Brief Medical History Overview
Loss of strength and numbness in arm coming from shoulder????
About 6 months ago I lost all the strength in my left arm, with no specific injury or incident, just happened one day after a heavy gym session. Iv been seeing a physio since then, the initial diagnosis was sublaxations causing the weakness due to an inherent looseness in the joint(always had this but it’s never caused me loss of strength) so I started doing rotator cuff exercise and completely laid of weightlifting, in the process losing a stone of muscle which i now regret being weaker than ever 6 months down the line.
Anyway about 2 months ago i was seing little improvement so under the suspicion that there was nerve damage in the shoulder, I was referred to a shoulder surgeon, before I saw him I actually started doing light weights being really careful about form, and riding my bike again(I’m a mountain bike racer and this injury has ruined me) and this was the best it felt since before the initial weakness so on the mend I though.... So I saw the surgeon who confirmed some nerve damage(forgotten the technical name) and there was wasting around the shoulder. He said it could be caused by anything but was completely unrelated to the sublaxations in the shoulder. from here I've been referred to a neurologist...I’m still waiting for that appointment.
But after I saw the surgeon I've had a few periods of having to lean on my arm/support my weight for long periods of time (won’t go into details here ) at the time I felt a kind of burning pain in the shoulder sort of in the front of the joint but didn’t think much of it...till i woke up and my arm and specifically my hand was partially numb(i say partially because its not like a cant feel anything but its all deadened and feels very strange)...seeming to be the most extreme in my little finger least in my thumb etc. Iv also lost a lot of dexterity and more strength in the arm (writing is hard, so are things like towel drying my hair or squeezing/gripping things, i cant hold onto a 10k weight, and I can barely push together the clip on trouser hangers for example. There’s also been some tingling and strange pains in it. Iv also strength wise gone from about 10push ups with good form (by normal standards bad i know but still amasing concidering how weak it used to be) to 1 if im lucky which is most worse than originally.
I’m just really looking for some sort of help on what this actually is/what its caused by or even what within the shoulder is wrong and if it can be fixed surgically, what i should and shouldn’t be doing for the meantime in the form of exercise and as i was told about 18months recovery initially, which is wholly gutting as I can’t do my sport in this time, does this mean that iv just managed to put myself back 6months of healing? And generaly is there anything I can do to speed this up.
Just any experience or help will be much appreciated, this is so out of control I just feel lost with it and the extent its effecting my life is unbelievable im very sport and fitness orientated and this stops me doing near enough everything.