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Went to the dr yesterday expecting to hear him say yes your arm is looking good, more physical therapy and you should get most of the use of your arm back. Wrong. I was told that my arm has made the best recovery it is going to make. He also said that the pain might go away in about a year. Ive now been out of work for 2 years in horrible pain and he says it might go away,wt f. After my strength test yesterday we think that my arm is about 1/4 teh strength it was before i got hurt. i will be put on partial disability and light duty work for the rest of my life. at 29 ive been a auto tech for the last 10 years, and now i can never go back to that line of work. YIPPIE. sorry but i just needed to rant a little bit.
 

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What did you do to your arm? Break/tear?...I used to run an ortho office and may be able to give you some suggestions. 29 is def. too young to be laid up like that. sucks to hear it.
 

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I would get some opinions from specialists. 29 is way to young for that.
 

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Ok that's a tough one. How the hell did you do that? Nerve tissue doesn't really grow back well/if much at all... as I'm sure you've been told already. Jeez man. Did you get a second opinion, or surgical consult with a upper extremity specialist/neuro surgeon? I hate to see people told by doc's that "well that's all we can do mr. so and so, you're just gonna have to live w/it". crap...was the nerve "torn" as in ragged edge or severed clean like by a knife?
 

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the nerve was shredded. they cut the bad ends and reattached. the nerve grows less than a cm every six months. i got the ability to move my arm again so that is a good thing. the problem with seeing other doctors is that im seeing the best nerve surgeon in md. hopefully i can prove him wrong however it is going to take a very long time. thanks for all the good comments and prayers i appreciate that.
 

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Similar story: My brother-in-law f'd his rotator cuff while on the job. He has had two surguries and it is barely any better than the day he did it. His doctor is now refusing to try to correct it anymore because he fears a lawsuit if it gets worse. Another doctor is confident he can fix it and is willing to try but the insurance company is balking saying that the first doctor has told them there isn't anything more that can be done. In the meantime, he was an HVAC installer and hasn't been able to work (though he does get disability) for two years. Worse, as it stands now, he won't ever really be able to play "catch" with his kids.

Needless to say, I'm sympathetic to both your situations and am always telling him to prove the doctor wrong. I'd say you should do the same. As the cliche goes: where there's a will, there's a way.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that monkey. Nerve damage is a horrible thing.

Don't give up hope tho. Doctors have been wrong before, just keep on with the physical therapy and keep working it. I hope the pain goes away and keep off the opiates if you can.
 

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the nerve was shredded. they cut the bad ends and reattached. the nerve grows less than a cm every six months. i got the ability to move my arm again so that is a good thing. the problem with seeing other doctors is that im seeing the best nerve surgeon in md. hopefully i can prove him wrong however it is going to take a very long time. thanks for all the good comments and prayers i appreciate that.
Wow man, I wish you the best. I'm 29 as well and a commercial A/V installer and can only imagine what I'd do if that happened to me :( If you don't mind me asking, how did it happen?
Man, that sucks. It wasn't your good arm, was it?
oh noes not teh fap hand :(
 

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the problem with seeing other doctors is that im seeing the best nerve surgeon in md.
That's great and all...but there are 49 other states. Assuming each state has at least 1 "best nerve surgeon"...that leaves 49 other opinions.
 

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Stuff like that is never good to hear. I know it's not the same, but I was in a car accident in which I had 4 herniated discs and irreversible nerve damage, which gives me pain from my neck to lower back, and numbness and tingling in both my arms and legs. (not all the time) I was 25 when it happened and loved to ride motor cross and jet skis, and was told "You'll never do that again". People with similar injuries took permanent disability benefits, but I couldn't accept that, not at 25 anyway. I worked my butt off in therapy and got a home gym set up and decided to go on the best I could. Work out = good days......don't work out = bad day always find their way home. I rode my stand up supper jet for another 10 years and only gave it up because of not having time to ride.

Again, I know its a different situation for you, but the point is not to give up because someone said to. Do whatever it takes to do what you need, if partial disability helps you get through it than that's great, but don't accept that it has to be permanent.

Wish you all the best.
 

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Thats super shlty, dude. I race motocross and I know a ton of people in your situation. In fact two of my close friends broke there neck this year. (seperate incidents) They both have nerve damage and will not have the hand eye cordnation that they once had. So they will not be able to have the same life style as before. They tell me tho, being mad or pissed at god will not help them. They both told me that life got easier when they excepted it and did diffrent things that coukd make them happy. One has a new hobbie that he loves and would never have found it it werent for the crash.

So look at it as a new chapter in your life, this is the begining of you concoring this chalange, and being a stronger person in the end.
stay strong!
 

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F&ckin' doctors. I've heard too many times from "the best" that this is not possible and that's all that we can do and take this and stick it up your @ss. Bah...

You know as well as the rest of us that you're not going to take this news sitting down. It won't be easy but you keep a positive attitude and work your tail off you might be surprised with how much you'll get back. Definitely get another opinion. My buddy has been to three different foot specialists since he shattered his leg and ankle. Two said it was junk and was as good as it was going to get, the third thought he could alleviate most of his pain and give him a good bit of mobility back.

Another good example of Doctors being dead wrong is my girlfriend. In a horrible car crash 8 years ago, died on the table, was brought back, coma for 3 months... Told that she'd never be able to do anything other than trivial, heavily supervised work... College, forget about that along with a normal life.

8 years after the crash, with a college degree and a job in a dentist office where she runs the show, she can tell that doctor to kiss her @ss.

Don't give up man, it sucks now but you keep your head up and it'll work itself out. This too shall pass.
 
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