Diabetes and Frozen shoulder.

Johnben or JB.
By Johnben or JB. Latest Reply 2011-02-20 15:03:19 -0600
Started 2011-02-20 13:48:07 -0600

Would you believe when I was going through articles in the Diabetes Forecast I did run into a frozen shoulder? Well into the article at least and not the actual shoulder. LOL. So, why do I like to write about this? I have the feeling that not too many know about the relation of diabetes and the shoulder! Some articles blame high blood sugar for the start of a bad shoulder. Others state that about 20% of diabetics will experience a frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis can disable you for a long time. Permanenet loss of as much as 50% of shoulder mobility can occur among people with diabetes. Particularly in those who don't keep good control of their sugars.

Many diabetics will be stuck with a painful shoulder permanently and for others it says that it may take up to 17 months and even two years to find improvement. I never paid much attention to this, probable would if I got the shoulder pain… The articles are too long to give you a full report but if you go to Google and write in "Diabetes and frozen shoulder" you will be amazed how much info there is on this subject.

Greeting from JB.

2 replies

re1ndeer 2011-02-20 15:03:19 -0600 Report

Hi, I had frozen shoulder, known as capsulitsis . It is very painful.

I could not lift my arm for any reason. I had five cortisone shots, over a period of 24 months. Had to go to therapy, so they could break the scar tissue in the shoulder.

Also had a TENs Unit for two months to eleveate the pain at home.

Eventually, shoulder in arm went back to normal. Orthopedic doctor still wants to go in and scrape any residual scar tissue. I told him if it comes back, then I'll go and see him.

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