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Old 05-30-2019, 07:37 AM
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Two weeks post op, minimal pain during the day but when the hell will I be able to sleep through the night? I alternate between Tylenol and Motrin (saving the Oxy for when I start PT in four weeks) I get about two hours of sleep before I get a knot behind the shoulder. Use ice and TENS a couple times a day. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!
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My wife had rotator cuff surgery and found the best sleep was in the recliner. I slept on the sofa to be close. When I had bypass surgery, we changed positions. Wish you well with it.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:47 AM
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dont save the oxy for PT....use it now...I could not sleep without taking it. every 4.5 hours, the pain would come right back, and i would take another to get the rest. PT is not as painful as you might think it would be
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:58 AM
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I had rotator cuff/bicep reattachment Feb 15th of this year. I was on Percocet. Took 1 every 4 hours and 2 every six over night. I'd take 2 right before bed and my wife would set her alarm and wake me up at 2:00 a.m. for 2 more. Slept great on a wedge and pillow in bed. Surgery on a Friday. Took 1 pill Wednesday morning then 1 Thursday morning of the next week and I was done with all pain meds. Iced in evenings after work watching TV. Also had ice machine for first few nights and went to sleep with it on.

Started PT on the Tuesday following the surgery! All my numbers are right on track or ahead of schedule.

Get on the good stuff now.

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dont save the oxy for PT....use it now...I could not sleep without taking it. every 4.5 hours, the pain would come right back, and i would take another to get the rest. PT is not as painful as you might think it would be
100% this. PT only hurts when you are doing it. I wouldn't want to be on painkillers at that time. Might end up re-injuring it not knowing you are pushing too far.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:45 AM
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I can't sleep on Oxy. Just lie there and daydream motionless for hours. You need to take Xanax and Flexeril.
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It’s ashamed you can’t use marijuana for the pain. That stuff is wonderful as a pain killer/sleep aid.
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Only way I could sleep after rotator cuff surgery was to knock myself out with the pain pills. Don't remember what I was prescribed.
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Itís ashamed you canít use marijuana for the pain. That stuff is wonderful as a pain killer/sleep aid.
Why do people keep saying this??? Total BS!!! If MJ kills your pain, you weren't really hurting to begin with!
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Originally Posted by Fish Haid View Post
Why do people keep saying this??? Total BS!!! If MJ kills your pain, you weren't really hurting to begin with!
but damn, I'd like to try!
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Originally Posted by Fish Haid View Post
Why do people keep saying this??? Total BS!!! If MJ kills your pain, you weren't really hurting to begin with!
You have know idea what you are talking about. Educate yourself, take a trip to Colorado and actually experience it for yourself. Marijuana kills pain. Marijuana relieves pain. Marijuana is better that Tylenol, ibuprofen. I experienced it first hand. Itís a wonderful pain killer.
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CBD oil. It cures errything.
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For some people marijuana does nothing for pain.
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Originally Posted by phillipgo View Post
For some people marijuana does nothing for pain.
you referring to people abusing it or people genetically with their pain receptor switch turned off.

Im neither, those edibles made me feel 18 yrs old again.
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Two weeks post op, minimal pain during the day but when the hell will I be able to sleep through the night? I alternate between Tylenol and Motrin (saving the Oxy for when I start PT in four weeks) I get about two hours of sleep before I get a knot behind the shoulder. Use ice and TENS a couple times a day. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!
Recliner worked wonders for me along with cold water pump. I've got a bit of experience with shoulders . . . 2 scopes, 3 rotator cuff (one open) and a detached labrum (the result of 10 dislocations over about 10 years). Powerlifting really helped my core but my shoulders and knees paid a price . . . oh yeah, both knees replace also.

Gotta admit though I'm doing and feeling pretty good! Hang in there and be a MONSTER with your PT!!!!!!!
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I had shoulder surgery. They gave me oxy for the pain. It WAS painful.
Unfortunately the oxy made me throw up which hurt my shoulder even more.
I would not be a good drug addict.
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I had the same thing, reattached ruptured bicep tendon, torn rotator cuff and bone spur. I donít know if I just had a great doctor or Iím a bad m-fer. I had very little pain and stopped taking the pain meds 3 days after surgery. I also had full movement of arm with virtually no pain. PT specialist said I was a 1 %. I had trouble sleeping because of that bulky sling not from pain.
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Two weeks post op, minimal pain during the day but when the hell will I be able to sleep through the night? I alternate between Tylenol and Motrin (saving the Oxy for when I start PT in four weeks) I get about two hours of sleep before I get a knot behind the shoulder. Use ice and TENS a couple times a day. Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was hit by a rogue skier and destroyed my shoulder on 12/27/18. Had surgery on 1/10/19 for torn rotator (2/4), torn labrum, torn bicep, and a glenoid fracture with bone fragment removed. My surgery took three hours and was done arthroscopic. I took oxy for the first four days and then went to Tylenol. I never slept well and was in a oversized chair for four weeks post surgery and in a sling for 9 weeks total.

I’m still doing PT once a week and see my Orthopedic this Monday. I’ve been told it will be a year before I feel good getting back to 95% of where I was. I’m early 50’s and very active either running, road riding, or mountain biking. It’s been tough and you just have to grind it out making smart decisions. Take the meds for the first couple of days and jump into PT ASAP.

Not sure any if that helps and feel free to PM me.

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I'm scheduled to have rotator cuff surgery in two weeks. Arthroscopic says the surgeon. One tendon detached, one partially torn. Some old injury, some recent, which precipitated the surgery to regain use of arm. Right arm, and I'm right handed. Of course. He says 6 weeks in a sling, with passive PT starting at one week, then 6 weeks of active PT, then 6 weeks of weight training to regain strength. That puts me in November. So much for boating season this year. Well, maybe able to do some stuff in October. Oh well.
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Been through it 3 times. In 96 97 and 2016. I would prop myself up on the sofa and sleep 6 to 8 hours. I don't care for heavy pain pills and did well with Advil and Tylenol this last Time I started walking on day 3 post surgery 1/2 a mile at first It helped to get the drugs from being under out of my system best of luck to you.
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