Arm aching and cold

alyajh Community Member March 20, 2007
  • Hi

    I have been having horrible pain in my right arm, my hand goes cold, and my arm just aches like i need to stretch it (which i do) it seems to feel a little better when I do that, but I'm not sure if I should chalk this up to TMJ or Carpel tunnel, does anyone else have this problem.....i think it may just be the TMJ, and I hate to go to the doctors "again"

    Thanks

    Trish 

18 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Random person
    May. 17, 2014

    It could be from high levels of lactic acid in your blood which can cause the feeling of coldness and pain in the muscles. I have something similar symptoms but its due to the medications I take. Ask your doctor

     

  • Anonymous
    Sally
    Apr. 02, 2011

    This is the first place I heard people with the same symptoms as I have been suffering for years. I fell and injured my right shoulder 10 years ago. Mobility and pain gradually got worse to the point where I had two operations to restore which have fully restored mobility but I still get a lot of burning pain around my thoracic spine, scapula, ribs and...

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    This is the first place I heard people with the same symptoms as I have been suffering for years. I fell and injured my right shoulder 10 years ago. Mobility and pain gradually got worse to the point where I had two operations to restore which have fully restored mobility but I still get a lot of burning pain around my thoracic spine, scapula, ribs and neck, which spreads up into my face. It constantly feels like I've been winded. It also, when driving, on the PC or playing my guitar, spreads down my arm, giving me pins and needles in my 3rd & little finger and my hand goes icy cold. My friends think I'm weired because my hands are at different temperatures! I cannot replicate the symptoms at my doctors so I don't think they believe me. I just have amitriptyline, for unexplained nerve pain, and am now restricted in what I do. It is debilitating and frustrating that I can't get a proper diagnosis. I've had loads of tests. At least now, reading this forum, I know I'm not alone. I aggravated it badly today, falling off a moto cross bike: I thought I'd really hurt myself but it seems to have settled down a bit now. I generally find that stretching and rotating the arm and, oddly, doing weighttraining back exercises makes my shoulder feel better. It seems to loosen it up a bit.

     

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Feb. 16, 2010

    I have a similar pain and just had an MRI on my neck wich was normal with no pinched nerves.  Cronic pain  and my right hand gets very cold.   My PT says it's because my muscles are too tight.  Does anyone know what is causing this?

    • Lori
      Feb. 23, 2011

      Sounds like Thorastic Outlet Syndrome. My 16 year old son & I both have it. Cold hand & numbness & tingling are classic TOS especially the last 3 fingers of the hand. Its a horrible condition.Causes vertigo & cluster headaches as well as nausea.

  • Anonymous
    Joy
    Jul. 22, 2009

    Ok... so I have read all of the posts here. My doctor told me that if another person can actually feel the difference in skin temperature between my right arm and left, then this is most likely caused by a circulation issue. With nerve issues... YOU feel like your fingers, hand, or arms are cold, however others cannot tell the difference. In my case, my right...

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    Ok... so I have read all of the posts here. My doctor told me that if another person can actually feel the difference in skin temperature between my right arm and left, then this is most likely caused by a circulation issue. With nerve issues... YOU feel like your fingers, hand, or arms are cold, however others cannot tell the difference. In my case, my right arm actually becomes very cold to the touch. My husband said it feels like someone layed my arm in ice. It happens when I am sitting, not active... computer, sitting in the car. My doctor has done an arterial doppler study to look at the arterial circulation. That came back normal. He is now going to do a C.T. Angiogram to look for a potential clot or some sort of venous issue. I have a clotting disorder that I never knew I had called Factor V Leiden with a Protein C Deficiency. This clotting disorder can effect the veins. I am not trying to scare anyone, but if the actual temperature of your arm is going cold, and painful to where others can tell the difference, there may be a CIRCULATION issue. It can effect the nerves as well... but have it checked out. I don't have the symptoms of RSD. I hope this helps.  Joy

    • Anonymous
      Joy
      Oct. 17, 2009

      Update:  I actually went to see a neurologist. My doctor did a nerve conduction study test on my right arm. He also checked my muscles as well. He told me that my tests were SUPER NORMAL! Grrrrrrr....... Bottom line: He ruled out carpal tunnel, rsd, and all muscoskeletel and neurological disorders. I had a CT angiogram and an arterial doppler study to...

