Frozen Shoulder Treatment – Hydro Dilation (updated)

Just a quick update to say that my shoulder is now 99% back to normal and I am once more doing gardening without any pain. I am trying to be a little careful as I believe shifting heavy rocks around probably caused the frozen shoulder in the first place, but other than that I feel great. The 1% that isn’t quite back to normal is because my ‘bad’ arm is still about one inch away from touching my left ear. Somehow I’m not worried. ๐Ÿ˜€ Please read on for my post procedure experiences.

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I have just had this treatment done and I thought I’d share the experience while it’s still very fresh in my mind. But first a bit of background.

The clinical description of adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder to us plebs, can be found ย here on wiki but I’ll give you the rather ย more colourful explanation given to me by the doctor. ย Apparently, inflammation or injury to the shoulder can cause spiderweb-like scar tissue to build up inside the joint. This restricts movement of the muscles and tendons attached to the joint and causes on-going inflammation which leads to even more restriction and pain. After a while even a grazing bump to the elbow on that side can cause sharp pain.

Yup, I have had all that for months but because it was my left shoulder and I’m right handed I kind of ignored it. There came a time though when I couldn’t ignore it any more because a) it was getting worse and b) I couldn’t do up a bra strap any more. Too much information? Moving on.

When I asked my GP what could have caused my frozen shoulder as I was not aware of any injury, she suggested it may have happened over a long period of time while I was happily building dry stone walls and terraces and regularly woman-handling rather large rocks. Oh. Apparently because I’m right dominant I was putting far more pressure on my left shoulder to compensate for my left arm being weaker. Oh, again.

Armed with my x-rays and ultrasound pictures I trotted off to see the specialist who cheerfully explained that for about 50% of his patients hydro dilation and follow-up exercise fixed the problem. For the other 50% an operation under general anaesthetic was required. And for some neither procedure was helpful. Oh dear.

I chose hydro dilation as the lesser of two evils and was feeling relatively confident until the specialist wrote me a prescription for Panadeine Forte and told me to take two of them about an hour before the hydro dilation. Being a clever little writer I immediately twigged that the Panadeine Forte was for pain relief. >>cue for laughter<< The specialist assured me that if I took my meds as instructed I’d be fine. Oh but I’d need someone to drive me home afterwards.

Do you have any idea how much I worried about the definition of ‘fine’ over the next week as I waited for my appointment? Not even close, sorry ; writers have such vivid imaginations….

And then today it was time to gird my loins, suck in my gut, square my shoulders… and take my meds. I made The Daughter stop off on the way in so I could buy some water to take the medsย exactlyย one hour before the scheduled treatment. I was not taking any chances, no sirree.

Half an hour after taking the meds I began to feel rather spaced out. By the time I’d filled in forms and given my date of birth in triplicate I was feeling strangely relaxed and ready for a snooze.

The nurse tied one of those dinky hospital gowns under my left armpit and around my neck so my shoulder was exposed and then told me to lie down. The bed was positioned below some kind of x-ray device and I noticed that both the nurse and the doctor who would wield the needle had odd looking black aprons on.

To be fair both the nurse and the doctor were very nice and answered all my questions with practised kindness but the sight of those aprons kept reminding me of those old pictures of 18th? 19th? century battlefield surgeons with their sleeves rolled up and aprons covered in gore, hacking off limbs. Needleless to say I was blessing the Panadeine Forte and hoping it would live up to expectations.

The procedure itself was relatively short. First a swab to clean the skin then a pin-prick from the anaesthetic needle. Yes! Until then I thought I’d have to place all my faith in the Panadeine Forte. Such a relief to know there was more help at hand but I couldn’t help wondering why, if I was getting an anaesthetic into the shoulder, did I still need the Panadeine Forte?

The anaesthetic needle went deep and it wasn’t pleasant but honestly, it didn’t feel all that different to the needle you get at the dentist when you’re getting a root canal treatment done. The one obvious difference was that the needle stayed in so it could be used for the rest of the treatment which consisted of :

1. The injection of a steroid into the joint to stop the ‘spiderwebs’ from coming back and,

2. The injection of a liquid to force the spiderwebs ย to break up.

I may be remembering things through the prism of post-treatment relief but the steroid just felt like a bit of cold pressure. The hydro dilation however felt like a lump of wood being inflated inside the joint. The moment when the spiderweb burst or broke or whatever you want to call it was painful. BUT! It wasn’t that painful and it only lasted for a moment.

