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6L6
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Nov 10th, 2017 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang...

The soreness in my right shoulder is indeed a full depth torn rotator cuff. Mandatory surgery.

I have no idea whatsoever how I did it. The pain started slowly over the past four months or so. I turn 72 on Sunday and doc says this stuff happens more often the older you get.

Doc says to figure a sling on my right arm for 6 to 8 weeks followed by 6 to 8 months of physical therapy. That should be a lot of fun...

Looks like golf, skiing, and guitar playing will be on hold for awhile.
Probably will have the surgery in early December.

A month ago I had surgery for a hernia and now this. CRAP!

Still, what a lot of other folks have to deal with is a whole lot worse.

I'll get it fixed and will press on..
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Nov 10th, 2017 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Aw man! Sorry to hear it, brother.

The good news is you'll feel better after it's all done. Pay close attention to the PT specialists. Your recovery will be faster.

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Nov 10th, 2017 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife's cousin had the surgery around age 70. She was very active, played a lot of tennis. She took the PT seriously and is back at it in full swing. Best of luck.

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Nov 10th, 2017 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hope all goes well for you with that. I know from experience that is a painful deal and like the above posters said, do just what the PT folks tell ya.

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Nov 10th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

bummer.....our bodies just don't heal like they did when we were young bucks....

but on the bright side, it's an excuse to get out of doing chore's...;-0

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Nov 10th, 2017 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had my surgery back in February. If I may suggest a couple items. First, the sling they'll probably issue after your surgery will be a Don Joy sling with the support strap going over your opposite shoulder. Your neck and support shoulder are gonna hate it. I picked up a Don Joy Ultra-sling that disperses the weight to the opposite shoulder and armpit. It ended up being a LOT more comfortable. There is also a stepped up version that I'm not familiar with and could be even more comfortable. Get yourself an icing machine, trust me. Best wishes on a speedy recovery as this will be your life for the next few months.

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Nov 10th, 2017 09:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh man 6L6...doesn't sound like fun, but I suppose it could be a lot worse. Does seem like this type of stuff seems to happen often as we age. I will turn 70 next month.

I just had a ventral hernia repair surgery 11 weeks ago and I remember a short conversation with my surgeon where I had mentioned that after this surgery I should be good to go...he assured me that as you get older, it will always be something else. Reassuring and positive attitude...right. :-)

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Nov 10th, 2017 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry. Getting old.

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Nov 10th, 2017 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To a speedy recovery! You’ll be playing the xylophone in no time!

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Nov 10th, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Still, what a lot of other folks have to deal with is a whole lot worse."

I like your attitude.

A good friend of mine recently went through the same surgery. He's been out of the sling for a few weeks but has many months of recovery left to go. Like you he didn't know how the injury occurred. His doctor told him that it likely had been torn for years.

Best wishes for a complete recovery.

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Nov 10th, 2017 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to here this but at least it's fixable. My dad hurt his shoulder dragging a suitcase with wheels that got caught on a plastic speed bump at a hotel parking lot. He though nothing of it as the pain subsided in a couple of weeks. Fast forward 3 years and the pain is back. All that stuff in there turned to fat as it was not being used on now it is non-repairable. He can't lift a cup of coffee with his right arm. Sad.

Good luck with the knife 6! I hope all turns out well. Get well mojo to ya.

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Nov 10th, 2017 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Best wishes, 6. I have an Rotary acquaintance who's a surgeon and he went through the same thing earlier this year. PITA but he got through it just fine.

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Nov 10th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Make sure you practice doing "other stuff" with the other hand & arm before the surgery.
Seriously.

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Nov 10th, 2017 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Best wishes. You'll be back on the links in no time!

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Nov 10th, 2017 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ugh. Do the PT and don't try to push it. Is golf a common denominator with the injury? My neighbor had the same thing, very avid golfer.

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Nov 10th, 2017 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for all the positive thoughts!

And thanks to BLUZNUT for the great advice on the sling.

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Nov 10th, 2017 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also try to work the shoulder as soon as the doc permits. You don't want the shoulder to freeze up. PTO was a lifesaver, although uncomfortable at times. Follow the exercises they assign you religiously at home. Oh here's another helpful tool you'll need when therapy begins.
Get yourself a nice, plush terry bathrobe too, something to step into straight from the shower. Using a towel is going to be a bit tough in the beginning.

Shoulder Pulley

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Nov 10th, 2017 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Darn, that's bad news. Good luck, hope the surgery and recovery go well.

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Nov 10th, 2017 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rats.


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Nov 10th, 2017 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to hear that 6L6. My dad tore his when a can of coffee slipped out of his hand and he tried to grab it before it hit the floor. Ouch! Hope you are back to normal soon.

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