arms hurt when walking on treadmill?

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   Posted 8/9/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, just me again trying to compare symptoms! Lately, I have been trying to go to the gym and I walk on the treadmill. I don't even walk nearly as fast as I used to, before I started with all this pain. ANyway, something strange.... when I walk on the treadmill, my arms hurt worse. Does that make any sense at all??? I don't know what my arms have to do with walking. NOw, I do move them back and forth when I walk, maybe it is just the movement?

just wondering if any of you have experienced that. p.s-- i used to walk at a 4.0 on a 7 incline (at most) , and now I can only do a 3.6 at no incline! Grrr... this could partly be due to my bulging disc, though my back hardly ever hurts.... it is the rest of my body that does, like my legs, feet and arms.


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   Posted 8/9/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Kellie, if I swing my arms when on the elliptical they hurt at the shoulder and down towards my elbows if I'm in a flare already. If I'm not really already hurting pretty bad then it doesn't bother me to swing my arms. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 8/9/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I find gym equipment in general tend to put me in a flare up, so I tend to do pool therapy instead. Or swim laps at the gym. On some days, I cant get past one lap when I am used to doing 30 laps. My mom has been with me when I barely do one length. My doctor recommended to me if I can't swim it, walk it in the water. Just an idea.
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   Posted 8/9/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to take my walks while folding my arms, but I know that because I'm such a clutz, I'd fall, and not be able to catch myself!  hahaha  I too feel this.  It feels like my arms are being pulled apart at the joints.  As long as they are hanging down, I don't even have to swing them, it is just the weight of them that makes them feel like crap!

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   Posted 8/9/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't let my arms hang or swing without paying for it later. Depending on the treadmill I either hold on to the side rails or the hand rails in the front. Plus I can be a klutz, once I fell off and whacked my chin on the tread & got a nice friction burn, so I always clip the shut-off string to my clothing.

It may take a while before you can get back up the the pace and incline you used to do. It drives me nuts that some days I can work out and feel fine and other days, it knocks me out.

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   Posted 8/9/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks ladies.... at least I know I am not alone! Even holding the bars in front of me makes my hands cramp up.... or for that matter just swinging my arms makes my hands crampy too. I guess I didn't understand what the arms have to do with walking.

I am not trying to diagnose myself... just wondered if this happens to you. I will finally have my follow up with neurologist next Friday and ask for a referell to a rheumotologist.... so hopefully I can finally get to the bottom of this soon!!!!

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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
From what you said I almost wonder if something in you arms or shoulders (muscles, nerves) are getting impinged or pinched while in that position or while doing that motion. I have sloppy shoulder joints so I have to be careful about where my shoulders are or I end up with pain from impingement. Just a random passing thought. Maybe your neuro will have some insight for you. I hope so. Take care, Lisa
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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
good thought.... although my arms always hurt, no matter what I am doing.... though they do seem to hurt worse when I use them a lot, so the serverity of the pain depends on what I am doing. I used to think my neck was out of whack, but my neck checked out fine. And I came out negative on the rheumotoid factor test. Unless the bulging disc in my lower back is causing pain everywhere in myi body, but I have never heard of that, usually the nerves follow a pathway, so the nerves from back would go down into my legs. Either way, if it turns out to be Fibro, or all from my back, I don't care, the outcome is the same.... chronic pain all over my body that totally changes my life. :(

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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
oh, and I got a nerve test a couple of months back.... I don't have carpal tunnel or peripheal neuropahty. I am just so anxious to find out exactly what is causing all of this. The chiropractor doesn't even help and I got a massage and it was light even, but it made me feel TERRIBLE.

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   Posted 8/10/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
fibro fog really bad today, lol. I read the title and was thinking how is this person walking on there hands on this treadmill time for sleep, lol. No answers or suggestions, but thought i'd make ya laugh.
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   Posted 8/14/2010 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL- I just saw this-- thanks for the laugh! Yes, If I could do that I think I would be in heaven!

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   Posted 3/1/2012 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello - I am a new member and found this part of the site yesterday - I have the same problem with aching arms when walking! and I just want to know if fibromyalgia was diagnosed with you Bridget - I also have had the carpel tunnel test which proved negative - I also have numb and tingling thumb and finger on left hand. I have had an MRI scan a couple of weeks ago on my neck and am awaiting the result of that but when I found this site it has made me think.
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