Monday, May 21, 2007

Results of Nerve Test

I had the dreaded nerve test on Thursday of last week. The good news is that the doctor did not use needles, only electrodes and a “stun gun”. At least it looked like a stun gun to me. He used that device to “shoot” electrical current through the nerves to see if there was any interruption in the nerve. The bad news is that the ulnar nerve in my left arm is pinched/compressed at the elbow. The first course of treatment is therapy which begins June 5th. If the nerve cannot be decompressed with therapy, the next course of treatment will be surgery so that the nerve will not be permanently damaged. In the meantime, I am not supposed to use the left arm any more than necessary and to keep it straight as much as possible. If you have never tried to do that, take it from me, it is next to impossible to do. To make it even worse, I am left-handed.

After reading the news this morning, I can say that I am thankful that I have my arms even with the pinched nerve. I read a story about a young mother who contracted a flesh eating bacteria immediately after giving birth and lost both arms and legs in order to live. So no matter how bad a situation you are in seems to be, there is always someone in a worse situation.

5 comments:

The Salems said...

touching very touching...
your right...
p.s
guess your husband, like me, loves Prawns..

RUTH said...

That must be so awkward; how are you managing to blog! Had a try with my arm straight...very difficult. As you say many are worse off than us and we have to try and be grateful for what we do have...
((HUGS)) don't hug back as you mustn't bend that arm!
Rx

Shelby said...

I've had a nerve test - I jumped and jumped.. wasn't painful just REALLY annoying. So sorry to hear about your pinched nerve. You have a great attitude about it all tho. Take care and happy Monday!

Shelby

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Jeni said...

Anytime doctors tell us not to use or do something, doesn't it seem that we really need to do that or use that body part more then? Maybe it's just Murphy and his goofy law that seems to rear its ugly head then too though.
Hope the therapy works for you. Surgery is so much more of a hassle to contend with.

Noor Azman Othman GBE said...

I'm left-handed too. Thanks Sylvia for sticking it out with me about the comments thingy. You're a sweetheart.

I'm sory aboutyour left arm. Hope it will get better soon.