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Before I start, I have an appt with my doctor but earliest I can get to see my regular one is three weeks away.
I suffer from athritis in my hands and elbow plus my lower back has been affecting me for many years in that I had to give up long distance truck driving due to the long hours sitting which I,cannot do now.
What it is, for past six or more weeks, my right arm from the shoulder to the elbow is giving me so much pain I cannot even lie on my right side in my bed at night. If I take a jacket off for example it is extremely painful but goes away after a short time.
Last time I saw the doc he said it was a trapped nerve but I have my doubts.
When my back really went last year, it lasted for about 8-10 weeks and the pain was so,bad I nearly called an ambulance but eventually it eased off.
I can carry bags of messages for example but cannot lift them up above the waist without dropping them.
It's a bit like toothache in that the pain is constantly there all the time.
Any ideas would be really welcome as it's doing my head in....
I am on Tramadol 50mg caps 6-8 a day plus Ibrofon and 5 mg Valium and none of it helps at all.
I also have an elbow bandage the type that is tight and wraps around but again it doesn't help at all.
I think it all started when I was in my early 20s when I worked as a driver throwing crates of what you call pop (lemonade) around when I delivered to shops and clubs etc.
Each crate weighed about 20lbs each and I lifted 4 at a time, 2 on each arm if you see what I mean.
I did this for 6 years then drove 40 ton trucks all over the UK. One day I bent down to put diesel (gas) in the tank and my back just seized up. Had to,get the customers to unlad for me at the time.