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Right arm atrophy

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  • Posted By: clairjcooper
  • July 18, 2007
  • 04:15 PM


I am seeking help while we wait for yet another referral to a neurologist. My husband has experienced atrophying of his right arm over the past 3 to 4 yrs. He had an MRI of the arm in 2005 and EMG testing. He was told he had two impingements in his right arm--wrist and just below the elbow. He had surgery in 2005 with no improvement, and in fact since the surgery he has gone from the initial symptoms of poor grip in his right hand and loss of strength in that hand to major visable atrophy of his whole right arm.

We returned to the neurologist two months ago. Since then he had MRI's of the brain, spine, and brachial shoulder area. All seemingly negative. Now he is referred on to another neurologist who specializes in neuromuscular disorders. The neurologist does not think my husband has ALS since this has been going on for several years, and he would be showing symptoms elsewhere if it were ALS. He says he has no idea what is going on--other than perhaps it is a rare neuromuscular disorder. My husband is 59 years old and in good health other than the ongoing atrophy of the right arm. He can't grip with the right hand and his arm muscles are atrophying more as the weeks go by.

Does anyone have any experience with something similar happening to them? We are still waiting for an appt. with the next neurologist. Thanks for any help anyone may offer.

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