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Old 09-05-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

For the past couple of months my left arm has been aching, and little by little it has gotten worse. At first I thought maybe my carpal tunnel was flaring up, but it wasn't starting in the hands it was coming up by my shoulder and going down into the arm as if the pain was right down into the bones. even my wrist just ached as well. I have had nights where I couldn't sleep because the pain is so bad, it is constant ache and I have no idea what could cause it. I am unable to do anything w/ that arm because now it increased the pain.

Any ideas of what it could be, I have also had a increase in headaches where as they start in my neck and work there way to the top of my head, once night it was so bad that it kicked in a migraine and I had to go to the hospital for a pain shot to relieve the pain...any ideas if the two could be connected?

 
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

just wondering here since you mentioned you have carpal tunnel as well? exactly how did they determine that CT dx? what types of real testing were done that led your doc to that CT dx? unless there was VERY specific testing done that would most definitively have shown a true level of CT syndrome going on, this all just could be stemming from some type of real spinal issue within your c spine area and not what has been told to you is CT at all. hand/finger and arm involvement when the c spine has certain types of problems is NOT that unusual. its called radiculopathy and does at times and depending upon just what nerves are being affected up in that c spine, feel like his could be CT when its simply that median nerve itself up at that c spine level that is mimicing symptoms of CT only because that median nerve IS the very same nerve that is involved with true CT syndrome. the median is the ONLY nerve that actually runs thru that carpal tunnel.

my best advice to you right now, when you just look at every symptom you have going on here would be to at least obtain an MRI of your c spine. with a contrasting agent that would just give better clarity of certain findings that do not always show up as well when it is not used. just knowing what is or is not actually present up there as a hard finding that very easily could be affecting nerves would kind of dictate any next steps you need to take right now. but i would seriously just see your primary about referring you for that one MRI on your c spine. this hopefully would show the true source of your ongoing symptoms in some real way. tho you can have actual CT syndrome with also having very real c spine issues too, if this was not actually even properly tested and merely a "guess' by your doc at the time, there could just be something up there impacting your median nerve from the spinal level and not within that tunnel that is appearing as CT. this would be like i mentioned above, radiculopathy from spinal problems impacting nerves or even a persons cord too. just really push for getting that c spine MRI. i hope this is nothing overly major going on up there for you, but the only way you are really going to know anything is with that MRI being done. you are simply displaying enough symptoms at this point that this MRI would be a normal course or test for your doc to simply order for his patient, so that part should not be any real problem for you. good luck and please make certain that you yourself also obtain a copy of that MRI report for your own records too. very important to have your own copies of any testing done on us. please let me know what you find out, FB
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Old 09-06-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

My left arm ached for 2 years when I was in my early 20's. Every Doctor I saw just fobbed me off. I finally went to one who bothered to order an XRay of my cervical spine (neck). I had a very slight narrowing in the space between one of the vertebraes. I had some physio and the pain went. I hope your problem is solved as easily as mine.

 
Old 09-07-2009, 07:42 AM   #4
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

I had a couple of surgeries in my other hand for CT, and electronic testing done and at that time which mind you was several years ago they said I had CT in the left hand as well but it wasn't that bad yet, but I also do have Sciatica, Coxadinia, and some curvature of the spine. It has been several years since I've had any x rays or MRI's so maybe it is time for a new one, because at this point the pain in my left arm is getting worse daily.

The surgeries never worked in my right hand and also done injections that never worked, so i don't want to go down that road if that is what it is, but I was always told that CT pain doesn't go above the elbow area....and my radiates from the shoulders downward.

My neck is so tight everyday that it is actually swelled at the top of my spine, so maybe there is a connection there, but I am already on pain medication, so I don't want an increase of that I just want the pain to go away...

