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More pain....

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm having bad left shoulder, arm and hand pain. It hurts into my middle finger and is an aching, throbbing, burning pain. My head pressure has eased up and now this! I've had the arm pain and tingling, numbness for a long time but never this bad. If it's caused by my cervical problems would it be this bad? I guess what I'm asking is would referred pain be this intense? I always just imagined it to be more of an achy feeling. I hope I'm making sense. It's hard to explain. I'm taking Norflex, Tramadol, and sometimes Flexeril and it's not helping it at all. I've been using ice and heat but it doesn't help either. Have any of you had this type of pain? This is sooooo aggravating. If one thing doesn't hurt these days something else will!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    I am sorry to hear that you are having all these problems bunched up together.
    If anyone of them alone doesnt get you down, pile them up and its a gloomy time.
    Lets hope you get back to normal (well our spiney normal) before the holiday season kicks in
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I hope that you're feeling better also. Things do tend to pile up on me these days. I get aggravated at myself but there's nothing I can do. If we could feel better just by wanting to we'd all be healthy and happy wouldn't we?

    Take care
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  • Yes, the referred pain is just as bad as "real" pain.

    Your symptoms sound like cervical referred pain. The dermatome charts show what nerves effect what area and one of those specifically runs down to the middle finger. I have referred pain that varies, I swear it is more weather related than any other thing!

    I have been doing a lot lately and for 2-3 days I feel "ok", then ouch and it can last a few hours or a few days to a week.

    I tossed and turned all night last night, my arm felt like it was on fire. Today it burns from the bottom my right ear to about mid arm or so. No rhyme or reason. The SCS does cover it somewhat, but not a great improvement. The weather is changing here and my back has started its aching, again.

    So, anyway, not wanting to steal your thread but a whine seemed appropriate :D

    Back to referred pain. The brain does not know where a particular nerve is being aggravated. So, the nerve to your middle finger is being squished or rubbed somewhere in your neck, or anywhere on way to the finger, the brain only sees pain in the nerve from the middle finger, shoulder blade etc. So we feel the pain in an area that is not really hurting.
  • Debbie- I hope things have started to settle down.

    Hugs- Julie
  • Yes, Ma'am, referred arm/hand/finger pain from cervical problems can be extremely intense and painful. Leading up to my ACDF surgery, my left arm was so bad that I was constantly moving it, icing it, putting on an arm band, flexing it, etc. Nothing helped and it was very frustrating.

    At the risk of sounding like a nag, please find a fellowship-trained spine specialist to take a look at your cervical problems. It sounds like your symptoms are getting worse and I'm so afraid that if you don't get something done you're going to have permanent damage in the future.

    So, my friend, my nagging is over (for now). You know how I feel and how your son feels, too. Unfortunately for you, we're both going to keep on a-naggin' until you find someone to help you. :-)

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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I'm sorry you're still having a rough time. Hopefully when the weather changes your pain will level out. I hope that you can sleep better tonight. I know how you feel. It really gets me down when I can't sleep.
    Take care,

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    Thanks for the reply. I'm sorry to say that it hasn't improved today. Still hurting pretty bad. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I hope that you're having a good day.

    Take care,
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    You're not a nag at all. I'm thankful for your concern. I am pretty stubborn about going to the doctor. Only because of all the run around they gave me earlier this year. If it doesn't get any better I will try to see someone though. I can't keep going like this. You are a great friend and I appreciate you. I appreciate everyone here. You all help me so much.
    How are you feeling? Are you getting anxious about your upcoming surgery?

    Take care,
  • Sorry that you're having a rough time and I wish there was something to bring you more relief. My problems are mainly lumbar so I don't have experience with what you've got, but chronic pain feels bad everywhere, right? I've had bad pain radiating from my lower back, down both hips and buttocks, and going down both legs too. Is cold weather the culprit for us? I'm pretty sure. I was told the titanium in our hardware gets cold too and it causes additional pain. What you can do is use a heating pad where the hardware is to try to lessen some of the pain. Well, stay bundled up and warm, have a nice hot cup of coco, take your meds, and try to relax. Take care (|:
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,362
    I'm sorry you're suffering also. I agree that I think cold weather makes it worse. If I go outside and get cold I feel like all of my joints lock up! I don't have any hardware now but I had it in my foot for about a year and had to have it removed. It had worked loose and hurt all the time. And you're right it did hurt worse when cold. I've been thinking about laying in the tanning bed. We've got one but I haven't used it in a few years. I know it'd help for a little while anyway.
    I hope you're feeling better. Take care and stay warm. I'm still aching today but hopefully it'll improve soon. It stinks feeling like this all the time doesn't it?
    Take care and have a good day.
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