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Clone_trooper_max50

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Posted about 1 year ago

 

How is everyone?


I'd like to know if anyone has been through this or know anyone who has? A little over a month ago I helped make entry on a house and during the process, received a minor cut on my right knee. I had it checked at the local ER and received a tetanus shot. I worked the rest of my shift and the next night with no problem.


On the way to roll call the next shift I started having trouble. My left arm started going numb and it spread to my hand. I started having trouble using the arm and couldn't hold onto a bottle of water. I left work early and went back to the ER but the doctor couldn't tell me what was happening, I went to another doctoor the next day who said I was having a reaction to the shot. He gave me another shot to counteract the first one. A test of my arm showed i had lost between a third to half the strength in my arm.


I was placed on modified duty until they could get my arm back to normal. Since then, I have remained on modified duty. Although most of my strength has returned, it doesn't last. I use the arm for about 20-30 seconds and it goes almost dead. It alternates between severe cramps, aches, and numbness. This happens whether I move it or not.


My doctor still doesn't know what is wrong. I'm in the process of changing to a new doctor since this one isn't doing me any good. Everyone I've talked to tells me they haven't heard of thishappening before.


Any ideas?


 

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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

Keep asking doctors. Eventually you'll find a doctor who has seen it, and dealt with it, before and will be able to help. I've never been through this so I can't give more suggestions. 


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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

What was the "test" for your arm strength? Have you had a nerve conduction study yet?




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Rated +3 | Posted about 1 year ago

 

Consider asking the question about C4-C6 in the cervical area at the base of your neck. If you were making entry, the dynamics of that movement could have transmitted a pinch on the nerves exiting your vertebrae. The foramina may be causing nerve problems and causing arm weakness. Medication could include an Rx dose of an NSAID that reduces the inflammation, thus relief. But that potential injury would need to have an MRI for an exact diagnosis. It may have nothing to do at all with your knee injury.


But what do I know?


(I am not a doctor. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.)


 


 


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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

I agree with the Sarge.  I have been there and done that, except mine was C5- C6.  I was out a year, but got back full use of arms.


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Clone_trooper_max50

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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

Hey everyone, been a while but have a quick update.


Have a little more strength back in the arm but the endurance is not there (gives out quickly). I had a nerve conduction test and the doc found everything was working pretty well. A second doctor said he was also looking at the test to see if everything was tested and nothing was missed. I finally was prescribed some meds to try to help with the pain. Overall, the general consensus is even though the nerves tested out as working, something there is still affecting the way the commands are relayed to my arm. Had no problem found in my neck so that's good news.


I also was started on massage therapy to see if there was any muscle tightness that might be affecting the nerves.  I'm also being scheduled with another doctor who is looking specifically at identifying the cause.


A little light at the end of the tunnel. Just will take some time.


 


 

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Rate This | Posted about 1 year ago

 

MarlyB says ...



Good news, lkdavis71! Hasn't been that long since the injury.  I know it's hard to be patient.  Hang in there.



Thanks MarlyB,


I'm trying to be patient but ...


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Any update?

Clone_trooper_max50

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

Quick update. Haven't been on lately.


Had an MRI which showed no sign of abscess. Still having fine control problems and cramping that cause the arm to jerk. About three weeks ago I hit my arm in that area and it just went crazy, cramping and severe pain from the shoulder through my fingers.


A nerve conduction test shows all the nerves were working but..


No problems were found in my neck and no rotator problems. I've been able to work it out a little but can handle very little weight. The arm still tires easily and I'm still not receiving PT from workers comp (still not approved).


The two doctors I currently see now believe it is a nerve problem. I go on 1/19/14 for an ultrasound guided injection into the sheath around the nerve. They believe this should help the nerve to heal.


I'll believe it when I feel it.


Five months, 5 different doctors and the only thing I have to show for it a callouses on my backside from sitting at a desk..

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slashed a nerve?

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e8nt392 says ...



slashed a nerve?



Don't think so. When it happened I finished working the shift and my next one. Problems started two days after. Never lost full use but can't use it well.

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

usually when one feels numbness or a tingling it means poor blood circulation. are you sure you did not  ram your arm into something and with all the action didn't feel it or know about it? im sorry I don't know but I can ask a doctor I know that is very good for you if like.

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

I'll take any advice I can get. Thanks.


I didn't hit my arm at all... it was an open area except for the doorway and the deputies behind me didn't see any contact with it.


