I am having shoulder surgery.

United States
July 19, 2008 7:28pm CST
I just wanted to let all of my friends know the reason that I haven't been responding to too many discussions. I have been in terrible pain for a couple of months now. My right shoulder has a torn rotator cuff and something called a 'slap lesion'. I also have a muscle that has atrophied (frozen and died) in the same shoulder. I am scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning. I go for all of my pre opting tests on Monday. They might have to put two anchors in my shoulder to hold it in place. As soon as I am healed (6 weeks through 3 months), I will start to respond to more discussions. To make this a discussion, have you ever had an injury that has caused you to used the opposite hand than you are used to using? Was it hard to learn to use the other hand. I am right handed and the thought of being without my right hand is scaring me.
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@AmbiePam (50950)
• United States
20 Jul 08
That would scare me too. I'm sorry you are having to have surgery, and such extensive surgery at that. No one can blame you for being scarce with that kind of injury and pain. Hopefully you will be as good as new when you are all healed up. Did the surgeon say if he thought you would recover all use of your right hand and shoulder when he has declared you healed from the surgery?
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• United States
21 Jul 08
Yes, she did say if I kept up with my physical therapy and exercising, I should regain full range of motion of my shoulder.
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@momalisa65 (1984)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Awww...No, I am actually right handed and my left shoulder is the one bothering me, thank goodness. But I do believe you can learn to do things with the opposite hand if you need to. I've been using my right hand to do the job of both hands this past week. Let us know how your surgery goes as soon as you can.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
I have been practicing eating with my left hand lately.
• United States
20 Jul 08
I had a torn rotator cuff and my recovery was relatively quick, but that was all that was wrong. I hope your recovery is quick and I hope you get some relief from all of that pain and regain your movement. I broke my wrist when I was younger, and I was unable to write with my dominant hand for a few months. I'm lefthanded so I have to use my right hand a lot more than most righties have to use their left hands. I think that helped with my adaptation to doing more things right handed. The big issues I had were trying to get dressed without hurting myself and writing. Now, with computers, you can type rather than try and scrawl out stuff with your other hand, for the most part. Good luck with your surgery! Hopefully, you'll be better in the six weeks rather than the three months.
• United States
20 Jul 08
The getting dressed thing is what is stressing me out the most.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I am right handed but I do alot of thind left handed like use this mouse lol. I have been in therapy for months with a torn rotor cuff got most of all movement back I have been cut on enough not going for surgery if he the doc says so for I think in time it will finally heal and I will get movement all they way back I just cant scatch up my back like I used to with that arm lol but Good luck to you my prayers and energies going out to you hugs
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• United States
21 Jul 08
Scratching my back and unhooking my bra gets me. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers. (((hugs)))
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I can do that with my right arm but I dont have to worry about a bra any more yeah!
• United States
20 Jul 08
My husband had rotator cuff surgery and was not out that long. He did well after it. I advise you to keep up with the PT after wards and the exercises. My husband cannot lift his right arm to far above his head because he did not continue with his exercises. Good luck my friend
• United States
21 Jul 08
I am going to keep up with the physical therapy because I want my range of motion back. Thanks for the good wishes.
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• United States
22 Jul 08
God Bless and we will pray for the doctor to have steady hands.
@MsTickle (25058)
• Australia
29 Jul 08
That sounds incredibly painful for you. I had bursitis in one of my shoulders recently and that was just awful...the pain was really bad but I could not get any relief. It must be hell for you...was it an accident that caused your injuries? I would be scared too if I couldn't use my right hand. I love to write...with a pen so I would be lost in that regard. I also use my right hand to wipe myself in the loo and I've tried switching and it just won't work with my left hand...have you time to practice a bit before you have it done?? Good luck to you. I wish you a speedy recovery. xx
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• United States
30 Jul 08
the bathroom thing still has me stumped.
@vimaal (3365)
• India
27 Jul 08
oh take care in your life friend. god bless you. happy mylotting.
• United States
30 Jul 08
i am feeling much better
@biggerb (2028)
• India
24 Jul 08
This is just to wish you a speedy recovery.Will remember you in my prayers.Get well soon and start posting.Thanks for sharing your problem with us.Many of us out here are with you.Take care.God bless.
• United States
26 Jul 08
Thank you for your prayers.
@irishmist (3819)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I hope you have a speedy recovery, things like this are never any fun. Usually I have problems with my back, because I try to over- do, and try to lift things that I shouldn't. I am also left handed and do have a problem with tendinites, which acts up on occasion.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
I have found out that eating with my left isn't so bad. It is everything else. LOL
• United States
22 Jul 08
Hunni, don't be scared of being a "leftie"! I've been one all my life and I do just fine! PT is awesome these days, and you will get through this in the shortest possible time! Mind over matter:) Love yas!
• United States
23 Jul 08
You were born a leftie. I really like Bowling Green's PT guy. He is really nice. Love ya 2
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I knew your surgery was coming up soon, I will keep you in my prayers. They are realy good with bones at MCO (I know they are called something else now), I still call the hospital MCO. I had surgery on my right wrist after a car wreck. I was in a cast for over 4 months then in a splint for months after that. I had no use of my right hand, wrist and arm for many months. I am right handed too. The thing that helped me was I could use my right elbow, that was after a while. The elbow came in handy. Getting my bra on and snapped was a tough one to do, I got some sports bras, that way I could just slip it on over my head. It will amaze you what you learn to do with one hand. I learned all kinds of stuff, I can still tie my shoe with one hand and using my left hand at that. I still do things with me left that I used to do with my right. Good luck hun, take care and if you can let us know how surgery comes out.
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• United States
23 Jul 08
Tomorrow morning I have to be at MCO at 8:00 am. I guess the surgery is at about 9:30 am. Kinda excited because it will be one day closer to 'no pain' and kinda scared at the same time. Thanks for the well wishes.
@Hatley (164357)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Jul 08
hi sherrir101 hi I had a bad fall two years ago and litterally smashed my left shoulder so badly I had to become a bionic woman with a plastic and metal shoulder joint replacement, surgery and hospital cost 86000 dollars wow my insurance paid all but fifty dollars luckily for me. months of theraphy left me with very little use of my left arm, I can lift myleft hand to my chin but not to top of my head and so it remains but I have coped i am lucky it was my left shoulder instead of my rightone as i am right handed. but I am told you do learn to cope so even if you are right handed you will learn how to cope with limited use at first but theraphy should really help. good luck.
• United States
21 Jul 08
Oh my goodness! I am scared just about the thought of having two anchors in my shoulder. I am glad that insurance paid 9/10 of you surgery. Are you still in a lot of pain?
• Philippines
6 Aug 08
This is worth learning a new skill with one hand only! Try to think those handicaps but they were able to survive! If you're in the Philippines, I will advise you to use coconut milk on the affected area for fast recovery. Our palm is very mystical, you know, a great healer on different types of ailments.