awe nic nac,
this is some problem huh? to me...this is a radiating pain, it spreads from one area. in my opinion it sounds similar to a nerve compressed. the swelling though throws me off a bit...but you have RA on top...so the edema could be worse.
lack of blood flow to the area can indeed cause difuse pain in those areas. do you know if you have any blocked arteries?
seriously, if you feel up to it...i would go to an emergency clinic (a walk in place) if you want to avoid the ER...just to have an EKG done you know? with arm pain and shoulder pain like this...you can't fool around with it being heart related. are you nauseous? how's the left side?
i say bologny to having to wait that long for your MRI! i bet if you're on em long enough you'll have that MRI result tomorrow or monday.
this arm isn't turning blue or extremely pale or cold right?
i sure hope you get to see someone tomorrow. if demerol isn't cutting it....perhaps dilaudud will.
i would defintely investigate further. arm pain that spreads is tricky.
you rest up and don't do too much running around.
thank you Nic for everything. hey...whatever works best for you, that's the ticket. do you have a rolling order for Vicoden? i hope it works well (continues to). the WORST thing was growing tolerant to a pain med. ugh!...with the Darvocet i was taking 2 pills every 4 hours! HELLO LIVER!!! so i said to my PCP (he's a sweetheart) "I'de like to hang on to an organ that actually works right!" so that's when he put me on Avinza 30mg, an ER Morphine & dilaudid for BT pain (breakthrough pain).
oh God the shoulder pain! Craig, i don't know what was worse! not being able to use my legs or not able to use my arms! the shoulder pains drove me to the ER several times too. since the Imuran, knock wood, the elbow/shoulders haven't flared to the extent they did last summer. but yeah, excrutiating.
be good & have a safe trip to Sedona.
Nic...still have that appointment for monday? good luck. hope you have an OK nite with little pain. rest well.