I was just beginning to screw my face up in a wince when the lovely doctor said, “That’s it!”

Being quick on the up-take I said, “Is it over?”

And then that lovely, dear man in the heavy black apron smiled a beatific smile and said that yes, it was all finished.

I will still have to do lots of small, gentle exercises and see my chiropractor for a few weeks but, just between you and me, I feel better already! And no, that’s not just the Panadeine Forte speaking. The post-treatment tenderness is gone like an inconsiderate lover and already I can feel a difference.

And now for the moral of my story. Don’t let fear of the treatment put you off! I’m not saying it was something I enjoyedย but it was nowhere near as bad as my hyperactive imagination had made it out to be either. Don’t laugh but I cleaned the whole house over the weekend in anticipation of being some kind of an invalid for weeks. I stocked up on cat food because I was afraid The Daughter would forget to buy enough to tide us over. I even composed a very short blog. It was going to be something like ‘I am typing one handed so will be back when I’m better’. Luckily I stopped short of composing my last Will and Testament. ๐Ÿ˜€

In hindsight I am very glad I followed instructions on the pre-meds and I would recommend them as a must-have for anyone out there also getting this procedure done. And yes, guys, I’m looking at you! Save the macho for football or cricket or something.

In conclusion I have to admit that I’m now feeling rather sheepish at being so apprehensive. The whole procedure was not that big a deal but the benefits are. I’m not doing handstands or anything silly like that but, as you can see, I am typing quite happily and feel great so if your shoulder is sore, don’t mess around. Go to your GP, get the condition diagnosed and get it fixed because the longer you wait the worse it will get and then the simpler, easier treatment options may not work. Besides, if a wimp like me can do it the rest of you have no excuses!

Courage mes amis!

Meeks

p.s. I just realised this is my 100th post!

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69 responses to “Frozen Shoulder Treatment – Hydro Dilation (updated)

  • jenniferscoullar

    So glad you’re feeling better … and good advice. Hate to admit it, but I have a sore right shoulder quite often, but I won’t go to the doctor! Congrats on your 100th post – I’m about 50 behind you.

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    • acflory

      Thank Jennifer, and please… get your should checked out, especially if certain movements cause you pain. That was how it started for me but being a stoic really backfired. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Given all that you’ve been doing I’m sure you’ll catch up really quickly now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • metan

    Happy 100th anniversary, you have aged beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad to hear the shoulder is doing well. I agree, sometimes we all get scared of the treatment, but often the outcome is well worth the (scary) trip.

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    • acflory

      lmao! I’m not sure whether to thank you or hex you with an old gypsy curse. Cheeky wench :p

      Fear is a funny thing you know. I remember my late Mum complaining about having a frozen shoulder but back then I didn’t know what a frozen shoulder was and thought she was being a bit of a hypochondriac. I feel awful now for not being more sympathetic and for not insisting that she get treatment for it. I’m sure if she had overcome her fear she would have had a far better quality of life. I guess she is still teaching me.

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  • 1cbkorman21

    I cringed when I saw the title of this post. YES! Frozen shoulders are something else we have in common. I was not offered surgery or the specific therapy that you received. Mine were yoga injuries (yes plural, first right then left). Long, hard work with a chiropractor and TIME eventually healed me. One thing that gave a great deal of short term pain relief and expanded my range of motion was a therapy that is not available, and definitely not legal, in the States. I was in Berlin and a friend took me to a Chinese medicine practitioner. She basically hit me with a bundle of chopsticks, breaking up the adhesions. I looked like I was in a car accident but it helped a lot.

    Haven’t done yoga in a long time and I have a healthy appreciation of out-of-the box therapies.

    So happy that your frozen should tale is shorter and sweeter than mine!

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    • acflory

      Ugh ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Commiserations… big time. I was the one who cringed at the ‘chopsticks’ treatment. That can’t have been pleasant. I’m very glad you’ve recovered now. My journey to [I hope] full recovery is just beginning but I must say I’m feeling uber positive just at the moment!

      I’m amazed at the some of the things my online friends and I have in common. Of course writing is by far the most pleasant and least painful ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • 1cbkorman21

        It was just this side of torture. Had I the secret formula, I might have caved. That being said, it worked so…

        Glad writing is the big common denominator.

