As some of you know I have an L5 disc issue (which causes sciatica like symptoms) as well as RA in my lower back. I'm getting a rhizotomy again tommorow (left side) in order to lessen the pain for a few months.
However, I have been noticing a disturbing trend concerning my pain. The first I just assumed was linked to my back pain which is stiffness and low to low moderate pain in my quad muscles. Ok nothing to get alarmed about right?
However lately, I've been getting an almost burning heat like pain in my shoulders. Its right at the front of the deltoid where it connects with the rest of the arm. Its moderate level and toleratable and I do drive roughly 75 minutes to work, so I had thought some of the pain could be from arm use.
However, even just to sit here and type, I can clearly feel the inflamation in my shoulder.
My question is whether its common for RA to spread to other joints, especially considering I'm 31 so I'm not super young, but I'm still in early adulthood. This is something I have no brought up to my doctor yet because its only been going on over a few days and maybe its just from overuse. Its on both sides but stronger on the right side (which my back pain is generally stronger on the right side as well). Hmmmmmmmmm.
and yes I know if it continues I do need to tell my doctor, heh.
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures helped for months, but pain is up and im having the procedure done again. Currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol - A MOR + NRI) 2 to 3 time per day and Soma 350 as needed.