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Splashdancer
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! A while back I mentioned that I had tendonitis in my right wrist, but now I don't know. My doc isn't being real helpful, but has referred me to an Ortho. I just wanted to see if my symptoms sound familiar to anyone. So, from the top....... It started out with a swelling on the bone on the right side of my right wrist. The swelling eventually went down. Then my right elbow started hurting. In the middle of all of this, I took a regimen of oral steroids - did nothing. The pain in my elbow eventually went away (except for a recurring 'stabbing' pain right above the elbow joint on the outside of my arm). All of this has now culminated in an arm muscle that is in constant pain. Now here's the odd part - when I go to stretch my arm (like in reaching for something), it feels like the long muscle on the inside of my arm doesn't want to stretch. Imagine if you had a bandage on your arm, over the muscle area - you extend the arm and it pulls on the skin - that's how it feels - but besides the pulling sensation, it is extremely painful. My skin over that area is also somewhat numb - I can feel, but it is numbish (is that a word?). Any ideas, anyone??

mrsm123
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you may have compressed the ulnar nerve in the elbow somehow. If you lean on your elbows regularly or for an extended period of time, you may have squished that nerve . If you can find a dermatome map, of the upper body, it will show you where your forearm may be effected.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
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Splashdancer
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, thanks Sandi - I am going to look that up right now. I am ALWAYS leaning on that elbow when I am at the computer - and when I am studying/working on my classes, that can sometimes be 6-8 hours straight!

mrsm123
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am guessing then that that might be your answer. I hope so. Usually if you can stay off leaning on it, the nerves may come back after a few weeks, but you really need to not lean on it at all for some time. And keep it straight while you are sleeping.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/19/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Splash, I have this very thing, and need surgery for it. Can you pick up a full glass of water off the table without being in pain? I have had 4 cortizones for it, and still have it. Very, very painful! My oxycontin, or percocet does not work on it at all. Do you lay on your back at night, and does it hurt worse after a good nights rest? If so, sounds like what I have.

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 11/19/2009 5:58:38 PM (GMT-7)


Splashdancer
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   Posted 11/19/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, I don't pick up anything without using both hands because I don't trust my right hand to not drop whatever it is that I pick up. Yes, it definitely hurts when I pick up anything remotely heavy. I can pick something up ok and then my hand loses its grip (if that makes sense). I usually lay on my left side when I'm sleeping, but will sometimes wake up on my back. Pain is what wakes me up, most of the time (not necessarily the arm pain). When I get up in the morning, my arm doesn't want to move and it HURTS when I finally do move it. Then again, lately, it seems like all my muscles and joints ache/hurt when I first wake up - I have to take my meds and sit at the edge of my bed for 30-45 minutes before the pain subsides enough to get up and move around. I really, REALLY do not need/want another pain condition to deal with sad . If you don't mind me asking - what does the surgery that you are going to have entail?

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/19/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
      I saw a surgeon and he said I have tendonitus, and that it look like I may have torn one of the tendons. He told me that they will take the tendon's off that area, and polish and clean it up and reattach them. I have several friends at work that have had this done. I can relate to picking up a glass with two hands, as there is a lot of pain involved and no strength left.

bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/20/2009 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Before my neck fusion I was having such pain in my forearm, the big muscle right on top of the arm. It was very sore to the touch and ached all the time. I went to my chiropractor and they used ultra-sound on the muscle and it really helped settle the muscle down. I also wore a band right under my elbow to stop the muscle from working so hard. Not sure if this would help you. This may be coming from your neck because when my disc in my neck were messed up it really affected my whole arm. Hope you can figure something out!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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