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Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Can a brachial plexus injury affect your breathing and swallowing ability in addition to arm, shoulder, and neck pain?

Brachial plexus inju: A brachial plexus injury should not affect your breathing or swallowing as the nerves that control those functions are higher up. If you had an additional injury to the skull base or base of the brain then i would be more concerned with breathing issues and swallowing problems. I would suggest you see a neurologist for a further workup if you are concerned about these issues. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Can a brachial plexus injury also affect your breathing?

Yes: When there is damage to higher brachial plexuses (involving cervical 4 part of spinal cord), it can cause see-saw breathing from the involvement of one or both sides of the diaphragm; if there is pneumothorax (air leak) because of rupture of pleura (lung cover) from the fracture of collar bone (clavicle), it can cause of severe pain and respiratory difficulty (can be life threatening), also. ...Read more

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Is there any way to restore nerve function after a bracial plexus injury?

Is there any way to restore nerve function after a bracial plexus injury?

Depends on extent: If it involves nerve root avulsion, it is irreversible, but if a stretch or local inflammation with compression, both conservative measures such as physical therapy and feldenkreis may make huge difference, and some brachial plexus injuries such as thoracic outlet syndrome do well with surgery. ...Read more

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How can I treat a brachial plexus injury?

How can I treat a brachial plexus injury?

Wait for healing: Most brachial plexus injuries from car or motorcycle crashes involve stretching the nerves. Although they are not usually completely torn apart, they can take a long time to heal. In some cases, they do not heal at all. You can see a neurologist, and nerve conduction studies can be performed to document recovery. ...Read more

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How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?

How is the brachial plexus nerves reconstructed after injury? Is there a timeframe for them to be reconstructed?

Complex: Brachial plexus repair is complex. Repair earlier than 9-12 months is associated with better outcomes, if repair is possible. ...Read more

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What is brachial plexus injury?

What is brachial plexus injury?

Nerve damage: The brachial plexus is a complex of nerves arising from the neck and innervating the upper back, and arm. This can be injured by puncture wounds, direct trauma or falling asleep when intoxicated with the arm over the edge of a chair. Many important functions are served by this set of nerves. If you have concerns about this, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment if possible. ...Read more

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I suffered a brachial plexus injury 23 years . How can I get through to my doctors and get something for my pain? It is never going to get better.

I suffered a brachial plexus injury 23 years . How can I get through to my doctors and get something for my pain? It is never going to get better.

Pain specialist: Management of this pain is can be highly specialized fellowship trained interventional pain doctors make sure your dealing with someone who has experience with this problem have you tried spinal cord stimulator thanks for your question. ...Read more

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What is a brachial plexus injury like?

What is a brachial plexus injury like?

Arm paralysis.: Brachial plexus injuries (usually congenital) are serious morbid conditions resulting from trauma on the nerves travelling from the neck to the arm. They cause permanent paralysis of the affected arm. Physical therapy can help. Fortunately, this complication occurs very rarely even in cases of shoulder dystocia; its overall incidence is 0.04 to 0.2% of live births. ...Read more

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How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

How to deal with a brachial plexus injury?

Yes: Many centers in the us specialize in the treatment of brachial plexus injuriy. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more