I am almost 10 weeks post-op. This past Friday PT added 2 new exercises. They gave me 2 lb weights which were too heavy, so I went to 1 lb. Exercises involved lifting both arms out to sides to shoulder height (3 sets of 10) then same exercise with arms out to front.
Friday night I was in terrible pain; husband said I was moaning in my sleep all night. I woke up from my crying...
Also I had a return of the same horrendous pain/numbness in my right arm that I had before surgery. Needles to say I was very upset. Took it easy all weekend and used moist heat on neck (Doctor told me to do that at my last appt for muscle spasms). The rest of the weekend, I had neck pain and stiffness, but not much numbness. I called Doctor on Monday AM and spoke to PA. She said I overdid it at PT (one pound??)
She said to ICE the area and increase valium to 4 mg every 8 hours. NO exercises at PT..they can only apply ice or heat if I want to go. She told me call back in a couple of days to check in.
I am worried that if this little exercise can cause so much pain/numbness what does that mean for my future?
Today my hand is very numb and some pain in my arm. I had a tough night last nite.
Will call PT this AM regarding my appt.
I am sure they will tell me, but when do you ice and when do you use heat?
Thanks for listening, I am a bit upset about this return of symptoms.