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Arm pain?

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derby42

Hi there, I have a symptom but I dont know if its ms related. My arms ache when trying to lift things. Even a cup of coffee or a book feel like a ton weight. Sometimes I just cant do it at all.

I  walk up my stairs with the help of a bannister either side but last week the pain made me fearful of falling and my arms also felt weak. It gets better then worse.

 


derby x

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Marina

Years ago, I used to have arms that ached and felt too heavy to pick up even a cup of coffee. I seem to remember it lasted a year or two, then went away. Mind you, these days, all of me tends to feel a bit achy and heavy, particularly my legs.

 

Achy limbs could be due to anything, but I'd guess it might be an MS thing too, maybe a form of spasticity, or just general weakness.

 

Is it the same or similar arm pain you posted about here, a few years ago?

 

 


Marina

(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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Stumbler

Fatigue can make your arms feel awfully heavy to lift, as it can do with your legs.

 

You mentioned about walking upstairs. This can be a dangerous activity, so always be sure of your balance and your grip on the bannister.

 

:moonieman:


John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

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Hi, the pain isnt like the last time Marina, that was more of a dead arm as I recall this is a weakness that causes pain when I use them. Either one or both. My arms feel tight.  do have 2 bannisters John but it was rather painful that night in particular.  I have to use my arms to get to bed as my stairlift only goes from ground to middle floor and I sleep on top. Ive arranged for an assessment of a lift that goes all the way up.


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Marina

It does sound like it might be MS related neuropathic pain. The problem with neuropathic pain is that it can come in so many shapes and forms... Looking back through various topics here, it seems like quite a few people have (had) various types of arm pain.

 

Are you on any meds for neuropathic pain; or, if you are, are they not helping at all?

 

When you use the bannister, do you find you're straining your neck due to putting a lot of pressure on your arms? I'm just wondering if maybe there's a cause other than neuropathic pain, such as might be caused by a strained neck, for instance, in which case maybe a physio might know more about it.

 

It can be a bugger, sometimes, trying to figure out if a pain is neuropathic or musculoskeletal due to a change of posture or weakness, etc :hugs2:

 


Marina

(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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Hi Marina, I know what you mean, I keep finding myself on the sheet in the morning cos I'm slipping off my pillow! Maybe thats not helping either. My ms nurse told me to increase my Pregabin but if I do I get a bit light headed and altogether feel a bit out of it. Maybe if I try it and it helps then Ill have a better idea of whats causing it. 


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