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Shoulder pain increasing after replacement surgery
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Shoulder pain increasing after replacement surgery

I had shoulder replacement surgery in September 2008 (severe osteoarthritis).  I seemed to do quite well right after surgery (allowing for normal post operative pain and stiffness).  I was in my immobilizer for six weeks after surgery and had all the normal post operative PT appointments (in addition to the ones I had prior to surgery).

Over the past month or so, the pain in my shoulder has been increasing to the point where it is waking me up several times a night again like it was before surgery.  I also have to have a pillow behind my shoulder when I sleep in order to get any kind of sleep at all.  The pain is also pretty constant during the day, so it's not just a positional thing at night.  I have not done any major lifting with the affected arm, nor have I injured it again (to my knowledge anyway).  I also have notice some diminishing of range of motion, although not as bad yet as it was before surgery.

I was wondering how common this is and what the possible causes might be.  I'm hoping to be able to avoid a second surgery.  

Thank you
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Pain will only relieve with physiotherapy and if it does not decrease over a period of time of 3 months after surgery you should go near your operating surgeon to know the reason of the pain. I do not think you would need any surgery, even with nerve irritation or some inflammation with a tendon it might occur. Good to diagnose your problem and then go for cure. Take care!
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