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Originally Posted by dodge268
My advice is focus more on the post surgery. Do what the PT guys say. Don't do any more than they say. It is a slow recovery on purpose. Take it slow and things will be back normalish in 9 months or so. Shooting 22s is fun and a 260/6.5 Creed will kill most things walking. It's gonna suck short term but after you're done you won't have to wake up in the middle of the night with a dead arm. That sucks.
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Yeah, I realize it will be a slow recovery process, I hope to be recovered enough to hunt with crossbow next fall, but in my mind I’ve accepted I’ll let recovery tell me if I’m ready. Thanks for taking it back to OP, thinking really strongly of selling 338, 375 and 450 Marlin and using to fund a 6.5 creed or 7mm-08 custom!

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Originally Posted by Dntnddb
Thanks that’s my fear, I’m 50 and in good condition but one of prompts to finally see surgeon is my shooting and hunting is suffering among other things.
Maybe I’ll just have to start with light recoil ones and work my way up until I get to a point it isn’t worth pain or possible damage.



I feel this is the best way to start with. Once you begin to get momentum, you'll work your way up until you get to a point it isn't worth pain or possible damage.

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That’s the plan, but seems like the 338 and 375 might be more than shoulder or comfort will tolerate.

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Well today was the day, the 5% chance of it being a reverse became 100% when surgeon opened me up.

For those that said back off, rehab, let heal well. Go for it I did and waited so long the only option was reverse. 2 totally shot rotator cuffs and one surgeon said was hanging by a thread! (MRI read by three different doctors all thought were ok but couldn’t be certain due to presence of metal from original injury 30 years ago)

How did I even function you ask? My wife asked surgeon same question, my body figured out how to function without them, but the cost was severe arthritis with deteriorating bones to point if I waited a reverse might not have been possible.

The human body can adapt in amazing ways, but those adaptations come with a price.

As shooters outdoors people and hunters we all rely on our shoulders. If injure then see a specialist, don’t ignore and rehab yourself… just advice from someone wondering when nerve block will wear off and pain set in.

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The worst physical pain I ever endured was when the nerve block wore off following my replacement. Stay out in front of the pain. Heal well!.

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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
The worst physical pain I ever endured was when the nerve block wore off following my replacement. Stay out in front of the pain. Heal well!.


Woke up in night and could feel my hand! Figured was wearing off so took 1st pain pill. Not taking to be comfortable, just keep edge off. I hate being on narcotics

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Originally Posted by Dntnddb
Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
The worst physical pain I ever endured was when the nerve block wore off following my replacement. Stay out in front of the pain. Heal well!.


Woke up in night and could feel my hand! Figured was wearing off so took 1st pain pill. Not taking to be comfortable, just keep edge off. I hate being on narcotics


Keep ahead of the pain. If it gets ahead of you, it is hard to cut it. Once you start PT, take a pain pill before you leave home.


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August 9, 2019

Total shoulder replacement.

I put up my 12 gauge (Rem 870) and .270 (Ruger No.1) away. (fixed actions)
"Heavy Hitters" now are AR15 6.8mm Rem SPC, Remington "Sportsman" 16 gauge and a Mossberg bolt action .410. (semiautos/small caliber)
The Sportsman is okay for a few rounds, but I don't think I'd care to shoot a round of trap or skeet.

Pain:
Pre surgery, I hadn't slept all night for years. Shoulder was bone on bone. Anytime I moved it at night, it woke me up.

Post surgery, FINALLY! Between the anesthesia wearing off and no bones rubbing together, A FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP!

PT was painful...but necessary.

Post PT.
Life is good! 😃
...but I constantly have to remind myself I can't be snatching up cinder blocks, feed sacks, mounted tires, etc.......


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I hope for a full recovery! I knew mine was successful when several months after the surgery, a friend asked me how the shoulder was, and I paused, thought about it, and said "I just realized that I haven't even thought about it for awhile". I hope you reach that point. It sounds like you were in about the same level of wear and damage that I was. If you have any rehab questions, ask away...

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Originally Posted by martinstrummer
August 9, 2019

Total shoulder replacement.

