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Having had shoulder surgery four years ago, initially for a SAD procedure, but also necessitating a rotator cuff repair, which although completely successful, culminated in a horrendous full year of recovery. You can imagine however, due to my own stupidity when I managed last year to injure my other shoulder I was pretty distraught at the thought of going through it all again. After a couple of cortisone injections, with limited relief, phsyio and rest, it was clear that this was only going to be resolved with surgery.
This time I am scheduled for arthroscopic SAD surgery, and keeping my fingers crossed that this is all it is. I still have pretty good strength in my arm and movement is only impinged and painful in certain directions. I am trying to be pro active with regard to post op pain relief, as I struggled last time with the meds on offer - i.e. codeine (makes me sick) and tramadol (sends me away with the fairies but does little for the pain). Ice packs were my best friends. I have been looking at the shoulder pain relief cold wraps and wondered if anyone had tried them and found them useful? As the previous surgery was open, I understand that recovery is longer so I might be making mountains out of molehills and it won't be anywhere near as bad. Hasn't helped that I have a cough and sore throat and panicking like crazy that they will cancel the surgery next week if I haven't recovered. I have been counting the days.
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