| | Musculocutaneous Nerve Severed From Stab Wound
Hello! I apologize for the long post but I believe the amount of detail will help with the question:
I was stabbed in the right shoulder almost 7 years ago when I was 17 (June 2006). The stab wound was from a knife and the location of the wound is about 1 inch right of my armpit and the scar is about 1 inch long (knife was positioned vertically). The ER Doctor told me my nerve was severed and I immediately noticed numbness along my forearm and bicep weakness when he tested my arm function. My arm was severely stiff for about 6 months until I regained most of my arms range of motion. At about this time I noticed severe muscle atrophy in my right bicep and I visited a nerve specialist and had a EMG test done. The doctor told me that I would require expensive surgery that has a small percentage chance of recovery and I would be better off allowing the nerve to heal and regenerate by itself. He suggested physical therapy. I had no health insurance at the time and I really had no choice but to let it heal on its own. I tried to rehab it on my own by doing bicep curls with a dumbbell but this only strengthened my forearm muscle with no effect on my withered away/atrophied bicep. Now, 7 years later, I have had no real improvement in my arm at all. My right bicep is still atrophied with no improvement in the reformation of the bicep muscle and my forearm is still as numb as it was since the day I was stabbed. After some research I believe that it was my Musculocutaneous nerve that was severed due to the symptoms and location of the wound. I want to find out what my options are at this point...
Could I still get some type of nerve surgery (nerve repair, nerve graft, nerve transfer or neurolysis) even after it has been 7 years since the injury? Would my chances for a fully recovered arm have been better if the surgery was completed shortly after the injury or do I have a better chance of recovery if I did the surgery today? Do I have any other options; for example acupuncture to help with nerve regeneration? I greatly appreciate your help!