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bilateral pain and numbness in shoulders and arms

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  • Posted By: rmscott73
  • January 9, 2011
  • 01:08 PM

about three months ago i began having what was first diagnosed as stress related muscle spasms in my neck & shoulder areas. I was sent to physical therapy and given anti inflamitory, narcotic pain meds & muscle relaxants. The pain continued to get worse and i began having severe nerve pain in my upper right arm with numbness and tingling down my arm and into the ring and pinky fingers. I was given an EMG and diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy but the doc said that should not cause pain above the elbow. Surgery on my elbow was recommended until the pain and numbness began to change. Shortly after the EMG the numbness moved to the opposite side of my arm, next to the thumb and index finger and the pain began to creep into the upper left arm. since then the pain has moved into both arms, both shoulders, neck and down my spine to mid-back, with occasional pain in my hips when sleeping and occasional random shooting pains in my feet and thighs. Ive also had a headache, that at this point has lasted about 5 days straight. Ive also noticed much more muscle twitching in my arms, shoulders & hands in the last week, a strange sensation in my left ear (sounds like someone tapping on a microphone) as well as fatigue, loss of appetite & memory problems. The doc requested an MRI and was shot down by the insurance co. who said we needed to try more conservative treatments, even though i have been going to physical therapy, taking the meds and taking it easy for months now with no improvement in symptoms whatsoever. Doc has put in another request to the ins. co. for a referral to a neurologist so i am trying to patiently wait and hope for that to be approved. But in the mean time i wanted to post this and see if anyone out there has had similar symptoms or ideas on possible causes. The doc seemed to be worried about MS or Lupus and mentioned testing for those once i get in to see the neurologist.

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  • I have exactly the same symptoms as you apart from the ear issue. Been off work for 4 months now. Got an MRI in a week. Hopefully I will get a diagnosis soon after. Did you find anything out?
    Christe 2 Replies
    • August 17, 2011
    • 08:07 PM
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  • well, it turns out Im a big mess, lol. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, OsteoArthritis with bone spurs compressing four nerve roots in my neck along with two bulging disc's. Alot more than I bargained for, that's for sure. Still suffering with the same symptoms all these months later unfortunately. Fibro is hard to treat, so I am trying new meds and therapies to try to get it under control. The bone spurs are causing quite a bit of pain and i have tried physical therapy, pain meds, and recently had a cervical nerve root block (which did not work very well on me). I believe the next thing on the table will be surgery but i am planning on holding out on that until absolutely necessary. Good luck to you at your doc appt. I do hope you have better news than i had.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2011
    • 08:00 AM
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  • Thankyou for replying so quickly. My problems started 4 months ago with bi-lateral arm ache/pain. To the extend I could not and still cant lift my arms fully. I have neck/sholder and back pain. I saw a rheumatologists who sais "I did not fit in the box". I was given hydrocortisone inj into both sholders and referred to the physio. After my initial assessment with the physio they said I needed an urgent MRI (?prob with c7) which I will attend on Tuesday (three weeks later). Hopefully I will recieve some much needed answers. I need to get my life back, people do not realise how much this impacts upon my daily routine. I want to go back to work. :rolleyes:I hope you can eventually get on top of your problems, im sure fibro is not a nice condition to live with as there is no real treatment. Good luck to you. Thankyou for your response.
    Christe 2 Replies
    • August 18, 2011
    • 09:33 PM
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