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History of arm dislocation. Sensation in shoulder and fingers. What is wrong?

i had a dislocation on left arm about 12 years ago, and since i carried the plaster of paris for three months, i felt no pain since then. Just last month, i began to feel some sensations that radiated from my left shoulder down to my fingers. it is always momentary and comes up like twice in 15 minutes. it initially started like a sensation but is now bringing some kinds of pain that anytime it happens, i just cannot but let that hand-that part-of the body rest. please what is wrong with me??
Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
Its not unusual to have this sensation in individuals with a past history of dislocation. The upper limb is supplied with nerves through a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus. This brachial plexus happens to pass through the ampit and shoulder region to give other branches that supply the rest of the arm and the forearm. Compression or inflammation of these nerves at the level of the shoulder has direct effects at the levels of the fingers or hand, or other region of the upper limb supplied by these nerves. A clinical reevaluation is often necessary. Vitamin B comples, non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, steroids and at times calcitonin injections, depending on the case usually offer much help. Getting advise form your physician on the particular movements to adopt and physiotherapy advise is often welcome in such cases.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
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