Last August I was lifting some boxes at work (which I had labeled with contents) so I knew approximate weight. I was unaware someone had added 500 envelopes and a box of folders. When picking up the box my right shoulder dislocated. I was seen by the company doctor and ER physician and was given a sling, pain medications and appointment with a specialist. Two weeks later it dislocated again this time it would not go back in place. I was in a sling for four months and finally had surgery to stabilize the shoulder in December 2009. Since then I have had intense chronic pain that radiates to the outer elbow where the triceps muscle attaches and into my hand. MRI showed lots of edema but the surgical pins and shoulder are in place. I cannot reach above my head, reach behind my back and reaching across in front of my body causes intense gripping pain. I had two Cortisone injections and a repeat MRI which again showed lots of edema. Pain medication has little effect, I use a TENS unit to help block the pain. I still have no answer as to why the pain is so intense and debilitating. I would appreciate any input. I am not a whiner, I lived through terrible back pain and would have to say this is equally life altering. I have insomnia related to the pain. When I do sleep, the wrong move wakes me up and due to increased pain can not go back to sleep. I am down to 3-5 hours a night. If you have ever had shoulder pain that sounds like this, please tell me what you did not get relief. I hurt so bad at times I would rather just cut it off. My physician is at a loss and is planning to send me to a pain management physicianView Thread
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