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Re: Sharp pain in left arm and shoulder--pinched nerve?

Re: Sharp pain in left arm and shoulder--pinched nerve?

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Posted by JimC on December 11, 2000 at 12:10:43:

In Reply to: Re: Sharp pain in left arm and shoulder--pinched nerve? posted by Alise McDowell on March 15, 2000 at 11:49:58:

I am now sold on Chiropractic Medicine. In January 1998, I fell and ended up with a Greater Tubersosity Fractor (head of armbone), and torn rotator cuff.

I had surgery to repair both.. Shooting Pains persisted many months later, and I went from Orthopedic Surgeon to Orthopedic Surgeon (6 in all), trying to find answers. I had LOTS of Xrays, MRI's, Nerve Conductivity Studies, etc., with no results.

I also went to many months of Physical Therapy, which seemed to make the problem worse, instead of better.

Also, when raising my right arm, two of my fingers would begin to go numb (which is why I've had nerve conductivity studies, which did no reveal any problem).

I went to a Chiropractor for the first time last week. He took Xrays of my back, and explained how the nerves were being pinched going to my right shoulder.

Guess What? After 2 adjustments, I have no more pain, and no more numbing fingers.

I my opinion, the Orthopedic Surgeons are idiots. The Chiropractor (at least mine) is a godsend.

: : To Bill: The surgery only took about 3-4 hours and I went home the next day. This was considered out-patient. My doctor told me to expect 3-6 weeks recovery. As I mentioned, this has not been the case for me. That does not, by any means, say that you will not recover at that rate or even faster. I was a legal assistant and had to quite my job before we found out what was causeing the pain. I had lost most of the use in my left arm. I still have not been able to go back to work and am at this time looking for something I can do at home on my own computer. Answering phones should be OK. You may have to change hands or the angle of your neck often. That would depend on you. You may also want to look up "cervical fusion" under "Procedures" in this site. I have read a few and they all seem to have had great success. As far as how expensive an MRI is, well its pretty expensive. (around $1,000-$1,500 I think) I was lucky enough to have good insurance. If you don't you can ask your doctor if he knows how you can receive some sort of public benefits. Maybe a county hospital??? Let me know if I can be of further help. Good luck!

: Alise

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