Left tricep..stabbing, ripping pain
I'am experiencing a problem with my left arm. Pain in the tricep area..the pain is felt when reaching downward to pick up something...reaching behind my back to unfasten my bra or reaching backwards to put on my coat.
The pain is very intense..from just above my elbow to about three fourths the way up my arm...it feels like stabbing...ripping...tearing along with a shooting pain. I also feel slight pain under my arm and when I touch under there in a certain spot I also get the same exact pain in the same area of my arm (tricep).
I'm 51 and take care of a 10 month old...I have lower back problems (seeing a chiropractor and it's much better) which creates a problem in my legs, so I do sit frequently...in the same chair..always..it's the only one that will support my back. When sitting in this chair I'm holding the baby in my left arm to feed and put her to sleep...I lean on the arm of the chair alot and I also carry her in my left arm.
I noticed this happening to my arm about a week ago...started out that with certain movements it felt like someone was pinching me in the tricep area(which gave me cold chills)...just a little pinch, which progessively got worse, by 3-4 days later it was this ripping, stabbing, intense pain (after the pain my arm does feel senitive to touch in that area and slightly numb). When sleeping I really can't lay my arm straight down..it pulls and that area feel that pain..I prop a pillow under it all night.
I'm using ice (when I can) have it wrapped in an ace bandage and am taking 800 mg Ibuprofen..only once a day...I hate taking meds.
Amy thoughts on what this could be???
Last edited by I_love_lucy; 12-15-2005 at 12:45 PM.