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Friday, January 15, 2010 ann, Community Member, asks

Q: Have Fibro and am suffering after shoulder surgery

Hello, I am 44, have Fibro and recently had shoulder surgery. I have been suffering since the surgery with pain not only in the shoulder area but also the entire arm and hand feel like they are broke. It feels like my normal Fibro flare-up pain times 20. I didn't realize until researching this pain that Fibro patients need to take special precautions before and after surgery and that the surgeon should be informed about the Fibro. Should I contact the surgeon and inform him of what is happening? I am also almost out of pain relievers and the pain is nowhere near subsiding yet. Can anyone please explain what is going on with this intense pain I have been experiencing since the surgery and what happens in the body to cause it. Thank you   Ann

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
1/16/10 8:28pm

I'm sorry that you had to find out the hard way what surgery can do to fibromyalgia patients.  Most FM patients need to take pain relieving medicatons for a longer period of time following surgery than the average patient.  I would certainly try talking to your surgeon about it.  What kind of response you get will depend upon how much he knows or doesn't know about FM.  Unfortunately, most doctors are really hesitant about giving pain meds for longer than they consider to be "normal" following surgery.  If your surgeon won't help you, you might try talking to the doctor who treats your FM.  

 

You could also try sharing my article that Millie gave you the link to with them.  If they question the source, you can tell them the information originally came from Dr. Robert Bennett of Oregan Health & Sciences University, one of the most highly respected fibromyalgia specialists in the world. 

 

Good luck!  I hope you'll let us know how it goes and how you're doing with your recovery.

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MillieKeyLargo, Community Member
1/15/10 7:53pm

Here is the link to an article that Karen Lee Richards wrote about Fibromyalgia and Surgery..... http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/fibromyalgia-254553-5.html. Hope that this article answer some of your questions.

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