that reason . Surgeons here usually use Keyhole surgery. to sort shoulder problems, less invasive , I am off to see some physio's tomorrow ,because of a problem ,the last op 6 months ago ,,the surgeon just cut a tendon in two ,and I am in constant pain, will see if they tell me the truth ,as to the reason,, probably not ....

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      I live in the u.s. they are surgery happy here too. my dr said that if she just cuts the tendon loose I will have cramping for a few months but then I wouldnt have the issues I'm having now. I hope you get the answers you're looking for.

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      One chopped tendon,, one problem solved ,now I just have shed loads of pain .in places where I didn't have them before ,even my lower arm ,that's a real bummer, AND ,,, I am left handed, I will see what happens tomorrow,They can't sew the tendon together .as the two ends could be anywhere by now. !!!!

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    hi there, sorry to hear that you have been suffering so long like me. i have had 3 surgeries too and now 7 months post op from 3rd one. first one RTC repair and got complication with anchor so had to take out and clean up joint then i retore my tendon and had to repair again. because i am 30 and young Dr advised me to repair as i need a full function and strength. so, what i can say is , depending on your age and function you need. if you are 65 and retired. may be you can get on with it. even if limited ROM and minimal pain but if you are 40,50 then you might really wanna fix it. thats what i was told by my doctors. he wouldnt recommend me if i was 60 as the success rate is low anyway with the age. good luck !! may be, try to have second opinion too.

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