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        • acflory

          I’m in awe of the fact that you went through with it. If I’d had to have my treatment without meds or anaesthetic I think they would have been scraping me off the ceiling ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  • littlemissobsessivesanatomy

    first of all am so glad you are better now.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    secondly congratulations on your 100th blog and m happy to be a part of it…:)
    i too have injured my right foot and now it hurts,,, im not sure if its serious…but its been a week now… maybe i will wait for another and observe…

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    • acflory

      -laughs- Thanks Littlemiss. ๐Ÿ™‚ And no, don’t wait and see for another week! If pain persists for longer than a week then it’s not likely to go away on its own. That is the lesson I /should/ have learned years ago!

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  • Courtenay Bluebird

    I found your description of this procedure thorough and fascinating! And I am so glad that this procedure worked! Congrats on your 100th post, Meeka!

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  • Stephanie Allen Crist

    Fear is a nasty thing. On the other hand, you might have a higher pain tolerance than normal.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. That’s the important thing.

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  • Rita Katare

    Frozen shoulder can be emotionally caused. One technique mentioned in one of my classes was to ask the person how far they can lift their arm and then quickly ask they how far they used to be able to lift the arm. Many will break it loose with this action. I was able to do this to one client who was completely healed of it.
    shoulder pain sydney

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    • acflory

      Unfortunately mine was caused by a few too many years of lifting big rocks in my garden, but I can understand how the fear of pain could set up a mental block about it. Thanks for commenting.

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  • Liza

    Thanks for your description. I have just been diagnosed with a frozen shoulder today and recommended to have hydrodilation. The doctor made it sound painful but but your blog has given me courage to just do it! Thanks again!

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    • acflory

      It’s not something anyone would want to do for fun, but if you take the painkillers an hour beforehand Liza, you’ll get through it without any problems. And the relief of getting your life back is immense. My shoulder is 100% normal again and I’m doing all the things I love. Do it! And thanks so much for leaving a comment. Please let us know how you went. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kazzab

    I’m going to have the hydrodilation procedure tomorrow, so I’m glad I found your post. I’m off to get some panadeine forte in the morning! I hope the relief I feel is as good as yours was.

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    • acflory

      Good luck Kazzab! It won’t be instant – I went to my chiro once a week for about 8 weeks afterwards – but now I am 100% recovered. All the best, and thanks for commenting. If you get the chance, come back and tell us how it went.

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  • Denise

    Thanks for your description and good to see that 18 months down the traxk it is still working for you. I’ve been trying physio, but my frozen shoulder seems to be getting worse, not better. I’m seriously considering now trying hydrdilation which my physio said is another course of action, although he also said only around 60% of people find relief from it.

    Ps – you’re still top on google ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • acflory

      Thanks for popping in Denise. My doctor gave me the same warning but I’d reached the point where I had to do /something/. I only have anecdotal evidence to draw on but I can’t help wondering whether the discomfort of the procedure makes some people stop it before the end. I know the staff said that some people can’t take it.

      If you do decide to go ahead, please please don’t skip the pre-emptive painkillers! I know they made it bearable for me, and perhaps because of that I was more relaxed than I otherwise would have been.

      After you have the procedure done, you will need to visit the physio again for a number of weeks and do exercises to get rid of the pain completely. I think this is because although the procedure cures the problem inside the joint, it can’t do anything for the muscles attached to the joint.

      As my chiropractor explained it to me, those muscles have become used to an unnatural position and it takes a while for them to return to normal.

      I wish you all the best, but…what do you mean ‘still top on google’?

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      • Denise

        One of the comments in August 2012 referred to your story being the number one result in Google when you type in ‘hydrodilation’. Well, that’s still the case!
        Thanks for he advice. I’ll happily take the painkillers!

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  • lynn boyd

    I’ve recently had the procedure and found it painful wish I had read your post earlier and taken pain killers, although not to bad because like you said it doesn’t last long and now I am pain free ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Leanne

    I so wish I’d seen this post before I had my hydro dilation today! I’ve previously had a cortisone injection in my shoulder so had an idea of what to expect…but wish id taken so serious painkillers before I went in. I’ve had a frozen shoulder for 14 months, need help to dress/undress, have trouble doing my hair, can’t lift lot of things, self restrict my movement and have really poor sleep. Given all this I was keen to have the procedure but wow do it hurt! I think the patients in the waiting room heard me screaming and I was crying like a baby (I’m usually a tough chick and have a high pain threshold!). Been stick in the one position and not been able to move made my shoulder freeze and spasm and the introduction of fluid on top was more that I could bear. Suffice to say they couldn’t introduce a lot of fluid so I may have to go back for another round once the cortisone has taken effect. If that happens I’ll be loading up on Endone or panadeine Forte before I go in!

