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Brachial Plexus Neuropathy, What should we do?

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  • Posted By: akesteroid
  • January 11, 2009
  • 03:55 AM

My husband had hernia surgery in August of this this year and six days after his surgery he had sharp stabing pains in his left shoulder for 3 days. Then he lost feeling in the shoulder, he now can only lift his arm waist high and even that is difficult. He still has use from the elbow down. After seeing an orthepedic doctor he sent him to see a neurologist. He tested him and found that 100 cm was dead. The neurologist told him it would take a long time for the nerve to grow back if at all (2 years). He went back to the orthepedic doctor and he sent him to a physical therapist to keep the range of motion in the arm. The doctor told us he was going to research if shock therapy should be done, I called and the nurse said that we were suppose to ask the phyisical therapist about it????

To add to this already upsetting situation he had another hernia surgery on the opposite side and now is having similar symptoms with the right arm just not as bad, but he does have loss of strength in the arm. He goes to see the neurologist again on Monday to test the right arm to see if there is dead nerve on that side too.

Does anyone know if there is a recommended course of treatment? And what is causing him to have nerve damage after surgery?

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  • I have mostly recovered from the diagnosis after 9 months.May 19th I woke up with a dull ache in my shoulder and the pain got worse over the next 24 hours. After 2 weeks of the most intense pain I had ever felt in my life, I lost most of the feeling and control of my left deltoid.I was told 2-3 years for a recovery which would likely not be more than 80%.The pain did not go away instantly, but over the next few weeks it lessened, along with my control of the muscle.The neurologist is correct, the only thing that was done was range of motion work. The physical therapist I had did not understand the paresis and I did small related muscle training for 3 months. I had learned to cope.Personally, I would caution against attempting to train other muscles to attempt to do the same thing in the short term. My pectoralis minor is now overdeveloped on the left side and causes significant joint stress and pain during shoulder abduction and forward raises.It took 4 months for anything to happen, then it was slow and aggravating.I can now do pushups again.I hope his recovery will be as "lucky" as mine.
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    • February 10, 2009
    • 05:28 PM
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