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ARM PAIN

SRIXON
SRIXON

Hi. I have slowly been reducing my pred, was at 15mg 3 months ago as of today on 11mg. Last 2 weeks I get what can only be described as sharp pains just below my elbow joint on the inside of my arm especially if I pick something up such as my small dog who weighs 7kg.

Is such pain likly be asscotiated with the PMR which I have suffered with for the last 27 months. Col x

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Hi Srixon

Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking everything is related to PMR whereas it could be something completely unrelated.

Have you tried a simple pain killer or a cool pack? Is it red or sore to the touch? I can never remember which one hurts which side of the elbow but Tennis/Golfers Elbow springs to mind......

Kind Regards

MrsN

SRIXON
SRIXON in reply to Hidden

Hi, i gave considered TE as I do play golf, I do have it strapped up at the moment, I am trying pain killing cream at the moment. Thx Col x

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Hidden in reply to SRIXON

Definitely sounds like golfers elbow. I got it as I could not overarm the dog's ball with a thrower, so did an underarm golf like throw. I got a proper brace for that part of my arm. The only thing that helps it is to stop the action, to REST it. After a few weeks it calmed down. But even now if I am a bit vigorous I have to wear the brace.

SRIXON
SRIXON in reply to Hidden

Ok 😣😣

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Hidden in reply to SRIXON

I know ....I did try and sneak a few throws in but it took me back to step one everytime. The dog wasn't pleased with me. The brace made a big difference.

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Hidden in reply to SRIXON

Good Luck - if it doesn’t improve see you GP but if it becomes red, hot or swollen you must see you GP at once & try an ice pack too.

My husband has just had Housewife’s Knee, he was rushed off for blood test as it was hot & swollen but it was OK - Ice Packs & Rest.

Take Care

MrsN

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Hidden in reply to Hidden

I had doughnut thing that was full of gel that you put on the freezer. It had good velcro strap to hold it on. Housemaids knee was much more painful than the elbow....I suppose cos you don't have to walk on your elbow. 😉

I think we can be prone to these kind of pains due to the weakening effect that Pred has on the muscles. I have noticed really quite bad shoulder pains for instance, caused by carrying a handbag the day before with some extra shopping in it. If this persists, I would see your doctor PMR can sometimes trail other conditions. I hope it gets better soon.

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Hidden in reply to SheffieldJane

Unless it was a pre-existing injury wouldn't it be unusual to get such an injury after just 3 months on pred? I think my elbow (after 2and 1/2 yrs), was a dodgy elbow but on tennis side previously. I changed my method of throwing because of PMR and that's when golfers elbow....or ball throwing for dog injury occurred. 💪🥴

SheffieldJane
SheffieldJane in reply to Hidden

Good point! After 3+ years my muscles seem to retain an imprint of the previous day’s activities. Rest and Paracetamol usually help. I hadn’t taken in how recently SRIXON had been diagnosed.

SRIXON
SRIXON in reply to SheffieldJane

Guys i have been diagnosed for approx 30 months i.e. Feb 2017. Col x

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Hidden in reply to SRIXON

That's fine.i misread.

SheffieldJane
SheffieldJane in reply to SRIXON

I am glad one of us is on the ball SRIXON. 🤣 it was the 15 mgs + 3 months that threw us. Pred head.

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Hidden in reply to SheffieldJane

I take it back Jane. And you are right my entire body retain an imprint. I painted one side of my garden fence. I sat for bottom half but my back arms and legs can feel it today. There was a shower just as I finished one side so it formed a natural break thank goodness.

SheffieldJane
SheffieldJane in reply to Hidden

You never cease to astound me Poopadoop!

SRIXON
SRIXON in reply to Hidden

Thanks for your input guys, being treated for golfers elbow, on medication to control inflamation, also seeing orthapidic guy for treatment . Col x

Well I am in a flare and my left upper back shoulder and area under my arm down my arm into my wdist hand and fingers is very painful but the worst pain is on the inside of my elbow I think it is literally my funny bone no fun which is the most painful and it feels like I have banged my funny bone which you know is not a nice experience the pain is not quite that bad but it comes very close and it does not go away until all the rest of my arm and shoulder begin to be free of pain as I go from 5mg up to around 10 I'm now at 8 and it is still hurting so I'm just saying that I don't play golf I don't play tennis I haven't particularly done anyting to my arm it's just a part of the general inflammation and can anyone really say why now when I get a flare it always begins in my shoulder and as I've described above but it does not spread to other areas, hood. m

My rheumatologist sent me after the last flare when everything settled down to physical therapy to strengthen my shoulder an arm believing that possibly my shoulder elbow and wrist are weak area of my body and possibly strengthening the muscles would help to avoid a future flare . Any comments on that. Just saying that once I have a flair my inner elbow joint is always very painful. I avoid lifting heavy objects especially avoid carrying any kind of a bag with items in it that you carry hanging down by handles. Is it possible that a particularly sensitive area like a funny bone is stressed or bumped by something or whatever that that alone can set off a whole chain reaction of the immune system that wants to take care of the elbow but thinks besides that the entire shoulder arm hands and fingers also needs help. Still new to this and so appreciate this site and all of you.

HeronNS
HeronNS in reply to sandydame

I am not convinced that standard physio exercises would necessarily be helpful at first. Maybe the very very easy ones which you wonder if they can possibly be doing anything, but in fact they are targeting smaller muscle groups and after some time they do help. I've had similar should problems for some time, but gradually things are getting better and what I've done is a) tried to maintain range of motion b) done some easy physio but not exercises which were actually painful to perform c) done my best to avoid streesing the affected shoulder and arm, and d) receiving low level light therapy which is supposed to stimulate healing and may indeed be helping.

PMRpro
PMRproAmbassador in reply to sandydame

Tennis elbow (the name with which I am more familiar) may need something more than physio first. It usually needs to be settled down before exercises will work.

sandydame
sandydame in reply to PMRpro

Thank you all so much for your helpful advice.

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Hidden in reply to sandydame

I had golfers elbow for a while earlier this year. I got a brace which really helped. I don't play golf or anything. Believe it was thrower for the dogs ball that caused mine as pred can cause tendons to be a bit fragile. The main thing I did was rest it for a few weeks in the end. I wore the brace if I had to do anything repetitive though. The brace was for golfers or tennis elbow... Inside and outside of elbow respectively. Rest and gentle movement and I Iced and then place heat on it.

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Thankyou x

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