My Arm Hurt For MonthsIn the Spring of 2004, I blocked a blood vessel in my eye (see "Eye Injury") and the eye specialist I went to see put me on a regimen of one 81mg baby aspirin per day. I started this immediately, and with every passing day, my left upper arm became more and more painful. It became harder and harder to lift my arm any length. Right before I stopped
taking the aspirin due to gastrointestinal bleeding (see my entry on this latter also), I could hardly lift my arm at all and even leaning against my arm while sitting had become excruciatingly painful.
I went to a pain specialist. He took X-rays in his office and pronounced that I had arthritis in my neck; something my general practitioner had also said, but which I didn't believe then, and still don't believe. The pain specialist gave me a regimen of moist heat and exercises that were supposed to relieve the pain, but which only made it worse, so I stopped that, as well, after only one performance of the routine.
Shortly after I stopped taking the aspirin (within a week after), the pain in my arm subsided completely, totally without any treatment. When I went back to the pain doctor, whom I couldn't afford to pay, anyway, I had full mobility in my arm without any pain, although when I first went in the previous week, I could hardly raise my arm before me without severe pain.
About a month or so after this pain had subsided, it started creeping back again. I thought it might be the calcium I was taking, because I hadn't been taking it before, but no, after I stopped the calcium, the pain continued. I talked with my general practitioner about the pain again, and asked him if he thought I should see a chiropractor. He ordered MRI's and X-rays and said that their results would prescribe what I needed to do. I never took those tests.
I called a chiropractor who said that his manipulations might help the pain go away and they might not. He also said, as I believed, that I very well might NOT have arthritis and that he would want to give me more X-rays to determine that. I don't know if he gave me a ratio of percentage of possible success vs. percentage of possible failure. However, he was controlling and bossy, too, and I decided not to bother with him, either. He also, however, said that the pain might go away on its own as it had in the past.
So, I waited. Months passed and during that time, I could hardly maneuver to adequately shower. However, one day after several months, I don't know how many, I noticed quite by accident that I wasn't having any more pain and difficulty in moving my arm! The pain had completely subsided on its own, once again. I remain pain free as of this day.
One remark I would like to make about pain radiating down one's left arm is that it can often be a sign of heart disease. I DID have tests for heart disease because of this, but so far, those tests have turned out negative in that regard, and, again, the pain in my arm has completely subsided totally on its own without any treatment. I understand that with this kind of pain, as I mentioned above, that is not unusual.