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Shoulder pain post subacromial decompression surgery - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   I had subacromial decompression surgery on June 15th, and everything has been great. Although the last 3 days I have had a horrible stabbing pain in my shoulder. It only lasts about 10 seconds each time it happens, but happens several times an hour. On a scale of 1-12 it is easily a ten, and has woke me up at night. Any idea what it could be, or what to do? I have tried tylenol and things like that, but no help.          
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Dr XXXhere
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   nice to meet you
User :   that should say on a scale of 1-10 not 1-12 haha
Doctor :   May i know your age please?
User :   27
Doctor :   Why was this surgery performed?
User :   I had impringement in the shoulder, and they removed a bone spur
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Was this pain persistent or periodic?
User :   the shooting pain that I have been having? It is periodic, happening several times an hour over the last three days
Doctor :   Are there any movements particular which are aggravating the pain?
User :   not that I can tell, it has happened while walking, while trying to sleep, and while sitting doing homework
Doctor :   Were you prescribed any physiotherapy after the surgery?
User :   All I was given after surgery was several pendulum exercises to perform
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   For the pain you are having now better repeat an examination done along with X ray and also request a prescription for physiotherapy( involving SWD , possible wax bath and IFT)
User :   ok
Doctor :   These physiotherapy modality will help in making your ligaments and muscles around the joint to heal faster and better
Doctor :   And prevent recurrence of any pain or discomfort,
User :   Ok, would it be the ligaments/muscles causing the pain?
Doctor :   These should be continued at least 1 to 2 months depending on your response and healing process
Doctor :   It would not be the ligaments and muscles but due to laxity after surgery they might be unable to control abnormal joint movements while you are sleeping or in unforeseen circumstances
Doctor :   Have you followed what i have said?
User :   I believe so
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   I will call and make another appointment tomorrow
User :   I don't believe so
User :   Thank you very much Doctor XXX
Doctor :   Ok Thanks for consulting me, bye for now
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