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Brachial plexus injury

Superstu
26/07/2012
2:02:55 PM
Anybody else ever got this diagnosis? Tell me your injury stories... I like the ones with happy endings mostly ... but tell us anyway.

Whatever I've got it was initiated by trauma - a sudden sharp pain from the L shoulder while doing the gaston on Liquid Reflections at the Coke Ovens. Pain went away but arm felt funny, still feels funny 6 weeks later, very weak and no stability, mild numbness in finger, ultrasound & xray negative. 1 regular GP diagnosis and 1 physio seems to agree, would prefer a differential diagnosis from someone who does shoulders, who in Sydney? Off to the neurologist for some tests... he should be able to see me about August.... 2015.



IdratherbeclimbingM9
26/07/2012
2:10:22 PM
On 26/07/2012 Superstu wrote:
>Anybody else ever got this diagnosis? Tell me your injury stories...
>I like the ones with happy endings mostly ... but tell us anyway.
>
>Whatever I've got it was initiated by trauma - a sudden sharp pain from
>the L shoulder while doing the gaston on Liquid Reflections at the Coke
>Ovens. Pain went away but arm felt funny, still feels funny 6 weeks later,
>very weak and no stability, mild numbness in finger, ultrasound & xray
>negative. 1 regular GP diagnosis and 1 physio seems to agree, would prefer
>a differential diagnosis from someone who does shoulders, who in Sydney?
>Off to the neurologist for some tests... he should be able to see me about
>August.... 2015.
>
>
>

You will obtain plenty of neurological advice for nix on this site before then Ss!

Looks like your injury is just in time to limit you to slabbing at Mt Buff over summer?
~> You and Wendy can team up*, but you will have to have a list of injury names for any new routes you do?
(*I know how much she loves slabs, heh, heh, heh!)
;-)

rodw
26/07/2012
2:13:28 PM
I've had pretty much the shoulder injury going on several years now...to lazy to see a doctor....just rather whinge about it (though Im sure my climbing partners are sick of hearing about it)....mostly is when I shock load, load at full stretch or pushing down in i.e. mantle moves etc twinges it...arm goes numb like someones given me dead arm...general throbbing pain for a while....no loss of strength (I used to think so but really only a numbness feeling) but does cause mental games as I now know b4 I do something if it will hurt or not....which can be a pain on the pointy end if you need that move to continue :)

All part of the game TBH...I can still lift a beer at the end of the climbing day so not all doom and gloom.
citationx
26/07/2012
2:29:18 PM
On 26/07/2012 Superstu wrote:
>Off to the neurologist for some tests... he should be able to see me about
>August.... 2015.
If you book in now to see the specialist dr jeffrey petchell you might get to see him shortly before the neurologist...
although I saw petchell just after seeing jerome goldberg and he asked me why i bothered getting a second opinion (they're surgeons, but both looked to tell me that i didn't need/they couldn't give me surgery...)

Superstu
26/07/2012
5:30:22 PM
On 26/07/2012 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>Looks like your injury is just in time to limit you to slabbing at Mt
>Buff over summer?
>~> You and Wendy can team up*, but you will have to have a list of injury
>names for any new routes you do?
>(*I know how much she loves slabs, heh, heh, heh!)

Yeah I heard Wendy is a big fan of bushwhacking up endless 45 degree vegetated granite slabs in 40 degree heat, should be a blast.

Talking about endless buffalo slabs, are they dry at the moment or seeping? I might be down in NE Vic for some work soon. I reckon despite not being able to lift my arm above head height, I could still climb on those slabs.

Superstu
26/07/2012
5:36:11 PM
On 26/07/2012 rodw wrote:
>I've had pretty much the shoulder injury going on several years now...to
>lazy to see a doctor....just rather whinge about it (though Im sure my
>climbing partners are sick of hearing about it)....mostly is when I shock
>load, load at full stretch or pushing down in i.e. mantle moves etc twinges
>it...arm goes numb like someones given me dead arm...general throbbing
>pain for a while....no loss of strength (I used to think so but really
>only a numbness feeling)

That's scary dude. I'm getting to understand that its not weak, just wants to feel that way, but mostly its the instability that worries me. Just scrambling around easy terrain I keep jarring it badly because all the neuromuscular control is wrong.. could see myself doing some fairly major ligament damage if I pretend it ain't so. Although it sounds like your armsies are a bit more robust than mine.

Superstu
26/07/2012
5:41:23 PM
On 26/07/2012 citationx wrote:
>If you book in now to see the specialist dr jeffrey petchell you might
>get to see him shortly before the neurologist...
>although I saw petchell just after seeing jerome goldberg and he asked
>me why i bothered getting a second opinion (they're surgeons, but both
>looked to tell me that i didn't need/they couldn't give me surgery...)

Oh I don't know if I need to see a surgeon for an opinion, as much as see someone who can confirm the diagnosis or at least go through the other possibilities and eliminate them. If I assume BPI then its 6 months rest according to the physio. Maybe I go see Julian and he'll tell me 6 weeks, so I'll trust him more.

When you google "brachial plexus injury" you get some pretty scary hits, like ... "life after a brachial plexus injury" etc etc but I think they are talking about full on ruptures, not stretch/tweak.


widewetandslippery
26/07/2012
7:25:55 PM
Rodw just doesn't like mantling or dynoing

IdratherbeclimbingM9
26/07/2012
7:50:43 PM
On 26/07/2012 Superstu wrote:
>Talking about endless buffalo slabs, are they dry at the moment or seeping?

Seeping.
... ~> But that gives rise to a new form of route finding. Instead of the summer based 'follow the water streak', we can have the winter based 'follow the dry line beside the water-runs', as the protection opportunities will be the same!
;-)

>I might be down in NE Vic for some work soon. I reckon despite not being
>able to lift my arm above head height, I could still climb on those slabs.

Bring your drill & give us a yell, and we can do the line you eyed off last time.
~> We can make it a trad ascent, run out a ropelength and drill/install a belay! That ought to keep the sport climbers on their toes!!
Heh, heh, heh.

boulderbaby
26/07/2012
8:24:40 PM
Rehab Rehab Rehab! Get on it quick!
Good luck dude!


rodw
26/07/2012
9:00:33 PM
On 26/07/2012 widewetandslippery wrote:
>Rodw just doesn't like mantling or dynoing

Yeah there is that ...lol

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