Alex, 37, was diagnosed a year ago with a brachial plexus lesion in his right shoulder area. He was prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for two weeks. Before the medication, he couldn’t lift five pounds and felt a lot of numbness. He still feels constant pain in his right shoulder and numbness down into his pinky and ring fingers and senses a lot of “clicking” in his joints. What can he do about his nerve pain?
The brachial plexus are the nerves in the shoulder under the armpit. You stopped taking anti-inflammatories after your two week regimen. You should still be taking something for inflammation if you’re in pain.
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Here’s one more thing, Alex, that’s very important. You said you have numbness. That’s
an ulnar nerve problem, which stems from a pinched nerve in the inside elbow. You
say your elbow “clicks” in addition to your shoulder. You know how it feels when you
fall asleep on your arm. People think that numb sensation is from loss of blood flow,
it’s actually from the nerve getting pinched. What you should do are nerve conduction
studies. You have to tell your doctor that your nerves aren’t doing well and you don’t
want it to get worse. You don’t want to lose all feeling in your arm. Arthroscopic surgery
may be in order. You may have scarring in the shoulder itself.
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