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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
how can I help you?
User :   One of my friends was involved in a trauma like accident
User :   She was wrestling, and has lost feeling in both arms
Doctor :   Ok

User :   However, shoulder blades and the rest of her back have feelings.
Doctor :  
How did it happen, in brief?
User :   A full-nelson if you are familiar with wrestling terms.
Doctor :   Sorry, it would be better if you could elaborate a bit

User :   Based on my medical training, we tried holding a match under one finger, and there was no reflex.
User :   No motion at all. Should I contact EMS?
User :   She had both arms lifted by the elbows behind her back, almost pressing her shoulder blades together.
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
there could be an injury to the nerve in the arm
User :   Ok, I thought it was unlikely for that to be to both arms though.
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
One more possibility is muscular and soft tissue injury
Doctor :   and the next likely is a dislocation

User :   Should we proceed with waiting for some feeling to return, or contact paramedics?
User :   Oh, ok. Both arms have no feeling from the fingertips to the shoulder joint.
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
I would advise you to go the ER as early as possible, your friend I mean
User :   Ok.
User :   Is there any stabilization that should be done?
Doctor :   I dont want you to try any manoevres

Doctor :  
as it could be troubling
Doctor :  
It is better to provide immobilisation to it
Doctor :  
as far as possible
User :   Ok.
User :   Some feeling is returning to fingertips and some reflex is also returning.
User :   Is it possible it was temporary?
Doctor :   Yes, it would return in case of dislocation

Doctor :  
and it would be reversing
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   Good to know.
User :   I will still have her looked at by a medical team.
User :   Thank you.
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
Doctor :   Are you there
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.

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