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      Update:  I actually went to see a neurologist. My doctor did a nerve conduction study test on my right arm. He also checked my muscles as well. He told me that my tests were SUPER NORMAL! Grrrrrrr....... Bottom line: He ruled out carpal tunnel, rsd, and all muscoskeletel and neurological disorders. I had a CT angiogram and an arterial doppler study to rule out a circulation disorder. Both came back normal, however the neurologist said that he believes that I have something wrong with the mechanism that controls the dialation of the blood vessels in my arm. He referred me back to my family doctor to have more testing dones. Back to circulation possibly being the issue. I'll keep you posted. 

       

      Joy

    • Anonymous
      DN
      Jan. 20, 2010

      I read your comment and it has made the most sense. I will be seeing my Dr. today about it, they're closed right now. This is the first time it has happened so I was going through the signs in my head of a heart attack and getting worried.

  • Anonymous
    Kim Akins
    Apr. 14, 2008

    I have been having chronic pain in my right srm since I fell in December 2005. I have had many tests and pain medication. I never have had pain like this before. I have been diagonised with rsd. I  have had stellate blocks, constant injections in my nerves and pain, pain, pain. I recently had a doctor tell me that it might be in my head. In my head. Isn't...

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    I have been having chronic pain in my right srm since I fell in December 2005. I have had many tests and pain medication. I never have had pain like this before. I have been diagonised with rsd. I  have had stellate blocks, constant injections in my nerves and pain, pain, pain. I recently had a doctor tell me that it might be in my head. In my head. Isn't that horrible. I was a firefighter who worked over 80 hours a week. I never took pills or been out of work for an long period of time. I am in so much pain that I am angry most of the time. And now I need pain pills to make it through the day. I hate pills, but when I decide not to take them, my pain is unbearable. I just started seeing an physotherapist. They think that it is in my head. Well if it was, why can't I get it to stop hurting.

     

    Kim Akins

    dlakma1@verizon.net

    • Anonymous
      margaret i cox
      Nov. 03, 2008

      hi i am sory to hear that you also have been diagnosed with rsd.  I have had it for nearly 3 years and i know exactly how you feel i have it in my right arm i fell and broke my rdius bone but now it has travelled up my right am.  I am now suffering terrible pain in my left am and waiting to see the specialist at the hosp to see whether this is rsd...

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      hi i am sory to hear that you also have been diagnosed with rsd.  I have had it for nearly 3 years and i know exactly how you feel i have it in my right arm i fell and broke my rdius bone but now it has travelled up my right am.  I am now suffering terrible pain in my left am and waiting to see the specialist at the hosp to see whether this is rsd or another pain related to something else.  I have tried lots and lots of things what I find is if you can find where you pain level is if youwork in between this is settles slightly.  I understand what you mean about all the pain making you angry that is how i feel as i know no-one but no-one unless you have rsd canunderstand what you are going through. I see a clinical physcologist at the hosp whom has taught and is still teqching me some wonderful strategies for pain control,   the best one to date is called tapping ask and see if you can be referred to someone whom can tech you this it is wonderful.  Also try and find some relaxing tapes and while you re reading put the tape on it is amazing as the brain gets distracted with the music and you truly will feel a  bit better if notmore relaxed.  I beleive that unless you can truly bring your stress level down and let as many relaxing techniques it doe shelp slightly.  I truly undertand the pain you are in Ihave had 2 children and at times the pain I would say is in the same line as the pain of childbirth.  There is a wonderful website called rsd they have some good strategies to try there also.  Hang on in there gods willing one day they will find something that helps us and ignore the drs that look at you as though you are mad if they had this rsd they would not be long in sympathising with us.  I attended physio for over 1.5 years and this was also of great help I think the reason you may feel angeyis tht rsd and the pain triggers your emotional state to a really high high level do you know that your body thinks it is in red alert all the time you may have heard the fight or flight well this unfortunately triggers this within the body but beleive me please please try and learn as many relaxing techniques that you can to try and relax the body.  Remeber do not fight this thing as I call it my pain clinic once told me that it is like a rottweiller the more you fight it and aggrevate it the more the pain heightens I used tothink what a load of rubbish but after 3 years they are one hundred percent right.  All the best and remember you are not alone. 

