I am currently suffering from frozen shoulder. I had frozen shoulder 3 years ago in the opposite shoulder. Anyone who has experienced this, will tell you how extremely painful this is. Those who have not, providers included, have no idea. The idea that someone is expected to function, i.e. work, raise children, perform activities of daily living, and have some sort of quality to their life, without prescription medication, is sorely mistaken. My heart goes out to those of you who have been treated so poorly. You are not being overly sensitive and please don't question yourselves about your high or low tolerance to pain. I know that prescription medication abuse is prevalent so I understand a provider's need to use caution, but it really angers me when a patient who has no history of drug seeking behavior and who clearly is in pain, has his/her care compromised by a provider who is affected by the "bad apples" (drug seekers) or an inept provider. I feel very fortunate that I have had doctors who have been understanding of the need for a prescription, as over-the-counter medication(s) do not touch this pain. For those of you who have a prescription, you are aware that sometimes even one of these pills is not enough. Because of the length of time this condition can last - and because I didn't want to take pain meds for a great length of time, my doctor for the other shoulder worked with me in the early stage, through surgery and after surgery to carefully track and gradually decrease the pain medication. My current provider has so far been doing the same. My advise for anyone who visits this site because of a recent diagnosis of frozen shoulder, is to find a provider who has actually experienced this. I also plan on contacting a few of the sites I visited for "generic" info on this condition. They mistakenly state that NSAIDs should take care of the pain and this is plain wrong. I guess a last piece of advice is to take care of yourself during this time and do what you can to get through it because it can be a long haul. I have a heating pad, and ice packs at work, and even a blanket to wrap up in when I can. I don't plan any activities for after work and only do whatever I need to for my son. (He's been an angel.) After that, it's bed, another blanket, and the remote control because everything else hurts - even holding a book open. Take Care!!View Thread
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