Hello everyone. I'm afraid I won't be following up on this after all. I received a very critical and destructive response to my post from someone who accused me of being harmful to others - and that I was guilty of a felony for taking a couple of my brother's Lortabs. Wow. I was just trying to add some levity to our collective pain. I hope we can all find some relief one day, but I know now that the WebMD discussion board isn't for me.View Thread
just now Frozen shoulder frustration Folks, it is absolutely ridiculous for us to tolerate this pain for another day, and I hereby take it upon...Posted by Paleo_Girl Folks, it is absolutely ridiculous for us to tolerate this pain for another day, and I hereby take it upon myself to find an answer to our collective agony! From all your posts, it's apparent Western medicine doesn't have the answer to treating and/or curing frozen shoulder. Drugs, procedures, physical therapy, tests, shots - nothing works! Heck, they can't even figure out what causes it!
I promise you this. If this horrible syndrome were a common occurance among members of the medical community, effective and swift treatment - if not a cure - would be available to all of us.
I've had frozen shoulder since mid-November of 2012, but I didn't discover that's what it was until one week ago - March 4, 2013. Up until then, I had put off going to a doctor thinking I had pulled a muscle or impinged a nerve lifting weights. You know the deal. Hurts all the time, but especially at night. (Lord, I've had some long nights. My husband has even had to move in to the guest room because I moan in pain and flop around all night.) And if I forget and move it "wrong," it sends me through the roof. Two weeks ago, I went to pull one of those plastic bags down in the produce section of the grocery, and I swear I thought I would pass out. As previous people wrote, I've been through natural childbirth and even a hysterectomy, but nothing - NOTHING - touches this pain. I can understand why animals gnaw off their legs.
When the pain became unbearable to the point where I was nauseated and when it affected my job (sitting in front of a computer all day, dontcha know), I finally relented and went to an orthopaedist. (Doctors are usually my last resort. I see one about once every 5 years for bloodwork, a mammogram, etc., but otherwise I'm healthy as a horse and/or I heal myself.) The young female doc who diagnosed me with frozen shoulder, very nonchalantly said it would bother me for two years and that she was sorry. (Two years?!? I can't stand it for another two DAYS!) When I asked for strong pain meds, she said she "didn't believe in prescribing pain medications", and that I should take Tylenol. (Tylenol? Are you kidding me? Not only is Tylenol totally ineffective for severe pain, it's one of the most toxic substances you can put in your body!) I felt like pulling out my .38, shooting her in the shoulder, and asking, "How bout now doc? Do you believe in pain medications now?"
Anyway, I heard about a guy here in Charleston - a massage therapist - who supposedly manipulates the trigger points for frozen shoulder, which in turn releases the nerve. I have a call in to a friend who knows him. I'll make an appointment and let all of you know what happens. So what if it costs $100.
Medications. My brother gave me hydrocodone for the pain in November. Doesn't do diddly-squat. Just makes you feel a little high and in love with everyone for a couple of hours. And you can't drink alcohol on that stuff. (generic Lortab.) Frankly, I get more relief from 600 mg. of ibuprofen.
I also ordered a book from Amazon called The Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy. (Can't remember the exact name.) I hope and pray it helps. Couldn't hurt.
I wish I had an answer for everyone RIGHT NOW, but maybe I will soon. I PROMISE I will write again soon and give you an update. I'm sick of this, and I'm not taking anymore traditional medicine B.S! 'I will not go quietly in to that good night...', or whatever Dylan Thomas wrote.
Have faith, my friends. An angry woman in pain is on the case!View Thread