Why Do The Muscles In My Upper Arms Hurt?

Question

Asked by tcmckinzey

Why Do The Muscles In My Upper Arms Hurt?

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.

Answer

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

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW