Puzzling pains

March 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 3 Comments
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I’ve got two different rather odd pains to add to the usual mix at the moment! One is a burning pain that I get intermittently in my spine, a few vertebra down from my neck. It’s not too bad, just a bit odd, a bit burny and a bit tingly. Bizarrely, my physio thinks this is a sign of a bit of stiffness. Does anyone else get stiffness manifesting as burning?! Well, she’s given some exercises for flexing the upper thorax, and if they work then I guess she’s right.

The other one is that, having found ultrasound fantastically helpful for ages now, I’m suddenly finding it incredibly painful on my acromioclavicular joint. (Excuse my showing off my knowledge of joint names – it took ages for my physio to teach me this one and I rarely get the chance to use it … it’s the little insignificant (until it hurts) joint between the shoulder and color bone, right at the front.) It starts off alright and then it very quickly gets incredibly sore and painful. Physio says she’s come across this happening before but she doesn’t know why, and she wonders if it’s just a bit more inflamed than usual.

I hope it’s NOT more inflamed than usual. Did I speak to soon about averting a flare? Today certainly didn’t help on the stress reduction front – all clients want their work now (if not last week), and one thought I could proofread 90,000 words in two weeks. Well, I could if I had nothing else to do … grrrr… Oddly enough I feel more stressed now with both computers working than I did yesterday with both computers not working. Does this say something about computers, I wonder?

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  1. I’m sorry to hear that you’re hurting more :(

    About the AC joint, did you learn to spell it out, too? Cuz I’m very impressed if you were able to write it out without having to look it up.

  2. I used to get burning in my upper back when I worked a desk/computer job. Had a lot of neck and between the shoulders in the back pain. Getting more ergonomical with the chair and the keyboard helped. I do not recall if any of the burning was directly over the spine though. Between readjusting everything and then I guess getting on pred/nsaids/dmards, much of that went away. I still get some problems but change in work helped soem of that.

    I get aching in that part of the shoulder too. Never done ultrasound on it. Wonder if it would hurt like yours. Hope you get to the bottom of it.

  3. I’m sorry you’re feeling more pain lately, too. I hope you can figure out the burning sensation – I don’t think I’ve felt anything similar before.

    And I hope you get some time to relax a little!


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