Frozen Shoulder

By BethJ Latest Reply 2014-07-07 16:13:23 -0500
Started 2010-06-07 13:40:56 -0500

I have recently read a few comments on frozen shoulders. Does any of you that have experienced this and is a type 1 diabetic , use a insulin pump??

5 replies

Jazari 2014-07-07 16:13:23 -0500 Report

I'm type 1 diabetic and use an insulin pump and am starting to believe that my frozen shoulder is connected to the insertion of the port for my pump. The human body is trying to heal itself, when the port is inserted and the facia around the muscle moves, twisting and tugging making the movement of the shoulder painful.

keilout 2010-06-09 17:14:55 -0500 Report

I have been using an insulin pump for about 11 years, and experienced a frozen shoulder about 3 years ago. I did physical therapy on and off for two years, and it helped a little. Finally, I asked my doctor for a cortisone shot because the pain was really bad. Since then, I have been doing well, with only mild pain and stiffness. I do not have the range of motion that I had before, but it continues to improve as long as I do the stretches from PT.

BethJ 2010-06-14 11:55:22 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply. I also, have had the insulin pump for about 11 years and experienced the frozen shoulder starting when I was pregnant with my second child. I thought it was caused by how I was getting our of bed, more like rolling our of bed when I was pregnant…I also got a steroid shot in my shoulder and it did help for awhile along with ion a pull-up bar.. I go to a Kinesiologist Chiropractor, not sure if you are familiar with that term. I have been going to him for about 15 years and has helped me with my diabetes. we had found that the pump being electronic had something to do with it. We tested it several times and it always comes back to the pump, it was in my left shoulder and I would ware my pump on my left hip, so I switched sides… MY left shoulder is tons better but now I am feeling symptoms in my right shoulder which my Kinesiologist said would happen. No one ever plans on having an electronic devise attached to you 24/7 so who knows what the long term effects are. I have been thinking about going back on shots for awhile just to try to figure this out..

Diane987 2010-06-07 15:00:01 -0500 Report

Hi Beth,

I'm not Type 1 but did have a frozen shoulder once about 10 years ago. I thought I got it because I would sleep with my arm under my pillow. Anyway, it doesn't really matter how I got it.

To treat it I had physical therapy. The process was really just warming up the joint with one of those hand bikes for several minutes. Then some gentle stretching, light strengthening exercises, and finish with ice pack on entire shoulder area. I thought it was kind of funny that they put ice on a frozen shoulder.

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