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    Old 09-26-2017, 01:40 PM   #1
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    Brachial neuritis - lingering effects possible?

    So my right arm has been put through the wringer, but a weird issue has come up with me not feeling certain muscles. I don't know the cause, I don't know if it's nerve related or muscle related, would like to hear if someone has had the same sort of thing. The backstory is really long, thanks if you read through it.

    In March 2016 I developed brachial neuritis in my right arm. Worst three months of my life. I was misdiagnosed at first with a herniated cervical disc, kinda frustrated with that as the PT wanted me on a nerve pain medicine (Neurontin) that probably would have fixed me but my regular doctor wouldn't prescribe it. The MRI said I had a disc abnormality on the right side between C5 and C6, but so minor it couldn't possibly be causing symptoms. When the PT pushed on the nerve pain medicine, the doctor finally gave me Lyrica after over 2 months of pain and that did fix me really quick.

    I lost insurance right as I was getting better so every medical treatment stopped and I had to rebuild my arm strength on my own.

    In February I ended up with tendonitis in two different areas of my right elbow (golfer's and tennis elbow) and I tore a ligament and ended up with an AC separation in the right shoulder. The tendonitis was correctly diagnosed, the AC separation was misdiagnosed as tendonitis, so instead of being put in a sling I was doing strength building exercises with a newly torn ligament. Needless to say recovery took a really long time. Needless to say my PCP is no longer my doctor after the two huge misdiagnoses.

    An MRI in April was interpreted as a partially healed fracture in the clavicle. An orthopedic surgeon reviewed the images, found the real problem of the AC separation and did some serious work restrictions so it could have a chance to heal. She wanted PT at the time and I just couldn't afford the copays right then, so I ended up not getting PT.

    Things got better then worse suddenly. A second MRI was done, and the AC separation is fully healed, but now I have a nasty case of arthritis from surrounding cartilage damage. I also have a real case of tendonitis in the right shoulder, deltoid muscle. Eep. This time I could cobble the money together for PT. I'm on my third week. Now I can see it, but I never noticed my shoulders weren't aligned. It's because I have lost muscle strength in my right shoulder. The front muscles are pulling my shoulder forward, and habit formed during the neuritis has me using primarily my left arm so I've got unequal strength. Ironically now that I see it, the PT tells me that it's a lot better than it was when I first walked through the door.

    Now here's where I need advice. Just a few days ago I asked the PT when were we going to start working on the muscles in the back of the shoulder. She was really surprised, as apparently we have been and I'm not feeling those muscles work. I can feel the front muscles, I can feel the muscles going down the arm, but I don't feel anything working in my back. She stuck a thumb near my shoulder blade and I repeated some of the exercises. She could see and feel those muscles moving, but I only felt her thumb, no muscle movement at all.

    Is it a lingering aftereffect from the neuritis? Is it because the muscles have been so underused for so long my brain has quit registering sensory input from them? Is there another possible cause? Will working the muscles bring back feeling them move? Is there something else I should be doing as well? Is the orthopedic surgeon the right specialist for this oddity? Is this just an oddity I can dismiss or something serious?

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