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hope i can get some help

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
my fiance has a tramatic brachial plexus injury in his left arm. he went to the doctor yesterday and she suggested back surgery to "fuse discs" his main problem is his right shoulder is carrying all the weight. when he got the injury it also crushed his shoulder. he has been through surgery after surgery including 2 nerve transplant surgeries. i was just curious if back surgery is neccessary. he is taking tremadol & 10-325mg percocet and the pain subsides for about an hour. they put him on muscle relaxers which help a little. any advice would be great.



  • It is great that you are being so supportive of your fiance. Many chronic pain patients find themselves completely alone once problems start. I am not familiar with the particular issue that he has but I can tell you that it is always best to get 2 or 3 opinions when it comes to surgery. Surgery holds no guarantees but sometimes it may be the only option. Please check out the surgery section and you will find lots of folks that have had fusion surgery. Also please click on the Treatment tab at the top of this page to learn more about the surgery. Good luck to your fiance and please keep us posted on his progress.
  • its alot of work, but i would never leave my fiance no matter what. when he wrecked his motorcycle a piece of plastic went through his neck and it severed the nerves to his left arm. there is no movement or feeling. they took nerves from his ribs, right shoulder, left leg & foot & replaced the nerves in his arm. they almost amputated it the night of the accident, but he had some circulation. most ppl with a brachial plexus injury are born with it, mostly breach babies. the meds arnt working anymore so we need to find something. will be going to his family doctor in 2 weeks.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i hope you find the comfort you need here during this difficult time.. your fiancee is so fortunate to have you by his side. :X please have a look around and make yourself at home. good luck as you both travel together,thru the road for pain relief!!! :D Jenny :)
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