    • Anonymous
      coco
      Dec. 24, 2009

      i fell in 2005 broke r wrist, i have never known so much pain in my life.  my neck

      and upper back was so painful, i had no life for 3-4 yrs.  i became sick with

      sinus infection in jan.2009, my bp was very high..my md started me on

      beta blockers this med blocks noradrenergic receptors in heart (slows heart beat)

      but there are also noradreneric receptors...

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      i fell in 2005 broke r wrist, i have never known so much pain in my life.  my neck

      and upper back was so painful, i had no life for 3-4 yrs.  i became sick with

      sinus infection in jan.2009, my bp was very high..my md started me on

      beta blockers this med blocks noradrenergic receptors in heart (slows heart beat)

      but there are also noradreneric receptors in brain and the beta blocker

      has blocked a great deal of my back pain...my heart goes out to people who

      suffer from back pain..the back pain took over my life, i have never experienced

      anything like this in my life.....my reply is not to tell anyone to take blood pressure

      med, but to say i absolutely pray for all of us who suffer from this engulfing pain.

    • Kathy
      Jul. 13, 2012

      I am in constant chronic pain. I am a two time breast cancer survivor; the cancer was present at different times in both breasts. After two lumpectomies, a bilateral mastectomy, and chemotherapy, I am plagued with many painful issues. In addition, I was blinded for an unknow reason in my left eye in my teens, developed a traumatic cataract in the back of the...

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      I am in constant chronic pain. I am a two time breast cancer survivor; the cancer was present at different times in both breasts. After two lumpectomies, a bilateral mastectomy, and chemotherapy, I am plagued with many painful issues. In addition, I was blinded for an unknow reason in my left eye in my teens, developed a traumatic cataract in the back of the eye; then developing untreatable glaucoma. Glaucoma is so painful I would not wish it on my worst enemy. My insurance insisted that I try every medication in existence before they would take the eye and releave my pain. I currently am being treated for spinal stenois, (I have a plate in my neck from C3 to C7 with 16 screws 2nd surgery 1st plate from C3-C4 after 2nd surgery was infected with staph infection that nearly killed me) degenerative disc disease, nueropathy in my feet, severe migrains since childhood, visual migrains (which have become much worse with age,) Restless Leg Syndrome that also affects my arms, chest pain, breathlessness, memory loss, brain fog, mind numbing fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Dry Mouth, Eyes, Chronic Sinusitis, IBS, Carpal Tunnel (both arms) DEQUERVAIN'S DISEASE (both arms,) Ulna Impaction Syndrome (left arm) Tennis Elbow (left arm) Golfers Elbow (left arm,) Arthritis in my shoulders (surgery on both and a 1/4 of my clavicle removed on my left side,) in my fingers, and behind my knee caps. I believe I have listed almost all my diagnosed ailments. Currently I have developed necrosis above both my reconstructed breats. These are checked every six months to ensure they do not become cancerous. Oh yes, I tested POSITIVE FOR THE BRAC2 GENE. When I FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF OR MY PAIN IS VERY BAD I THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PARALYSED AND HAVE NO FEELING AT ALL. I THINK ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD LOVE TO FEEL MY PAIN IN EXCHANGE TO WALK AGAIN, AND THEN I PICK MYSELF UP DUST MYSELF OFF AND THANK GOD FOR WHAT I HAVE. PRAISE GOD1

    • Anonymous
      margaret
      Dec. 27, 2009

      Hi Kim

      Ignore them theya re either ignornat or do not have the medical experience to understand exactly what RSD is.  I  advise you to tell them to look up the internet and if they had rsd they would know that the PAIN IS CERTAINLY NOT IN YOUR HEAD.  That is one of the worst thing that I have ever heard  from a medical team . I advise you...

