Brachial plexus injury

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What is brachial plexus injury?

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord. Injuries or damage to the brachial plexus can occur as a result of shoulder trauma, tumors, or inflammation.

Common symptoms reported by people with brachial plexus injury

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with brachial plexus injury

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
brachial plexus injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
brachial plexus injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with brachial plexus injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with brachial plexus injury

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
muscle soreness numbness in back
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
brachial plexus injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization implant site pain 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
swelling
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Therapeutic Massage)
Perceived effectiveness
for brachial plexus injury (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
brachial plexus injury (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
mental confusion
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with brachial plexus injury, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has brachial plexus injury on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 6
30s 9
40s 10
50s 13
60s 4
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2
20-29 years 2
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

57% Female
43% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25
Not Diagnosed 2

These charts show data from brachial plexus injury patients who have completed their condition history
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