Hello All....relief FINALLY came.
I posted with similar symptons back in September. Pain that was excruciating and made it virtually impossible to get dressed, raise my arm over my head, and sleep. After almost 6 months I am happy to say I am finally back to normal with full range mobility.
When this occured I threw myself into researching what could be the cause and how to relieve it. I found many posts that showed similar experiences, post flu shot, but none that showed suggestions for getting better! Below is what I learned and did....hope it helps!
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is stiffness, pain, and limited range of movement in your shoulder. This can often follow an injury. (of which an injection in and around the joint or nerve can be considered) The tissues around the joint stiffens, scar tissue forms, and this built up scar tissue is what makes shoulder movements difficult and painful.
So the key is to KEEP MOVING IT and break down that scar tissue!!! (which anyone whose done it will tell you can be an uncomfortable but necessary process)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (motrin or advil) and application of heat to the affected area are helpful to relieve the pain (especially before bed)...however it does nothing to help break down the scar tissue which is the root of the pain and the cause of the immobility.
Gentle stretching, progressive range-of-motion excersises and continuing to use your shoulder more to increase your range of motion is what is suggested by professionals.
This was not a quick process...but it was one I did repeatedly over months and slowly (i mean slowly!) but surely the pain lessened...the range of motion increased and the "normalcy" i was use to resumed!
Good Luck & Speedy Healing!