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Nerve damage in the right arm after injury and cannot move, little blood in spinal cord, half way between elbow and shoulder no sensation or movement, lack of food intake causes slow healing, amputation required or not - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Yes please proceed with your query
User :   my bf just recently got into a motorcycle accident, and his right arm has nerve damage from a little bit below his shoulder all the way down
Doctor :   Ok
User :   he feels internal pain but does not have feel of touch on his arm and can not move
User :   is this type of motorcycle accident a permanent nerve damage? or what can be done to help prevent it from becoming permanent
Doctor :   Its very difficult to say without examining
Doctor :   Did your doctor say what kind of nerve damage
User :   i am not sure...
User :   he said something happened around his neck area that caused his whole arm to have nerve damage
Doctor :   Did you get an x-ray done ?
User :   i beilieve so
User :   the doctor said the muscles are compressing the nerve
Doctor :   Ok
User :   no fractures
User :   in xray
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   the bunch of nerves that come from underarm that go thru ur arm and neck. the nerves underarm are shot
User :   a little bit of blood in spinal cord
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Which is the arm that is affected ?
User :   the right arm
Doctor :   Ok
User :   do u think this is permanent
User :   and what can be done to speed up the process of healing and to prevent it from becoming permanent
Doctor :   Depends on the extent of nerve damage
Doctor :   When did the accident happen ?
User :   on sunday
Doctor :   Was the nerve damage immediate after the accident >
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Has he lost full control of the arm from the shoulder or its only below elbow ?
User :   below elbow is completly numb as if his arm is asleep, his uppder shoulder under his arm he has a bit of sense but not alot
User :   and as it gets closer to halfway between his elbow and shoulder he can not feel or move
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   But without the x-ray films and other examination its very difficult for me to comment any further
Doctor :   I hope you can understand
User :   ok but in general, what can be done to help heal the nerves
User :   from a family point of view
User :   what can be done at home
Doctor :   Nerves need to be in very close contact to each other in order to heal
User :   will massaging the arm help
Doctor :   It takes minimum of 3 months
User :   will massaging the arm help
Doctor :   Not much
Doctor :   It has to heal by itself
User :   he is having a hard time eating because of the pain
User :   will his lack of eating affect his healing
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Give him a good balanced diet
User :   if he is recovering does the nerves start working their way down the arm
User :   or is it random
Doctor :   Recovery is always from proximal to distal
User :   and which senses are normally to come back first
User :   motor nerves or sense of touch
Doctor :   Usually motor but very difficult to observe
User :   and if this is permanent, what do they do with his arm!? do they just leave it or amputate
Doctor :   Amputation is the last thing in a surgeon's mind
User :   is it possible to take nerves from other places in body and put it in arm
Doctor :   Yes
User :   and will the other part of body reconstruct the lost nerve
Doctor :   But it needs a opinion from a super-specialist
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