So - It seems if I've been seeing a lot of questions on nerve damage. I would like to start a thread of all those who:
1- Have permanent nerve damage (it's been a year or more...)
2- Have had long term nerve damage (you had damage, but have seen improvement)
3- Are disabled due to nerve damage
I guess I should ask for help in defining exactly what IS nerve damage - is it...
1- Pain that never goes away (I think most everyone here would qualify for that one!) So is it more than pain?
2- Is it a loss of sensation as in total numnbess (but you can still move the affected limb)
3- Or is it all the way to paralysis (the inabiltiy to move or control your muscles).
From what I understand, numnbess is supposed to be worse than pain. It's like the screaming accident victim vs. the silent one - the one with air in thier lungs is most likely better off than the one who is out cold (or dead).
To those who have long term damage - please answer the following:
1- Do you know what caused the damage?
2- What problems do you face - do you have to use a cane, a walker, a wheelchair, do you have cramps in the damaged limbs? I assume you do therapy? Anything else...?
3- What do the docs say - is there hope?
See - I'm certain there those of us here who have some hairy big-time problems. You know, beyond the pain. Beyond the lead up to surgery and recovery. What happens to those of us with life-changing post-op complications.
I would just like to see some stories. I want to know I'm not alone. I would like to see some hopeful stories too. I would like people asking about permanent nerve damage be able to find a collection of examples.
I'll post this, then I'll post a reply with my story/answers.
and... THANKS! I hope this proves helpful in answering some of the nerve damage questions out there