Bursitis or frozen shoulders

Yes I have had frozen shoulder. I had one right shoulder "Manipulation" and Chromioplasty (sp?). Which basically means that they knock you out, crank your shoulder around.. and then you wake up in the most unbelievable pain. then they want you house it.. TRUST ME.. Go to PT until you can use it again to flu range of motion! Chuck

Tim
I have not had a chance to read the whole thread, but I will say that you can fully recover from frozen shoulder (at least I did). At the time I'd had T1 for about 25 years with very good control. Frozen shoulder came on after 2nd pregnancy, along with carpal tunnel on the same side. Very painful especially when throwing the arm over the car seat to look in the rear window to back up. Physio had me stretching and using weights (soup cans) at home to improve my range of movement. I would say that after a year or so of attending to it, including massage and then eventually less work stress, it all went away. Albeit I occasionally get a little tendonitis in the elbow of that arm these days. Good luck, don't despair, it should improve. Ask the PT about TENS or radial shock therapy before going the steroid route. It might help.

PT is going to be painful. I haven't had frozen shoulder but I have had a painful rotator cuff tear and a complete rotator cuff tear. PT was horrible for the complete tear. Basically I start pt the weekend after the complete tear was repaired and pt was only allowed to move my shoulder and I left in tears even with pain meds in me before pt. I would highly recommend taking a pain pill before going into pt. I had to be a downer on it but it is the truth on it. One other thing they can do is a patch with steroid cream on it. In theory it shouldn't affect your blood sugars as it doesn't cross the blood/brain barrier but when they used it with me I did see a small increase with my blood sugars but it did help with the inflammation. It is a trade off if you want to deal with the increase in your blood sugars or a decrease in your inflammation. To me the trade off wasn't worth the increase in blood sugars. For me increase was like 5 points but I liked the control I had at the time so I asked them not to use it anymore and they respected my decision. I could have very easily controlled it with an increase on my insulin pump I just decided not to. Tens unit helped a lot as well and I had my own tens unit at home so I used that a lot as well. Hope this information helps.

What is a tens unit?

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (acronym TENS) is the use of electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. TENS by definition covers the complete range of transcutaneously applied currents used for nerve excitation although the term is often used with a more restrictive intent, namely to describe the kind of pulses produced by portable stimulators used to treat pain.[1][page needed] The unit is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes. A typical battery-operated TENS unit is able to modulate pulse width, frequency and intensity. Generally TENS is applied at high frequency (>50 Hz) with an intensity below motor contraction (sensory intensity) or low frequency (<10 Hz) with an intensity that produces motor contraction.[2]

I know this is late reply to you question, but I've only just joined this site.

I have had a left FS for 3.5 years. It's a very painful and debilitating condition but I was never told it's related to poor control. My control is good and I've had type 1 for 30 years. In the past 12 months my range of movement has slowly returned to the left shoulder although it still hurts most days, just nowhere near as much as in the first year, when I lived on strong pain medication.

A few months ago I was diagnosed with bursitis in the right shoulder (my dominant arm), and possible early stage FS there too. Quite a devastating blow as I dont' know how I will function with both arms being painful. Getting dressed is already hard enough with one frozen shoulder! The right is very painful a lot of the time now,especially at the end of the day and at night.

I do not recommend cortisone injections for the FS - I had two and neither did any good and in fact were extremely painful to cope with (once the local anaesthetic wore off I was in the worst pain I'd ever experienced). They also sent my blood glucose high for a day. I tried PT and it didn't do anything either. In the end I found a doctor who believed nothing but time could fix a frozen shoulder and he treated the pain accordingly. These days I have about 80-90% range of movement back in my left shoulder, and the pain occurs only when I misuse the arm, ie. sudden movements or lying on it the wrong way.

I have read that diabetes can exacerbate the timeframe and healing of frozen shoulder and we have a longer period of recovery. Keeping on top of the pain is the most important thing as lack of sleep and bad pain will worsen your diabetic control.

I am sorry you're going through this - I wouldn't wish a FS on my worst enemy. All the best.

I had frozen shoulder (FS) about 15 years ago. It was extremely painful like all have described. I never got a cortisone shot as the bone specialist that I saw told me that this is common in diabetics and there really isn't anything that can be done (medication wise). Doc told me that time and therapy exercises are the way to treat this. He was right as he told me to do a special therapy exercise 3x a day. That exercise is this:

Stand perpendicular to a wall (not facing it with your FS as close to the wall as you can get..maybe 2" away). Put your open hand on the wall behind your shoulder and crawl with your fingers walking your hand up the wall. Walk your hand up as far as you can go (likely it will not be very far as it is PAINFUL). Try not to step too far away from the wall. Try and push past your pain and go as high as you can. This is important...try and push yourself past the pain. Repeat this about 5 times in one session. Do this 2-3X a day. You will note that soon you will be going higher up the wall and the pain will reduce.

Anyway, this sounds crazy I know. I was skeptical. But, dang, it worked. After about a month or two things got better and soon my FS was gone! That therapy worked amazingly well for me ...as painful as it was to do.

One note, about 3 years later I got FS on my other shoulder! I did the same thing and was cured in 2 months. Best...

Ken