• Deb Deb
    February 03, 2011
    Pain that feels like electrical shock in arms down to fingers.
    Deb Deb
    February 03, 2011

    I was diagnosed with RA in December 2010.  I am on Meloxicam, Methotrexate & Prednisone.  (plus a few other vitamin supplements)

    Recently started having spasm/pains that kinda feel like an electrical shock that goes from my arm(s) down thru my fingers.  Is this a common RA symptom?  A medicinal side effect?

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  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    February 14, 2011
    Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    February 03, 2011

    this isn't a typical RA symptom, but sounds more like perhaps a nerve is being pinched somewhere in your neck or shoulder area. I'd recommend that you speak to your doctor about this to get it checked out.

  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    February 04, 2011
    Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    February 03, 2011

    Hi Deb,

     

    Not being a medical professional, I can't say for sure what is causing your electric shock sensation.  But I can tell you from personal experience that before my RA was treated, I had a similar electric shock feeling which traveled from my forearm through my fingers on the palm side.  I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but it was really the swelling from my RA which was putting pressure on the nerve traveling through the wrist.  It was very, very painful at the time.  It hasn't come back, though, once the methotrexate began to work.


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