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RESOURCE: Frozen Shoulder

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Frozen shoulder is one of the diabetes complications that is often not mentioned.  The blog DiabetesMine just published a good post that discusses what it is, why it happens and how it can be treated.  Check it out!


Have you heard of frozen shoulder before?  Is it something you have dealt with?  Please share your thoughts and experiences with us.

posted Apr 18 in Resource by KarenG (12,140 points)

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I've had not one, but TWO frozen shoulders!  I had never been told it was a fairly common diabetes complication until I was diagnosed with the first one.  With the first one, I chose to treat it with physical therapy, OTC pain relievers, and patience.  It got better very slowly, but after a couple of years was back to normal.  With the second one, I did not want to go through all that again, so I chose surgery and physical therapy.  Three years after the surgery, I still do not have full use/extension of that shoulder.  Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I had not decided to have the surgery and just endured it as I did with the first frozen shoulder.
answered 5 days ago by bayleafbroker (810 points)
Wow, bayleafbroker, I'm sos sorry to hear the surgery wasn't successful.  Thank you for sharing here, so others can keep that in mind when making their own treatment choices.

I haven't been formally diagnosed, but I believe I had frozen shoulder a couple of years ago.  I chose to let it thaw naturally (i.e.: ignore it).  It is much better now but I do not have full range of motion back.
answered 1 day ago by KarenG (12,140 points)
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I did not know about frozen shoulder till I had it.  Unfortunately at the time they just gave me a few exercises and said it would go away in 6 months.  At the time physical therapy was being used only after surgery, It only got worse and I had frozen shoulder in both shoulders after a few months.  After physical therapy for months it got much better but the one shoulder never got back full range of motion.  Recently 10 years later I noticed the bad shoulder was starting to give me trouble.  I recently completed physical therapy and it is almost back to where it was before this event.
answered 1 day ago by Pump1fun (1,510 points)
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I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder several years ago, but I have NEVER been told it is a diabetes complication! I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 47 years, so I think I would qualify for some complications! . Thankfully, I am past the most painful stage of it when I was not able to sleep because of the pain. I got a steroid injection even though I knew it could raise my blood sugar. I experienced some relief after the injection, but the doctor refused to give me a second one because I scared him by almost passing out from the pain! I can live with the range of motion I now have, but I'd like to keep it from becoming less mobile again.
answered 13 hours ago by Jezme (160 points)
Thanks for sharing that, bayleafbroker. I am currently suffering from frozen shoulder and managing it with cup therapy, exercises at home, OTC medications, and patience.
answered 2 hours ago by anna (2,870 points)