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Had an accident. Having some numbness and stress in hand elbow and fingers. What could be this? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Jun-2013
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User:Hi Sir
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I had a minor accident in bike last week. I hav some queries regarding that
Doctor:Proceed with your queries.
User:After the fall, I am having some numbness and stress in my left hand elbow and fingers.
User:The sensing is not normal.I can feel the sense but its not like before..
User:I consulted a doctor last tuesday he told its because of shock it will go.
User:However even after 6 days, its still there but has reduced a lot.
User:I have it still there is abt 3 fingers some places in hand and near wrist.
User:On Friday night when doing some movement I experienced some pain in the left hand shoulder.
User:something like a shoulder dislocation.
User:After some movement it became alright.
User:Sinc then I am having some discomfort in the shoulder.
User:I am worried because I have had a bone graft surgery 7 years back near the shoulder.
User:I was having a bone cavity there and had two fractures there because of it.
User:So I am planning to consult a orthopedic for the shoulder not sure whom to consult for the numbness maybe a neurologist.
User:I feel all these is somewhat related.
User:what are your thoughts on this?
Doctor:Can you describe how the accidents occurred and what all injuries were sustained?
User:I was going in a bike and an auto guy who was coming behind me cut to the left, the auto touched my bike handle and it turned.
User:I was not able to control it and fell off the bike.
User:No wounds except some scratch in right hand shoulder and a minor one in right leg knee.
User:I feel the numbness maybe because of sudden jerk to my hand when the auto hit the bike handl.
Doctor:Was there any pain, swelling or injuries sustained on the left shoulder / neck?
User:no swellings and pain.
User:but right after I fell, I had no sense in my left hand below elbow.
Doctor:Did you lose consciousness, vomited or had headache after the fall?
Doctor:Let me brief you.
User:All movements of hand was possible so the doctor suggested no problems vth bone.
Doctor:Numbness of limbs and fingers following an injury is associated with 2 possible causes.
User:but I am worried after the pain in shoulder I had on Friday night.
User:ok sure.
Doctor:1. Head injury
Doctor:2. Neck and brachial plexus injury.
User:numbness is decreasing but I feel its taking long.
Doctor:Following the injury since you did not have any neck pain, swelling or left shoulder injuries, there is no way the numbness on left side is related to the injuries to the right shoulder.
Doctor:It is also unlikely that you can develop left shoulder pain following an accident that happened 5 days ago.
Doctor:So in all possibilities, the accident has not affected any structures of left shoulder / nerve supply.
Doctor:As you mention, the symptoms are reducing; give it some more time it will come back to normal.
User:The left shoulder discomfort is since the disloaction kind of pain which happened on Friday.
User:In sleep I moved my left hand straight towards left side and I felt this pain and as if my shoulder is dislocated.
Doctor:The pain in the left shoulder on friday is most likely to be a muscular ache and if there is no pain now,
Doctor:we need not do any treatment for it.
Doctor:However it is still painful, I would suggest you to report back to your orthopedician for clinical examination.
User:ok, As its the hand which was operated I am plannign to consult a orthopedic.
Doctor:Do not worry.
Doctor:Since the left shoulder pain has reduced and
User:U feel numbness and stress in my hand will go on tis own.
Doctor:the numbness also has reduced, it will definitely go away without much hassels.
Doctor:You can take vitamin b12 supplements such as Unicobal forte one pill a day for a week to fasten the recovery.
Doctor:Sleep on a mattress that is not extrasoft or too hard.
Doctor:You should be fine by a week or two.
Doctor:So do not worry.
Doctor:Hope it is clear.
User:sure XXXXXXX
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:nothing else.
User:bye sir.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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