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I had open surgery around four and a half months ago. This was originally for the SAD procedure but it transpired that I also had a 3cm rotator cuff tear. My range of movement recovery was pretty good and both consultant and physio were pleased with progress but nobody seems interested in the PAIN. My GP suggested sleeping tablets when I advised that the pain in my shoulder and elbow wakes me from a very fitful sleep every couple of hours, or painkillers - neither of which I want to rely on as painkillers tend to give me digestive problems and I am limiting myself to half of a sleeping tablet every ten days or so as I can at least claim one reasonable night (4 - 5 hours). I have followed physio advice all the way through, and although I have tried to push through with strengthening exercise, it almost puts me back to square one pain wise. My GP was concerned about a swelling above my collar bone but a scan didn't show up anything 'nasty' but it has been suggested to me, and also reading these forums that it could be neck related as the pain is deep in my bicep, tennis elbow like symptoms and waking up with a numb hand. The shoulder just feels as if I have working with really heavy weights and muscle related. Although signed off by physio, I have the option to return, but being NHS I am thinking that because of my good mobility, they see it as job done, and the associated pain and neck stiffness is not part of the remit. I read on a forum post that it takes a good year to feel normal after this surgery and I think I could cope with that if it was a gradual improvement but I feel I go one step forward and two back. I'm sure the damp weather doesn't help joints either. Anyone else been through similar?
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