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Severe Pain, Bruising, and Swelling in left arm...someone help

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  • Posted By: pdc0918
  • June 4, 2009
  • 11:29 PM

I fell back in Februay of this year...had x-rays and MRI done...nothing showed up on either one...the ortho doctor diagnosed me as having a condition called RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). I believed the doctor at first. He sent me to have a series of sympathetic nerve blocks of which only gave very temporary relief. The bruising and swelling went away temporaily but only to return a week or so later....I AM IN A LOT OF PAIN!
I returned to the ortho doctor only to have the same diagnosis repeated to me again...I researched RSD and the symptoms I have are not consistent with RSD. The dr did give me some pain medicine but refuses to help me deal with the pain through the weekend (the dr only gave me 20...and that was two days ago). I am so much pain and all I have for it is Ibuprofen 800 MG. I have been unable to sleep because of the severe pain even with sleeping meds.
I will not be going back to this ortho doctor....instead I will be going to a hand/wrist specialist....this doctor has done nothing but give me a run-around because they are incompitent and don't really know what is going on...nor do they seem interested in finding out.
Can someone help me please! I don't know what to do for pain until I can get in to see the specialist next week. I'm so frustrated because this has been going on since Feb. Has anyone else had this similar thing happen? All comments and help welcomed!

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  • Hi there, it can be really fustrating and depressing having to live with pain. I suffer similar symptoms in my shoulder as well as highly sensitive skin around the left cheast area, I have excruciating pain in my ac joint and a patch of numbness just below the joint (upper arm) about 10cm in length that when I touch this area of numbness I feel it in the inner part of my cheast just below the clavicle. My arm has spasms which begin with tingling from upper arm moving down to forearm and spasm begins just before hitting the wrist. I have slight numbness in my thumb and little finger from lifting my arm and limited range of movement. I have been asked by a pain specialist other than my own if I have been diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome, an updated way of saying RSD. I must I originally fractured my clavicle and experienced normal symptoms of bruising and pain of a fractured bone, about 5 mtgs later underwent surgery to where it didn't quite go as planned as the plate was jabbing into my ac joint and my neck, my whole upper body was misaligned. 5 weeks later had reconstruction surgery to rectify the problem. I continued to suffer severe excrutiating pain then slowly skin became sensitive and so on. I would suggest if you do not have any broken bones then an orthopedic is not who you are looking for. I would maybe suggest going to a neurosurgeon for nerve testing and maybe you could ask for ct scan as they are more intense and somthing may of been missed in a normal x-ray. I suggest you find yourself a good pain specialist who can assist and help you in managing your pain slot better. Give up on the sleeping tablets as I also find the pain overpowers them and I'm unable to sleep. Occupational therapists can assist you by helping you learn different and new ways in doing things to minimize your pain a little and also help to teach you relaxation techniques which at times I do find helpful. I hope you find out what is wrong and have it treated accordingly goodluck. I do not believe my condition is RSD, I just feel my dr's have given up as my situation is slightly more complicated. Once again goodluck.
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  • Thanks for the reply. I am just so frustrated with the pain and the doctors. Any suggestions to help deal with the pain over the weekend?
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