I am so sorry to hear of the difficulty time your husband, you and your daughter are going through.
Your husband does pose a difficult case and I am sure you are all very frustrated. I will try to see if I can find out anything that might remotely be of help for you.
How long has he had the arm and hand swelling?
What other injuries did he have with the accident? I realize the neck injury was diagnosed but did he have any other upper body trauma such as bruising or broken bones?
What medications is he currently taking?
Hi, Meggie's Mom,
I'm still working on your problem. I want to ask more about the Lyrica but its not the only thing I'm exploring. Just want more clarification.
Did the swelling begin after your husband began taking the Lyrica? How long did he take the Lyrica? Has his feet also become swollen?
You were correct in wondering if it could be the Lyrica as swelling of hands and feet can be a side effect. You mentioned that it was discontinued August 20. Did he take the last dose on August 20? That would have been 4 days ago but technically only 3 days would he have been without if a dose was taken on August 20. It could be that it would take longer than 3 or 4 days for the swelling to go down IF the Lyrica is the cause.
I'm going to keep researching.
The shooting pains from rubbing his neck could be nerve damage from his neck injuries.
Please look at the photo below. Does your husband's arm look swollen like the one in the picture on the left?
I realize the writing below the picture talks about mastectomy but the condition lymphedema can occur with other conditions. Here is a website explaining in detail (but understandable) lymphedema: http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2005/11_05/pn_lymphedema.htm
Have doctors ever discussed the possibility of this diagnosis?
Does he ever feel any weakness, numbness or tingling in his hands and arms? Do his arms ever feel tired and do the feelings of pain, etc. get worse when he raises his arms over his head?
Here is a link to another website that describes a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It is a narrowing of the space between the collar bone and first rib and can cause pressure on nerves or blood vessels. Please read this site and see if it might fit your husband's problem:
I'm hoping to find some more possiblitites your husband can ask his doctor about when he sees her today.