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peacemama
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I've had this frozen shoulder business impending for months. Really since March. Little bit at a time. I lost my ability to lift my arm above my lower ribs. It is uncomfortable, but the nerve pain has lessened.

Now, as we try to work through it, the left arm started to have the nerve pain yesterday. My spine cracks all the time, and now I have headaches.

How many people have or have had frozen shoulders. Did they move to the other side? Did you have lesions?

I'm so tired of having an abundance of doctors who have 'never seen anything like this'.

Is there something I"m missing? Not doing?

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sutherngrl
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I had frozen shoulder on both sides at the same time. Lost all range of motion. Couldn't use my arms or my hands; and it was very painful. I tried physical therapy but it didn't help. It improved greatly about a year or so into lyme treatment. Now 2 and 1/2 years into treatment my shoulders are fine.
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My right shoulder was frozen for a while. I started seeing a Chiropractor 3 times a week for a while. It did give me back range of motion; however, I still had the referred pain up into my skull (over top of head, across jaw, back of skull) and also across the top of my upper arm. It even hurt just to wear a shirt with sleeves.

Muscle relaxants at bedtime, trigger point therapy to bust up the muscle spazms, IV Magnesium, and the most amazing surprise of all that really got rid of the arm pain - a REBOUNDER. Slight bouncing and punching movement completely got rid of the remaining arm pain.

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WIZARD
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3 Acupuncture treatments solved my frozen shoulder problem after months of PT with no help.

Something to think about if you have a good practitioner, beats all the co pays of PT, not to mention time and energy.

Might be worth a try.

Wizard

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Pinelady
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I too had paralyzed shoulders. Couldn't pull my own pants up or down for several mths.

I believe I had bone cysts that compressed the nerves? Who knows.

The fact remains that the treatment for at least a year got them unparalyzed.

Keep an eye on your spine for rashes.

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MY shoulders partially locked up, one after the other. First the left one... took 6 months to free up... just like a local P.T. predicted.
He'd asked whether I'd "split [my] shoulder" as he usually saw this in women in their 50s. I hadn't. He had no other suggests. Apparently this condition is often of "unknown etiology" (cause)!


Then my right shoulder did the same thing, within just a few months after the 1st one resolved! Again, another 6 months of just daily stretch exercises- no abx or other 'drugs'- before things returned to normal, restoring better than 95% mobility.

The PT called it "adhesive capsulitis". Wasn't familiar with Lyme disease enough to suspect it as the cause.
My PCP said it Might've been the Lyme, even though I'd gotten over the acute phase of the late-stage illness about 3 or 4 months before this shoulder s*** started.
My LLND said it was "likely related to your Lyme infection" & recommended a couple herbs & twice-weekly range-of-motion exercises.

It Hasn't ever returned, thank God, & it's been 3 years + . I'm at 99% mobility currently with both arms.
Only uncomfortabe in extreme positions like laying with arm way up over head at night.

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