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arms weakness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 19, 2007
  • 02:00 AM

Can any one help me on this? Starting one year ago, my upper arms became very easy to fatigue, with some pain on shoulders and forearms, but tolerable pain. What's untolerable is my upper arms are so easy to fatigue that I cannot even drive for a long distance, because raising my arms is a big deal. If I want I can still lift heavy stuff. I also have pain sometimes on upper back and neck. Now I don't use my arms very much, but regardless of how long I rest them--hours, days, a month--they just feel as fatigued as before. I use computer on a daily basis, but not intensively. Although I use right hand/arm more often than left, recently my left upper arm is more fatigued than right.

There are many illnesses that involve muscle/tendon pain, but I seldom hear any illness that can explain my mysterious fatigure on upper arms.

I went thru dozens of physical therapy treatments. For a few months I kept strengthening my muscles by using dumb bells. I self-massaged my muscles every day. I visited chirapractors 20 times, took X-ray of my neck, had my spine adjusted. I did electro-therapy, heat therapy, cold therapy, acupucture 10 times, took anti-inflamatory drugs, herbs. Nothing worked AT ALL. The symptoms are the same as before, if not worse.

I had been diagnosed as having tendinitis, cervical subluxation, or repetitive use injury. But no one seems to be right.

Before doing any further treatment, I am desperate to know the correct diagnosis of my problem. I have no idea what it is. Can somebody help me or refer me to an expert? Thanks!

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  • I have/had exact same symptoms. Finally got an mri pf my neck ( never thought there was anything wrong with my neck just my shoulder, left arm and upper back ) turns out I have 3 protruding/bulging disks one on the verge of herniation. Get a neck mri... Might find your answer there. From there they often treat it with injections of steriods into the disks to shring swelling relieving ppressure on the nerve going down you arm
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  • I hope this doesn't scare you, but I just read something in my cardiologist's newsletter about upper arm fatigue. I'm sorry that I can't remember the name of the disease. Are you a woman? Women's cardiac issues are different from men's and I seem to recall that topic was in the same issue. hope this helps.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi read-skw,I am a man in my 30's. I am usually quite healthy with no heart problem in me or my family members. But I am open to opinions. Thanks!
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