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Anyone have had left arm pain caused by their spine problems?

Started by barone on 08/17/2011 12:50pm

If so Does anyone know what they did to treat their arm pain that was caused by a spinal problem? I would really appreciate any input greatly.

My mother has had a lot of left arm pain lately, and its better as she is resting it on her stomach but it hurts when she has it free-moving. She has seen a doctor, and is taking some Hydrocodone with Acetaminophen along with Cyclobenzaprine muscle relaxant at night (not sure if she should be taking muscle relaxant).

Thank you very much

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good evening,i had left arm pain,was caused by neck nerve and had neck surgery.i ended up having pain in both arms now,but i believe it was becuz when the guy went in there he scraped around and probably on my nerves also.i have fibromyalgia that was sent into massive uncontrolable pain for almost 2 years.im 51.the pain is controlled now by a fentynal patch,most of it.plus anti inflamatory pills for artheritis ect ect.my mom had an injury the she also had the arm pain,it was her neck also.she did fine with her surgery but now she is elderly and has problems with uses her hands.she is on fentynal patch also for pain.neither of us have heart problems so wasnt too worried about the patch.she didnt do well on muscle relaxants,they didnt help me even with spasms.we both have alot of allergies though.i take cymbalta and that has helped me alot.
hope this info helps,prayers sent.

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I also have right arm pain, due to hernaited and bulging disc. It aslo effects my neck, shoulder, shoulder blade, down to my elbow. And tingling in my ring and pinkey finger. Mine mainly feels like a shock if i extend my arm out and its like a sharp pinch in my elbow? I cant imagine sleeping on my stomach, although i would love to. I only find relief on my side with my arm is straight down along my body, resting on my rib and hip area. Otherwise it hurts and i awake with the tingling.

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I actually believe this is a possibility. My doc told me spine problems can cause pain in the extremities. I had leg pain for a long time, and then after my surgery, my legs and back felt better!

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Arm pain is the body's ways of saying that there is some thing wrong. Normally the first time you see your doctor they would send you for a routine x-ray. Then reading the x-ray report would probably send you to specialist (Rehap Doctor). The specislist would be able to better treat the problem, Usually PT. If it is very serious the specialist would determine the best plan for you. Giving medications with out diagnosis is masking the pain without knowing what the real cause it.

Hope this helps.

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I have Fibro and Multiple Bulging discs. I have been on Gabapentin for about 2 months months now, I have worked up to 300mg 3x's a day. It have provided great relief for the numbness, tingling, and some for the aching I had been having in my left arm and leg. Spasms and twitches have been reduced to a tolerable level. It has also provided some relief with the "electrical" shooting pain when moving. My doctor (neurologist) will not prescribe any opids or narcotics due to addiction risks, over all they are a temporary fix needing more to continue the same relief. I have also used the muscle relaxers to aid in the evening with sleep, the effects diminished over time similar to the Hydocodone. My primary care doctor is a little more liberal with the pain killers, she will write a script for a small amount (20) Vicodin, I take one before bed if I am really in pain, but I try to avoid taking them unless I really need to.

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Frequently we have patients that are dealing with brachial plexus problems (radiating arm numbness or pain) from inflamed discs. Most of the inflamed discs are a result of cervical degeneration from an old injury. As a matter of care, we go over a patient health history, do an exam, look at the MRI or X-rays that are available and recent. Normally there is a change in the normal structure and function of C4-C7. Then we come up with a care plan in our office and a care plan for the patient at home (90% of the rehab work is at home - changes in lifestyle and habits). Usually we see some results / decrease in symptoms down the arm in the first 3 weeks of care. But the return to correct biomechanical function can take much longer. Please see the follow study at the National Institutes of Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14673412

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Yes, I have had a cervical disc replacement between c5 & c6. If I do too much my neck will get sore and something gets inflamed. This causes weakness in my left arm every time.
I have been told to take my ibuprofen to help with the inflammation and I apply ice to my neck and take it easy. Also, I sleep with my soft neck brace on a regular basis. This keeps the kinks away.
Make sure you check with you doctor first. :-)

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Hi, I have right arm pain for the past half year. I took celebrex and it helped with the sparm in the forearm. recently I started arm exercises given by my PT. after several days I could sleep without celebrex. I used heating pad for my neck whenever I felt the tightness and disconfortness there. I have two heniated and one bulging disc in my neck. hope this could be of some help for you.

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great responses. anyone else? i have found that the pain was due to the C5&C6 cervical spine problem. Anyone else have experience with it and how they treated it/medication you used.
Did physical therapy help you? How about cortisoid injections?

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I agree with Trace Palmer. I have pain in my neck, upper right back, right holders and down my right arm with sometimes tingling in my right hand. I have seen my Chiropractor several times now and it is helping but not totally fixed yet. The improvement is great though. After several weeks without seeing my Chiropractor the pain had spread and was so unbearable I couldn't sleep and tears would be coming out the corners of my eyes.

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