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Brachial neuritis

Also known as Parsonage Turner Syndrome, Brachial Plexus Neuritis, Neuralgic Amyotrophy, and Shoulder Girdle Syndrome

Peripheral neuropathy is damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of or trauma to the nerve or the side effects of systemic illness.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with brachial neuritis, 86% report having neck pain, 70% report having shoulder pain, and 68% report having arm pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of brachial neuritis are neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, loss of sensation, arm weakness, and hand or finger weakness, although you may still have brachial neuritis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with brachial neuritis often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, physical therapy exercises, insertion of catheter or spinal stimulator and injection into spinal canal, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), other therapeutic procedures and other diagnostic radiology and related techniques .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with brachial neuritis include carisoprodol (soma), metaxalone (skelaxin), atenolol / chlorthalidone, piroxicam, flurazepam, oxymorphone (opana), pentosan polysulphate sodium (elmiron), quinine, al hydroxide/asa/ca carbonate/mg hydroxide, bilberry extract, oxytetracycline/phenazopyridine/sulfamethizol, mefloquine and amitriptyline / perphenazine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for brachial neuritis include age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get brachial neuritis.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
1.5x
45-59 years
2.2x
60-74 years
1.1x
75+ years
0.6x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.1x
Other
1.1x
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