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Forearm pain

toglhotttoglhot Posts: 8
edited 08/09/2015 - 2:58 PM in Chronic Pain
I have extreme pain in my forearms, pain is worse in the mornings and I'm unable to pronate or supinate my hands, making a 'hard' fist is impossible as are most movements, when doing nothing the pain is like a dull ache.
I have cervical spondylosis and bi-lateral elbow osteo-arthritis, I underwent a right elbow arthroscopy about four months ago and have been seeing a physio ever since, all to no effect.
Initially I thought the pain in my forearms was from the arthroscopy; however I have the identical pain in both forearms but I have not had an arthroscopy on the left so now I'm now wondering if the forearm pain is related to the cervical spondylosis rather than elbow.
I also have OA and bursitis of the right shoulder, bi-lateral OA of hips, spondylolisthesis, spondylolysis and a herniated disk in the lumbar spine as well as thoracic spine problems)
Hips, lumbar and shoulder are not particularly troublesome unless I try to walk out of site on a dark night or try to lift my 3kg dog; however, I do suffer chronic pain in the thoracic/cervical area 24/7, I can handle the neck pain but life is simply no fun without the use of my arms!
Has anyone else experienced this? if so was it resolved and how?
Many thanks from a broken down not so old man.

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  • Just back from the Doc - he's stumped, can't link it to cervical issues or otherwise so he's sent me off for blood tests: FBC, ANA, ESR, E/LFT, HLA-B27. Mostly autoimune tests for Rheumatoid factor with a kidney and liver test thrown in to see if I can take some medications for the pain. Just so sick of this...
  • Why can't your doc link it to your cervical issues?

    When my spine troubles began in 2008, one of my worst symptoms coming from my cervical problems, was weak and aching arms. I also had tingling and couldn't pick up a glass of ice water with my left arm. After an MRI, we tried PT for a while but it didn't work. Once I found a good surgeon, he looked at my MRI and asked me if I had lost bladder and bowel control. I said I hadn't and he asked me about it one more time. Needless to say, surgery wasn't far past that.

    Sorry to go on, but arm and hand symptoms may not be from your cervical area, but I'm wondering why your doctor has ruled it out.

    Take care,
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  • toglhotttoglhot Posts: 8
    edited 08/10/2015 - 1:04 PM
    Lack of symptoms, sore forearms is but one symptom linking the problem to cervical issues, I don't have tingling , numbness, etc in fingers, or any of the other symptoms usually evident to make a link. Funnily enough when I went to pathology this morning the nurse said she had undergone the exact same tests and has similar symptoms. Her Doctor also doesn't have a clue!
  • Just got results from my blood tests. ESR elevated and anaemia. Doctor suggests my problem is PMR (Polumyalgia Rheumatica). He’s put me on a low dosage course of Prednisalone which he says could resolve the problem in a few years or in a few weeks. Googling reveals it takes anywhere up to 5 years to resolve with some cases extending to 10, average is two years. If this course of action does not work then it’s off to the Rheumatlogist which apparently also takes years just to get a diagnosis - oh joy! Doc advised me if it is PMR, my symptoms should improve very quickly - a matter of days.
    Common symptoms for PMR are usually lightning quick onset with bilateral pain in the larger muscle groups legs, buttocks, shoulder, abdomen, neck, etc, inability to raise arms above shoulder level and a few other symptoms. Pain in forearms, wrists and elbows is not common but it does occur. As well as those ‘uncommon’ symptoms I also have an inability to raise my arms above shoulder level and also have pain in shoulders and neck, so at least I do display some of the more common symptoms.
    Previously I’ve taken Ibuprofen for relief which usually takes at least 4 tablets before I can feel any sort of even mild relief. This morning when I woke the pain was excruciating, could not shave or dress myself and had trouble eating my cereal,
    After taking the Prednisalone after seeing the Doc this morning the pain had largely gone by lunch. I did take one Ibuprofen early at breakfast, as I said, normally I need at least four before I notice any improvement, so perhaps it is the prednisalone working rather than the Ibuprofen, at least I hope so.
    I haven’t been this pain free for months, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel!
  • Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,554
    edited 08/18/2015 - 10:32 AM
    I'm glad you found the culprit and are able to take care of the pain. Congratulations.
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  • I wish; unfortunately it's not that easy: Using my arms causes pain but not until the next morning. The trick is in finding out how long and what you can do the day before to lessen the pain in the mornings. Unfortunately, you use your arms, hands, wrists for everything you do!
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