Any doctor will explain to you that plexitis is a severe pain in the shoulder area and neck. This type of pain is next in frequency after low back pain. It hurts like hell because there is an inflamed or pinched nerve in that area. As the experts explain, the reasons can be different - sprained vertebrae in the neck-shoulder area, cold, viral or other infection, trauma or gunshot wound, growing tumor, lung cancer in the apex area.
“Every time when treating plexitis, it is necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and attack the reason why you developed this condition. You will know that it is precisely plexitis when the pain suddenly hits you in the area of the so-called. brachial plexus.It hurts extremely unilaterally - you don't lose your sensitivity and you can move the arm on the problem side, but it's all painful as hell. Therefore, you prefer not to do it, and involuntarily immobilize the hand. The shoulder and shoulder ache, the pain can shoot down the length of your arm all the way to the tips of your fingers. It burns you, and if you try to turn your head, that's why you start acting like a stiffneck," explains clinical therapist Dora Georgieva.
Is plexitis a condition or a disease, Mrs. Georgieva?
- Plexitis is an inflammatory change of the peripheral nerve plexuses. This condition is different from radiculitis, in which the processes affect the roots of the nerves exiting the spinal canal. Plexitis also differs from neuritis, in which the inflammation involves a peripheral nerve, regardless of cause. Insidious plexitis is actually a disease of the peripheral nervous system where the nerves become intertwined and attached to each other.
Brachial plexitis is most commonly observed. It can occur as a result of trauma, stretching, viral infection, medication, alcohol, drugs, contact with a chemical compound. Sometimes it can be provoked by post-vaccination complications or radiation treatment of malignant formations.
Cervical plexitis is most often provoked by diseases in the cervical region of the spine, neoplastic diseases, infections and toxic preparations.
The disease condition may resolve on its own
but this runs the risk of chronification. Therefore, it is advisable to apply competent measures and usually the treatment starts with medication. Suitable for this condition are pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicinal products in combination with vitamins from the B group.
What are the most characteristic symptoms of the disease?
- The most characteristic manifestation of plexitis is that it appears in March and April.This is when these very painful inflammations of the nerve endings occur. And otherwise, pain is the most pronounced symptom - very strong, sharp, suddenly occurring, severely limiting the motor abilities of the affected area. Based on this unrelenting pain, disturbances of a sensory and motor nature follow. Reduced or completely absent skin sensitivity, tingling, tingling are often observed. When the motor neurons are damaged, a pronounced muscle weakness or even paralysis of the muscles appears.
In more severe cases, when the pain is felt in the neck and occipital region of the head, there are also possible manifestations of muscle weakness there, as well as breathing problems. When the shoulder area is affected,
the patient cannot bend his arm, the shoulder is drooping, the scapula is protruding, and the pain is almost incomparable
What is the treatment for this painful condition?
- In case of plexitis, during the first few days, the priority is to fight the pain.After the acute pain passes, the treatment of plexitis with physiotherapy is started. It helps increase range of motion and subsequent recovery. In some patients, the process of complete recovery requires long and persistent treatment of plexitis. Cases when surgery is necessary are extremely rare.
Treatment is carried out comprehensively, after making an accurate diagnosis to determine the cause that caused the disease. Treatment is aimed at stopping the symptoms. Modern drugs with high efficiency are used - analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs to restore nerve conduction, improve blood circulation, vitamins B1 and B12.
In addition to drugs, in our time, methods such as laser and cryotherapy, various types of reflexotherapy, electrotherapy, massage, physiotherapy, balneological therapies are used for plexitis, the most useful being the waters in Varshets and Velingrad.
Are preventive measures possible so that plexitis does not overtake us?
- Physiotherapy, hardening, exercise and yoga are recommended as preventive measures. Often times, people with plexitis do not pay attention to this problem or resort to self-medication without knowing what is the cause of its appearance. This should not be done because some very serious disease that manifests itself with plexitis may be missed.
Otherwise, it is recommended to drink fruit and herbal teas every day, which are rich in vitamin C, selenium, zinc and antioxidants. It is good to eat fish or seafood twice a week. Honey is extremely useful, 100 g can be taken daily, divided between individual meals. It is good to include low-fat milk, lots of vegetables and fruits in the menu. Additionally, vitamin B1, B6, B12 can be taken.
Magic ointment relieves the condition
To prepare it, you need to get a tea cup of uns alted lard, 20 g of salicylic acid and a ball of crystal camphor from the pharmacy.All the ingredients are mixed in a jar and placed in a water bath to melt. It is then left in a cool place to harden again, resulting in a thick creamy mixture that should be best stored in the refrigerator. If you want to make a larger dose, proportionally increase the doses of the required ingredients
This recipe also helps a lot with a persistent runny nose, as the nose is smeared from above at the first symptoms. The medicine will warm and relax the cavity and after a few minutes one will feel relief
Prophet Vanga also left us a recipe for healing, applying crushed frankincense and apple cider vinegar to the sore spot, smeared on a piece of woolen cloth. It is done until the pain passes