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    • acflory

      Ugh… I’m so sorry you had such a bad experience, Leanne. And what happened to you could explain the strange stats about the success of the procedure. You see the cortisone on its own will help, but it’s the fluid that actually breaks up the fibrous whatever the hell they are inside the joint.

      Fingers crossed that you got enough in. And if you do have to do it again, those painkillers are your friends ๐Ÿ™‚

      I truly hope all goes well with you. Drop back any time to let us know how you’re doing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • LC

      Agreed! Thanks for writing this, which closely mirrors my experience today.

      I consider myself very tough, pain threshold-wise. But nope. I was in agony.

      Before I went in they emphasised what a simple and routine procedure it would be.

      I told them I was nervous, since I’d had a radiology procedure go wrong ten years ago, resulting in gross swelling in my whole arm after the docs accidentally pumped my soft tissues with iodine.

      Today’s clinicians laughed it off. Haha, no iodine today. Don’t worry.

      When the procedure began, the doc used phrases like ‘this might feel a bit funny,’ and so on.

      Not funny. Just awful and frightening.

      Wish I’d loaded up on pain relief beforehand.

      Also, they had me fast for four hours beforehand, and I have no idea why. I’d hoped it might be so they could administer nitrous oxide, but nothing like that was offered.

      Ugh. Hope it works.

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      • Sandy

        Hi Meeks
        Congrats for your 100 post.
        I can well sympathise with anyone with a frozen shoulder I’ve had mine for about 14 months , I’ve been to a number of physios and only one actually said there is nothing much he can do except give me excersises to do , at least he was honest . I saw a surgeon that recommended quartizone and Hydrodilation he said it wouldn’t hurt , well I got news for him it didn’t hurt him but sure as hell I was in excruciating pain having it done. Wish I had taken pain relief before , or if I had remembered what the pain was like when I had my other shoulder done I probably wouldn’t have had it done again on this shoulder The nice man that did it said he won’t lie and say it won’t hurt because it will but if I can’t handle the pain he can stop at anytime. Anyway with some heavy breathing and nurse holding my hand I put up with the 20 mils of saline solution. After about a week I started noticing the pain wasn’t keeping me awake at night like before and the elbow is also not as bad . I still have a frozen shoulder and some pain I do the excersise and hopefully one day I can shave under my arm and put my bra on normal like. Needless to say I didn’t go back to the surgeon or to have another hydro dilation , if it doesn’t get back to normal soon I may have another cortisone as they are not too bad. Good luck to all the sufferers.
        Cheers Sandy

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        • acflory

          -wince- You’re a brave woman, Sandy. I honestly don’t think I could have put up with the pain, not without medication. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Even with the heavy duty panadiene, I was gritting my teeth by the end.

          I’m glad you’re starting to feel at least some relief. Can I suggest a good physio [or chiropractor] is worth every penny during this recovery phase. I know mine was instrumental in giving me back full mobility.

          Good luck and come back any time – you’ll always be welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • MrsA

      Thank you for this post. I read it before my hydro today. Two doctors treat me and a physio and all knew I was having this done. Not one of them suggested pain meds before the procedure. I took your advice and had the Panadeine Forte an hour before anyway.

      I was fine until I went in & they told me to lay on my stomach and not move. (Bad neck and two bad shoulders make this a very painful position.) Nonetheless, I held on to the fact that this would be quick and only feel ‘uncomfortable’ as the radiologist and doctor who did the procedure put it.

      Ummm, sorry to say that like Leanne who posted here, I found this more than just uncomfortable. Try just one level down from child birth and that’s probably hit it on the mark. The local anaesthetic pain was minor and had a bit of a sting to it but then came the steroid and fluid! HOLY MOLY!!!!!! I screamed the place down for what was probably seconds but felt like minutes. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And I too am pretty stoic and don’t like showing emotion in front of others!

      They said some people find it tolerable and others unbearable. Well I have read that and read that the more pain you’re in from the shoulder day to day and how stuck it is the more it will hurt…that makes sense that perhaps there is more scar tissue to tear apart during the procedure??? Well did they check to see how bad a freeze I had prior? No, not that it would change anything but it might prepare them to be ready to prepare and console the patient better!

