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Old 01-31-2018, 04:57 PM
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Dear THT,

In late December while doing a simple workout I tore my rotator cuff.

After four weeks of no improvement I had an MRI and I have a full depth terror in the front rotator cuff tendon.

My doctor here in Clearwater Florida stated that given that itís a full depth tenner physical therapy will do squat, iíve booked the first surgery appointment which is next Tuesday.

Any suggestions, thoughts or commiserations would be appreciated.

And no you twats I want to sell you my opioids!!!

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Old 01-31-2018, 05:03 PM
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I just ruptured my pectoral and I'm 1 week out of my sling. My rehab restrictions are more strict but similar recovery. Here is my advice.

1) sleep in a recliner I did for 3 weeks and should have done 4
2) make sure you get a nerve block. It helps first day
I started PT the day after surgery that's pretty much standard.
First week sucks but once you lose abduction pillow it's smooth sailing...
Getting dressed first week really sucks.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:08 PM
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I am scheduled for the 21st of feb. So let us know how it goes. I do know one thing, THIS SUCKS! I cant lift my arm above my waist or extend it at all!!!
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Had an MRI today. I'm in the pipeline

Good luck and please report back on what to expect
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Probably not a good idea to leave your boat sitting idle while you recover. You know, phase separation and all those other bad things that result from lack of use. My offer to keep it in shape will expire at midnight though. Best of luck w/the surgery and hope it goes well. Pretty sure I'll be going down that road before too long.
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Old 01-31-2018, 05:25 PM
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I have not had the rotator cuff but cut a tendon. Anytime you tear a tendon expect a long rehab. You need to prepare yourself mentally.
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Originally Posted by r.waddill View Post
I have not had the rotator cuff but cut a tendon. Anytime you tear a tendon expect a long rehab. You need to prepare yourself mentally.



Very true. This is my arm 2 days after my tear
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Everything you wanted to know about shoulder injuries and more.
Some of these guys liked it so much they did it two or three times.

Rotator cuff injury- tear

Wishing you the best and a speedy recovery.

Pain pills give you constipation. Take a few as possible.

Ice will be your friend.



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Good luck. Do your PT when it starts.
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Been there, done that 3 times. 2 on my right shoulder and 1 on my left.

Listen to the doctor when he tells you (or whomever takes you home) to start the pain meds IMMEDIATELY!! Don't try to be a hero and not take them from the gitgo. You will regret it as you can't seem to catch back up.

Sleep in a recliner for the 1st 2 weeks.

Do the physical therapy exactly as prescribed. 3 times a week for ~12 weeks (at least for me). Full recovery will be a year.

My 1st surgery was in 2006 and my 3rd surgery was in 2014 and I still have trouble sleeping on my side to this day.

Really hope all goes well and wishing you a 'speedy' recovery.

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Who's doing the surgery?
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Had my right shoulder repaired 2.5 years ago. Rehab takes a long time...no real lifting for 6 months. Try to keep a good diet while more sedentary. I didnít and am still trying to lose the weight I put on during that time.

I had to go back to work post op day #3...that was rough! Try to have at least 2 weeks off if possible.

So glad I did it now though...shoulder is much stronger than before. Iíll need my left shoulder done at some point.
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I had both done three years apart. It will take a year for things to be normal. If you do the rehab religiously and at home also you will have full extension of your arm like surgery never happened. It’s painful in the beginning but necessary to stretch the arm backwards with the goal of touching the mattress.
The first few nights you will fight for a sweet spot to sleep. Use a BarcaLounger. Showering and drying with one arm and everything else is awkward. Get some Velcro sneakers so you don’t have to tie laces.
Try not to take those opioids. They will constipate you big time. You will need them for a few days every few hours. You’ll get through it. Don’t overdo things. It’s a marathon.
Get one of these. The rehab facilities use them. You’ll be glad you did. Ice is your best friend.
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Originally Posted by FishLife View Post
Been there, done that 3 times. 2 on my right shoulder and 1 on my left.

Listen to the doctor when he tells you (or whomever takes you home) to start the pain meds IMMEDIATELY!! Don't try to be a hero and not take them from the gitgo. You will regret it as you can't seem to catch back up.

Sleep in a recliner for the 1st 2 weeks.

Do the physical therapy exactly as prescribed. 3 times a week for ~12 weeks (at least for me).

My 1st surgery was in 2006 and my 3rd surgery was in 2014 and I still have trouble sleeping on my side to this day.

Really hope all goes well and wishing you a 'speedy' recovery.
That's it ^^^^ I've had each shoulder done. Just had a MRI Mon and the left shoulder is 80% torn again (5 years after surgery). Ask your doctor to give you the nerve block. It's a lot easier than popping pills.

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A year; bank on it. I had surgery on my left shoulder several years ago. I was scheduled for surgery on my right on 12/14. Turns out, most of my pain was from Lipitor. I dodged a huge bullet. Good luck.
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You might consider changing hands. It's like making a new friend with benefits
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Yep, about a year for recovery and full function.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:19 PM
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Follow the rehab and post op instructions to a T.

Six months out still had occasional shoulder pain.

One year out to full recovery.
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If the boat is going to be out of order for the entire recovery time I would drain it or run it dry and refill with Rec fuel and some stabilizer.
Run some of the new fuel to clear out the VST, filters and the rest of the system.
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If itís your normal hand, start doing things with the other. Shaving, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and wiping your ass... especially wiping your ass.

Seriously.
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