 

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

an apple a day keeps the doctor away. so I am sending you home and prescribing you an apple. nah cant keep em away. I will ask a physician who has 30 years under his belt later today and pm about it. if I can. this particular doc is a bit prickly. we'll see :)

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

Good luck with your injury, hope they find out what is causing it soon.


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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

Doc says right arm problems like the one you described could be a myriad of things, but one thing is for sure, Left arm pains can be directly linked to your heart. consult with a cardiologist if he can do some tests. If you have absolutely no chest pains from time to time I would still ask his advice to possibly run some tests. hope that helps a little bit.

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

I wish you the very best outcome.  Five doctors means you have been getting the benefit of a lot of expertise. At least in terms of ruling out certain conditions.  Nerve damage can be tricky, but nerves recover all the time.  We're rooting for you.  No pun intended!  Speedy healing!

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

MarlyB says ...



I wish you the very best outcome.  Five doctors means you have been getting the benefit of a lot of expertise. At least in terms of ruling out certain conditions.  Nerve damage can be tricky, but nerves recover all the time.  We're rooting for you.  No pun intended!  Speedy healing!



Thanks MarlyB


I'll have an update soon since I have another appointment today.


I'm also up to six doctors now and they agree on one thing... this is puzzling.

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Rate This | Posted 11 months ago

 

Thanks for the update, lkdavis!


You have grit!  By way of minute comparison, we've all taken a hard bang to the 'funny bone' and howled like a banshee. Congrats on YOUR many months of patience!


I am also encouraged to see you report symptoms have lessened and some returning strength - even with the recent blow and reaction.  How is that left hand doing now?  Your doctors seem to be treating your condition conservatively - as a pinched nerve, inflammation or injury. Recent tests have ruled out many serious conditions. That is good news!


Your doctors are scratching their heads but they are NOT going to let this diagnosis get away from them.  Doctors have BIG egos and hate obstacles in the quest to heal.


Nerves can take a long time to heal.


Oh, yes and if you haven't already, don't forget to ask your doctors about specialists in sports medicine.  There is a fine medical facility in Oklahoma City - I think it has a nationwide reputation.  Football injuries, you name it.  I heard its on the frontier of neurological diagnostics and treatments.  Your team can help you track an expert down if it gets to that. 


Which it won't! ; )


Keep us posted!

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Rate This | Posted 9 months ago

 

Apologize for the delay but been busy with two grandchildren born recently.


Update on my situation.


Doctors haven't been able to figure out why I had the reaction beyond saying it was the caused by the vaccination.


My arm has continued to improve and I am going through a pretty intense round of physical therapy. The doctor and therapist believe I could be cleared to return to duty when I go back on April 1.


I was still going through my PTO training after moving out of the jail to patrol. The department is pleased and even though I haven't been officially cleared, I have been put into the orientation training with the new hires to help me get up to speed. In three weeks I'll resume my training and see where I am.


It's been a long road that I didn't see coming. Just have to keep going.

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Rate This | Posted 9 months ago

 

Had a feeling your recovery was going to build and build until you reach 100%.  You are getting there.  Keep us posted!!

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Rate This | Posted 9 months ago

 

lkdavis71,   Glad to hear things are finally getting turned around for you ! Keep us posted, and let us know if you need anything else !  

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Rate This | Posted 9 months ago

 

 Woo Hoo!! Great news. 

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Rate This | Posted 9 months ago

 

As of 4/1/2014, I was officially cleared for a full return to duty after 216 days on light duty.


 


The doctor said that since the last visit, my strength had increased like a rocket. I'm still not where I was but getting better every day. Now with no restrictions, I can get back on my workout regimen. Monday I go back into a car and resume my PTO.


It's been a long, unsure road but I'm back on course.


I want to thank everyone for their support.


I'll just keep pounding away until I get where i want to be.

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Rate This | Posted 9 months ago

 

Ikdavis71, thank God!!!  I am thrilled to learn the good news!!  You are doing a  GREAT JOB!!  Yes!  Keep pounding away!!!


 

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Rate This | Posted 8 months ago

 

I am so happy!!  This is wonderful news.


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Rate This | Posted 8 months ago

 

 Great news.

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Been very busy so here is a quick update.


Still in PTO and doing very well. No problems with the arm and I've been losing weight (needed that). Over halfway through the training and can start to see the end. Been a long ride but worth it.


Thanks for the support and stay safe.


 

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Rate This | Posted 6 months ago

 

Great news!!  Keep up the good work!!