Six years ago, I was where you are. I had my left shoulder replaced on August 23, 2013. My post-op was not “normal” because when the doc was reaming out everything for the implant, my humerus shattered. I have a cerclage holding it together.
That meant when I started PT in early September (maybe 10 days after surgery), we moved muuuuch slower–only four exercises, two with support under my arm and two without. That went on until late October. I was finally able to get both hands on the keyboard sometime in November. I was in PT until sometime in the spring of 2014.
I can’t remember how long I was on pain meds. I know I moved from one every six hours to one every eight or ten, and then a half every 12 hours, I think.
At six weeks, I was still wearing my shoulder brace–can’t remember if it was 24/7 or while I was awake. Also at six weeks, I had finally begun to feel better–I didn’t drop off to sleep at the drop of a hat. I had more energy than I’d had for a while.
While successful in doing away with 24/7 pain, it was not as successful as it could have been in part because I have cervical spine involvement and in part because the damage had gone on too long before the surgery.
Lamb, I think, has also had a shoulder replaced.