View Full Version : Pain Relief..rotator cuff...help!
05-23-2008, 04:28 PM
I have a rotator cuff injury, not torn but have been in severe pain for several days, so much so that I went to the ER last night.......the only thing they could do is suggest rest and pain killers which I have taken as the pain was unbearable. I tried icing it and magnesium and willow bark which did not touch it. I am drinking green smoothies to keep something on my stomach besides the meds...any sugestions/alternatives....even to minimize the effects of the pain meds. I can NOT tough it out...I can take pain..natural childbirth etc...but not this kind of pain~
05-23-2008, 04:41 PM
I empathize!!!! I have a bad rotator cuff injury myself. It may be torn and it still hurts! I have no health insurance, so I'm going to a physical therapist. I fell on ice in February.
I don't have any quick fixes for pain :( . My physical therapist, who is miraculous, told me to do everything with the thumb pointing up as if hitch-hiking. Also try to hold you shoulder blades slightly together in the back to stabilize the joint. Against common sense, I put heat on mine. It is supposed to be ice, but it soothed it to be warm. I still can't sleep because it hurts when i lay down. You might need therapy as this is a slow healing injury in many cases.
02-04-2009, 02:38 PM
Shoulder injury this weekend - slipped on ice, grabbed for vehicle - fortunately it was left shoulder (I am right handed) - this was AFTER the ski trip for those of you who know about my awesome ski trip :) Had my X-rays today - my bones look fabulous! - the MRI will be soon, PT starts tomorrow. Any food suggestions? My ortho was thrilled about my diet - he is drifting towards a raw vegan diet himself, but had no specific recommendations regarding foods. Any pain/healing food recommendations/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
I am picking up narcotics on way home today...need to really zonk - even if drug induced!
02-04-2009, 02:45 PM
Arnica Montana (Boiron - homeopathic meds) and Traumeel - that stuff REALLY works (cream)...
02-24-2009, 05:36 PM
How are you doing now? I second traumeel, but also take handfuls of a good proteolytic enzyme, ( I use Inf-zyme by American Biologics, or Intenzyme-forte) to help w/inflammation, adhesions/scar tissue, speed recovery, prior to PT. But don't rush recovery faster than healing, I did, it took 6 months to get released, still some problems that can't be repaired. Massage the scars as soon as you can handle it, I wish I could come and take care of you:(, I know how hard it is, my neck is also screwed together. Sleep in the recliner if you have one, or put the back of a a straight backed chair up tight against the side of the bed to help pull on. I wish you healing.
02-24-2009, 05:48 PM
Tumeric takes down inflamation. Also Arnica hoemopathic remedy.and Traumeel yes. Also I had an injury in my shoulder. I lift it up and back,even though that hurts.I press my fingers into the area under my arm until I feel the VERY painful spot.I hold that with pressure and also massage it.As I do that,I feel the nerve all the way into that shoulder pain.After a bit,it releases.
Yours may be different but this helps me.My chiropracter does this and so now I do it and dont pay him.
Shoulder pain,when one looks at the emotional correspondency,is shouldering too much responsibility or too much weight ones shoulders.When mine flares up,I look at this and sure enough,I have a ton on me for responsibility.Just looking and seeing that helps.
02-24-2009, 10:01 PM
Good news - nothing was torn/strained! I just really banged up the bursa sac (holds the synovial fluid - the lubrication for your shoulder) Time and Physical Therapy (2-3x/week) have greatly improved my range of motion, and I am down to relatively no pain (but PT still makes me sore!) Since I have to have a physical exam (medical) in a week or two for my promotion (yaaa - only 4 out of 144 selected!), my ortho will reexamine me for range of motion & write me a clean bill of shoulder health to provide to the physician signing off my physical. ;)
02-25-2009, 05:05 AM
Feel better soon........
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