 
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

i am just wondering when they did actually do that EMG on you before they gave you that CT dx, just how far did they actually go up that arm to really firmly Dx the specific area of the compression? if they never went all the way up to that c spine area there is always that one possibility that this just WAS stemming from a possible spinal issue the whole time and not true CT, or i do think that surgery would have just given you a much better result, you know what i mean?

the fact that it just appears that nothing really changed for you post op that should have given real relief if the CT was the area of compromise just really would make me wonder where the true generator was the whole time too. and having the injections not help when most do find at least "some' lowering in the pain and symptoms just kind of seals it for me in some ways there too. i am wondering if the surgeon just really truely mis Dxed you with this and the problem was just stemming from an issue up iin that c spine the whole time.

but like you mentioned here, its been awhile so getting this whole set of ongoing symptoms just evaluated then getting that badly needed referral for the MRI on that c spine would be the very best place to look for potential issues here first. once you obtain a good contrasted c spine MRI and find out just how things actually are up there, that would kind of just really dictate what any of your next steps should be. unfortunetly only becasue of some really incredibly stupid, lazy specialists, there are way tooo many people who display actual symptoms of what appears to be possible CT but isn't. your even lucky to have even had that EMG done since some dont' bother and will cut into you anyways when the actual problem was much further up the whole freaking time. unfortuently not all surgeons are just created equal or even in medicine for any of the right reasons either.

just push to get that MRI and see what shows up. i do wish you luck with this and hope you can find the real answers in that scan. please keep us posted, FB
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:17 AM   #6
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

I'm going to call my Doctor today and see about either a appt. w/ him or see if he will just order the test, he's pretty good about somethings and will just order a test if I feel something really needs looked at.

This pain is just getting worse and worse, what is really weird is about a couple months back I went to him because it felt like pain was right down into the bone in my leg, which is the right leg, plus it feels like there is tight rubber band around my ankle and he couldn't really find the issue, that is what my arm feels like, but it is the opposite side. My personal opinion is that my doctor is stuck on his dx from years ago and seems to think all health issues relate to that and I am beginning to think that more is stemming off from that causing all this increased pain. I am already on Vicoprofen and Duragesic patches and the pain just keeps getting worse and worse......Hopefully he finds the answer and it is something that is easily taken care of....

 
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

considering the very strong meds you are on and you state the pain is getting worse just really ups that need to have that spinal fully checked out. considering everything you have told me, getting an actual FULL spinal contrasted MRI really would show the whole spinal area down to your cord, and that just IS what needs to be seen right now espescially since you have already had problems Dxed that just are progressive in nature. its just the way most spinal problems are over time, they progress further and casue more symptoms and possible problems and pain.

what you described as that banded feeling or 'perception" in that ankle and also your arm, can actually be stemming from some level of real spinal cord compromise. the things that i felt from only having the radiculopathic symptoms of a herniated c spine disc were VERY very different than the more 'perceptionary" types of sensation/feelings/also called noxious stimuli i was having from just having a vascular glob sitting inside my spinal cord did to me. cord involvement just makes you 'feel' things that at times feel like 'something' is actually being "done' to your body kind of thing? while radiculopathy can create what are called parasthesias, which can also kind of feel that way too, you would know what i am talking about with the exact "perceptionary" type crap if you felt it or were having it go on to your body. it is just THAT strong and totally insane to have to feel that crap. for two years i had, under my right shoulder blade really really intense feelings of solid pressure just pushing out from under it, like the alien baby was trying to push its way out?? this also had another lovely perception that felt EXACTLY like someone was standing behind me with a pry bar trying to actually try and pry off that shoulder blade from my body. it was just this constant and non stop 24/7 perception of real prying and torqueing goin on there that almost drove me insane. the only way i could get rid of this is if i went to a nice solid wall and litterally just ground that whole blade into it and held it there. then and only then did this stop. but of course as soon as i moved away,it was ALL right back again. this was all a perceptionary thing not "real" at all. and just from my spinal cord affectation.

but i really seriously would just tale to your primary at this point to obtain that referal for a full contrasted MRI of that whole spinal area,top to bottom,just considering past history and current symptoms you are experiencing. at least this way,you or your doc wont have any question about anything possibly lower than your c spine maybe at some point being an issue. this also would set a baseline so you would just already know what was and was not there in 2009,ya know what i mean? like i mentioned,spinal problems are just mostly progressive in nature depending upon what the real underlying issue is. but do get this one test done. that will dictate what does or does not happen next. you just really need to know whats up along that whole area down to your cord level. an x ray just barely scratches the surface of whats underneath down to the cord and spinal nerve levels. hopefully there is not something major in there, but you most definitely have something going on that just IS more neuropathic here or you just would be able to obtain real relief with those duragesic patches. good luck and please do keep me posted. FB
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:09 AM   #8
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

