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Does anyone else have bilateral arm pain?

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  • Posted By: christara
  • July 5, 2007
  • 11:46 PM

Hello - THis is my first visit to this forum and hoping someone can help me. I am 8 weeks post anterior cervical discectomy C5-C6 with worsening symptoms. Saw my neurosurgeon, he repeated MRI which was totally fine. So as of this morning he is stumped. I have severe pain on moving my arms in a backwards motion or quickly reaching for something . Arms feel heavy. When I have this pain it is intense and debilitating. DOn't want to live this way. My NS has recommended I go back to the neurologist and have a EMG test. Does this sound familiar to anybody and if so what was your diagnosis? Thanks in advance for any help.

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  • I would see a vascular surgeon - possibly Thoracic outlet syndrome.
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  • Hi - Thanks for the suggestion of thoracic outlet syndrome. I got on line and yes I do fit a lot of the criteria for that. I saw my neurologist again, had EMG test which was normal. She ordered a bunch of labs (lyme titer, etc). My neurosurgeon is stumped still and is suggesting physical therapy which is fine and dandy but I want to know why I am having these problems. Getting worse on a daily basis. I will definitely bring up your suggestion when I see the neurologist again next week. Thanks so much for your help.
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  • I also agree that it could be thoracic outlet syndrome. I also have TOS and what you're describing are symptoms.I believe you would want to see a vascular surgeon. They specialize more with TOS. I would, though, make sure you see someone who deals with TOS. It might save you a few appointment because they're just going to refer you to their colleague who deals with it.I wouldn't just do the physical therapy without knowing what's going on. The therapist could make you worse. I would see if you can get a referral to a vascular surgeon. They can do specific moves with your arms that will give them the indication if there are problems with blood flow/nerve issues.Good luck.
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  • I know your post was some time ago but I'm searching this exact same problem. Whenever I suddenly reach for something straight out my arm about where my tricep is pops and hurts. (for ex. reaching for a salt shaker or similar reaching movement). Excruciating pain if I try to reach back with arms. ( for ex. sitting in driver's seat if car and reaching back to back seat or back floor of car for an item.). I do yoga and this problem causes me many problems - have to do many poses very slowly if at all so as not to hurt my arms (Like bridge pose and wheel).
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