View Full Version : NSBR: Anyone ever had frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)?
12-27-2006, 01:23 PM
I have had extreme shoulder/arm pain and stiffness now for 7 weeks. It's such a bummer. It's my right arm so I am pretty limited in how much I can do (right handed) especially on the computer for any length of time. And from what I have read this can take a year or more to re-gain motion.
Today the orthopedic doctor gave me a cortisone shot and told me to begin exercises, and I go back to see him in a week. The pain meds just make me nauseous so I am just taking motrin or tylenol.
So I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this and how long it took to recover - or at least a reduction in the pain.
PS this is also why I have only been posting sporadically - typing is hard and my arm gets very tired.
12-27-2006, 01:30 PM
My mom had this- it was quite painful for a long time, and still bothers her during changes in weather. She found that keeping the shoulder warm helped her a lot, so she wore a lot of cardigans, etc, that kept that area warm.
12-27-2006, 01:58 PM
I had it a several years ago. I'm left handed and it was my left shoulder. I didn't have extreme pain, just very uncomfortable. I did try a cortisone shot but that didn't help at all. Mine lasted for about nine months. I was glad it didn't last as long as the orthopedist said it could (a year). I'm also glad it has never come back (knock on wood). I don't remember doing any exercises - just taking an advil once in a while. Hope yours gets better soon. It's no fun. I know.
12-27-2006, 02:07 PM
Most chiropractors can help this. The chiro I worked for at the time was a little too "rough" in his technique to suit me so I sought out a different chiropractor who used different methods. He used gentle stretching, ultrasound and acupuncture. He recommended against exercise but did have me do some stretching. In about a month things were back to normal and I could reach behind my back again and was no longer in pain at night if I slept on that shoulder. Hope you find someone who can help because the longer it exists, the harder it is to correct because of the adhesions that form in there.
12-28-2006, 03:27 PM
Thank you ladies for all the stories and advice - From what I read on the internet this could last for up to two years!
I was in agony last night after the novocaine in the shot wore off, but today the cortisone must be helping cause it feels a tiny bit better. I have also been reaching and stretching as much as possible, and while the stretching hurts, it feels better at the overall resting position. I switched from Motrin to Aleeve which also seems to control the pain a little better. I feel SO bad for anyone else who has been thru this!
I hope I am able to to some scrapping soon - I miss my hobby!
12-30-2006, 05:00 AM
I am having the same problem with my right arm...been having pain and numbness since august! Hurts more at night than anything, but you should see me making a pot of coffee...my hand shakes so bad while I'm trying to pour the water in! lol. Hopefully it will get better soon! I have a chiropractor friend...I may have to go and visit him!
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