Steve - Shoulder Surgery

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  1. Arlene Richards

    Arlene Richards Very Well-Known Member
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    @Steve North isn't your surgery coming up soon?
    Wishing you the best. :)
     
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    OK... We are off early tomorrow morning (Sunday) for Sault Ste. Marie.. My appointment is on Monday at noon to make arrangements for the operation which will be just a few weeks after the appointment..
    We will be spending an extra day there just to get some R&R.. We are coming back home late on Tuesday ..

    Sault Ste. Marie is about a 3 hour drive west from our house..
    There is NO snow in the forecast but it will be a bit nippy.. tonight the temperature is supposed to be -38c...
    The next few days will be sunny but cold...

    I will let you know what is going on when I return on Tuesday night..
    So far, the pain is getting worse to the point that I have trouble sleeping for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time..
    I am taking Oxycodone pain killers but they are not working as good as I would like and they make me constipated like crazy.. I will put up with it as long as I have to but I am hoping that within the next few weeks to have the shoulder replaced..
     
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    @Steve North -38C??

    Holy Toledo. Is that <0 F? I shiver thinking of it. Cold is one thing, but seriously detrimental weather (snow, wind, dangerous conditions) are another. In my case, lately my right shoulder joint hurts like hell at times inexplainable to outside conditions, as when sitting in my recliner. OTOH, today I used the shoulder fairly vigorously during various activities and it only balked once or twice, in the form of extreme pain. I fear (deeply), visiting my doc who will likely suggest a 6-inch long needle.......I cannot stand even tiny needles. Psychological wimp, I guess.

    Best wishes to you for good outcome....\
    Frank
     
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    All the best to you Steve :)
     
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    Frank.. work it out in F from C.. You will be surprised.... At the -40c mark it is the same as F which is -40F... how do you come to <0 is beyond me.. How I wish it was that warm.. We will get that in the end of April...

    Could it be the same problem that I have with my shoulder?? I have bone on bone in the ball and socket of my shoulder.. I had a cortisone shot on the 1st of December but it didn't work for long.. It wasn't painful at all having the needle inserted.. Actually I felt absolutely nothing as they seem to freeze it as it goes in..

    Thanks everyone for the good wishes..

    I'M OFF !!!!!
     
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    Just to let you know, Steve, I've had two rotator cuff surgeries, one on each shoulder. Have also had a hip replacement. Never had a total shoulder replacement.
     
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    Cody..
    On august 2007 I had my right hip replaced
    On December 2009 I had my left hip replaced
    On October 2010 I had my left shoulder replaced
    And sometimes in May or June of this year I will have my right shoulder replaced...
     
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    I saw my orthopedic specialist on Monday March 13th and he agrees that the time has come to do it..
    ~~First he wants a cat scan of my shoulder as part of the pre-op procedure.. This is already booked for March 25th at the hospital..
    ~~Then he wants me to have an appointment with the heart specialist for a check-up which I will book shortly after the cat scan.. That should be about one week after the cat scan..
    ~~Then I must go to some sort of a seminar all about what will happen as far as the shoulder replacement goes.. This can be done by teleconferencing which would avoid a trip for that.. That might be another week or 2 at the most..
    ~~Then he can book an appointment to do the surgery which will be done about 2 to 3 weeks after everything is done..

    In the meantime there isn't anything to do but continue on the way I am now with some pain and the painkillers he gave me which is Oxycodone.. It might seem like a long wait but it will only be less than 3 months from my visit which is FAST !!!!
     
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    Went food shopping today..
    I had to double up on the Oxycodone pills to keep on shopping without too much pain..
    I will be taking it easy over the next few days.. Cooking is a must but that doesn't bother me too much..
     
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    I hope that this works everything out for you.
     
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    @Steve North

    Mid March now, 50`F morning, 90`F late afternoon. That's why we're here! End of April? Close to 100`F, unless Hell freezes over......

    My shoulder hurts like hell very locally, I can put my finger on the exact location of the pain, front, top, of the ball of the shoulder. Nagging pain which inexplicably comes and goes, not related to use of the joint. All day long I reach up, use the arm, pain free, then sit quietly watching Wheel of Fortune, and the pain becomes nearly unbearable, unrelated to arm position, support it with the other, place it above my head, etc. Bewildering. Need X-ray, surely. Fear medical intervention. Chicken.

    Frank
     
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    The only thing I can say about your shoulder pain is........................

    MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP WATCHING WHEEL OF FORTUNE ................

    Seriously, have it checked out because the sooner it is attended to, the simpler the treatment could be..
    Eventually you will have to do something, so why not sooner than later..
     
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    Its almost 5:00am and I am up on here..
    Went to sleep about 4 hours ago and I woke up because my shoulder was painful to the point I couldn't sleep..
    If I sit up for a while, it changes positions and the pain seems to subside somewhat allowing me to go back to sleep for about another few hours..
    I would rather do it this way instead of taking a strong pain killer of Oxycodone..
     
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    Have you tried some DMSO on your shoulder, @Steve North ? I have used that for years for joint pain, and it helps me when my knee or my back is hurting bad. I have the spray; but I have also used DMSO gel, and it works good, too. Maybe it would at least help you with the pain until you can get that shoulder operated on.
     
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    @Steve North @Yvonne Smith
    My shoulder pain is very localized, almost to the point of being able to provoke it's intensity with a fingertip. It comes and goes, sometimes being totally absent for hours or even a whole day. Other times, it hurts intensely no matter the position of my arm, even if I support the arm's weight with the other. I have not yet taken any pain reliever other than alcohol......

