Do Anyone's Arms Ache???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by neenie, Feb 2, 2003.

  1. neenie

    neenie New Member

    I am very new to this and haven't yet been diagnosed as having FM but for a couple of months now, I have been having some really weird symptoms. Dizziness, panic attacks, chronic diarrhea, chest tightness, heartburn, and aches galore!

    For the past two mornings, I have woke up with my arms aching like they would bust. Just like flu pains. My fingers also feel stiff. A few weeks ago, I woke up and my arms were as sore as if I had lifted weights the night before.

    This is all very frightening for me and I would like to hear from others who might share the same experiences.

  2. lou2

    lou2 New Member

    hey neenie.....

    I have my arms ache all the time. I know with me personally it is from my neck problems and also if my chest is feeling tight, i find that regualar painkillers and hot baths help. With FMS everything is so sensative and you may get these feelings of pain all over your body. My left arm and my fingers hurt quite often but now i can relate it to my neck being stupid it helps a little. Everyone on this board is very helpful. Also if you type in 'arm pain' in the search box you'll find alot of mentioning of this before which may help!
    take care, lou x
    p.s dizziness. panic attacks and aches all over are all common symtoms with Fm, mabe try and read up on this and you may recognise many things, also search this site and you will find lots of helpful information. x
  3. s43

    s43 New Member

    I have had this for a while now, my arms feel like lead weights.Nothing seems to work,they burn as well.SHARON
  4. Achy-shaky

    Achy-shaky New Member

    Along with all the other aches, my upper arms, shoulders and neck are the worst. I'm working with a phy. therapist now who says the muscle in the upper arm is one that gets less use than others so it's important to do some stretches to help get oxygen to the area but you must be careful and start out very slowly. I'll let you know how it goes. Massage sometimes helps too.

    Welcome to this wonderful support group. Before I was diagnosed last summer I had been suffering for 3 years going from doctor to doctor and I was so happy to come across this site. You should see a specialist in FM as soon as possible...if you are looking for a doctor who knows about FM check out this site's Doctor Referral (click on link called Co-Cure CFS & FM) - hopefully you can find one in your area. If not, follow the suggestions on how to find one that knows about FM.

    Good luck!!
  5. fibrofogqueen01

    fibrofogqueen01 New Member

    I know exactly how you feel.My arms bother me all the time to where I cant even lift them to comb my hair in the morning if you read my latest post you can see alot of the things you are feeling goes right along with my symptoms.I have been diag for a year now and I am still not use to all this so good luck and feel free to ask questions.
  6. Reg1

    Reg1 New Member

    Yes, I have achy painful arms, to the degree whereas i want to cut them off. I have been awakened thru the night screaming in pain with my arms, the 1st time i thought i was having a heart attack, thank goodness, it's FIBRO. I also started off with the dizzeness. whhich ENT dx me with minieres disease. It is very frightining, hope ya feel better. (((((((((Gentle Hugs)))))))))) Reg
  7. pearls

    pearls New Member

    My chief complaint has been chest pain, but my arms ache very much. I have to wear wrist spints and use Zostrix cream on the inside of my elbow, the upper arms and the shoulders, as well as Oxycontin, Vicodan, and numerous other pills. You need to see a fibromyalgia specialist, but perhaps your problems stem from something else. You will probably be put through tests for things you very well might not have. Doctors say that any chest pain must be checked out very soon.

  8. tiredTina

    tiredTina New Member

    Hi Neenie!! I have them as well, and it drives me crazy!! I also have severe aches and pains in my wrists and fingers. There are days that I can't open the jar of babyfood to feed my 11 mos. old son, let alone pick him up!(all 24 lbs. of him) I wanted to comment on the chronic diarrhea....sounds like irritable bowel syndrome(which I have as well), you should really check out some sites on it to be sure. If that's what it is, I highly suggest that you not take anything for diarrhea(ie:immodium,peptobismal,ect.) I found that it will swing you to the other side of the spectrum....constipation!!:( In IBS that can happen, going back and forth...I do.) My Dr. told me it's best to control it with diet and fiber supplements such as fibercon. Bananas,applesauce,and lots of carbs are great natural defenses for diarrhea. Good luck and get to a specialist fast for fibro!!! ~Tina~
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  9. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    this was my first Fibro pain and the doc had no clue what it was from........then the other pains started and I saw a Rheumy...then the diagnosis!!!
    I still have the arm pain everyday, in spite of all the pain meds, the pain creeps in at a level of 3-4, reminding me that the Fibro is still there!
  10. nogilroy

    nogilroy New Member

    hi yes my arms ache this just happened in the past week for me and i am getting tierd of it but the bottems of my feet felt like they where burning for the last 6 months but that has now left .that is when the arms started to have pain
  11. MildredAnn

