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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: Aching arms

 Suze - Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:09 pm

Can anyone please tell me why my arms ache for around a week after a long haul flight (no jokes please - this is serious!!). I take 13-14 hour flights approximately five times a year and afterwards my arms are killing me. Coupled with the jet lag it really gets me down as it wakes me up at night. I am an active person and walk a lot and run at the gym so I don't think that lack of exercise is an issue. Any clues?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Wed Nov 12, 2003 8:37 pm

User avatar Suze,
A few questions: Where is the pain situated or at least most pronounced? What type of neuralgia did your mother have exactly?
 Suze - Thu Nov 13, 2003 4:36 am

Around the elbow and forearm area. My mother actually has Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I am also suffering neck problems from damaging the muscles that run from my head to my neck after lifting a heavy object, sorry neglected to tell you this.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Thu Nov 13, 2003 7:54 am

User avatar Suze,
You've already established the cause of the neck pain. If you haven't been examined by a rheumatologist then you should. You may also need to perform a CAT scan or MRI to assess the problem. Treatment will mostly be composed of various physiotherapy techniques.
Regarding your arm ache, I would like you to read this information about ulnar palsy (especially Cubital Canal Syndrome) and tell me if that sounds similar to your complaint.

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Best wishes!

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