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[QUOTE=craigsg;322***4]Hi thanks for posting. I had more surgery to further release the nerve. I had a terrible time, the surgeon was removing scar tissue from the nerve and now I have total paralysis in my ulnar nerve from above the elbow. I have no sensation at all, the muscles are wasting and I have ulnar nerve clawing. It pretty much sucks. Now I need to wait two years to see if its going to get any better....[/QUOTE]

Hey Craig

Gee, not so good huh? I still have some partial numbing above and around the elbow, muscle is wasted and may not recover completely but since the surgery the clawing of that hand has improved. I massage the scar with cocoa butter regularly as well as the areas that are numb and sensitive. sometimes this is uncomfortable but I am sure it has helped avoid excessive scarring in the area. I also expose the scar and numb area to different textures of material ie; corduroy, scratchy material, soft stuff so as to help it desensitize. Yes this can be uncomfortable too but again I think it is helping my body heal a little more normally. Physio appts are still 3x a week where I work on full range of motion and whatever muscle strengthening I can handle. It varies from day to day (min to min as you know). I just recently (15 months after injury, 3 1/2 after surgery) started to see a chiropractor who finds that some of my ulnar entrapment is coming from my neck vertebrae. After 3 visits with him GENTLY working at my neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, palm and fingers I have greater mobility and less constant pain. There is discomfort after his visits but I remind myself that this is improving overall. Please don't just "wait two years" without trying some things to help yourself. I know I just got frustrated and fed up and since I became more proactive about this darned nerve I have been doing better. It is soooooo slow but remind myself it IS improving. Celebrate the small gains - like I can do my hair again or type most of this using both hands!! Remember those gains and remember positive thoughts and actions can reap positive results.

good luck, Sandra





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