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Any other stenosis friends have arm issues

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I've been having severe arm issues, especially in my right arm. There are days when I literally can't lift it above my waist and it hurts SOOOO bad. :''( I can't straighten it either. I walk around with my finger stuck in my pant pocket so my arm doesn't look all wierd.
Does anyone else have this issue and/or suggestions on how to deal with it?
Thanks a bunch!
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  • After two years of conservative treatment of all kinds, many opiates, and terrible pain, I finally found the right doctor, after all I'd been to all the wrong types of drs.
    First they said Tennis Elbow, then Hand Nerve damage, next Carpal Tunnel, finally a Pediatric/Adult Neurosurgeon tooked at my MRI's severe spinal stenosis, with nerve damage and she did a Cervical Corepectomy C5,C6,C7, four months recoup then PT. no surgical pain, no neck pain, just pain in the hip where they took some bone from.
    Best thing I ever did!
    Good Luck,
    Ellen >:D<
  • phxchele said:
    I've been having severe arm issues, especially in my right arm. There are days when I literally can't lift it above my waist and it hurts SOOOO bad. :''( I can't straighten it either. I walk around with my finger stuck in my pant pocket so my arm doesn't look all wierd.
    Does anyone else have this issue and/or suggestions on how to deal with it?
    Thanks a bunch!
    Well I have lurked her for some time...but WOW did this strike a nerve(literally) with me!
    YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
    YES my arms hurt all the time!! They go dead numb at night off and all night and yet hurt so bad I cry.
    Washing my hair is painful. I have to stop and rest them. One thing that does bring me some relief is the muscle relaxers (Soma is the best for me) It is getting now where my hands swell and stuff. And when I take a muscle relaxer I can just feel the pressure releasing.
    Mine have all been in the same areas as yours.
    I had one very badly botched surgery. And then many years later they went in through the front and the back to try and fix the damage. I guess it was really bad. (over 10 hrs on the first surgery with a few bone saws and all kinds of goodies) done by one of the best at San Francisco USCF. Dr. Philip R. Weinstein, director of the neurospinal surgery program. I can not say enough wonderful things about this man!!! But once they cut into the back, OMG the muscles never forgive.
    I also have found that while the moist rice heat packs are very soothing, Ice will really take down the swelling and kill the pain for a while. This has been an over 10 year hellish affair for me and feel free to pm me or email me if you wish and we can talk. I sure wish I had more to offer.
    Just really to let you know that YES what;s happening is real. I know cuz I think my work comp is going to try and pass this off as carpal tunnel and NO WAY...I will throw the biggest fit they have ever seen!!!
    Hang in there kiddo!!!
  • I had my right arm go totally numb for a few days. I went to my Doctor at the time, they sent me to a doctor that hooked me up to see if I had nerve damage & nothing showed up at all.
    I never did find out what that was all about. I wasn't going to my Ortho Doc. at the time this happened.

    I don't have a lot of pain in my arms but they do fall asleep easy & feel weak. Good luck to you.

    Janis
  • My left arm is in constant pain at the shoulder and numb at the hand (makes typing a bit difficult - glad I can correct it before posting). I've had this ever since my laminectomy c3-c7 in July 2004. Immediately after surgery in the hospital, my arm was hypersensitive, even air blowing on it caused pain. I still walk like I'm a cowboy gunslinger, as I can't straighten that arm out. Also, the muscle has atrophied due to lack of exercise....... You're not alone.
  • hi..yes I can relate to the arm pain...I also was in a car accident 4 months ago and intially diagnosed with central cord syndrome and whiplash...3 months after the accident I started having severe arm pain and numbness and also thoracic pain..I just got the results of the cervical MRI and it showed stenosis and pinched nerve in C-6-C-7..They have put me on gabapentin and this has helped a bit with the pain except when I get stress or work too much..I am awating the thoracic MRA and then to the Pain Mgmt specialists. Good luck everyone...A
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