I had a partial tear of the rotator cuff cleaned up and a bone spur removed a month ago. I also had carpal tunnel surgery on the same hand at the sane time. I had been working out and my shoulders were pretty strong prior to the surgery 4 months ago. I went to physical therapy for the first three months, but had a lot of pain. I worked through and they said I had a pretty good range of motion, but I can not reach back. Putting on a shirt or coat is very painful. I was only given pain medication for the first month after surgery, and am now taking ibuprofen, which does not alleviate the pain. The pain has not gotten better, and since I have started back doing computer work, I am having swelling in my hand. The pain will get bad enough that it r a dates across my collar bone and into my jaw, which can bring on a hemifacial spasm. The pain in my arm can be cramping from my shoulder all the way to my hand or a sharp pain in my shoulder and elbow. I rarely sleep more than 2 house at a time at night, and get up to exchange ice packs. I was told in physical therapy to apply ice. I read in the blog to apply heat to aid in blood circulation. I am going to try this. I went back to my Dr. to request a follow-up MRI, because it feels like my shoulder is slightly out, which is causing my arm to hang improperly and to pinch nerves under my arm. He prescribed prednisone instead for inflammation and swelling. I do feel better knowing that this is a long healing process, and it is not unusual to be in pain for this long. It is depressing and overwhelming, though, as a patient when you are not expecting this much constant pain for this length of time. It is also depressing to not be able to do SD implementation things you used to take for granted. This surgery needs a better "what to expect" pamper out there... maybe I should write one.... ;-) provided I recover that is...