Could it be arthritis?

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Kincasslagh
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   Posted 9/8/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone.
I have been having some really NASTY pains in my arms, worse in my left. I've been having then since last summer without doing anything to hurt myself. The pain is like broken bone pain or a swollen pain. It kinda helps when i put heat on it but only while the heat is there. Almost everyone in my family has arthritis.  A lot of the time when the pain is there it hurst to lift my coffee cup. or sometimes i cn bearley move my arm without almost crying. But we all know crying won't help.
I have a 2 year old son and i'm afraid to lift him most of the time cause i'm afraid i might drop him when the pain hits. the pain eases when i massage it but once i stop the pain it there again. I have the pain mostly from my elbow to my shoulder and sometimes it hits my wrist too.
can anyone help me?
 
Kincasslagh

JayBespoke
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   Posted 9/8/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Is the joint hot? Does it feel as if there may be fluid on the joint?

My entirely non-professional opinion would be that you're looking at a non-inflammatory arthritis, basically, Osteoarthrits. You need to see a doctor about it, but for the time being, 400-600mg of Ibruprofen, 1g of Paracetamol, and whatever strength of Codeine you can get with the Paracetamol OTC (8mg usually), every 4 hours, would be the most effective thing at keeping the pain at bay.

There isn't much in the way of long-term treatment for this sort of arthritis, and it tends to be palliative. Stronger NSAIDs than Ibruprofen will probably be prescribed, like Diclofenac, which I find very effective, and (unless you're in the states) Arcoxia is a good NSAID. if the pain continues to be an issue, there is of course opiates - but these are best avoided unless really neccessary. As/if the condition worsens, there are surgical options available to you which can significanly reduce pain.

Before jumping to conclusions, it is important that a qualified physician rules out other potential illnesses which can present with arm pain, of which there are a few. That said, arthritis has a strong hereditary component, so it does seem likely.

None of the above constitutes medical advice, it is merely speculation, so don't for heaven's sake act on whatever I say and then die, cause I'll feel bad.

All the best, hope you sort it out

James


P.S.

Paracetamol = APAP, or Acet--blahblah-phen. Sorry I can't spell the American name, as I've never used it. An iranian friend shouted at me the other day for using "Paracetamol" as he had no idea what it was!
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JayBespoke
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   Posted 9/8/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Acetaminophen. I must be tired, it's spelling is very obvious when you break it into functional chemical groups, Acetyl, Amino, Phenyl. Blame it on the Fibro-Fog.
21, Male, England.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Dyspraxia
Rx: 50mg Etanercept (Enbrel) Sub-Cut Injection, 7.5mg MTX, 25mg Amitriptyline

Oh, and plenty of Tramadol, Dihydrocodeine, Domperidone, Hydroxyzine, and Scotch

Contact: facebook.com/ jabutler // burnley219 (at) googlemail.com (Anti-spam)
Feel free to contact me for any reason, unless you're in sales!
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