      Anyway, I’m glad I took the meds before hand, thank you! I can’t imagine what it would have been like without them. Will never have another, just couldn’t stand it. Let’s see if it works too…I’m only four hours post procedure but fingers crossed I can wash under my arms properly soon and not have to put my bra on around the waist etc!!!

      Glad yours is 100%! It gives me hope. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Sandy

        Hi Mrs A
        Dont despair ive had a frozen shoulder for about 14 months i had the hydrodylation done about six months ago , if i had remembered how much pain i went through a bout 5 years ago on my left shoulder i would never have gone to get it done on my right shoulder , and i didnt know you could take painkillers before hand. Having said that i started to notice that the pain was not as severe at night after about a month after procedure i still cant put bra on properly or shave under my arm but i am begining to lift it better , usually they say it gets better after about a year if we put up with pain and inconvenience ( joys) a specialist told me the Hydro. Wouldnt hurt but when i told the bloke that did the procedure he said he won’t lie to me as it is painful and he can stop if i cant put up with pain but i perceveered and got it done i think the pain was worse in my elbow when he did it the assistant was also very nice and comforted me which i thought was nice
        All the best to you and all the frozen shoulder sufferers
        Sandy

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        • acflory

          Hi Sandy, Mrs A. I think the point about how bad the frozen shoulder is before the procedure is a very good one. I imagine the longer you’ve had it the worse it must be. And I can’t understand how any decent doctor can bullshit about the pain. Excuse the French but that’s like saying childbirth if like having the gastro. I was very lucky that my doctor gave me good advice right from the start. Thanks for commenting and helping others in the same boat. -hugs-

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        • Sandy

          Hi Mrs A
          No worries about the french , needless to say i didnt go back to that doctor , easy for him to say no pain as he didnt have to go through it.
          Cheers Samdy

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        • acflory

          lol – yes I’ve noticed a lot a people do this ‘this won’t hurt’, just before they do something really painful! Hope all goes well with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Donna

    I wish it were an available treatment here in the States. Only painful, useless physio or some seriously scary sounding under anesthesia stuff. Ugh. Suffering across the pond.

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    • acflory

      I’m so sorry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But maybe the operation would be better than continuing pain. Sadly this condition really doesn’t get better on its own. I wish you luck in whatever you decide to do.

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  • Mark B (Sydney)

    Just had my hydrodilation today – with no pain meds! other than a strange sensation was not at all painful!!

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    • acflory

      Really????? I’m really glad you got through it so well but I am surprised. Either you have a very high threshold for pain or I have a very low one. Either way it’s great you had it done. All the best for getting your life back!

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  • Victoria.hauser@q.com

    Has anyone found a practitioner who will perform this procedure in the US?

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    • acflory

      Hi Victoria. Just did a quick search and this procedure is also called glenohumeral joint hydrodistention, mostly in the UK though. Perhaps there is a different term for it in the US.

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  • Kez

    Thanks for this post – just what I needed as I’m having hydro dilation later this week and I was quietly panicking. The advice re the panadeine forte is great and I’ll be in to see my gp this week for a prescription. I can’t believe the impact having a frozen shoulder has had – can’t play with the kids, can’t dress myself, can’t drive my manual car, cut my long hair off because I couldn’t manage it and now having difficulty answering the phone, writing and typing (left handed with a frozen left shoulder) – not to mention the lack of sleep! I hope I come out with the same result as you (my fingers would be crossed if they didn’t ache so much…)

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    • acflory

      Ugh – mine got bad enough for me to have to buy one of those bras that does up at the front coz I couldn’t manage one that did up at the back. And yes, the sleep deprivation was getting tough, but I don’t think mine was as bad as yours.

      Try to relax as much as possible so the doctors can do their best and remember, the hydro-dilation is only half the treatment – you will have to go to a physio or a chiropractor regularly for a few weeks to get the muscles working properly again.