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      Hi Kim

      Ignore them theya re either ignornat or do not have the medical experience to understand exactly what RSD is.  I  advise you to tell them to look up the internet and if they had rsd they would know that the PAIN IS CERTAINLY NOT IN YOUR HEAD.  That is one of the worst thing that I have ever heard  from a medical team . I advise you to stay in close contact with the dr whom advised you that you had rsd and ask him to refer you to one of the medical hypnotherapists in their dep this one of the treatments that I still have ongoing at the moment, and have been doing so for 3 years now.  I also see a clinical physcologist and she has taught me unbeleivable  breathing techniques there is a " tapping techniques " that helps you to control the pain slightly and bring it back down to sometimes a more manageable level please ask someone about this.  Also ask for physio as they usually have an rsd management team in the pain clinic section.   Kim go into RSD forum this is a great web site.   I also find that if I use my relaxation tapes which the hosp have provided that these are of great benefit.  Just one note   do not allow anyone to make you think that you are imagining this as you are most certainly not and this is the most horendous condition that anyone could ever beleive.   If you need me to provide you with any further information that may be of some use to me let me know.  PS  the hospital that I am referring to is in Sheffield are you anywhere near this ?

      Kindest Regards

      Margaret

       

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 14, 2010

      I just found out that I have TMJ.  The doctor said that it can be caused from hitting your head hard or from a bad fall or a car accident.  It forces the discs out of your jaw joint.  It can cause terrible pain down your arm in you neck and back.   Ninty percent of your nerves in your body go down your neck.  I would...

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      I just found out that I have TMJ.  The doctor said that it can be caused from hitting your head hard or from a bad fall or a car accident.  It forces the discs out of your jaw joint.  It can cause terrible pain down your arm in you neck and back.   Ninty percent of your nerves in your body go down your neck.  I would go see a cronofacial specialist (sorry i didn't spell that right you'll have to look it up. I am seeing a doctor by the name of Dwight G. Romriell DMD DAAPM.  He has been practicing for 30 years.  His phone number is 208-234-7246 in idaho.  You might call him and ask him if there is someone in your area.  My arm pain was so sever that it would wake me up at night.  I was taking pain medicne all the time.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr. 13, 2007
    My right arm gets shooting pains which goes up to my head and causes a major shooting pain in an isolated area. My right hand is now colder than my left and I have no idea what the problem is. I also have TMJ and think that may be the problem but am not sure.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar. 20, 2007

    I have arm pain, stiffness and cold with my TMJ. I have also been told I have carpal tunnel in the arm on my most affected side. Mostly, I think your jaw muscles and neck muscles tighten, then pull on your shoulders and arm. My scalenes are a major culprit in the numbness and discomfort I get.

     

    A good stretch. Stand sideways, arm's length from the...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have arm pain, stiffness and cold with my TMJ. I have also been told I have carpal tunnel in the arm on my most affected side. Mostly, I think your jaw muscles and neck muscles tighten, then pull on your shoulders and arm. My scalenes are a major culprit in the numbness and discomfort I get.

     

    A good stretch. Stand sideways, arm's length from the wall, put your palm on the wall and face forward for 30 seconds. Then turn your neck toward the opposite wall for another 30 seconds. You should feel a stretch in your arm and thoracic region. It helps me some.

    • Anonymous
      Tiffany
      Jul. 29, 2013

      That stretch was awesome, thank you! Laughing

  • Bekah
    Mar. 20, 2007
    Hey there,

    I get that sometimes in my arms, hands, and buttocks because my Fibro makes the nerves flare. It kind of feels like those areas are asleep, like when your foot is asleep. My right wrist can get really bad because I sprained by wrist in the summer and having Fibromyalgia and working online causes a lot of strain. I have a wrist brace that I wear when...
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    Hey there,

    I get that sometimes in my arms, hands, and buttocks because my Fibro makes the nerves flare. It kind of feels like those areas are asleep, like when your foot is asleep. My right wrist can get really bad because I sprained by wrist in the summer and having Fibromyalgia and working online causes a lot of strain. I have a wrist brace that I wear when things get really bad.

    Heat or cold sometimes helps the problem go away. I love that ice cold gel or the patches you can stick right on your skin. Those patches got me through the super long car ride to Kentucky last week.

    Hang in there, I hope things start to get better for you. :)

    Hugs,

    Bekah
    • kaycee
      Jul. 14, 2010

      Did you come to Ky. to see a doctor? If so, who?