posted on Jun, 23 2019 @ 05:29 PM
a reply to: geezlouise
You are not alone. As far as I know I don't have diabetes, but the severe left brachial plexopathy I suffered in a work accident has become chronic
and leaves me in constant pain. Sometimes it is better, a lot of the times it gets worse. I can feel changes in barometric pressure and most of the
time when the pain gets worse it let's me know there is a storm coming. Because of the accident my left arm, shoulder and arm are nearly useless.
After 8 years my left arm, shoulder and hand still swell up a lot if I leave it in one position for too long and the pain gets worse. Getting up is a
constant battle since I can't do most of the stuff I used to do such as exercising, exploring/hiking, etc.
This injury also affects my skin in the arm, shoulder, and hand. Barely any hairs grow in my left arm and the extreme sensitivity also causes pain.
Room temperature water in the summer feels like ice cold water, and warm water feels like scolding hot in my left side. I control my weight with what
I eat because I can't exercise anymore. There are days I barely eat anything and stay in bed. If i try use my left arm/hand it gets weaker and weaker
and comes to a point that it shakes by itself and the pain gets really bad. I have lost conciousness because of the pain, which makes me feel
worthless at times, and being as hard headed as I have always been simply makes me continue to try to use my useless arm/shoulder/hand, which only
makes it worse.
Doctors have prescribed heavy medication which takes off the pain completely but leaves me like a mumbling idiot which is why I have refused the heavy
medication such as oxycontin, hydrocodone, etc. I still have to take gabapentin, celecoxib, cyclobenzaprine and lidocaine patches 5% which help but
do not take off the pain completely. I also have a spinal stimulator which sends electric signals to my brain to try to mask the pain. At first it
seemed like a miracle because it lowered the pain considerably, but after a year and a half of having the permanent spinal stimulator it doesn't
relieve the pain as it did at first. The Nevro nurses keep trying to find a new frequency that could mask the pain more. Which is why I also get
nerve blocks once in a while, but when I do the first few days it feels like a horse is trying to pull my shoulder/arm/hand from their sockets. Heck
sneezzing does the same but to a lesser degree although when I sneeze it still feels like a horse, or a truck just hit me in that left side.
Anyway, just wanted you to know that you are not alone. Hang in there and have faith. If you don't believe in God have faith in your doctors. Some
doctors are aholes but if you keep looking you will find that there are some, mostly specialists who know what you are going through and will try to
help you. If you need anyone to talk to let me know. Be strong. God bless and I hope you get better.
edit on 23-6-2019 by ElectricUniverse because: add comment.