    MildredAnn New Member

    I, too, have FM and herbeden arthritis in my hands. My arms HURT ALL THE TIME! I have tried to come
    up with ideas to make my life easier. I can not lift or raise my arms without them hurting. Therefore, for
    my hair, I have it permed and wear it in a wash & wear fashion except for the front top portion. In order to
    get packages in out of the car I have a light weight, folding, pull cart in which I place bags and carry just a
    few at a time. It takes longer to get everything into the house but it does not hurt me. For my hands I use
    an electric, warming, pariffin treatment, pop top helpers, a small, hand held, battery operated can opener that
    opens cans without me having to put any pressure on the can and because I easily drop things now, I try
    and remember to use both hands to lift items. Also, the Pampered Cheif hand chopper is great. Does anyone else have hints that can make life easier for us?
  12. Bambi

    Bambi New Member

    I've had the neck and shoulder pain
    for years, always felt like I had
    a heavy child riding on them. I've
    had the pains in just about every
    possible place, but this arm thing
    is recent. It's in the area about an
    inch below my joint and then about
    6" down the outside of my left arm and inside the elbow area above the
    elbow. Sometimes the right side does
    it also. Doctor suggested using a
    broom or cane for range of motion
    movements to try and loosen it up and
    massaging the area. The heating pad
    and the exercises seem to help some.
    I sure relate and sympathise! Hugs,
  13. lin21

    lin21 New Member


    I constantly have pain in my arms and at times I get spasms that twist them. I have tried zanaflex but it doesn't do anything except put me to sleep.

    Feel good
  14. Vicky

    Vicky New Member


    have you tried "trigger point" massage? I find this can be very good for pain in the arms and neck. most of my arm pains seem to start in the neck and travel down. my worst pain is in my legs but it doesn't seem to work so well for that. but my neck has been hell for the last few days so i'm massaging like mad at the moment!
    there is a good book about trigger points by Clair Davies, it has helped me alot..also to realize why some pains start up in the first place, and how to avoid them.
    i also have regular accupuncture sessions which i can't do without.
    hope this helps

  15. kerrymygirl

    kerrymygirl New Member

    After I had been trying to do some remodeling at home it got 50 times worse. Can barely use arms and hands now. Also I have some very large lumps in both which are even more painful. Anyone have alot of lumps besides for around neck? Driving is quite difficult. My arms used to be one of my major strenght`s compared t other gals. Now they have been next to useless since my over doing it. I get trigger point injections with lidocaine around neck and scapula which gives me some relief. Ask rheumo if he gives them.
  16. phenom

    phenom New Member

    my arms ache too, like i've been lifting weights. i've recently had to go and trade in my car for one with power steering because somedays it got so bad i just couldn't turn the wheel! its much better now. sitting at a computer with bad posture is a killer on your arms - check you're sitting properly with your wrists higher than or inline with your fingers, but mainly that your neck and head are in the right spot, not slouched and sticking your chin out - this is a huge prob for me because i don't have a proper computer chair, just a kitchen stool :( Hope that helps.

  17. AnnetClo

    AnnetClo New Member

    Mine ache a lot during the day but sometimes it wakes me up at night. It's almost like the crawly feeling you get with the restless leg symdrome but it's in my arms. Very uncomfortable.

  18. dhcpolwnk

    dhcpolwnk New Member

    I have been having arm pain (especially in my right arm) for the past month or two (maybe more). I've had neck and shoulder pain for years, but since I spend a *lot* of time at the computer and have lousy posture, I attributed a lot of it to that. However, since being diagnosed with fibro around Sept. 1, I've gotten a tilt footstool and a new lumbar support to improve my posture.

    Unfortunately, that hasn't helped much, if at all. The pain I get is muscular, not neurological (i.e., *not* tingling, pins-and-needles or burning pain). I also have MS and take weekly shots of Avonex, which can cause muscle aches; so for a while, I've been wondering whether that played a role in the arm pain. But my neuro doesn't think so, and the more I read about arm pain in people with fibro, the more I agree with him about that.

    I have an appointment with my primary care doc on Thursday to talk more about the arm pain. He had diagnosed rotator cuff tendinitis when I started having pain raising my arms and doing things like reaching back to put on a coat. But I forgot to tell him about the almost constant aching and sometimes tenderness in my upper right arm, which hurts even if I don't move my arm.

    I also have acid reflux, an irritable bowel (which can cause diarrhea) and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. As I understand it, all of these conditions frequently (but not always) seem to co-exist with fibro.

    This group has been very helpful--both with moral support and with some solid suggestions. I'm sorry to hear you've joined this "club" of people with fibro, but I welcome you to this wonderful support group.

    --Laura R.M.
  19. Shelle16

    Shelle16 New Member


    I have the pain in my arms especially from my elbows down especially my wrist,hands and fingers. I take Zanaflex when pain is really bad. I also have Hydrocodiene that I take very rarely because I never have the time to be drugged up totally.So I just deal the best I can do.Any suggestions anyone has to relieve this pain I always looing for ne suggestions
  20. VivaMaryKay

    VivaMaryKay New Member

    My forearms especially ache 24 hours a day. A few times a day, I'll get an intense pain that throbs in a finger (not always the same one) that lasts for about 15 seconds and then subsides.

    These aches are on top of the constant whole-body aches in every muscle I own.