Through yesterday, my left hand refused to work. It is difficult to close my hand or to get my fingers to work. Obviously, my right-hand works and that is what I’m using to type this. I don’t have signs of heart attack or stroke. My hand and arm don’t hurt and there is no numbness and no chest or head pain, it is just as if my hand isn’t getting signals from my brain.
Naturally, I didn’t realize how much I depend on my left hand. Without my left grip, it is hard or nearly impossible to wash dishes, cook, write, tie my shoelaces, feed my pets, hold a book to read, scratch an itch or so many other things.
I’m no doctor, but I fairly well ruled out a stroke or heart attack, but I couldn’t figure it out. Then I happened to stretch. I instantly felt a stabbing pain in my left shoulder socket. That told me that the issue could be a pinched nerve.
As it happens, my wife is going to physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain. She has a STEM unit that is used for electro-therapy. It delivers pulses of unpainful low-level electrical current. It doesn’t hurt at all. I used the STEM on my shoulder. I felt much better this morning and although not back to ‘normal’, I have some marginal use of my left hand, enough that I was able to tie my shoelaces this morning. That might not sound like much, but it is huge and I couldn’t do it yesterday, so it is a step in the right direction.
I still have no idea what I did to my shoulder, but I’m very thankful and now have hope of healing fairly quickly. By the way, I appreciate those who have wished me well. Thank you!
When you think of electroshock-therapy do you think of a painful electrical shock?