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Posted 1/29/2013 by KathrynPea in NSBR Board


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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:47:41 AM
A little background: I broke my shoulder on 1/5 in a trip and fall in my home. Sleeping in my bed was intolerable because it didn't keep my shoulder stabilized. I moved to the couch because my arm was cradled between my body and my couch cushion. As it turns out my other arm was receiving pressure on the nerve just above my elbow. I had hand pain and just figured I had slept funny. I wasn't waking up when I was injuring my nerve thanks to my new BFF Percocet. Last week, I moved back in my bed because my hand was suddenly giving me blinding pain just below my ring finger. It would take me an hour massaging my hand to get the pain to subside sufficiently to go back to bed. After three nights of this, I tried to make an appointment with my PCP to no avail. The nurse instructed my to go to urgent care. Once there the doctor told me it wasn't a big deal and that it would work itself out. Fast forward to this week. I no longer wake up with the blinding pain but it has changed to a continuous burning, electric pain with the tips of my fingers stinging. My social finger has a white circle that is painful to the touch. When I lift my arm it feels like the blood drains out of my hand immediately and it feel asleep. My chiropractor states these things work themselves out. My friend the nurse says that time is if the essence as neglect could cause permanent damage. My PCP doesn't have any openings until the end of February. As a side note I am diabetic newly diagnosed and it is still uncontrolled. This pain is making my broken shoulder like a walk in the park.

What do you think it is? What do you think I should do? Does anyone have any experience with this? Any advice would be appreciated.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:40:06 AM
HUGS to you! You poor thing!

Can you make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon? (i'm not even sure that is the right DR. excuse my ignorance!)

I'm sorry no one is listening to you! That is horrible! My DH had a broken shoulder and was in agony so I understand your pain.

I wouldn't let them give you no for an answer you keep calling them and telling them something isn't right!

If you PCP won't see you and Urgent care doesn't care ask your DR to recommend someone who can attend to you.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:51:04 AM
Your chiro is right. You can do some upper body/arm exercises. What helps me the most are the punching exercises on the Wii.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 8:59:12 AM
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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:08:53 AM
No advice, but I hope you find some relief soon.


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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:19:56 AM
Look in your area for an upper cervical care chiropractor. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area I can recommend one to you. Your C1 could have slipped and is causing pinching. I have this problem and similar symptoms. It's a super simple adjustment (no neck popping).


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Posted: 1/29/2013 2:48:21 PM
If it's a nerve being pinched, maybe you should see a Neurologist. Promptly, since it sounds very painful. Nerves can take time to heal. The longer you wait to see the right kind of doctor, the longer you may have to deal with the pain and problems.

An Orthopedic specialist might be another doctor to consider, perhaps even before you see a Neurologist.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 4:12:12 PM
Shoulder injuries are the worst! I know your pain! (last year, in two different times, I managed to seperate BOTH shoulders! ) I slept downstairs on the sectional couch for 6 months, I think.

When I had similar symptoms from my injuries, my PCP referred me to a pain management specialist; turns out I have severe carpal tunnel, which mainly flares up when I'm lying down at night. The pain management specialist referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. Saw him, and he suggested that I start using wrist supports at night--got those (at Walgreen's, I think) and haven't had a problem since.

Good luck--I hope you find some relief!


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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:48:20 AM
With some kicking and screaming, I was able to get an appointment with my PCP on Thursday. The nerve pain is worse than the shoulder. Thanks for the kind words and advice. Hopefully I can get rid of the nerve pain. I can live with the shoulder. For those of you who have had shoulder injuries you will get how bad the nerve pain must be. Percocet doesn't even touch it. Speaking of which I am going to pop one and see if I can sleep tonight.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:21:30 PM
Google "cubital tunnel syndrome and diabetes". Definitely see your doctor,but in the mean time, avoid having your elbow bent more than 90 degrees for prolonged periods. Especially at night, consciously try to position that elbow in extension. Icing the elbow and taking an anti-inflammatory (if you can take those) might also give you some relief.

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