I have pain from my neck to my fingers which are going numbon the right of my body.
I have a similar issue, I can completely relate! I have nerve damage in my right shoulder, due to an injury sustained caring for a combative psychiatric patient I was transporting to the hospital on the ambulance. I have been a paramedic for the past 23 years and all the lifting (stretcher weighs 99.4 lbs, cardiac monitor 30lbs and the average patient around 180 lbs) has causes me to have surgery on both shoulders. Once on left and twice on right with my last consisting of an 80% torn bicept tendon and two 100% torn rotator cuff muscles. I had been back to work for about 1 1/2 months when the injury happened. I was fortunate enough that workers comp let me use my orthopedic surgeon instead of an assigned panel orthopedist.
The injury caused small tears of the repair and nerve damage where a rerouting was done of the brachial nerve. I have chronic pain, as a result and periods of numbness and coldness of my right forearm and last three fingers, as well.
One thing you have to realize, nerve damage is irreversible, however, if it is just compression from a herniated disk or bone spurs, there are several treatment options. Physical therapy, sterroid injections, E-Stim or a TENS unit..even possibly an implanted E-stim, as the electric stimulation acts immediatly by interfering w impulses... consider chiropractic care, as well and if needed... corrective surgery to decpompress the nerve, specific medicine, like Neurontin or Lyrica, that slow electrical impulses in the nerve (narcotics are not as effective treating nerve pain) and antidepressants can be used in nerve issues (depression increases sensitivity to pain, in turn, chronic pain usually will cause depression or increase a preexisting depressive issue). Also, your goal is to be able to get to a tolerable pain level to be able to have as close to a normal life as possible... DO NOT EXPECT to stop the pain completly, especially if the nerve is damaged and other treatments will not resolve the issue. Overexpecration of complete resolution of the pain is very common with new onset chronic pain disorders. I can't stress enough to try and remain positive and find a treatment regimine that works for you. Don't be afraid to get several physician opinions with treatment. If you do pain management at a clinic, always tell any other healthcare providers, especially ER and EMS personnel, you are in a pain management program... if you don't, you can be dismissed from the practice for "doctor shopping" and breach of pain management contract.
My current regimine is Neurontin and 10 mcg/hr Butrans patch and my pain is nearly nothing. The biggest difference has been the addition of a pain patch and only by mouth medication for breakthrough pain, as I have frequent kidney stones and a lot of migraine headaches... otherwise, the patch alone would treat the non-nerve aspect of my condition. So, I went from 4-6 Percocet 10/325 per day to none unless absolutely needed and the constant delivery of medicine keeps the med levels on a level plane without the 'ups and downs" the oral meds cause (that alone has decreased my depression that mimics a bi-polar disorder just due to the years of opioid medication use and helps slow the tolerance building process. It took a few months to nail down a regimine that works for me... it is very easy to lose hope, when it seems every treatment is a dead end... but , again, don't give up hope!
Maybe my situation and explanation will be a positive outlook and hopefully, helped you gain a different prespecrive and expectation. I truly hope and pray the pain is just nerve impengement syndrome and there is no damage. I wish you the best and if I can help explain anything to you, please ask!
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