A brachial plexus injury can be life changing and you may experience some differences in the following areas of your life:
General health – Insomnia (sleeplessness), fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss or gain (this may be related to your medications). These symptoms usually resolve over time.
Daily living – Difficulty in carrying out everyday activities including your current work, future employment concerns, participation in sports and hobbies, doing housework and child care, shopping etc.
Psychosocial – Poor concentration, memory and self esteem, lack of self confidence, loss of self control, problems with your libido (sex drive) anxiety, frustration, anger, guilt, focusing on the pain to the exclusion of everything else. You may also experience emotions, thoughts and feelings that are similar to the grieving process.
These may include:
Anxiety – You may feel anxious when faced with situations that challenge your physical abilities and this may then hinder you from participating in everyday activities especially out of the house amongst company.
Anger – You may feel angry with yourself and / or you may feel angry with others. This may relate to how your injury was sustained. You may take this anger out on those especially close to you and experience mood swings and temper outbursts.
Denial – You may feel unable to accept the facts and information of what has really happened. This is a defense mechanism and perfectly natural. Some people can become locked in this stage when dealing with a traumatic change to their life that cannot be ignored.
Depression – This is a sort of acceptance with emotional attachment. It is natural to feel sadness and regret, fear, uncertainty etc. It shows that you have at least begun to accept the reality of how your injury is impacting on your life.
Acceptance – This occurs when you realize the full enormity of the circumstances and with it begins the physical and emotional healing processes. Once you enter this stage you will notice a change in your attitude and the real work towards full recovery begins.
It is important for you to seek help with any of these issues that are concerning you or your family. We aim to provide you as much information as we can regarding the treatment.