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Could the cramping I've been experiencing the last few days in my left shoulder and all the way down to my hand be a gastro problem? It goes away fairly fast and heat helps. I am having an endoscopy on the Jan. 30th. And wouldn't you know, now that I have it scheduled I have some questions about post procedure :P .

 

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Christy


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Hi Christy,

 

If the cramping in your left shoulder and arm is a new symptom, and you do not know the cause of it, it is something you should see a doctor about right away. It could be a symptom of a heart attack, or pulled muscles, a pinched nerve in the neck, or whatever.

 

Heart symptoms in women can be more subtle than those in men. See Scleroderma Heart Involvement.

 

I'm sorry we can't be of more help to you than that, but we are eager to hear how things turn out with the doctor. I'll be hoping it is something less drastic than a heart problem, but it is much better to be safe than sorry!


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Shelley Ensz

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<<If the cramping in your left shoulder and arm is a new symptom, and you do not know the cause of it, it is something you should see a doctor about right away. It could be a symptom of a heart attack, or pulled muscles, a pinched nerve in the neck, or whatever. >>

 

Or pleural effusion. That is what happened to Gareth with his pneumonia -- pain in his left shoulder. I learned that a pleural effusion can cause the same pain as a heart attack since it is the same nerve affected/inflamed.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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Thanks Shelley and Margaret. A pleural effusion is one of the things that helped the doctors diagnose me with lupus. As long as I didn't move, I could breathe, but if I tried to walk a few steps I had an awful time. The pulmonary physician ended up keeping me in the hospital and surgically inserting a drain tube. It was in for about 4 days. I had relief almost immediately. Didn't experience any shoulder or arm pain though.

 

Shelley, you must have the magic touch because since I read your post I haven't had any cramping!! I will certainly tell the doctor about though. If it comes back, I'll go to the nurse practitioner at my doctor's office. I don't see my primary doctor until Thursday and then Friday I'll have the EGD. Whoopee!

 

Thanks again.

Chris


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<<A pleural effusion is one of the things that helped the doctors diagnose me with lupus.>>

 

Hi Chris ,

 

That is interesting to know. It explains why they told me they had to run a blood test for Lupus, along with the sclero tests, while he was in. It's funny that the medical doctors still say it was a sclero flare and the rheumatologist said it wasn't. Who knows? He's better now and that is all that matters.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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You may have seen your doctor by now and gotten some answers, but I just stumbled on your posting and thought I would chime in. I get esophageal spasms frequently. Some resolve in a matter of 2-3 minutes, but others last up to 50 minutes. But, I get pain in my jaw and left arm most of the times I get the spasms. SO, that may be something else to mention to your doctor. My doctor has given me nitroglycerin to ease the spasms, which is the same thing they give to people with angina. I usually helps pretty quickly, but last Wednesday night I took it twice and it still took 50 minutes for the spasm to end!

 

Let us know when you find out what it is!!

 

Soaring Eagle

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Soaring Eagle.

 

Thanks. You are right. It is due to spasms. I apologize for taking so long to get back to everyone.

 

I had an endoscopy last Friday. The doctor found 2 small ulcers and a hiatal hernia. I was already pretty sure I had an ulcer and I've had the hiatal hernia for years. He also found a little food still in the esophagus and stomach. I had a barium test yesterday to check the muscles in the upper esophagus and was told everything was working just as it should. Next Tuesday I will have what is called an Esophageal Manometry. It's done as an outpatient at the hospital, but you are totally awake. A tube is run in to the nose and swallowed into the stomach. As it goes down you have to swallow when they tell you. It's to check the muscles all the way down to the stomach. Not really looking forward to that one!! Hopefully, I'll know the result from that right away, too.

 

Christy


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Almost forgot.....The esophagus showed no damage from acid reflux or scar tissue of any kind!!!! whoopee!!!! :)

 

Christy


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Hi Christy,

 

What great news! Hopefully the Esophageal Manometry will show lots of good wave action all going the right way.

 

You're right, it's not a totally fun procedure. My GI came in in the middle of my test, took one look at my face (probably red, scrunched up, and a bit weepy), and started telling me jokes. The nurse finally had to tell him to shut up and get out! :lol:

 

Good luck and keep us updated, OK?

 

Best wishes, warm hugs, and no jokes!


Jeannie McClelland

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That's great that you don't have any damage from the GERD! You're right - esophageal manometry is no fun, but it does yield useful diagnostic information. Remember not to eat for a while before you go have the test! For me the tube in the esophagus wasn't bad - it was when it passed through the gag reflex area that was problematic because I'm one of those folks with a very active gag reflex!!

 

Hope the test goes well - let us know what you find out!

 

Soaring Eagle

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I had the test this morning with very little trouble, thank goodness! It looks like I have Achalasia. I don't have all of details yet. I do know its in the mid and lower esophagus. The gastro specialist will look at the result, hopefully tomorrow, and then contact the doctor that did the endoscopy. Then the doctor will talk to me. When I get the detailed results and recommended treatment, I'll let you all know.

 

The company I retired from has sent all of the salaried retirees a letter saying they have filed a petition with the Bankruptcy Court to discontinue our medical and life insurance benefits (they're in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and hope to emerge from it on April 1st). It will affect about 17,000 people. It's suppose to be effective April 1st. Hmmmm. The funny thing is, the petition hasn't even been approved yet!! Anyway, I hope whatever the doctor has in mind can be done before April 1st.

 

Take care everyone.

Christy


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Hi, Christy. Achalasia is mentioned on our Esophagus: Reflux (Heartburn) and GERD page and also on the Esophagus (Throat) Involvementpage if you want to read a bit. Keep us posted when you learn more.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

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(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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