posted on Nov, 15 2013 @ 01:02 PM
reply to post by scotsdavy1
I'm not a doctor but I'm somebody that, through experience, knows a whole lot about nerve damage/impingement and arthritis. Your doc could actually
be right on the nerve entrapment. When you develop osteoarthritis (basically, overuse arthritis), the swelling within the joint can impinge on the
nerve causing a variety of symptoms from extreme pain, tingling, loss of sensation, and loss of function. Part of my injury was in my vertebrae
around the brachial plexus, which is at the point where the neck meets the shoulders. Thankfully, I have only lost function of my arms once but the
pain during the episode was incredible to say the least. It ran from the shoulders (both) and tapered off down to my hands. The bulk of the pain
was between the shoulder and elbow. I also have nerve entrapment going on within my elbow, which causes me to lose sensation in my ring and pinky
fingers in both hands. So, if you're getting sensations of tingling or if your arms feel like they are on fire, it's probably nerve related.
The best thing that you can do in that kind of situation is to eliminate the behaviors that are aggravating the condition. In my case, I cannot lift
anything heavier than a gallon of milk and I have to avoid leaning my arms/elbows on my desk. NSAIDs can help if it's due to osteoarthritis.
Depending on how severe it is and if it's the brachial plexus that is the problem, there are options that are more invasive to try to correct it.
Another really common source of shoulder pain that runs from shoulder to elbow is bursitis of the shoulder, which can result from overuse. Like the
brachial plexus pain, it is largely from the shoulder to the elbow and how I describe it is that it feels like my arm is half torn off and dangling
from a few tendons. I also have a hard time getting to sleep when it's active. NSAIDs (like Advil, Aleve, Naproxen) and immobilizing the arm with
a sling for a day or so actually improves it a whole lot so you might give that a shot and see if it helps.
Wish you luck. Pain sucks. If this is looking like it's a permanent thing, you might want to start trying to practice pain management techniques.
One that I've mastered is kind of like spacing out on a distance point and then, forcing myself to basically mentally shoot myself to that point. In
other words, I dissociate from my own body to make the pain far away. It was hard to learn at first but I can eliminate just about any pain now using
this technique. Another method that I'll use is basically a form of self hypnosis where I will imagine myself traveling to the source pain and
beginning to erase it. Both of these are possible and can be too effective at times as I will mistakenly shut down pains that are telling me that
I'm getting hurt. I spent 3 days cooking my own skin with an overheated microwave heat pack and I didn't even know what I had done until my fiance
actually looked and found a 3x5 inch burn. So not kidding about how mental pain management can be extremely effective and extremely dangerous.