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Trini I know you pain literally. Messed up both shoulders in 1999 with a long ladder. Had one surgery and have had multiple trips through physical therapy.

A few items I have found work for me -

Aleve (generic is OK, but Aleve aka naproxin) is clearly better than aspirin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc. There is a prescription version that is 500 mg per tablet. The OTC stuff is 225 mg as I recall. It does take in the range of 2 to 4 days for the full effect to kick in.

They told me to start these exercises with a 1 pound weight - a can of condensed soup weighs 1 pound. I find lifting the weight over all is easier to keep doing year after year than those rubber tubes or bands.

Every time I have stopped the exercises, I have ended up in pain. Some times it takes longer than others. My last PT was over 2 years ago and I am still lifting my dinky little green weigh while laying on the floor watching TV.
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