Ibuprofen causing arm pain and numbness

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Grailhunter
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   Posted 4/4/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that every time I take Ibuprofen during the day as a adjunct because my body is moving and the injured areas are hurting more, it will help on those areas that have to move, like stuff connected to the spine, but then my arms from the shoulders down get numb, sore, and feel weak. I can't imagine why this is happening unless it interacting with the other drugs. I took 600 milligrams of Gabapentin and still couldn't stand to be at the computer. So I took half a Percocet and still no change.

I didn't want to take more of either Gabapentin or Percocet, so I took 3 Ibuprofen. 20 minutes latter the computer posture pain in chest and back is gone and both of my arms are hurting like I had gone out and lifted weights the day before. Does this every time to some level. I know Gabapentin interacts with Aleve, but its just supposed to increase your blood level of Gabapentin.

This really baffles me. A NSAID pain killer causing pain in areas that never hurt unless I use that drug. rolleyes
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Diverticulitis, Costocondritis, Thorasic Degeneration, Mild Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mild Hilar Lymphodenopathy, Depression, Anxiety. Dyspnea. Disequilibrium.

Klonopin, Percocet, Baclofen, Ibuprofen, Valerian, Greens Plus, Magnesium, Vitamin C, COQ 10, B Complex, Niacinamide, Glucosomine, Condrotin, MSM, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose.


Sherrine
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   Posted 4/4/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I've taken ibuprofen for years and have never had that problem.  Perhaps you have a pinched nerve.  The ibuprofen reduces the inflammation and you move the area and the nerve then gets pinched.  If you can't move the arm well then the nerve doesn't get pinched.  That's my uneducated guess.

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tyno3
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   Posted 4/4/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am writing in response because I have been struggling with extreme pain in my left arm and sad  shoulder, and sometimes tingling and weakness in my lower arm and hand. I also have intense bouts of chest pain that feels like a MI but happens so often, it couldn't be. Also that pain between the shoulder blades, intense and infuriating. I chalk it all up to Fibro, and doing too much. I, lately haven't been doing much but the shoulder and arm still hurt. A lot, almost all the time. 
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Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Grailhunter
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   Posted 4/4/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thats probably a good guess Sherine. Because I have a feeling that something that is going on in my whole upper back is also going on in the area that goes to the arm nerves. My arm motion seems to be fine, but I can't do much of anything over my head without causing lots of problems the next day, and if I try to go swimming I wear out in about 6 laps and suffer like crazy the next day.

I think maybe there is allot of pinching going on actualy. I started doing this Hiatel Hernia thing to try to get the stomach to drop. Your supposed to drink a couple of glasses of water for stomach weight, then get up on your toes and drop to your heals several times. I have what feels like about six upper back vertebrae, basicaly the ones that are attached to the ribs, that really scream at me, what do you think your doing each time my heals hit the floor. And yet I went for 3 months to the best Chiropractor I have ever seen and it did no good. He got my back loosened up to where he could easily adjust everything, but I got no relief from it. It was always way worse the day after he adjusted me, but there was no overall improvement.

I am thinking Root nerve compression or damage maybe. Probably why that Gabapentin works wonders for me when I am laying down and not moving, but when I start walking any significant distance, where the bouncing is compressing disk and its like I took nothing.

Well, I am moving in a couple of weeks out of this apartment and to a house I can put in a really good jacuzzi and buy another one of those roller massage chairs that will run the whole spine. Those two things when I had them years ago used to keep this back in check. Hopefully it will help again. And I can have the Doctor MRI my whole spine, but that stuff usualy comes back we don't see anything. Go talk to your shrink.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Diverticulitis, Costocondritis, Thorasic Degeneration, Mild Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mild Hilar Lymphodenopathy, Depression, Anxiety. Dyspnea. Disequilibrium.

