bent fingers uuugh

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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:7/28/2008
C7 C8 T1 on left shoulder
bent fingers uuugh

Post by fxst_custom » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:21 am

I lost the use of my entire ARM
So I have a bad case of the finger curl
Anyone here use splints or anything to straighten them?

Joined:Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:08 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Injured 5/11/86, had just turned 18 yrs old
Evulsed C5-T1
Intercostal into Bicep 10/86
Location:Los Angeles

Re: bent fingers uuugh

Post by Dan » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:02 pm

I was injured 26 years ago and I still have straight, flexible fingers. I avulsed all five of my nerves, so I have a complete loss of use as well.

In my efforts to keep my fingers straight, I "work" my fingers all the time, bending them back and forth pretty hard. I do it subconciously all the time now, just part of my daily living. Since I have no feeling and early on knew I wasn't going to get any use, I don't worry about "damaging" or breaking them. I know that might sound a little odd, but it is what it is. I benefit both in my daily living as well as my athletics by having straight fingers, so I don't really care how hard I manipulate them, I just want them straight and flexible.

Hope this helps,

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Re: bent fingers uuugh

Post by Master DIVER TOM » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:42 am

Curled fingers :shock:
I had this condition all my life with birth erbs , No matter the strength I gain in squeezing a ball , holding on to a semi steering wheel or anything I did, never uncurled or straighten my figures or the ability to turn my hand over ether :shock:
I gave up a long time ago about how my arm looks hand or shoulder the best I ever could do is improve what little I could or adapt to assist my good arm to work or what I could find to do :roll:
I think the best thing is when my brain switches off the focus of my limitations and look and focus more on what you can learn to do in spite of the limitations your left with :roll:
Trying to stay positive is a life long quest :roll: Sometime I think that the despair and depression , can be as bad as the injuries them self :roll: Everyone does so Much by there trys , some small some big by post ;) The positive is when you learn to remember what we all do in-spite of our limitations, Please remember this when you focus on the despair side of our limitation. It is a life long quest for - sure :shock:
I know easier said then done :roll: One thing for sure , we really do know ,what it fells like ;)

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Joined:Tue Apr 06, 2004 1:22 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:LOBPI. I am 77 yrs old and never had a name for my injuries until 2004 when I found UBPN at age 66.

My injuries are: LOBPI on upper body and Cerebrael Palsy on the lower left extremities. The only intervention I've had is a tendon transplant from my left leg to my left foot to enable flexing t age 24 in 1962. Before that, my foot would freeze without notice on the side when wearing heels AND I always did wear them at work "to fit in" I also stuttered until around age 18-19...just outgrew therapy for it. Also suffered from very very low self esteem; severe Depression and Anxiety attacks started at menopause. I stuffed emotions and over-compensated in every thing I did to "fit in" and be "invisible". My injuries were Never addressed or talked about until age 66. I am a late bloomer!!!!!

I welcome any and all questions about "My Journey".
Sharing helps to Heal. HUGS do too.
Location:Tacoma WA

Re: bent fingers uuugh

Post by Carolyn J » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:50 pm

I have and use Balls of different sizes and hard/softness and textures whichever feels good to the hand on any given day. some are larger to stretch out the fingers more. when I began this @ 6 yrs ago, I could not squeeze a ball , now I can "some". 8-)

Carolyn J
LOBPI/74 (no interventions of any kind)

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Joined:Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:39 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Right brachial plexus avulsion of C5, 6, 7, 8 and T1 from 1979 car accident. Wore sling for 30 years. Gracilis and Trapezius transfer 2011. Wrist fusion and finger tendon release 2012.
Location:Atlanta, GA

Re: bent fingers uuugh

Post by PatE » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:03 pm

My injury was 32 years ago and I had severe claw hand, no movement or sensation of the right hand. I am now about 4 weeks post-surgery of a wrist/finger fusion at the Mayo Clinic. The splint hopefully will come off this Monday. Drs. Shin and Bishop fused the wrist to eliminate the floppy wrist and fused the two bones in the arm just above the wrist to eliminate the palm up position. The thumb was also fused and tendons released in the other fingers to eliminate the claw hand. Originally there were pins in each finger but all were removed after 2 weeks except the thumb to allow additional healing of the fusion. I am hopeful that Monday's followup visit allows to remove the splint that goes up around the elbow for stabilization of the fusions. If nothing else, perhaps it can be shortened while healing continues. I should be able to use it as more of an assist and cosmetically looks a heck of a lot better.

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Joined:Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:31 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:Hi, my name is John and I received a brachial plexus injury trying to take out a tree on my Grizzly June 9th 2012. Unfortunately, the tree won and killed my atv. I will be having a ct mylogram done next week to determine extent of damage. It's been a rough 3 months adjusting without the use of my right arm. your lifestyle changes so abrubtly and I find it very difficult to function. I'm 47 years old and welcome any insight and guidance about this injury. I've been a carpenter for many years and never really appreciated the use of two arms until now. We take so much for granted until something traumatic occurs. If anyone knows of any good doctors specializing in Brachial Plexus injuries, feel free to post them for me. I live in northern New York and have yet to find any up here.

Re: bent fingers uuugh

Post by levifitz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:52 pm

It's been 4 months since I lost the use of my whole arm but, my hand hasn't curled up. I manipulate them constantly.