Frozen shoulder

11 days after PM implanted i had to go to EP because unbearable pain in shoulder.  Could not move it or use it.  He told me I was babying it too much so he preceded to take my arm and raise it up over my head, violently,  3 times and waved it around.  Needless to say I was overcome with pain and shock.  It evidentually got better but I changed Doctors!  Has anyone else had this problem?


Despicable behaviour

by Gemita - 2020-11-20 17:52:28

I am so sorry about this and I hope he gets "reported".  He should have known that your arm should not be raised above your head for 6 weeks, so he was clearly out of order in his actions.  Do you mean "has anyone had this problem with their shoulder or with their doctor or both?"

I had severe shoulder pain for weeks and I still get it from time to time after several years.  They can traumatise blood vessels, nerves in the area during implant and these can take a long time to heal.  The majority of patients though clearly get shoulder pain from lengthy immobilisation.

I hope you are soon more comfortable and please report the behaviour of that doctor

Frozen shoulder

by maureen.coxsey - 2020-11-21 04:42:49

Oh I feel your pain., I have had two frozen shoulders it's a horrible condition I am diabetic and told I will be susceptible to it. 

Very wrong of your EP glad he didn't cause you a long term problem.

This is what I was told to do by a physio. Buy a football hold it against a wall on the affected side, then walk the ball up the wall to eye level and down again do this 3 times a day at first it will hurt so don't push more than you can manage but it really starts to loosen up.

Good luck


Frozen shoulder more common than it should be

by Gotrhythm - 2020-11-24 15:05:23

Unfortunately, frozen shoulder is an all too common consequence of pacemaker surgery. Common and absolutely preventable! It happens when patients are told they mustn't raise their arm for 6 weeks--sometimes longer.

Your doctor should have blamed himself--not you. He probably told you not to raise your arm, and so, like a good patient, you made sure you didn't. The result was a frozen shoulder. What he could have done was given you exercises to slowly and gently stretch your arm and shoulder until normal range of motion was restored.

I'm sure his jeriing your arm around was extremely painful. It shows an abysmal lack of sensitivity. You were right to leave his practice. 

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