December 31st will be five months since my surgery..it has been an up and down recovery..
This is where I stand now and would love some input from others who have been there!
arm pain and numbness is totally gone!
neck pain is still there..it seemed to go away for a while; came back bad. New MRI checking for psuedo-arthritis was fine (everything is in place!)..shoulder MRI showed calcification tendonitis and tears in rotator cuff. Doctor gave me a cortisone shot and I started PT for my shoulder. Stopped for neck since I was doing core exercises which lead to shoulder problem!
I need to take pain meds 2-3 times a day (ultracet) otherwise pain is so bad I can't function. I am beginning to get hives, which also happened on percocet..
I see the doctor January 2nd to discuss return to work. I really want to go to work, but my position is physical (and mentally) challenging.
I have returned to doing things I did before except grocery shopping (too hard to push cart and carry bags) Seems to me as I increased my activity level, the pain got worse. I walk daily which I think helps me alot.
I am confused: my doctor attributed the return in pain to the shoulder..how do you tell if this is still recovery pain or from another injury or if this is as good as it gets???
Sorry this is so long!