Torn rotator cuff causing significant pain when trying to sleep - how to relieve pain

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I tore my rotator cuff in a fall on 11/4/17.  The MRI confirmed the tear.  At night when I lay down, I get significant pain from my shoulder blade area and down my arm. Can’t stand it and can’t sleep. I need surgery to repair it but due to a long planned big vacation to the Philippines, I need to find a remedy to get pain relief until I get back and have surgery.  I might try Cortisone Injection.  Any recommendations?  Thanks for any help!!

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    get the surgical repair done asap. is there any possibility of rescheduling the trip?  pile 5-6 standard bed pillows to build a wedge and cradle on your bed to sleep OR sleep in a recliner.  Ice as much as you can 3-4 times per day or more to help manage the discomfort and pain.  This issue will not get better until it is repaired and the recovery/rehab will be another 3 months plus.  It is what it is.  My heart goes out to you!  This injury, repair, surgery, recovery/rehab sucks, but it is doable and it is temporary. GOOD LUCK. When is the trip??
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    I hate to possibly give bad news, but even after my surgery in September I have continued to be in pain as you have  described.  I now have frozen should since the week of Thanksgiving and looking at doing new MRI.
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