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    Fellow TNT folk ,
    I need some advice . My surgeon wants to perform a total reverse shoulder procedure ! The last surgery failed and I have a piece of titanium floating loose in my shoulder . My Range of Motion is 50/60/50% and i cannot raise my arm anymore .Since I am right handed this presents a dilemma . I also have been sick for months-infection and high fever . I recently completed a month of physical therapy ( a waste of time and painful ), yet necessary .
    My options are to go back on painkillers and do nothing or have this procedure and try to do SOMETHING . Problem is , I was faced with this same problem 3 years ago and had my shoulder replaced , then the implant came loose .I had nearly 3 good years in the interim .This surgery is FINAL, is the last option and is good for 10 years .
    Somewhere I got shorted on the fear gene and thus most of my life's problems .I now know I am not invincible yet it took me 53 years to figure this out . Left to my own devices I would walk through an airplane propeller thinking it would only hurt every other time . I have been down this road before and it is difficult terrain . Hoping for some input from people I respect =wrestlers, ex-wrestlers, coaches and wrestling people .
    Problems-chronic pain , no mobility, infections, live alone , fatigue
    Biggest problem-will have to move into a hospice for a while thus missing fantasy wrestling season .
    I do not know how to set up a poll so please answer this or PM me .
    Thanks . you guys (and gals ) are the closest thing to family I have .
    Russ
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    Does the doctor have a recommendation? Or is the decision completely up to you?
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    Dr. says it is necessary as my Deltoid will continue to deteriorate unless it is done soon . All rotator cuff muscles are torn and/or gone . The implant is loose as the bone holding it cracked and eroded . I have NOT been able to dress myself or even tie my shoes for a month .
    the worse the shoulder gets the worse the disc in my neck bulges .
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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    Get the surgery, borrow a laptop if you want to take with you to the hospice. It sounds like not doing anything is allowing things to get worse. I'd go in and get it taken care of asap.
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    My opinion is that surgeons think the answer for most problems is surgery (The classic aphorism is that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every probelm looks like a nail)
    I have had knee and shoulder surgery (nowhere as serious as your situation) and despite the pain of the operation and rehab still have problems with both joints.

    Get a second opinion from a reputable doctor and then you really need to weigh the risks and benefits. Most people want to take action and it sounds like the upside of surgery outweighs the risks and the risks of doing nothing

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    This will be my 3rd shoulder surgery in 5 years .My rebuild lasted 3 weeks through PT , my replacement 3 years until the implant came loose . This is my second opinion as I waited 4 months to get in to see this specialist . I agree surgeons get paid and make their living by operating yet this guy has always been fair with me . He would have performed it last month but I asked for PT to try and straighten the problem out myself . The numbers I posted above are 100% better than when I started PT yet I still cannot raise my arm and the PT was torture .
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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    I cannot tell anyone what to do, but.....as a current PTA student, I would have to recommend surgery. You have stated that PT was torture and sometimes it is, no doubt about it. But nothing will help your shoulder long term without it. The most important thing to remember about a shoulder injury (or any injury really) is good posture at all times. If I were you, I would ask if a PT or Occupational therapist could come over to your house and help you set it up to be ergonomically the best it can be.

    I have no idea how your house is set up, but I do know that ergonomics will help a great deal. If your shoulders are slumped when watching tv or while on a computer, that puts unnecessary pressure on joints and nerves. Tell the therapist what it is you want to do and have them design a plan to help you get there. There is no way to do that unless they know exactly how you live and what you deal with.

    And as bad as this may sound, you will have to endure agony after any surgery. It probably makes it harder because you live alone. A good support system is critical. I just don't think popping pills is a good idea. But, it really comes down to what you want. Think, pray, keep asking, heck do anything that you think will help you make the decision. Good luck, man, I know it must be tough.

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    after last surgery I swore no more-the pain from having a shoulder replaced is hard to describe . i've had 5 knee , 2 shoulder , one neck and 2 ankle surgeries . The last one was a killer . I never thought i'd ever even think of having another , yet not being able to sit up at my PC w/o disc in my neck bulging or sleep at night for over an hour or two a night wears one out .
    You know, I think I would rather be a man than a god . We don't need anyone to believe in us. We just keep going anyhow. It's what we do.

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    agreed
    Get a second opinion from a reputable doctor and then you really need to weigh the risks and benefits.
    Life's not the breaths you take, the breathing in and out that gets you through the day ain't what it's all about. It's the moments that take your breath away.

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