Well I just went to the doctors yesterday and he is ordering a x ray on the neck and upper spine, and if he doesn't see much there, he wants a MRI, which was done several years ago and needs done now.....He says it could be a ruptured disc, in which can be surgically fixed as where as my low spine is not a option for surgery...He agreed it is not the carpal tunnel either beings where the pain is radiating to in my left arm.

We didn't want to add anymore medications being I complain now of feeling tired, but he has decided to try and give the anti-depressants another try and see if that helps being stress induces pain. I believe it is called "effexor", I haven't picked it up yet so not for sure.....the muscle relaxers he gave me make me feel so icky that I don't like taking them and the ones that did work my insurance won't cover...But, hopefully they find something and it gets fixed tired of my arm aching and this constant headache and the tightening feeling in my neck.....well just wanted to give a brief update, when I get my x rays back I will inform more......

 
Old 09-27-2009, 12:33 AM   #9
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

Please don't just jump in and have surgery if the x ray or MRI reveal an abnormality in your spine. As I said in my post my arm ached when I was in my early 20's, I'm now 56 and manage to keep it under control with conservative treatments. Make sure you know exactly what is wrong and all your treatment options. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort. I've also taken Effexor for anxiety and depression, while it did help those conditions the side effects and then getting off it were a nightmare. I guess I'm jumping the gun here, wait and see what your scans reveal.....

 
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

I will be anxious to hear what your outcome is. I've had the same pain in my arm for a few years. I went to an orthopedic surgeon and he did an USound on my shoulder and found spurs, a torn rotator cuff and arthritis. I had surgery and my arm seemed to quit hurting for awhile. It's now been 1 1/2 years and the pain came back about a year ago. I decided I just have to live with it because I can't afford to go chasing my pain trying to figure out what's causing it. My insurance only covers 50% of an MRI and I know they can be quite expensive. The way you describe your pain is exactly like mine. I also have a very stiff sore neck and back. I'm 53 years old and walk like I'm much older when I first get up in the morning.

Please let us know your findings and what they recommend you do for it.

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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

Well my X Ray came back normal and no ruptured discs, so now he has suggested the MRI...So I have yet to set that test up, I just hate the thoughts of being in a closed in place...But, this pain is driving me nuts..So I Guess I need to figure out if I want to be in pain or in a closed in place for a short period of time...I just wish they could do a whole complete MRI of my spine form top to bottom.....

 
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Re: Constant aching feeling in the bone in my left arm?

i seriously would really try and put aside any real fears you have with the MRI and get this done. it really IS the only way to really see 'into" all the areas of that spine that could be producing your symptoms. i have managed myself to get thru 17 MRIs, yes 17 on various body areas with most done on my c spine or the rest of my spine for many diifferent reasons. i just keep my eyes shut during the whole thing and go off to my 'happy place' during the actual scan. and if you really need to, just ask your referring doc for a bit of valium? this just helps with any possible anxiety and also really relaxes you too during the whole thing. it really does not take all that long to do even the whloe spine. you could also probabley find the open sided MRI somewhere close by since they have become pretty popular these days too. but i would jump at this if i were you jay. you just need the spine clearly scanned and looked into at this point in order to get the best possible treatment and answers right now. ya just have to keep thinking of the much bigger picture in all this. finding the reason(s) for what you have as symptoms. just make cetrtain they do this with a contrasting agent in order to best highlight all areas that do not always show as well without it being used. it helps.

believe me jay, if i can get thru 17 seperate MRIs, you CAN get thru this one. just put the things into place i mentioned above. this is what has helped me the most with this type of testing. this one scan will go wayyy deeper than a mere x ray ever possibly could, and that IS just what you need right now hon. good luck and ask your doc about the valium, it really helps me tons. as usual please keep me posted, FB
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