"I had the surgery for my rotator cuff on January 11, 2009," Tyler says. "The pain pump was put in for about 5 days, and I was fine for the first month or month and a half. Since then, I've had severe pain in my shoulder. It's been five or six months that it's gone on. It radiates down my arm to my elbow and wrist.
I get anywhere from 2 to 4 hours of sleep a night because of the pain. My kids wake up at night because I'm crying or screaming from pain. By the end of the afternoon or early evening, I have to use my left arm to move my right arm around.
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If I didn't have kids, I'd probably drink every evening to deal with the pain. It's absolutely terrible—it's there all the time. I didn't have this much pain before I had the surgery.
At first, I thought it was something I did in physical therapy, after the surgery. I thought I overdid it or something. But now I see what is going on with the pain pumps, so I know it's just not me.
If there are problems with the pain pump, why are they still using it? Why make people go through this unnecessarily? I'm a single father of 2 and this has taken my summer away with my kids. I can't play football or basketball with them. It limits everything I do."