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1776001 tn?1315065510

Nerve Damage

Hi whoever is out there,
Last year I was hurt at work, someone had fallen on my shoulder which at that point, was 6 months post-op from a shoulder instability repair.  When this person fell on me,my shoulder separated their head from a hard tile floor.  They tore, stretched and pulled my ligaments and tendons, tore out sutures and anchors,  and I have multiple nerves in and around my shoulder that were really stretched out.  I was told that it was a waiting game and that there was no way to tell when or if my nerves would improve.  It has been over a year since the injury, two surgeries, 10 months of physical therapy and I still get nerve pain.  I had a brief month of sleepless nights and sever pain, which pleased my doctor as he said that it sounded like some of my nerves were waking up. But I still mainly get burning and stabbing feelings, my middle, ring and pinky fingers often go numb  and then I get the pins and needles feeling.  And there is one spot  where if I ever massage or point a topical ainti-inflamitory on, it automatically sends an uncomfortable tingling down my entire arm.  Also I am unsure if it's connected but I've been getting a lot of headaches, mainly feeling like tension to migraine. Does anyone know what I can expect, how long this might last or if there is anything I can do to help it decrease and go back to normal?
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I sent you a message.
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1776001 tn?1315065510
Hi, thanks for the help but I didn't get any message. I checked notes and inbox.  I'm new to the site so if I'm not looking in the right spot let me know. Otherwise could you resend? Thanks!
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1711789 tn?1361308007
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hi there!

The headaches are unlikely to be associated to your other symptoms. As far as the pain is concerned it would be very difficult to comment without knowing the relevant clinical details. Healing would depend on the type and severity of nerve injury and the nerve(s) involved. A nerve conduction study (NCS) may be able to give a rough idea of the injury and the healing. It would be best to discuss this in detail with your neurologist/ orthopedician. Meanwhile you may benefit from medications that help in relieving neuropathic pain.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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1776001 tn?1315065510
Thanks for the advice! My pcp perscribed gabbapentin.  I haven't noticed much on the nerve end, but it definitely knocks me out so me can get a little sleep. My surgeon told me that my nerves were very stretched from my injury.  I've been trying to focus on rehabbing my ligaments, tendons and muscles. I noticed the nerve pain has gone down a little since onset, but when it appears again, it comes back with a vengeance. I do have an upcoming appointment with my surgeon, so I will be sure to bring this up again. Thanks so much!
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I sent it again (hopefully this time it goes through).
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