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  • #31
    Never heard of Biosync, so looked it up. I didn't see any practitioners in the Philadelphia area. The description reminded me a bit of Rolfing which I did do, with some temporary relief; and wish I had tried earlier before the irritation became a tear. I had had little pain for several days, then yesterday, I did a bit of vacuuming and by evening was really hurting.
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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    • #32
      BioSync is much more powerful than Rolfing.. With BioSync, they are using their elbow as the tool, but use their chi to actually go in and release the memory of the injury in the body. I had a back issue for 20 years and had no permanent relieve. Tried rolfing, accupuncture, massage, voltaren gel, etc..... The Bio Sync healer out here in Vegas, healed my back completely! Now he is healing my neck and knee... I had a lot of injuries from 19 years of martial arts.... I can not advocate Bio Sync enough, it saved me from neck surgery! Might be worth a trip to Vegas brother! Look up Glenn Hall online, here in Vegas, studied directly under the man who created it! He actually used to be a rolfer too!! Wish you a speedy healing!

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      • #33
        Decided to go ahead with surgery on Feb. 1 after a several days of increasing pain. I had hoped to wait it out to spring, but now I'm afraid of frozen shoulder or a more complete separation of tear. I've done all I can in checking out the doctors, etc, and just hope that having a good primal diet will help with the healing and rehab. Will keep you posted.
        This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
        Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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        • #34
          Best of luck to you. Please feel free to ping me on here if you need to vent or anything. I know it's totally different for each person, but I'm happy to help you in any way. I have to say, I'm SO glad I did surgery. The pain I had trying to do crazy things like putting on a coat ;-) made it totally worth it.

          My main advice. DO YOUR REHAB. DO IT RELIGIOUSLY. And be patient.

          I wish you well!

          Lo

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Digby View Post
            Decided to go ahead with surgery on Feb. 1 after a several days of increasing pain. I had hoped to wait it out to spring, but now I'm afraid of frozen shoulder or a more complete separation of tear. I've done all I can in checking out the doctors, etc, and just hope that having a good primal diet will help with the healing and rehab. Will keep you posted.
            Good luck!

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            • #36
              You made the right decision, work hard on your rehab and you'll be glad you did it.

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              • #37
                yeah to the rehab... i'm sure if I had been far more religious about doing my exercises my frozen shoulder wouldnt have started to freeze again...

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                • #38
                  Two days post surgery. Rooted in a recliner with an ice water cuff over my right shoulder, pumping regularly-- a wonderful device. If I had to choose between this cuff and pain pills, I would choose the cuff hands down. As I am right handed, having to do eveything with my left is challenging, but so far getting most things done w/o too much trouble. My beloved makes everything easier, I can't imagine doing this solo. Got sick from hydrocodone yesterday-- major rebound headache, nausea,etc, which seems strange considering it is pain med, but apparently a common side effect. Feeling much better today, *and only needed one pain pill. Sleeping 2-3 hours now and then in recliner, not hungry, but getting lots of mineral water and green tea. *Got my i-gadgets, books-- re-reading Primal Blueprint-- and cat, so all things considered, I'm doing quite well. All the good advice about clothing, etc, has helped a great deal.
                  Last edited by Digby; 02-03-2011, 10:17 AM. Reason: Odd marks appeared
                  This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                  Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                  Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Digby View Post
                    Two days post surgery. Rooted in a recliner with an ice water cuff over my right shoulder, pumping regularly-- a wonderful device. If I had to choose between this cuff and pain pills, I would choose the cuff hands down. As I am right handed, having to do eveything with my left is challenging, but so far getting most things done w/o too much trouble. My beloved makes everything easier, I can't imagine doing this solo. Got sick from hydrocodone yesterday-- major rebound headache, nausea,etc, which seems strange considering it is pain med, but apparently a common side effect. Feeling much better today, *and only needed one pain pill. Sleeping 2-3 hours now and then in recliner, not hungry, but getting lots of mineral water and green tea. *Got my i-gadgets, books-- re-reading Primal Blueprint-- and cat, so all things considered, I'm doing quite well. All the good advice about clothing, etc, has helped a great deal.
                    I'm glad the surgery is behind you. I weaned myself off the pain pills as soon as I could. Too many side effects for me. You should be starting PT soon I would think? Here's hoping for a smooth recovery!

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                    • #40
                      Four weeks later, and I'm getting some decent range of motion, and expect to be 100% in a few more weeks. The therapist is a gem. My main trouble is sleeping, since when you relax the muscles holding the rotator cuff relax and some strain will be felt if I get on my side. Still, it's been tolerable. My caution to you young un's, take it easy on your back and joints. Eventually, they can give out.
                      This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                      Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                      Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Digby View Post
                        Four weeks later, and I'm getting some decent range of motion, and expect to be 100% in a few more weeks. The therapist is a gem. My main trouble is sleeping, since when you relax the muscles holding the rotator cuff relax and some strain will be felt if I get on my side. Still, it's been tolerable. My caution to you young un's, take it easy on your back and joints. Eventually, they can give out.
                        I am glad it's going well. You should be back to 100% by the time spring arrives!

                        Aren't you glad to get out of the recliner?

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                        • #42
                          Thanks Adrianag. Yes, I'm glad to be out of the recliner, but still waking up at 3am with aching shoulder. I'm using a pillow to brace me up, but I keep forgetting to just put the TENS gizmo on and leave it all night. Going to go right myself a note right now.
                          This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                          Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                          Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                          • #43
                            Big day: can lift my arm and extend over my head same as nonsurg arm, though with more effort! Can almost reach middle of my back, and side extension is better but still needs work. I'm doing the therapy three days a week, and lots of repetitions at home-- also doing exercises on my Total Gym on first/flat level. So, a bit over a month later, I'm pleased with the outcome of having gone ahead with the surgery. Now the real key is to remember to always lift with care and try not to fall.
                            This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                            Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                            Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Digby View Post
                              Two days post surgery. Rooted in a recliner with an ice water cuff over my right shoulder, pumping regularly-- a wonderful device. If I had to choose between this cuff and pain pills, I would choose the cuff hands down. As I am right handed, having to do eveything with my left is challenging, but so far getting most things done w/o too much trouble. My beloved makes everything easier, I can't imagine doing this solo. Got sick from hydrocodone yesterday-- major rebound headache, nausea,etc, which seems strange considering it is pain med, but apparently a common side effect. Feeling much better today, *and only needed one pain pill. Sleeping 2-3 hours now and then in recliner, not hungry, but getting lots of mineral water and green tea. *Got my i-gadgets, books-- re-reading Primal Blueprint-- and cat, so all things considered, I'm doing quite well. All the good advice about clothing, etc, has helped a great deal.

                              I totally missed this!! I'm so glad you're doing well... and glad the advice about clothes, etc. helped. It's really humbling on some level to be without a major limb, isn't it?

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Digby View Post
                                Big day: can lift my arm and extend over my head same as nonsurg arm, though with more effort! Can almost reach middle of my back, and side extension is better but still needs work. I'm doing the therapy three days a week, and lots of repetitions at home-- also doing exercises on my Total Gym on first/flat level. So, a bit over a month later, I'm pleased with the outcome of having gone ahead with the surgery. Now the real key is to remember to always lift with care and try not to fall.
                                Aren't you glad to have this behind you?

                                Cross your fingers for me I have an appt tomorrow with an orthopedic surgeon to check out my hip situation. In addition to osteoarthritis, it looks like I might have a torn labrum in the hip joint. Hopefully they can repair it arthroscopically with no need for hip replacement. This growing old stuff sucks. I want to do sprints and run in the beach!

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