frozen shoulder

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jaquieb, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. jaquieb

    jaquieb New Member

    My shoulder froze up on me over a month ago. I am starting physical therapy Tues. well just one time to get home therapy advice. Insurance doesn't pay for it, unless I have surgery then they will pay for therapy. Makes since ha. Anyone have a frozen shoulder and how long have you had it? Jaquie
  2. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    I was dx'ed with FM in November 2004, and at the same time I learned I had frozen shoulder. I tried acupuncture, and it worked great for the frozen shoulder. My range of motion improved 100% after just three treatments. I didn't feel that acupuncture was helping the overall FM pain all that much though, so I stopped going a few months ago. I started physical therapy just today, and the PT told me I technically still have frozen shoulder, even though my range of motion is not "frozen" like it was in late 2004.

    You might want to look into acupuncture. Like I said, it really did help me for a while.

    Kat
  3. jaquieb

    jaquieb New Member

    I did try acupunture 1 1/2 years ago for FM but didn't help either. If therapy doesn't work for my shoulder I will try acupunture. I am sure my Ins. doesn't cover it either. Since quitting work I don't have good Ins. Jaquie
  4. caroleye

    caroleye New Member

    Years ago I had both of mine frozen. Tried everything; finally ran into an old Military Doc who told me "time" was the healer. For me, guess it was.

    A friend still has one after 4 years.

    An elusive condition.

    LIGHT**********carole
  5. FM58

    FM58 New Member

    Jaquie,

    I had both of my shoulders considered "frozen" - I was in PT for the first one and the other one started acting up, ended up being dx w/ both.

    I had been going to PT for many months- anytime I missed a week (vacation, sickness or whatever) I made major backslides in my progress. I finally saw a shoulder specialist ortho. He wanted me to continue PT. That was no longer a financial option- he gave me a cortizone injection first in one shoulder. I had great pain relief & improved range of motion. When I saw him again I requested the cortizone for the less involved shoulder because of the pain involvement. Now it has been about 8 months, I do not have full range of motion- but I can raise my arms almost overhead pain free.

    My ortho told me a frozen shoulder can last for years. The only way to get rid of it is w/ PT. Surgery is a last resort, that is really manipulation of your shoulder under anestheia (sp)-unless there is another physiological reason (such as rotator cuff).

    Do you have someone at home that can help you with the PT exercises? Most of the exercises are not just ones that you just do yourself, but actually have the therapist preform hands on, on you. My ortho showed me several exercises that he wanted done to me by someone when I could no longer my co-pays for PT.

    Best of luck to you.
  6. jaquieb

    jaquieb New Member

    Carole, I can't imagine having both of my shoulders frozen. I am worried about my right one though because of the pain I am having in it. Having your shoulder frozen is one thing but the pain that comes with it is terrible especially if you move it to far from using it, you get the sharp pain that grabs you and hurts all the way down my arm. I try to not baby it but do sometimes because of the pain. Toward the end of the day the pain is so bad I rock back and forth just to do something I guess. I take tylenol and ibuprophen at times doesn't really help that much though. I also put heat pack on it. Jaquie
  7. jaquieb

    jaquieb New Member

    fm58, yes I do have my husband at home to help me with home therapy. He is going to go to the therapy appt. with me so he can find out how to help me at home. thank you for your reply. jaquie
  8. mariee

    mariee Member

    I am another person who had both frozen shoulders at the same time. Got itlifting my grandson improperly.
    Found a super PT who worked w. me for 3 months. I then was in an aftercare program for 3 months. My PT told me if I was committed it would take at least 6 months for improvement...he understood FM too. Thankfully, my shoulders are 80% improved....
    I found my PT through a physiatrist (physical med doc).
    Very expensive, but my shoulders...are good...no surgery!
    Good luck in your search...those shoulders can be very sore!
    Mariee
  9. mariee

    mariee Member

    I am another person who had both frozen shoulders at the same time. Got itlifting my grandson improperly.
    Found a super PT who worked w. me for 3 months. I then was in an aftercare program for 3 months. My PT told me if I was committed it would take at least 6 months for improvement...he understood FM too. Thankfully, my shoulders are 80% improved....
    I found my PT through a physiatrist (physical med doc).
    Very expensive, but my shoulders...are good...no surgery!
    Good luck in your search...those shoulders can be very sore!
    Mariee
  10. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    I had an MRI to see if Ihad a tear in the rotator cuff.Come to find out that there is a bone abnormality that is growing over the front of my left shoulder.It is rubbing and getting inflamed.Had 2 corizone shots in it.Got better after 2nd,it took awhile.Started exercising despite the pain.Finally it just got well enought that it wasn't killing me every night.Pain at night from June on was FM pain.Hard to tell impingement from FM.

    But now I know it is back.Front of my shoulder hurts so bad.Can't lift my arms out to the side without pain.I think this is also causing the back of my naeck and side of my neck to hurt so bad.

    My orthopedic said surgery was the only way to correct this sense it is an abnormality in the bone structure.The rotator cuff will eventually tear if I let it get worse.

    SO right now I am gonna see what happens.I hope it doesn't get worse.I have heard nothing but bad about rotator cuff surgery.

    So as far as a frozen should I know where you all are coming from.It's no fun.

    Sheila
  11. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    I had PT on the first one, right and it really didn't help me. In time, about 4 years later it just got better on it's own.

    Then the same thing happened to my left shoulder and I didn't get any PT or anything and in 3 years or so it was totally normal again.

    Now I'm having problems with my right again with pain at night when I sleep on that shoulder. Slight loss of motion, but not much. I'll just ride it out like I did with the other one.

    I hear they are common in diabetics and I've had diabetes for 29 years.

    It does sound extremely long to wait but it will get better on it's own. I sort of think the PT did more harm than good to be frank.

    Hugs,
    Faye
  12. natrlvr2

    natrlvr2 New Member

    I was told I had a frozen shoulder but I do not believe it was,it is just OA(I have it all over anyway).I was in such severe pain I couldnto raise my arms all the way,I could have but the pain was so bad.It was not actually frozen. I have alot of problems with my shoulders.
    I did get therapy,that deep heating thing(forgot what it was called)and exercizes.Of course the therapy didntohign to change my pain but ya got to play the game.