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    Unhappy Broken left shoulder !

    Anyone ever break their shoulder and when were you able to sew again please and thank you

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    I injured my right arm resulting in a frozen shoulder. It took 7 years for me to rehab enough to be able to sew again. But I stayed focus on doing everything PT told me to do and persistence paid off. I'm so grateful to have sewing back in my life. It's not the same as before and once I learned to accept what I can't change, I freed up energy for the things I can change. I had to relearn how to type, write, etc. You have my empathy and support. Keep me posted on your progress. I have hope you will be able to find ways to overcome this hiccup in life. That's what I call my injury - my hiccup.

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    My daughter broke her shouldr took her 8-10 weeks of being taped to her body to heal.

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    My mom was in her late 60's when she broke her shoulder from a fall. They had to tape her arm down too - showering was a royal pain. But she did fully recover within a few months. You have to push through the pain and do the rehab to make it happen.

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    I broke mine last March. Took about 8 weeks before I could start a little applique, then finally when I finished rehab before I could get back to regular sewing. Cutting was a real pain. Still have a little trouble before and during rain. I have to say I used more than usual wallpaper language before it was over.

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    Depends on the break I have never broken my shoulder put I've had my shoulder separated twice and it took months to heal I would say it was a good 3 months before I was allowed to do anything. I'm sorry your's is broken you really need to follow whatever the Dr. says if it doesn't heal properly you'll always have issues.

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    Not broken, but had right rotator cuff fixed. Worst pain I have ever had. It was doing really good after about 7 or 8 weeks, so I decided to do some FM quilting. Bad mistake. It was too much and I am having pain again. I'm sure I just over did it. Am giving it another week or two before I try that again. Hope you heal fast and well. I can't imagine not being able to sew for any length of time. Jwlheart, I cannot imagine 7 years. I shudder to think of it.
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    No broken bones, but wanted to say sorry about your injury. Hope it heals well.

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    I will take my broken ankle over a broken shoulder any day. I know how much my ankle hurts so I can imagine how much worse your shoulder is, I can still sew and hobble around on my cast.

    Take care and get better soon..
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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    Not broken, but had right rotator cuff fixed. Worst pain I have ever had. It was doing really good after about 7 or 8 weeks, so I decided to do some FM quilting. Bad mistake. It was too much and I am having pain again. I'm sure I just over did it. Am giving it another week or two before I try that again. Hope you heal fast and well. I can't imagine not being able to sew for any length of time. Jwlheart, I cannot imagine 7 years. I shudder to think of it.
    Had my rotator cuff repaired, too, about 1 1/2 yrs. ago. Took about 3 months before I could even sew without hurting. After about a year, I had lots of pain and "fever" in my upper arm.....had to have a steroid shot for bursitis...I thought that was for "old people"! I'm only 55 yrs. old! (lol lol)
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    Hope you get better soon. Just went through 2nd rotaror cuff surgery, This time also tore muscle and tendon. With first sewed after 4-5 months. Had lots of trouble pushing down on ruler. Dr. said will prob lose some usage. Ask if I worked. Hubby told him I quilt for hours and give away. Didn't think he noticed. Loved that he said it, lol.

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    I can feel for you. I fell at the nursing home that I have my Mom at in jan. I shattered the elbow. Had surgery 2 wks ago. Went to doc on Mon & I have to wear the sling for 3 more weeks & then he will decide when I will have as he called radical therapy. I can't even pick up a small coffee cup. He put in a titanium elbow. It hurts like there is no tomorrow. I have not been able to do a blessed thing. I am so bummed over this. We just retired 3 yrs ago, built the log home of our dreams, then Mom had a stroke , moved her in with us as we were finishing up the log home. Then she needs hip replacement this yr. Had that done, in nursing home for rehab, she has a stroke & alot of other blood problems. Life has been down hill since I retired. Now this with my elbow. Have the sewing room i have always dreamed of. Hubbie also got me 10 alpacas for our 50th anniver. We shear them for the wool for my quilts. Then one week ago today our neighbors 5 big dogs came over & killed all 12 of my beautiful animals. we had babies. Talk about life's problems. I can hardly wait for 2012 to be over with. I just wanted to sit here in my lovely primitive log home on 60 acres & quilt my heart out . Hang in there. I think you will be back to sewing before I will.
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    I currently have a broken shoulder & right arm, actually 3 breaks! After 7 weeks still have trouble lifting heavy items, when first broken had trouble cutting fat qtrs for swapping and couldn't press down on anything so ironing was difficult and very painful. I'm supposed to keep it in a sling, but it is a real nuisance. I will be glad when I full use again! Hope yours isn't too painful
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    Daughter broke her shoulder (the ball on the shoulder joint) and was in a splint for weeks. Rehab followed. She recovered nicely in about 3 months. No problems since.

