• Cheryl Cheryl
    April 02, 2009
    Why do the muscles in my upper arms hurt?
    Cheryl Cheryl
    April 02, 2009

    I have RA in the joints but my muscles in the upper arms are the only ones that go really stiff.  Does muscle pain go hand in hand with RA? Please help.

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  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    April 02, 2009
    Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    April 02, 2009

    This is quite common - as long as I've had RA in my shoulders, my arm and shoulder muscles have hurt. There can be two reasons for this - RA can involve joints, tendons and muscles. Secondly, when there's something going on in the joint, you use your body differently, in ways that put extra strain on the other systems in your body that support the joints, tendons and muscles. You may want to ask your doctor for a muscle relaxant that you can take overnight to ease the tension. Applying heat or getting massages can also be very helpful.

    Here are some other links that might be helpful:

    Exercising with Yoga To Stay Centered

    How to Exercise with Arthritis

    Cooking to Control Pain

     

     


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  • dryeyes2 April 07, 2009
    dryeyes2
    April 02, 2009

    Mine too, it gets in both shoulders and moves down the arm, but usually one at a time. And mostly my right. Mine flares up to the point that i cannot move/or barley move it somtimes-and excruciating pain when i do try to move it. It also feels real heavy. I have had it-in the past, move all the way to my finger tips, talk about horrid pain...It felt like the strongest man in the world was sqeezing it in a vice, and this would last several hours-i was unable to sit or lay down, all i could do is pace the floor and not move my whole arm, the slightest move was even more excruciating!

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    • LindaC
      April 05, 2010
      LindaC
      April 05, 2010

      You are describing 100% how I feel. It hurts soo bad I could just sit and cry sometimes. (as this is not normal for me ) What can I do to make this pain go away? Lighten up? Something...

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    • Kurt W. Webber
      January 08, 2011
      Kurt W. Webber
      January 08, 2011

      This is exactly what is happening to me.  I am 72 years old male and was diagnosed with RA in August 2010.  My arms hurt so bad I could not dress myself or comb my hair.  The first thing I did was to get cortisone shots in both shoulders which did not even phase the pain.  My regular doctor sent me to a Rhematologist.  My blood test came back positive for RA.  The Rhematologist started me on Methotrexate.  I am now up to 8 tablets per week. I can now comb my hair and dress myself, but I still have moderate to severe shoulder, and muscle pain running down both arms. 

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    • Kurt W. Webber
      January 08, 2011
      Kurt W. Webber
      January 08, 2011

      This is exactly what is happening to me.  I am 72 years old male and was diagnosed with RA in August 2010.  My arms hurt so bad I could not dress myself or comb my hair.  The first thing I did was to get cortisone shots in both shoulders which did not even phase the pain.  My regular doctor sent me to a Rhematologist.  My blood test came back positive for RA.  The Rhematologist started me on Methotrexate.  I am now up to 8 tablets per week. I can now comb my hair and dress myself, but I still have moderate to severe shoulder, and muscle pain running down both arms. 

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    • Kri2s
      July 05, 2012
      Kri2s
      July 05, 2012

      Well im 29 yrs and that how i feel but in my sholders like someone taking all there might and pressing down i can't even wear regular bras. Thanks now i have away to describe my pain. ANd i pace too i feel like the pain in my arms and legs get annoying after awhile so i just get up and just wanna scream go away and give me a break.

       

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    • Sterlyn Howell
      November 05, 2012
      Sterlyn Howell
      November 05, 2012

      I was diag with RA in my neck that is causing the pain in my arm.  I am on steroids and lower tabs for pain.  I start theropy Friday, will let you know how it works.  So far it's not working.

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  • Caroline Trenary July 27, 2009
    Caroline Trenary
    April 02, 2009

    My muscles in both upper arms ache and stiff. Not sure what causes this pain, it hurts daily. 

     

    Thank you,

    Caroline

     

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    • Caroline Trenary
      July 27, 2009
      Caroline Trenary
      July 27, 2009

      Upper arms muscles ache.

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    • Liz
      Liz
      January 18, 2012
      Liz
      Liz
      January 18, 2012

      I take two Advil in morning. Advil is a life saver for me.. I could not move arms and work with the pain in both arms...I am able to tolerate working and moving arms all day with Advil otherwise I cant move the arms.. My kidneys might get ruined but I can function.

       

       

       

       

       

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  • colleen April 06, 2009
    colleen
    April 02, 2009

    I have had same problem. my rt arm muscles and nerves are bad, also bad shoulder. the nuerologist told me it was related to the spine problems too. one of my docs dx me with polymyositis before they found out that i had RA/LUPUS. had some blood work and other tests that pointed in that direction. I still dont know for sure. i just know i have terrible pain in my muscles, mostly in rt arm/shoulder. burning stabbing pain and weakness.

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    • Kri2s
      July 05, 2012
      Kri2s
      July 05, 2012

      if nothing come back conclusive check out fibromialgia

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    • russ
      October 18, 2012
      russ
      October 18, 2012

      can this happen to men as well ?  i am having neausiating pain in my upper right arm and tingling that is now causing numbness.  i am in my third week with it.  ibeprophenn won't touch it.

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  • Kri2s July 05, 2012
    Kri2s
    April 02, 2009

    What helps me a bath or two a day in epson salt, usually the sented ones help u to relax and if ur relaxed so are your muscles, keep dim lights inside my place (also helps if you suffer from migrains along with sunglasses), advil with tylenol or a muscle relaxer the dr gives (depends on how strong the pain) and medical marijuana- gives you some added pain relief, relaxation (depending on type and helps with fatigue again depending on type). Just like any other medication you have to find the right type that works with your system.

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  • Lois January 19, 2012
    Lois
    April 02, 2009

    In giving the same symptoms to my rheumatologist: muscle aches in the deltoids and trapezius muscle of shoulder and back,she diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. She said that it is very common and  often accompanies Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was prescribed Neurotin 400-800mgs./day based on the pain level. I now take 400mgs.@ bedtime and have been doing great.

    Lois

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