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#1 bowbec

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 11:53 AM

Do you know anything about a frozen shoulder? Treatment or exercise? Surgery? This has been going on for the past 6 months. I am currently taking over the counter NSAIDS for it. Helps but still lots of pain, Any Suggestions?:emoticon-dont-know:

I have diffuse Scleroderma. Just tapered off prednisone. Been off now for one month.

I had steroid shot in my shoulder in June but no help at all. I'm going in for x-ray next week. My doctor wants to check for tears and damage before proceeding.

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Becky
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Raynaud's, GI, esophagus, skin and lung involvement.

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:44 PM

Hi Becky,

Shelley is the expert on this, having had surgery on her shoulder earlier this year. Let me give her a shout. Hey Shelley! Coooeee, Shelley! Hmmm, she might be taking a nap, but I'm sure she'll get back to you shortly. :lol: Meanwhile, here is her post on the subject.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

Hello Becky,

Frozen shoulders are something I know about from bitter experience!!! I seem to have inherited a narrow Acromium Gap (the gap between the Acromium or shoulder bone and the rest of the apparatus there!!) from my dad. He suffered dreadfully with pain in his shoulders and arms. I have always had pain there too but have the benefit of more modern technology. Ultra sounds can now identify what is going on in that area and so when I had more pain a few years ago I was told what was wrong.

It is different from what Shelley had but has a similar effect, so my advice for a start is to get an ultra sound and go from there. My general practitioner tried giving me a cortisone injection which didn't work but when I went to an orthopaedic specialist he put the injection into an entirely different place and it worked a dream. I have been out of pain for years, but just lately it is coming back and I am thinking about another cortisone injection sometime soon. Just have to get over my visits to the cardiologist, rheumatologist and colorectal surgeon first!

It is always better to get a proper diagnosis if you can because otherwise you can end up going round in pointless circles trying to get relief. Which is what happened to me and my dad. Everybody thought they knew what was wrong but there was no way to prove it - now there is.

Best wishes and warm hugs from the upside down side of the world.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:29 AM

Hi Becky,

I'm sorry you have a frozen shoulder and send my best wishes, and a warm -- but gentle -- hug, to you.
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It sounds like you are doing all the right things. Usually physical therapy is what helps for frozen shoulder. I had an x-ray, which was fine, and then an MRI. The MRI showed a full thickness tear, and I'd had tendonitis for almost a few decades, so I had surgical repair plus then physical therapy too.

I had bone spurs and arthritis that were shaved down during surgery so now my arm is better than ever. I can even play horseshoes and go bowling now, for the first time in centuries!

With other scleroderma and health issues I don't last long, have good form, or score well, and I only use 6 lb ball, but I do have an absolute blast anyway. I have worked my way up to a high score of 60 in bowling with sheer determined effort. Okay you laugh but I started with a high score of 17.:bravo:

Please stop laughing, everyone, I'm NOT joking! :(

So continue on the healing path and perhaps you too can join the ranks of one of the world's worst Sclero Bowlers!
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Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:07 AM

Shelley, you are a stitch. If you could use a heavier ball perhaps you might actually knock down more pins. Each pin weights about 3 1/2 pounds. It is great that you are having fun and actually can slide some pins into the gutter to get them to fall. You do make us appreciate everything life has to offer.

Bowbec, I had a frozen shoulder a few years back. It was locked up pretty tight. My orthopedic doctor said it needed to be fixed via surgery. One of my girlfriends whom happens to be a therapist almost guaranteed me that if I went to a physical therapy facility that it could be fixed without surgery but would take about three months of 3 times a week visits. I chose the therapy and they were able to loosen it up almost to the point of being normal. It took a cortisone shot after 6 weeks to get things moving along without so much pain. After that I had one shot of something that went deeper and and gave me the ability to completely move my arm. I used bands and stretched as often as I could for about a year total. Now I almost forget what it was like since I am back to perfect mobility with that arm and shoulder. Laying on the floor with a broom stick or other type pole really helps you use both arms and bring the pole back as far as you can and the good arm helps you keep the broom level while you try to get it straight back over your head and to the floor. You won't be able to do this properly until you have had some physical therapy to get things moving along. They will use heat and electrical stimulation with a unit similar to a tens unit. Go get therapy girl. The longer you wait the longer it takes to fix.


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#6 bowbec

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 10:51 AM

Thanks for all the encouragement! Especially the info about therapy! :yes:

Warm wishes to all
Becky :emoticons-line-dance:
Diagnosed with Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma May 2005
Raynaud's, GI, esophagus, skin and lung involvement.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 01:14 PM

Best wishes, Bowbec! I hope you were able to glean enough information from Shelley and Sheryl's posts to arm you for a visit to a doctor! I so love our members :thank-you-2: ! They really DO know what's happenin'!

I'm so HAPPY that you're having fun bowling, Shelley! I'm not laughing at your score, I'm laughing WITH you :P ! Really though, I think you're wise to take it easy with your bowling. By the way, the last time I bowled, I scored LOWER than 60, so you'd whoop ME! No one would EVER believe I bowled on a college team, years ago! (I had worked my way up from an 8# ball to 14#).
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#8 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 12:30 PM

Hi Susie,

Oh yeah SURE you're laughing WITH me on my bowling score. :VeryHappy: I was able to play "cheater's horseshoes" yesterday. I'm actually a pretty good aim, when I get the chance to stand 6 feet away from the mound. It improved my score drastically! :emoticons-yes:

Becky do you have any plans for tending to your shoulder yet?
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Posted 04 September 2011 - 08:52 AM

I had my shoulder x-rayed last week and it showed an impingement. I am going to start therapy next week and then we will go from there. Thanks to everyone for you help!
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Becky
Diagnosed with Diffuse Systemic Scleroderma May 2005
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#10 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 10:54 AM

Becky, we expect you to graduate at the very top of your Shoulder Impingement Physical Therapy Class. :emoticons-i-care:

We don't harbor any slackers here at sclero.org! :nervous:

So you'll want to be very faithful about all your homework and not miss any classes, right?

As they say, "You go, goil!"

:jump-for-joy::happy-dance::jump-for-joy:
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