Klonopin, Percocet, Baclofen, Ibuprofen, Valerian, Greens Plus, Magnesium, Vitamin C, COQ 10, B Complex, Niacinamide, Glucosomine, Condrotin, MSM, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose.


Grailhunter
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   Posted 4/4/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Tyno

I have been fighting this intense, coming and going chest, sternum, rib pain for a couple of years, mainly since I got off my rear end after sitting on it for about 2 years without any excercise. So, anyhow, I go out of the house finally and start walking. It turns into a obsession for me and there I am walking like 8 miles a day, while the back and chest are getting worse and worse, but I kept pushing and my Doctor keeps telling me push through that pain.

Well, long story short, there was no pushing through that pain where it was going to get better. So finally I stopped doing it, the obsessive walking that is, and have been fighting with the back, rib and chest pain ever since. I searched all over the net trying to match symptoms and I kept coming up with Costocondritis. So I did what it said you could do and tossed NSAIDS at it and it got no better. Finally, I bought a Inverter to traction my back, and started doing side stretches and I got some improvement. At least the chest stopped feeling like a heart attack everyday. But it never reached the point of gone.

Thinking this was Costocondritis and inflammation, I didn't think a nerve pain drug like Gabapentin would work, but I was laying there in bed so sore the other night and nothing else would calm it down, so in desperation, I went over and grabbed a bottle of Gabapentin a Doctor had prescribed me two years ago and I took two capsules, and within 30 minutes, all the pain in my body was gone.

It doesn't do a whole lot for me during the day when I am moving. Maybe calms it down a bit. But when I get home and lay down its a wonder drug. I don't know if this is a issue of one of the god knows how many aspects of Fibro or if my back actualy has nerve damage and its radiateing out into the ribs and chest, but I couldn't believe how well it worked.

But, thats just me. My Fibro diagnoses is preaty much half baked anyhow. I post here because its the closest thing on the myriad of symptoms for me, and there is no forum for "I got no idea whats happening and neither do my Doctors and Shrinks."
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Diverticulitis, Costocondritis, Thorasic Degeneration, Mild Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mild Hilar Lymphodenopathy, Depression, Anxiety. Dyspnea. Disequilibrium.

Klonopin, Percocet, Baclofen, Ibuprofen, Valerian, Greens Plus, Magnesium, Vitamin C, COQ 10, B Complex, Niacinamide, Glucosomine, Condrotin, MSM, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose.


tyno3
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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you grailhunter; is Gabapentin same as Neurontin? Anywho, it is scarey and frustrating. Intense chest pain, especially when i am alone, which seems to often be the case for some weird reason. i can make it stop by chewing up an aspirin. However, I am always thinking, gawd, if I have a MI and my son finds me it would be terrible. I thank-you again for the info.

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Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


mssusan
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   Posted 4/5/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I had more muscle (?) pain when taking gabapentin (generic neurontin) along with worsening headaches. I was only taking 300-400mg/day along with 200-300mg celebrex. I also take 5mg valium at bedtime for sleep and pain. 1.25+ daytime as needed but get VERY GROGGY!

I have had the same pain issue with other meds and supplements I believe due to an intolerence to either the active ingredients or INACTIVE ingredients like corn or soy.

I have a herniated disk C6-7 but have been told that my headaches/neck/shoulder/arm problems are probably more due to fibromyalgia and not nerve issues from neck damage. I get pain in my right shoulder/blade/upper/forearm/wrist/hand into index finger.

Post Edited (mssusan) : 4/5/2009 4:57:07 AM (GMT-6)


tyno3
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   Posted 4/5/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Anybody, like me getting weary and discouraged feeling bad and in pain
almost all the time.
Somedays, it feels so hopeless. i try to keep a positive attitude, but my meds aren't strong enough for these really bad days. Of course we have a low pressure system, bringing rain, moving in. I want them to give me something i can take to just make the pain go away. It is so hard to maintain a positive outlook when it is day after day after day. I might have three tolerable days per month. This is not one of them.  
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.

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