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    One thing to remember is to do what the doctor tells you to do (or not to do) if you do more than you should, you'll risk, at the least, a delay in recovery, & at the most, permanent disability. Good luck & I'll put you on my prayer list.
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    I broke my shoulder about five years ago. Before I had surgery, the bones had shattered, but the surgeon was able to put in a titanium replacement. I am not sure of all of the terminology. Anyway, I had my arm in a sling for a couple of months. I got so bored that I was determined to start sewing. (I am right handed and broke my right shoulder.) I sewed with my left hand threading the needle and operating the machine. Luckily, I had some blocks already cut out before my accident. I sewed and sewed and enjoyed every minute although it was extremely tiring. I decided that some people with only one arm can sew, so I should be able to sew with one arm until my other one healed. Heal it did, some therapy, and then I was sewing as before. She should be in great shape in three or four months if she follows the doctor's orders, maybe sooner.

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    oh my, i do hope you can sew again. i broke my left collarbone next to the shoulder. it never healed even though i had surgery. my bra strap falls off all the time but otherwise it's ok. unless i move wrong.

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    Good grief! We are supposed to get snow tomorrow and after reading about all these injuries, I'm going to be super careful outside. I hope your shoulder heals well. Just do what the doctor tells you for a good outcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutty View Post
    Anyone ever break their shoulder and when were you able to sew again please and thank you
    I broke my shoulder in August. It broke up in the "knuckle part". I could sew sitting higher in about 4 weeks for short periods of time. It still hurts and if I am sitting at a regular height, it strains it. It is doing fine, but my heart goes out to you. It was very painful and I was not allowed to put any weight on it for a long time...only my husband could lift my arm 3-4 times a day after 6 weeks. If the break moved, I would have had to have surgery and a pin. Lifting my arm on my own could have moved it. I don't know how long it will take for total healing. It gets stiff if I don't exercise at least every other day. Hope this helps.

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    I had lifted a very heavy well pump motor in August,, and tore the rotator cuff 70% ,tore the bicep muscle ,two tendons, and pulled my right arm out of socket by 1/2 inch. I could not lift it or move it at all. it was totally dead. i thought I could never be able to use it again. and I am right handed .

    I was sent to a sport medicine surgeon,and I had a REVERSE SHOULDER put in. where they screwed the titanium ball to the end of my shoulder blades and the socket to the end of my arm, in the hospital for three days, was in a huge sling for six weeks and then 4 weeks of therapy,, The therapy was a breeze, They said It was the quickest recovery time they ever had. and Now I can do all the things I use to do with that arm and no Pain. It was a real miracle, and I am so Blessed to be able to work in my yard, cook ,clean , quilt, etc. I am 74, and retired in Fl. I go to KY every summer and live on my house boat till labor day.And yes,I have a featherweight onboard to sew and quilt with, when I an not fishing. hehe So take heart, you can recover , back to normal, cmaras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJRustic View Post
    I can feel for you. I fell at the nursing home that I have my Mom at in jan. I shattered the elbow. Had surgery 2 wks ago. Went to doc on Mon & I have to wear the sling for 3 more weeks & then he will decide when I will have as he called radical therapy. I can't even pick up a small coffee cup. He put in a titanium elbow. It hurts like there is no tomorrow. I have not been able to do a blessed thing. I am so bummed over this. We just retired 3 yrs ago, built the log home of our dreams, then Mom had a stroke , moved her in with us as we were finishing up the log home. Then she needs hip replacement this yr. Had that done, in nursing home for rehab, she has a stroke & alot of other blood problems. Life has been down hill since I retired. Now this with my elbow. Have the sewing room i have always dreamed of. Hubbie also got me 10 alpacas for our 50th anniver. We shear them for the wool for my quilts. Then one week ago today our neighbors 5 big dogs came over & killed all 12 of my beautiful animals. we had babies. Talk about life's problems. I can hardly wait for 2012 to be over with. I just wanted to sit here in my lovely primitive log home on 60 acres & quilt my heart out . Hang in there. I think you will be back to sewing before I will.
    I am so sorry about your elbow and your mom's health issues. Also wanted to send my sympathy over your alpacas. They are such lovely animals. Hang in there and follow the doc's orders. They do know best when it is this type of issue. ~ Chris
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    sorry about your injury! shoulders are a bear, but do everything the pt says! and don't try to skip pt, you will never be better if you do!! i've had 3 rotator cuff surgeries and it isn't easy, but push thru and do it! hope you heal well and early! best of luck!!
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    As with any injury, listen to your doctor...over what is suggested on this forum. I know that you're just looking for guidance, but please listen to what your health care provider says. For sure it will take time to heal. Be patient.
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