      I won’t wish you luck, just a speedy recovery. -hugs-

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      • Kez

        Well treatment is over and done with and thank you so much for sharing your experience as I had more of an idea of what to expect. Two panadeine forte and a valpam later I was still nervous as and a got a bit teary getting ready for the procedure. The radiologist said “there will be a bit of a sting as I give you the local” and then I thought it mustn’t have been working as I could feel the pressure building up in my shoulder and an aching sensation in my arm. I said “this really hurts – I want to move my arm” which was restrained. She suggested I push out against the restraint but that hurt too much. Then all of a sudden there was a sense of relief and she said “there, all over”. I hadn’t even realised she’d started the second part of the procedure. Felt a bit woozy when I sat up, but 15 minutes later I was out for lunch. The radiologist didn’t do the saline part – she said that looking at the ultrasound my shoulder joint was far too tight and it wouldn’t have taken it. They gave me a double dose of cortisone though.

        Saw my physio the next day and have some gentle exercises to do this week.

        Thanks again.

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        • acflory

          -hugs-
          I’m so glad you went through with it, although it sounds as if your process was tougher than mine. But at least you did get that feeling of ‘relief’.
          I’m trying to remember how many weeks it took before I suddenly realised my arm was as good as new, but I think it must have been about 8, or thereabouts. So a fairly long recovery period but you should feel better almost every day.
          Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know how it went. I think we help a lot of people by just describing what this mysterious process feels like – none of the medical sites can do that, and I think it’s important.
          Please give me the odd update as your shoulder gets better!

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  • Sandra Martin

    I had hydrodilatation and cortisone today and nobody suggested taking pain killers beforehand , the needle and cortisone didnt hurt but a horrific pain in my elbow started when the saline solution went in I put up with it but never again . I now need to keep the excersise going to get movement happening
    Ssndra

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    • acflory

      Ouch. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m so sorry Sandra. It sounds as if something was pressing on a nerve. I’m rather shocked no one thought to give you some warning before hand.

      If you can go to a physio or chiropractor I’d strongly recommend it. You’ll still have to keep up with the exercises but they do make it easier.

      I hope you’re soon feeling as if you’ve got your life back again. Best Wishes for the Festive Season ahead.

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      • Sandra Martin

        I must say I feel better today no pain in shoulder just a bit sore on arm and elbow , I guess after all the excersise after Hydrodilation and cortisone I thought I would be worse but actually got some sleep last night , rest day today and excersise every four hours daily till I get better movement. I have been to Chiro . and Physio but not much improvement , I think it’s all up to me to keep doing excersise. Cheers
        Sandra

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  • ASP

    Hi Meeka, I live in Sydney l and I’ve just been diagnosed with “frozen shoulder”. Your post (though possibly a few years old) was incredibly helpful to me. I had already decided on the hydrodilatation route and I can find several radiologists who perform hydrodilatation in Melbourne but I can’t any in Sydney. Did you have the procedure done in Sydney? If so would you mind sharing the name of the practice you used?

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    • Sandy

      Hi ASP
      I had hydrodilation in Adelaide a few months ago it has helped with pain at night and i can lift my arm a bit better and can almost hang out the clothes without standing on my tip toes , its been quite inconvenient for over a year and a half and so annoying when you cant even dress yourself properly .
      I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do with your shoulder
      Cheers Sandy

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    • acflory

      Hi Asp, and yes, I had the procedure done in Melbourne so I can’t help. But who diagnosed your frozen shoulder? My GP sent me to a specialist who then sent me for the procedure so I didn’t have to do anything but show up [and take the panadeine forte!]
      Wish I could help more. Please come back and let us know how it went.
      I hope 2016 is a much better year for you.

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  • karen

    Im having this done you made me feel much better now thank you

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  • Chris

    Hi
    My name is Chris…I’m a 52 year old active woman who woke up 6 months ago with a frozen shoulder and am about to go through Hydrodilation.
    I’m so glad I read your post as I was a bit apprehensive.
    I’m wondering why this procedure is only available in Melbourne and not in Sydney.
    Where did you have it done?

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    • acflory

      Hi Chris, best of luck with your procedure, and please, please do take a hefty pain reliever before you go in.
      I had mine done in Melbourne but I’m amazed it’s not available in Sydney. That seems crazy to me. This procedure can literally give you your life back. My shoulder is still fine and I’m still doing fairly heavy duty gardening. Please let me know how it goes!

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    • Sandy

      Hi Chris
      Hope the Hydrodialation works for you , i live in Adelaide and the procedure is done here , not sure why its not done in Sydney , i take it thats where you live. Ive had the procedure done twice first on one shoulder and then unfortunately my other shoulder froze up also , so had it done again and both times it seemed to help with the pain.
      Cheers Sandy

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