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Strange arm pain

Discussion in 'Pain and Inflammation' started by Whit, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Whit

    Whit Senior Member

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    For the last week I've had strange arm pain mostly in my left arm. It started after I was laying on my side in bed with my elbow bent, with the weight on my forearm, working on a hobby project and pushing myself to finish one part of it. I was tired afterwards. And both my arms were sore and weak.

    My right arm got better in a couple hours for the most part, but my left arm has been hurting off and on ever since. It feels like a sharp ache deep in my arm and seems to move around slowly. (no shooting pain). the muscles in my whole arm ache when I use them even a little (even typing this is making my forearm muscles hurt) but there's also a pain that feels like my arm isn't getting enough blood, and reminds me of when you get a blood pressure test and the arm pain when they leave the thing wrapped tightly around your arm. It's almost like a pain in the veins or tendons that moves around. I have the urge to move my arm and get blood flowing and rub my muscles. Sometimes I'm reminded of the feeling when you hit your funny bone, only the aftermath of that, not the initial jolt. the achey feeling afterwards. Or the feeling when you leave your arm hanging off the bed for a long time.

    My right arm has been a bit sore like this, but not nearly as much.

    My legs have been painful for a year now, when I walk more than a little bit they get sore in the back of my legs as if I just ran 10 miles (I use to run cross country in my former life) or was standing up for an entire day, only much worse. If I don't walk too much they don't hurt at all. I can make about 10 trips to the kitchen before I start hitting my limit. And if I overdo it, just like PEM, it gets exponentially worse and can take days to a week of not walking AT ALL to get back to a more stable place where I can walk a little bit.

    I'm concerned that the arm pain is the same as this leg pain, both seem linked to circulation, but no one has been able to figure it out. I've just had to use a wheelchair most of the time and stay at home, mostly in my room.

    I'm going to have an ultrasound today to make sure it's not a blood clot. But that seems unlikely since my right arm is a little weird too. And I'm 29. And tests never show anything wrong.

    Anyone experience something similar? Anyone have any ideas for things I should have doctors look for? It's frustrating how every new symptom that comes up you have to go through the same ridiculous process of seeing doctor after doctor all over again, and every time I go through with it I wind up putting a huge amount of energy into it and getting no answers.

    I can't loose the use of my arms. What am I going to do? Just stare at stuff all day? WTF Just typing this made my arm hurt pretty bad...
  2. hurtingallthetimet

    hurtingallthetimet Senior Member

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    hello hope your ultrasound turns out good...its great that your having the pain checked out...theres so many pains and symptoms and illness that seems to be attracted to these illness....so i never know when something is serious or not..

    i have pain everywehre..left leg numb alot from back nerve damage..and left arm goes numb too from time to time but so does the ohter side just more on the left..

    take care let us know how it went
  3. alwayshopeful

    alwayshopeful

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    Do you have a good chiropractor? I got these pains in my arms and legs; it got so bad in my right arm, I got "frozen shoulder". The medical community will just recommend more drugs. But my chiro worked on it and cleared it all up. I can't imagine how much pain I would have if I didn't see my chiro all the time!
  4. Sallysblooms

    Sallysblooms P.O.T.S. now SO MUCH BETTER!

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    Whit, I hope you can find someone with answers for you.
  5. Whit

    Whit Senior Member

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    It looks like I have no clots. Because I'm a perfectly healthy young man! I'm never sure whether to be happy or frustrated when they find nothing. I guess both.

    The thing that concerns me is that my leg and now arm symptoms don't seem to be common symptoms with CFS. My doctor Andy Kogelnik hasn't really seen it before and people on this forum don't seem to have this same thing either, so it raises a flag for me that maybe there is some undiagnosed illness here that isn't CFS.

    But I guess it's pretty common to have a whole plethora of various pains and weird circulation and nerve issues, so I suppose in the bigger picture it fits well. And I have the classic high viral tiders. But it would be assuring to at least know I was part of some group of CFS patients dealing with the same thing.

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