Elbow not working
Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:46 AM
My right elbow won't let me extend my arm. I can extend it almost 2/3 of the way and its painful and just won't go any further. Lol, I look silly walking around with it up, like I'm carrying an imaginary clutch or I am on the arm of an imaginary beau!
Its frustrating, even though its been going on for a few days I still forget and reach to open doors, pet a dog, and all the other things we never think of that require extending your arm.
I took some extra prednisone last night with minimal results, calling the rheumatologist when they open.
What is this, the RA or the Sclero?
Thanks and here's to a good week for all of us!
Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:52 AM
I periodically go through the same thing, but with my left elbow. My rheumatologist says it's tendonitis~ I think it's more because I overload my knitting basket to the point where even my handsome hubby complains about lifting it than the scleroderma. Resting it seems to help the most.
Hope your imaginary beau is a handsome guy!
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 04:01 AM
I'm sorry your elbow is being so bothersome. I wouldn't automatically assume that it is either the RA or the Sclero, as that can happen in otherwise healthy people, as well. It could be tendonitis from overuse or injury. Tennis elbow, anyone? Sometimes it is the illness that can make us a bit more susceptible to things but then repetitive injuries that really trigger it....such as knitting, leaning on an elbow, sleeping on it wrong, exercising, etc. Identifying those issues are very important when it comes to managing and healing from the injury/illness.
Meanwhile, I hope you are on the road to recovery soon, no matter what it is caused by or related to. Let us know what you find out, too!
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 04:28 AM
I don't have R.A.(rheumatoid arthritis) (as far as I am aware)but do have Sclero. I have the same problem with one of my elbows which won't straighten fully, is also a little swollen and painful. My Specialist thinks this new problem may be Sclero related and linked with skin tightening at the elbow. I have asked to be referred to the Physio Department.
Do keep us all informed. Thanks.
Posted 26 October 2009 - 06:48 AM
Might be something to look into a good dose of strong painkillers and a week of antibiotics usually does the trick for me.
Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:37 PM
Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:04 AM
I hope the increased dose of prednisone helps/is helping.
My husband doesn't have our issues, but must take pred every so often for his issues.
Each time, he mentions how much more limber he is, with shoulder movement, etc!
Please let us know?
Posted 30 October 2009 - 03:19 PM
The increased prednisone helped alot . I can almost extend it all the way now and its not nearly as painful. I went to the hospital for MTX labs today, the clinician was able place the needle in my slightly bent arm with no problems. I will be stepping down a notch on the prednisone tomorrow.
I still can't figure out what caused it, I know for sure its NOT from overuse Yes Shelly, its quite possible I did sleep on it wrong, I might need to set some boundries for my large puppy that sleeps with me at night, she was not a problem at 7 pounds but now she's over 50 pounds
Thank for your care and concern,
Posted 30 October 2009 - 03:48 PM
Yes, "those puppies"! Love 'em to pieces, but they sure can edge us out of our usual sleeping area...that's for sure!
We've had one dog, just adopted another and my daughter was badly wanting to give us another, but we've run out of room on our bed!lol REally, though...they are the BEST!!!
I'm so glad your elbow is doing better and hope that it doesn't give you any more trouble.
(Glad to read that you have a four-legged buddy)!