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   Posted 6/16/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone, One of my first symptoms were arm weakness and pain.. In my arms I seem to get shocking pains and whenever I move them a certain way or lift something they give that pain, or they crack. It seems like they are cracking in the middle of my upper arm. Has anyone experienced this? It seems to go away and then it comes back again. I am tapering on my Pred. and maybe that is why this is happening. When this all first started just a couple of months ago.. when I was playing basketball it had felt like I pulled a muscle but that was impossible for both arms. Somehow I managed to play like this, pushups, rebounds and all.. cause no one believed me. lol. Help would be wonderful! Whats this unexplained pain!

Medications: Prednisone 20mg. Plaquenil 200mg. Naproxen (for pain). Multivitamin. Calcium and Vitamin D. Fish Oil.  
15 years old. Lupus, Raynauds, and Hashimotos.

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   Posted 6/16/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bigsanfer....When you say upper arm do you mean your shoulder joint or your tricept where your muscles are. It sounds like you may have arthritis,or some kind of nerve thing going on. I would really ask your rhumy about it with that much going on and being in that much pain. I'm sorry you are goiing thorugh this at such a young age. Debbie
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   Posted 6/16/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi bigsanfer,

Have you had your thyroid checked? When mine was first acting up, I had A LOT of pain and weakness in my upper arms and shoulders. I couldn't lift my arms high enough to brush my teeth. Eventually, the pain spread to my throat and chest. I felt like my whole upper torso was swollen.  It hurt just to laugh. I even had a hard time swallowing food. A higher dose of preds. didn't even help. My rheumy checked me for every kind of muscular disorder; even some disorder that usually only hits men in their 80's(yeah, I'm a girl). After all of these tests came back negative, he asked if I'd ever had my thyroid checked. I hadn't, so he checked it; sure enough it was my thyroid. Went on some meds for it, and no more pain.

Definately talk to your rheumy. Lupus can mimick so many other things, it's hard to tell what is going on without running a battery of tests. Good luck.


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   Posted 6/17/2008 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both so much! I will definitaly ask my Rhuemy about it when I see her next time! The pain is no fun, and I did get my Thyoid checked out... I apparently have some type of thyroid disorder but they can not diagnose me until it is for sure I have that. I guess I just have to wait and see. Thanks!
Medications: Prednisone 7.5mg. Plaquenil 300mg. Naproxen (for pain). Multivitamin. Calcium. Fish Oil.
15 years old. Lupus, Raynauds, and Hashimotos.

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   Posted 6/17/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bigsanfer . . . I see in your signature that you have Hashimotos. That IS a thyroid disorder . . . but depending on how much it is currently affecting your thyroid hormones, they may or may not treat it. They are likely waiting on blood work to figure that out. Make sure you ask about it though because an underactive thyroid can cause all kinds of problems.


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