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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    Had an appointment with the neurosurgeon today. He's most concerned with the continued weakness in my tricep, as that's so critical for my transfers as a para. So I'm going to continue physical therapy and specifically target the tricep to see if it can increase in size and strength. If it doesn't...
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  • Yea, I'm definitely happy to get it back but certainly concerned it happened in the first place. I guess Braun feels the water would have entered the trough from inside the vehicle through the floor. They said this can happen in wintry climates with snow and ice melting off the wheelchair. Sure doesn't...
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  • So, I see it's been over 2 months since I last posted here...and I still don't have my van back! LOL. But, I will be getting it back very shortly, probably next week. This was one of the most ridiculous experiences I've ever had. From start to finish, it will be over 3 months to finally fix the...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Ganglion Cyst
    in Care
    Thanks, Bonnette. I was searching the site and I did come across your posts. So sorry you had to go through all of that. I appreciate your advice and I will certainly use it. I definitely plan on using aspiration before surgery if it comes to that. For now, since it's not really painful or limiting,...
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  • tarantella
    started a topic Ganglion Cyst
    in Care

    Ganglion Cyst

    Just a few days ago I noticed a lump on the top of my right wrist. It seems pretty firm and is not very painful. It is a bit tender if I press hard on it. It only really bothers me if I do a transfer that requires me to bend my wrist quite a bit...that puts a bit of pressure on it. From looking...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    A question for you regarding the muscle atrophy in my left triceps. My left tricep is clearly much weaker and smaller now than my right tricep. But I can extend my elbow fully, so does that mean the muscles are able to function normally? I need to start exercising and targeting my left tricep ASAP...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    Thank you, good to know. I will definitely be waiting until I speak with a neurosurgeon for his opinion. One nice thing is that I've felt pretty good the past couple of days. Not sure exactly why, but I haven't used the heating pad at all. While heat provides pain relief for me, could it actually...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    Sorry to hear about your poor experiences with health care providers. I do have a number of excellent options within an hour or so. For serious issues like my current one, I choose to go with Cleveland Clinic. A bit further away than UPMC in Pittsburgh, but worth it to me....
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    Thanks for all the advice. I agree that my increasing arm weakness is of greater concern than the pain. I've dealt with pain since being paralyzed and I could deal with more I guess, but when I noticed my transfers becoming more difficult I became very concerned.

    Heat is also my favorite...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    Also wondering about chiropractic options. I really think sleeping on a too thick pillow brought this on, or at least exacerbated it. I can remember waking up with bad neck pain one morning and it's been this way since. So it seems like if a stupid pillow started it, maybe a chiropractor could help?...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    Well, I had the MRI this morning and have been reading over the results. Sure looks like what I thought....a disc protrusion pressing against the C7 nerve root. Here is the summary impression:

    IMPRESSION:

    Cervical spondylosis, most pronounced at the C6-C7 level where a left...
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  • tarantella
    replied to Pinched nerve
    in Pain
    By the way, my doc said if the MRI comes back negative, he's wondering if the shoulder might have sustained an injury. Maybe a torn or inflamed rotator cuff. I sure don't remember any specific time where I had an acute injury to my shoulder. It does seem like my pain is more focused on my shoulder...
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