    DMSO was being sold years ago on street corners in the Phoenix area while we lived there, supposedly laced with Laetrile obtained from Mexico
    illegally. A crackdown was instituted and the supply "dried up". Laetrile is a brand name for a supposed chemotherapeutic drug the safety of which is of grave concern: it is obtained from Bitter Almonds, and contains Amygdalin, which is a form of Cyanide. Most everyone has heard of the toxicity of Cyanide, a deadly poison. Laetrile was (is?) made from Bitter Oil of Almonds.

    DMSO has the unique ability to enter the bloodstream right through the skin. It is also a very active solvent for many compounds, including Laetrile, which are not readily absorbed through the skin. Such compounds dissolved in DMSO will enter the system when it is rubbed on the skin. I have never heard of DMSO having any particularly useful qualities beyond skin penetration, but there are a LOT of things remaining for me to learn about! DMSO stands for Dimethylsulfoxide, which I will now research.

    I had been under the impression since Phoenix that DMSO was an illegal substance to possess after it was pulled off the streets.
    Frank
     
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    OK....................
    Don't ask what happened !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -------------......... I still don't believe it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My wife was taking a shower and she reached for the bottle of shampoo for her hair.. Now she buys the largest darn bottle of the stuff ever seen.. As she grabs the bottle, it slips out of her soapy hands and it falls right on the top of her right foot, the area just above the toes called the metatarsals.. She must of broken some of those small bones.. Went for an X-Ray at the hospital and the end result is she is now in a cast boot for several weeks...
    They are sending her for a cat scan which we have an appointment on Friday, however it is in Sault Ste. Marie which is a 3 hour drive from our house.. Wonderful........... Just wonderful !!!
    Meanwhile, she is in pain (of course) and has now helped herself to some of my pain killers which seem to work OK..
    After the cat scan, she has another appointment with the orthopedic specialist and we were wondering if my surgery will be postponed till she is capable of looking after me when I come home..
    We will know what is happening after the visit to the specialist after the cat scan..

    LIKE I SAID ------------------ DON'T ASK !!!!!!!
     
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    Oh my! I found a prayer for you that I hope will help you and your family:
    http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/prayer-for-protection-from-harm.html


    Hope everyone gets cured quickly. I had a bad shoulder pain and when I went to the doctors my doctor said I had bursitis. It hurt so bad. I did some research for holistic ways to cure my bursitis aside of the exercise, imagine exercise when it hurts so bad, for relief and curing my pain. I found at SwansonVitamins.com Full Spectrum Herbal Joint Care and peppermint oil, yes peppermint oil to relieve and cure the pain. Then I got back pain suddenly. I found white willow bark and it works wondrously too. I also drank 325 mg of acetaminophen to help in the beginning. I changed my sleeping habits and put a pillow under my knees for I sleep on my back to help take away the pressure on my back when I sleep. My neighbor had a automatic bed to give away for she was getting a new one, so she gave it to me. My 2 .neighbors even set it up and it took 4 hours to set up too! The bed helped so much in the beginning to get in and out of bed. Raising my knees helps so much during the night to alleviate the back pressure too, now the back pain is 98% gone!!!!
    Good luck in finding the cure for your shoulder pain. Good to ask your doctor about the different herbs too for interaction is dangerous for our health. Hope this helps, and you're welcome in advance if it does help. Christ help and protect both of you too, thank you, amen.
     
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    Thanks Krissttina..
    My problem with my shoulder is the joint (ball and socket) has deteriorated down to be bone on bone..
    There isn't any cure at all other than replacing the ball and socket the same way they do for hips..
    I already had a shot of cortisone in the shoulder on December 1st of last year and It lasted about 2 months..
    Total replacement is the only option at this stage...
     
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    I think that Laetrile comes from apricot pits and not almonds, @Frank Sanoica . When you taken out the pit, then you crack it open, and inside is the actual apricot "seed" which is very similar to an almond when you look at it. It is from this apricot pit that the Laetrile is extracted, and some people simply eat this pit to get the Laetrile.
    Also, many plants, including lettuce, have cyanide in them; so just eating something that has a small amount of cyanide is not a problem.

    As for the DMSO, it is a byproduct from tree sap, and it has a lot of health properties, one of them being to help with pain. DMSO, as you can tell from the name, has a lot of sulfur in it, which is part of the reason that it is so healing. We have actually talked about it several times on this forum, and if you put "DMSO" into the search box at the top of the page, you can re-read some of the conversations we have had about it on here if you want to.
    Athletes have used DMSO for many years, and it was not illegal, but not sold for use on people. I used to get mine from the feed store because it was always sold as a liniment for horses; but now it can be purchased at health food stores, and even on Amazon.
    Here is a website with some quick information for you.

    https://www.sott.net/article/228453-DMSO-The-Real-Miracle-Solution
     
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    This is just awful news - what rotten timing ! :(
    Can only hope your wife makes a 'speedy' recovery
    Sending good wishes to you 'both' :)
     
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    When it rains, it pours!
     
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    @Steve North
    Hope your wife is feeling better soon. :(
    btw you said DON'T ASK. Okay, fair enough. But YOU have to agree not to ask about the incident last year when I stepped on my cat's tail, she freaked out, I fell...............what a scene that was. :eek:
     
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    Kind of reminds me of: "If it weren't for bad luck...I'd have no luck at all!" @Steve North So sorry to hear about you and your wife's health problems and praying y'all both will be fixed and feeling much better real soon.
     
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