Re: Pain patches vs tablets.
Aside from the steroid injection I've tried nothing else .. I've more kind of just nursed it along.
It took about 6 months before I could touch my nose with my right hand or hold a mug in my hand as I couldn't get it to my mouth.
It's slowly improved, or at least has seemed to for the first 2 years.
Aside from a constant crook in my arm I'd say I have about 80% mobility now. For certain tasks it's still useless with no strength, for instance, I can't brush my hair.
What I don't have, luckily ... is the degree of pain you are suffering. Must be very frustrating not to mention demoralising.
All I get is sometimes it aches for hours, especially in winter or after using it too much and then that ache can radiate up my neck down to my wrist, and sometimes nerves twitch away or it 'crunches' a lot.
It often feels better if I tuck it in my jeans pocket so it's hanging a little to straighten it out but it's not taking any weight.
I remember when you first posted about your problem and had wondered how you were getting on.
I seemed to have got of light compared to you on the pain side.