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Brachial Plexus Injury / C-5 palsy - how to deal with pain?

Posted by @lindaswesey, Sep 3, 2015

C-5 palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury
7 month ago had c 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 surgery, not sure what the procedure was called. Left arm was diagnosised with C-5 palsy…limited use of hand and wrist. No lift in the arm, very little left to right movement from elbow. Recent nerve test by neurologist said he is “cautiously optimistic”.. .? This injury occurred while being adjusted by chiropractor, 4 disks crumbled crushing the C-5 nerve for 12 plus days before surgery to release compression of nerve. Leaving my left arm paralyzed. After 7 months now, not much improvement. Initially excusiating burning pain at the top of the shoulder. This pain lasted 33 days! Since then muscle feeling fatigue with cramping type pain. Tolerable. Do not sleep well.

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Hi
I have a Bracial Plexus Injury for 12 Years in my left lower arm.
2 Questions

If my arm is always cold, like slab of cold meat cold, more so in winter.
would their be a very high chance of complications. ?

I also have my arm hanging down I am aware of gravity pulling down blood to the left arm fingers.
and deoxygenated blood hanging around in the arm.
looking ahead for the many years to come is their a high chance of medical complications?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
thanks for your help and look forward to your response.

Daniel Munday

@Daniel_Munday

Hi
I have a Bracial Plexus Injury for 12 Years in my left lower arm.
2 Questions

If my arm is always cold, like slab of cold meat cold, more so in winter.
would their be a very high chance of complications. ?

I also have my arm hanging down I am aware of gravity pulling down blood to the left arm fingers.
and deoxygenated blood hanging around in the arm.
looking ahead for the many years to come is their a high chance of medical complications?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
thanks for your help and look forward to your response.

Daniel Munday

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Hi @Daniel_Munday Welcome to Connect.
We can’t answer questions about medical complications, but I’m hoping you’ll be able to connect with others who have experience with brachial plexus injury.

What kind of treatment have you had? Here’s some info about treatment options http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brachial-plexus-injury/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20127386

I suspect if you’ve been dealing with this for 12 years, you’ve looked into treatment options. Do you do physical therapy?

I take Cymbalta to help with the nerve pain and Lunesta to help sleep at night. The combination has been helpful.

@kanyonkick

I take Cymbalta to help with the nerve pain and Lunesta to help sleep at night. The combination has been helpful.

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Wondering if cymbalta would help earaches

Hi @kanyonkick and welcome to Connect. Do you also have a brachial plexus injury? How did it happen and how long have you been dealing with it?

@kanyonkick

I take Cymbalta to help with the nerve pain and Lunesta to help sleep at night. The combination has been helpful.

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@cmtg, Here’s some information about duloxetine (brand name: Cymbalta) http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/duloxetine-oral-route/description/drg-20067247 “Duloxetine is used to treat depression and anxiety. It is also used for pain caused by nerve damage associated with diabetes (diabetic peripheral neuropathy). Duloxetine is also used to treat fibromyalgia (muscle pain and stiffness) and chronic (long-lasting) pain that is related to muscles and bones.”

You should talk with your doctor about what is causing your earaches to know what treatment would be effective.

@colleenyoung

Hi @kanyonkick and welcome to Connect. Do you also have a brachial plexus injury? How did it happen and how long have you been dealing with it?

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I had an injury at age 12 that gave me bulging disks and stenosis c4 through c7.  It has degenerated over the years.  I had 1 disk replaced but still have a lot of nerve pain that flares from the brachial plexus.  Cymbalta celebrity and deep tissue massage to remove knots every 2 weeks help me a lot.

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