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Old 01-29-2010, 02:05 AM
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Anyone had surgery for a badly torn rotator cuff . What a long hard recovery time . It can end fishing and many other simple things for months .
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Old 01-29-2010, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by y'sguy View Post
Anyone had surgery for a badly torn rotator cuff . What a long hard recovery time . It can end fishing and many other simple things for months .
Just had it done two weeks ago. Even trying to type left handed is a biatch.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:44 AM
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I have been living with torn rotators in both shoulders for 4 years now, it's pretty miserable
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:09 AM
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I had mine done 1 year ago ,still not really good ,mine involved some bone spur removal also . When you do it remember to be patient and go to rehab. Do not go back to work too soon ,you will regret it as that is what i did slowing the healing process ,and possibly affecting the effectiveness of the surgery. Find a good surgeon . I get right arm fatigue now ,and is pretty difficult to fight big fish for over 30 minutes .
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:18 AM
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I had surgery for mine. The advice I can give is go to rehad and do all the excercises they tell you to do. Do not try to do anything with the shoulder until your doctor gives you the ok. I also had some bone spur removal. I didn't do what I was supposed to and still have pain in my shoulder. Its uncomfortable but its better than a torn rotator cuff. I actually learned to write and use my mouse left handed.

oceandansar: how could you live with that for 4 years. I lived with mine for a year and wanted to chop my arm off at the shoulder everyday.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:50 AM
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I have had five surgeries two in the left and three in the right. I had two open three scopes. Best advice I can offer anyone about to go through this is to be very diligent in your rehab. Physical Therapy, both before and after the surgery, will greatly improve your recovery time.

If you are right hand dominant, plactice using your left hand on the everyday mundane things like using a fork, shaving, wiping your butt, etc. before you have the surgery.

And don't try to be a tough guy hero. Full, proper recovery takes time.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:53 AM
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What was the primary cause of most of the poster's injuries? I've been having should problems for years, and they go numb if I try to work overhead or arms raised.

My left shoulder has a spur and hurts with specific motion/goes numb sleeping on it.

I've lifted weights for years and heavy bench still. They don't "really" bother me unless I do high repetitions. Pullups not really a problem.

My question...does keeping the shoulders and surrouding ligaments/muscles strong do more good than the wear and tear does harm? How many good years should I hope for? They actually hurt less since I've been exercising more in the last couple months.

What's the worst thing I can do to make it worse?
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:30 PM
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What was the primary cause of most of the poster's injuries? I've been having should problems for years, and they go numb if I try to work overhead or arms raised.

My left shoulder has a spur and hurts with specific motion/goes numb sleeping on it.

I've lifted weights for years and heavy bench still. They don't "really" bother me unless I do high repetitions. Pullups not really a problem.

My question...does keeping the shoulders and surrouding ligaments/muscles strong do more good than the wear and tear does harm? How many good years should I hope for? They actually hurt less since I've been exercising more in the last couple months.

What's the worst thing I can do to make it worse?
Don't get any older , seens like the wear and tear takes it's toll. . I had spurs in one the other got really torn up bad and had operation in oct , cost me fishing trip to New Caledonia .
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I have a brother in law that lives in belfast ME. He had his done about 4 months ago. He still in alot of pain and bailed on a fishing trip in Feb. I also had a neighbor that had it done last month in NY city. He went there after doing his homework. Hes doing great after just 4 weeks.
Just my 2 cents. Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2010, 03:43 AM
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Kayaking. Excruciating, couldn't brush my teeth. Very visible atrophy. After talking with others that had the surgery and the painful rehab that followed I decided against it. Joined the local gym and used the machines that employed both arms. Took about a year, but made a full recovery. Massive amounts of protein, creatine and glucosamine.
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:48 AM
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2 shots of cortisone have decreased the pain to tolerable, but cannot lift more than 2lbs above waist level with left arm.

Was seriously considering surgery until I read this thread
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:07 AM
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I tore mine 2 years ago. I not only felt it rip; I heard it. The most painful thing ever. Didn't have surgery, as first doc was an incompetent, and believed physical therapy would help. I did that for 4 months, and it was worse. Pain so bad I couldn't reach over to pick up the TV remote. Couldn't put my belt on. I ended up with frozen shoulder, and went to another doc.

He said we need to break the frozen shoulder first, before we do anything else. Did that, and continued with a new set of exercises to keep it flexible. Pain subsided, and he said we're going to leave it alone, as too much time has passed to repair in surgery.

I keep exercising, (joined the gym), and am in surprisingly good shape (considering). Key is find the right doc right away, and don't put up with bullsht from the insurance not wanting to cover an mri. Xray is a wastle of time, as is certain so-called doctors.
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i had my right shoulder done,along with having my color bone cut down-"impingment syndrom"...i did wha tthe dr told me,i "climbed" the wall using my fingers,walking them up the wall,to stretch everything...i had to finsih a job-all that was left was to install the rub rail-20' grady white...i made a scaffle out of 2 ladders and a 2x12-due to the fact i could get my arm that high...i finished the job...2 days later,i had my staples removed...2 weeks after that i was fishing in marathon...
it's mind of matter...if you're a baby,and can't take a little pain,and when you have a cold you're dead for a few days,you've got problems...if you're a normal man,and you do what you have to do,you'll be fine...

forgot...

injured it approx 1 1/2yrs before i did anything about...
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Had mine torn in 2002, had the surgery. It turned out great, is now my better arm. Big thing is doing your rehab right, and not dogging it. There was pain with it, but nothing compared to my double total knee replacement in 2005.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:04 AM
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i know alot of swimmers that have 'blown out' their shoulders. some had the surgery back in high school...some recovered and some never got back to the same intensity.

sounds very painful!
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FACTS (from an orthopedic surgeon)

Large cuff tears can be very difficult to repair.

Above advice about rehab is good.

Go to an orthopedic surgeon who does ONLY shoulder surgery AND is fellowship trained in SHOULDER surgery (not sports medicine) Ask if he is a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Society.

Results vary and depend on many things, including the size of the tear, how long it has been torn, presence of degenerative changes in your AC and shoulder joint and other factors.

If you have a large or massive tear, you are not likely to have a completely painless joint with a full range of motion.

It is a painful surgery, rehab is a critical part. My professor used to see his patients every day for 2 weeks and rehab them himself.

PM me if you have any more questions..............Good Luck
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:36 PM
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Had a bone spur taken off the left and a mussel re attached. Surgrey was not that bad but the recovery time was about 6 months before did not have to be aware of what we did. One thing we did that our surgeon was suprised, bought a small pully and hook, screwed it under a door casing and a 1/8" rope to pull my arm up and down slowly. Did this a week after surgery and 2 weeks after I had full up movement. This is what theropy will do anyway. Saw my dad do this and it worked. Your body will let you know when to stop and how much to stand. Don't force anything!!!
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:23 AM
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Small tear, fixed with a plastic tie of some type, reattached bicep.
That was 2006.
Still hurts with shooting pains once in awhile.
It was the result of a kayak wreck, big surf break threw me.
Dislocated shoulder too.
Lost about 40% of casting distance with 12' surf poles.

The only thing that helps is weight training.
Still can't cast worth a hoot on the big poles.
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Tore mine 9 years ago. Had arthroscopic surgery a couple months after. Was supposed to play baseball in college but never played again. My shoulder still isn't right.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:14 PM
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The number of responses is a little surprising. I had shoulder surgery last year and i'm still not back to 100% yet. I wouldn't wish that pain and expense on anybody. I just wonder why its so common these days.
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