Severe lower arm muscle pain... suffer with fibromyalgia/ peripheral arterial disease and mild emphysema

Suffered with this pain for about 16 weeks now, when it reaches its peak its like a rushing pain from my muscle in my lower left arm just around my elbow, then up to my shoulder blade, it's so bad sometimes it brings me down into a huddle 😪😪 then it eases off and it throbs constantly! Was supposed to have a MRI scan done as I have compressed nerves in my neck, but after much arsing around from my gp, because between him and my vascular surgeon they didn't know if I had metal stents in my arteries??? The mind boggles 🙄🙄 Apparently the system has changed and I now have to go through a spinal clinic?? Orthopaedic!! Spinal though? For an arm and wait for it, over 70 days waiting time, great eh

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  • Oh wow Janethaywood that is a long waiting time. Both me and hubby suffer with similar kind of shoulder pain . It can take months to settle down but touch wood for us it usually does. I hope you can find some kind of relief while your waiting .

    Mo xx

  • Hi Dizzytwo sorry for the late reply, I'm terrible at replying because I totally forget to check my mail. But thank you for replying it means a great deal when people take time out of their lives to answer questions and help solve my problems.

    P.S still waiting for MRI results arghhh 😩😩

  • No problem i'm the worlds worst when it comes to replying especially emails. I have my fingerd crossed they can find something to help you with. {{hugs}}

  • Hi hun, some of what you describe sounds familiar, I don't have emphysema so cant comment on that, BUT arm muscles- usually hurt when we have carried heavy shopping, we girlies do it so often, shoulders, we hunch up to carry our handbags, I have a TENS machine- quite cheap to buy (try ebay) which I can tuck in and walk around with, we do ignorantly exacerbate muscle fatigue, we wouldn't be able to function if we didn't, I am a evil for bad posture and usually get neck and lower back pain as a result. Elbows- I also have a device from ebay for tennis/.golf elbows (even though I don't play either) no seriously these areas are a pest when they flair up they are very painful, these little devices are very helpful they can be worn under clothing, you can ask gp to inject these areas even if you cant have steroids there are some good long acting local anaesthetics that work.

  • Hi NurseGladys123 sorry for the delay in replying, but thank you very much for taking time to help me out. For as strange as it is and I've been diagnosed with cervical spondylitis I don't really suffer with back pain as such but bending is a bit dodgy, and some movements can be a bit hair- raising as I feel it's going to give

  • Have you been diegnosed with anything particularly Fibromygia Once you have you can take advise from your Docters and get help from fibro suffers here I can see your struggling I feel for you Get your self on the right road to the correct medication you may need to help so Ask you doctor Fibromygia is numbness , tightening of the muscles Fibro fog, and severe pain all over It sounds like your suffering I hope you can get the correct advice so you can ease your pain

  • I have fibromyalgia yes but this seems like something different! Or maybe it's part and parcel of that, not sure 🤔

  • I had Fibromygia four years before I actually got diegnosed It still differcult to actually get the hospitial letter in writing with the words diegnoses Fibromyalgia I reasanly attended a pain clinic were 15 people were susposed to be diegnosed to have Fibromygia but only three of us actually had the letter people suffer with horriable pain it's true Fibromygia is numbness , horrible painfull all over , fateag, tightening of the muscles, headaches I hope you can manage the fibro And as you there are others like my self who have other conditions too so life is hard 🤔 I feel for you

  • It's terrible Erny it rules my damn world at the minute. I've got to see the mental health clinic at the end of thr month, not sure if it's because of my illness or if it's to reduce meds etc xx

  • Hi Janethaywood

    I am so truly sorry to read this my friend and the most common cause of this kind of pain is nerve root compression, which could go along with your peripheral arterial disease? The *Mayo Clinic say:

    *Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don't receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand.24 Dec 2015

    Of course, I am not a doctor and cannot say for sure. I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

  • Thank you all for your kind replies and il take all your advice on board. Hopefully I can it sorted and if all else fails il chop it off 😂😂

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