I put up my 12 gauge (Rem 870) and .270 (Ruger No.1) away. (fixed actions)
"Heavy Hitters" now are AR15 6.8mm Rem SPC, Remington "Sportsman" 16 gauge and a Mossberg bolt action .410. (semiautos/small caliber)
The Sportsman is okay for a few rounds, but I don't think I'd care to shoot a round of trap or skeet.

Pain:
Pre surgery, I hadn't slept all night for years. Shoulder was bone on bone. Anytime I moved it at night, it woke me up.

Post surgery, FINALLY! Between the anesthesia wearing off and no bones rubbing together, A FULL NIGHT'S SLEEP!

PT was painful...but necessary.

Post PT.
Life is good! 😃
...but I constantly have to remind myself I can't be snatching up cinder blocks, feed sacks, mounted tires, etc.......



Lol yeah, I have already mentally switched from 100 lb feed sacks to 50, I’ll just have to remember to only guide with repaired arm!

I was hoping to get back up to .270/.308 area, but I think I need to get 7mm-08 or 6.5 creed on order and a 350 legend to replace 450 bush. ( at least we have the option).


Originally Posted by UPhiker
I hope for a full recovery! I knew mine was successful when several months after the surgery, a friend asked me how the shoulder was, and I paused, thought about it, and said "I just realized that I haven't even thought about it for awhile". I hope you reach that point. It sounds like you were in about the same level of wear and damage that I was. If you have any rehab questions, ask away...

Thanks, I’m restricted to table slide ms for next two weeks. I made it to the palm on the table today! I remember rehab sucked when I was 18, can’t imagine it’s going to be easier at 50!

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Dntnddb: I am hoping you recover quickly and completely.
I am with you on the enormous hesitancy to imbibe of narcotics - I have only taken pain killers three times in my 74 years of life - #1 = Rattlesnake bite. #2 = Total knee replacement. #3 = Kidney stone operation.
Several other times in my life I have been prescribed "pain killers" but chose not to use them.
After a painful ligament tear the "VarmintWife" finked me off to my Doctor and relayed to him I had not been taking my "meds" - the Doctor looked me in the face with a stern look on his face and said - "Mr. VarmintGuy pain is NOT a virtue"!
Taking the pain pills actually "aids in recovery" he said!
So even though you may run the risk of "constipation" or the slight risk of "addiction" in your case I recommend you take the pills and concentrate on recovery/therapy.
Again best of luck to you.
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Sounds like your wife and mine talked on phone!

She just walked in and handed me on because she heard me grunt when I stood up.

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Originally Posted by Dntnddb


I remember rehab sucked when I was 18, can’t imagine it’s going to be easier at 50!
You're a young man! I did it twice in 5 months when I was 58.

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Dang that’s impressive! And hope you’re still doing as name implies!

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Dang that’s impressive! And hope you’re still doing as name implies!
A few times a year. I'm 62 now so I try to keep them under 10-12 miles. We're going to Isle Royale in August but staying at the lodge. I backpacked half of it about 22 years ago. We'll take the water taxi out and do hikes back in.

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Awesome, I never thought about doing Isle Royal like that, I spent a week up there one summer in college but always wanted to go back but not cut out for sleeping on ground much anymore.

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Originally Posted by Dntnddb
Awesome, I never thought about doing Isle Royal like that, I spent a week up there one summer in college but always wanted to go back but not cut out for sleeping on ground much anymore.
I was going to PM about my first Isle Royale trip but your mailbox is full.

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I think (or least I assume) it’s because I don’t have enough posts. I’ve tried to PM people but can’t and there is nothing in my mailbox

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Hi, I have not taken the time to read all the post yet on this thread.

Can anyone comment about the Ovomotion shoulder replacement joint? I'm looking at that as an option for my situation.

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I haven’t seen it discussed here, my surgeon wasn’t comfortable with stemless yet since relatively new ( was moot since I had reverse), but there a group on Facebook if that is something you use that have strong thoughts on benefits.
Edit: I see they do a stemless reverse too, learned something!

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