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I figured I would put up a positive post on how I am doing. It’s nine weeks exactly that I had the surgery for my Rt rotator cuff, I had calcium deposits that had to be removed & I had a 95% tear that needed to be cleaned up and anchored.
The first 2 to 5 weeks were the worst pain. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t do anything. The pain was excruciating and I cried constantly. I seem to have turned a corner where the pain is not bad and I’m able to sleep, drive, & do many things.
One thing I noticed that helped me that i want to share was to not sit around and wallow and watch TV. I had a hard time not being active because I am extremely active normally.
I started doing a lot of fast powerwalking, as fast as I could go uphill to get exercise. The more I move around the more my soreness went away. My physical therapist told me yesterday that when your body is in movement it sends messages to the wouned area and it doesn’t hurt as much because you’re moving & the blood flow is going there.
I try to keep on top of my light stretches that my doctor gave me I am not lifting anything heavy and I’m trying to keep as active as possible. One thing I noticed is my neck was always out. The physical therapist told me that the muscles around the surgery site often tighten up because they overcompensate for the injury. So I was massaging with a lacrosse ball constantly, putting it on every area, up against a wall and doing squats so I’m rolling up and down the wal with that ball on every spot that was tight around the surgery area. Under my armpit, my wing bone, my upper shoulder near my neck, anywhere that was sore I did it every two hours all day. My PT told me yesterday that’s probably why I’m healing quicker because I’m loosening it up so blood flow can get there. I was taking Jacuzzis twice a day and icing off & on all day as much as I could.
No sudden movements just stretches as per my Dr.
I’m better everyday and hope to be healed completely within a couple months!
Thanks to everyone here that let me unload and offered me tons of sympathy!
I’ll keep reading other posts but this will probably be my last post here!
Good luck to everyone!!
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