Re: Help...arm pain?
Good to do the research. It can also cause a loss of feeling in other areas, and spatial awareness, including depth perception, meaning you aren't sure where your limbs/arms are exactly like before, hence, adds to the clumsiness and balance problems. Multi-tasking with hands can prove difficult, as it seems your brain 'forgets' you are carrying multiple items unless you keep your eye on them, so you might let go of things. Sound familiar at all?
They will probably want to try you on anti-inflammatory meds to see if that is part of the problem. You could be dealing with some arthritis in your neck, so if safe, you could try some over the counter meds to see if there is any minimal relief. Losing grip strength can feel pretty scary, and annoying having to use two hands to perform simple tasks.
It's possible osteophytes or discs are impinging on those nerves affecting your arms and hands, or mildly on spinal cord, in some cases.
I have been working on this situation for 7 years and is most frustrating; given your situation, you would want answers and help as soon as possible. Loss of strength doesn't seem to be something you can spare. Hopefully, you live in an area where dr's will take a 'hands on' approach.
Keep doing that research; sometimes it's our only helpful option for a time,
Last edited by trychocolate; 04-24-2010 at 08:18 AM.