New - experiencing both elbows, forearms, wrist and finger pain (Myofascial Pain Syndrom)

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   Posted 9/21/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All :)

I use a smiley face to help me deal with the everyday pressure to be "OK". To not show how I really feel... my face says something completely different than my body and what's happening in my mind because of my pain.

As I sit and write this post with every stroke of the keys brings a twitch of pain thats felt in almost every inch of my forearms and hands. I've had this problem for a few years now, all because of a work injury.

You see, I work in an automotive plant. I am in assembly. "You" sit in your car and close that door shut without a thought. I used to put those components on "your" doors. I can't do that anymore, along with golf (which I absolutely love), laundry, household chores, driving is difficult (BUT I refuse to loose that too), skiing in the winter... the list of things that "hurt" me everyday is too long. I should just write the things that don't hurt me. It might be shorter.

I'm here because obviously, I can't deal with this alone anymore. Please, don't get my wrong my husband is incredible with listening and even performs the massages on my arms everyday but he doesn't "get it". He will see me do things with my hands and wonder "how can you do that but yesterday you couldn't" and I can't fault him for thinking that. Its not that I can do it now - I just get so frustrated that I just do it with pain because I am tired of asking for help - does that make sense to him - not really. He would rather me just ask but before this injury I would have been proud to say I am a 26 yr old female that can take of "crap" herself. I can do it. I will do it. (This is what has gotten me into this predictatment in the first place)

I first noticed my pain in April 2006. I reported it to my work and started physio at my work. Yes, you just read that correctly. My place of employment has so many workers comp injuries that they now have a physio department at work that employees can use. Would I ever use this service again, NOPE! At the end of the day, my employer is signing their cheques too. I was never given the oportunity to rest. I continued doing the work that was killing me. I was too stubborn to stop and they didn't want me to stop either. I always thought my pain would go away and it would just be "job hardening" -- this is a very popular term used by my employer to make you think that your pain is normal. Knowing what I know now - I should have stopped working my arms and started to let them heal.

I just recently picked up "The Trigger Point Therapy Wookbook - Second Edition" for my husband and I. It wasn't a doctor that recommended this book to me it was a yoga instructor. I have lost all faith in our healthcare system. No one seems to be able to help me. I guess thats part of learning that I have to help myself.

Thanks for reading. I just needed to vent a little ... I'm sure there will be more to come, but the twitching is starting to really burn in the forarms so its time to stop.

I've finally learned to stop... and I'm trying to get better at the learning to ask...


Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   

It sounds a lot like carpal AND cubital tunnel syndrome - I have both (Legal Secretary for 23 years, typing, etc.)

If all 5 of your fingers are also affected, then it probably is both.  Sorry to hear you're having this pain - I totally

get it!

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/21/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
JR ...
Hmmm. It doesn't sound like Myofascial Pain. Like Kitty, I think it sounds
like Carpel Tunnel.
"Job Hardening" Your boss sounds like a real jerk. Some day he will
face a law suit and he'll never say those words again.
Part of my problem is from carring small children in the crook of my left
arm for years and years. I'd do puppet shows with my right. (It was a
very busy preschool) I NEVER let my assistants pick up children. I was
afraid they might hurt themselves. See what happens when we don't think
of ourselves first.
I know that face thing. If I can't keep my face smilin' I totally hide. I don't
have to go to work so it's easier for me to stay in my dark closet.
I hope you're having an ok day.
Pamela Neckpain

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome,.Prolapsed Bowel and Bladder, Attention Deficity Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety,

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   Posted 9/21/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jr and welcome to our family! I'm so sorry your life has changed like this. I know that chronic pain is life altering at best.

Has your doctor given you any kind of diagnosis? Have they done MRI, X-rays, etc? It's hard to treat something if you don't know what the problem is. It's possible that there is damage in the spine in the neck area that is pinching the nerves going down both arms. There are so many possibilities and we're not doctors here. All we can do is share our experience and compassion. Maybe we could suggest a type of specialist if you can explain a bit more.

Good luck and keep us posted,
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   Posted 9/22/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for replying :)

I've never had an MRI but they have done eletrical studies and as of the last one, I did not have any nerve damage. Which is good but no one seems to be able to help me. I've been diagnosed with - tendonitis, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, tendonitis in wrists and thumbs. I've also been told that the pain in my forearms is myofascial - I think its bc they can't figure anything else out. I've been to numerous physio's...acupuncture, change my diet, saw a naturopath and been to three otho's. The last one gave me the pity look bc I'm only 26 and told me to get a new job and compared my arms to bald tires and when you have bald tires you dont drive down dirt roads... thats what he told me... i've had xrays for my neck and back and they came back clear... i'm currently taking percocets for the pain but those dont realy take the pain away either... nothing seems to and realistically - you use your hands everyday for every task you do - how do i not use my arms?

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