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Daniel
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Brachial plexus injury

Posted by @dgroland135, Jun 7, 2017

Any one have any advice on dealing with a Brachial plexus injury

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Hi Daniel,
Welcome to Connect. You can find more information about brachial plexus care at Mayo Clinic here: http://mayocl.in/2dC9MZj This page also includes additional links to research and patient success stories including this one: http://mayocl.in/2dgmJpM

Also here are a few additional Connect discussions you may be interested in reading where you’ll meet other members like @cillamac @susanacj @bessygo and @gjs411 who are dealing with brachial plexus injuries and surgery:

– How do I test for longterm (9 years) suspected nerve avulsion in neck? http://mayocl.in/2c60Aw6
– Brachial Plexus Injury / C-5 palsy – how to deal with pain? http://mayocl.in/2crmAA4
– Severe arm injury resulting in numerous symptoms and no relief http://mayocl.in/2c5Z0dR

Daniel, can you tell us a bit more about your situation? How were you injured? How are you managing pain now and what treatment options are available to you?

Can you give us a little bit more of info. Birth? Accident? Time of injury? Paralysis where? Etc.

Hi this is Brandy, Daniel’s wife 🙂 Thank you guys for replying! Danny is 39yrs old and was in an ATV accident April 30th damaging the right brachail plexus, right clavicle fx, right scapula fx along with right broken ribs (flail chest), temporal fx causing hearing loss of right ear, lacerated liver, and hematoma of his pancreas. Everything has progressed very well minus the right arm. I have posted the outcome of our last appointment below. We go for the EMG test today. The Dr thinks that Danny will get movement back from his elbow to your hand and minimal shoulder movement. We began seeing a progression everyday with more feeling coming back and some movement coming back but over the past week or so the progression has been very slight. Danny is able to bend his wrist and fingers down but can not flex up yet. He does have shoulder movement as well. He is starting to experience more tingling sensation in the tricep area (which is the area the edema is still located) The decrease in progression causes us to worry but we are aware that this type of nerve damage can take a while to recover and we are still in the early stages. That is why we wanted to join a discussion board with others who have the same DX.

Doing well. Coping with diagnosis
Pain improving. Discussed weaning down on narcotics.
RICE prn
Improving strength in finger flexion and FCR flexion improving.
Lacks all finger and wrist extensaion
No elbow or shoulder ROM returned.
Sensation improving in the hand per the patient. He has returning tingling inthe radial nerve over the hand. New finding. Improving med/ulnar sensation.
Clavicle fracture xray show near anatomic alingment with intact hardware
Continue NWB
Will send to OT for home exercise for ROM and stretching of hand elbow.
Continue gabapentin.
Will refer to ortho hand for dr matthias to eval for brachial plexus injury and comgt

@dgroland135

Hi this is Brandy, Daniel’s wife 🙂 Thank you guys for replying! Danny is 39yrs old and was in an ATV accident April 30th damaging the right brachail plexus, right clavicle fx, right scapula fx along with right broken ribs (flail chest), temporal fx causing hearing loss of right ear, lacerated liver, and hematoma of his pancreas. Everything has progressed very well minus the right arm. I have posted the outcome of our last appointment below. We go for the EMG test today. The Dr thinks that Danny will get movement back from his elbow to your hand and minimal shoulder movement. We began seeing a progression everyday with more feeling coming back and some movement coming back but over the past week or so the progression has been very slight. Danny is able to bend his wrist and fingers down but can not flex up yet. He does have shoulder movement as well. He is starting to experience more tingling sensation in the tricep area (which is the area the edema is still located) The decrease in progression causes us to worry but we are aware that this type of nerve damage can take a while to recover and we are still in the early stages. That is why we wanted to join a discussion board with others who have the same DX.

Doing well. Coping with diagnosis
Pain improving. Discussed weaning down on narcotics.
RICE prn
Improving strength in finger flexion and FCR flexion improving.
Lacks all finger and wrist extensaion
No elbow or shoulder ROM returned.
Sensation improving in the hand per the patient. He has returning tingling inthe radial nerve over the hand. New finding. Improving med/ulnar sensation.
Clavicle fracture xray show near anatomic alingment with intact hardware
Continue NWB
Will send to OT for home exercise for ROM and stretching of hand elbow.
Continue gabapentin.
Will refer to ortho hand for dr matthias to eval for brachial plexus injury and comgt

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You need to get to the Mayo Clinic asap. Usually if surgery is needed they try to perform it within 3 months after the injury to get the best results. I had mine even being 7 months pregnant. I hope you get to the right Doctors and he gets much better soon. Best wishes.

We have an appointment the 15th with Dr. Murry

Great!

Treatment of brachial plexus injury suffering from 2 years

@lipun93

Treatment of brachial plexus injury suffering from 2 years

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Hi @lipun93, I moved your message to this existing discussion about brachial plexus as John suggested so that you can meet others like @arlenej @susanacj and @dgroland135.

Lipun, what treatments have you had?

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