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Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Dave!For months now I've had minor pain in my right arm. It's not a muscle thing... it's deep inside. Like in the bone or something. I've most ignored it and just chalked it up to getting old. Everything else hurts, so why not my arm?

Then this morning I woke up because the cats wanted breakfast, went to get out of bed, and... ouchie... searing pain shooting through my tricep (or what passes for a "tricep" on my muscle-free arms). It was so intense that I let out a yelp and was knocked down to the bed. Which wouldn't have been bad, except I missed the bed and landed on the floor. Holding my arm, I managed to climb back on the bed in agony.

Meanwhile Jake and Jenny, who had just ran downstairs in anticipation of food, came running back up to see what was taking so long. WHY HAVEN'T YOU FED US?!? WE'RE DYING!!!

And so I managed to get up and head down to the kitchen with the cats venting their frustration every step of the way. After managing to get them fed using my left arm, I took some Ibuprofen and headed back to bed so I could wallow in my misery.

And it's weird how the pain works.

I thought getting undressed would be agony. Nope
I thought shampooing my head would be painful. Nope.
I thought getting dressed would be excruciating. Nope.

What hurts... and hurts so bad... is stupid stuff like forgetting my arm is messed up and pulling the drawer open that has my toothpaste with it. THAT is so unbelievably painful that it quite literally knocks the wind out of me.

And so... doctor's appointment on the 26th.

I probably need physical therapy or surgery or something else I can't afford, but that's life.

In the meanwhile I'll try to baby my arm and use it only when I have to. Which is tough, because sometimes just walking or breathing is enough to cause stabbing pain go shooting through it.

Boy I wish I had a really good story to explain this. "I think I pulled it skydiving" or "I got stabbed in a knife fight" sounds so much cooler than "It happened during a sleeping accident."

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  1. TheQueen says:

    I vote for torn rotator cuff. for some reason, the pain from that is in the bicep, offset several inches from the rotator cuff itself. Rest it, but don’t use it so little that it freezes. Keep it limber.
    Also, if you recently sat in the front seat of a car and lifted a bag out of the backseat: that’s how you might have torn your rotator cuff.

  2. Chrissy says:

    I just got over this. I woke up and while putting on deodorant, I got a searing pain deep inside my left arm. Then it began to bruise and swell in two places. It was painful, I took Leve, but the bruising got darker. I recently had my mammogram and I knew my lymph nodes were good. i was afraid of clots so went to er. No clots, no blockages. I had xray and ultrasounds. Nothing showed up.i was diagnosed with a contusion and sent home with antibiotics. That’s all. This was a few weeks ago and just this week I noticed all the colors are gone. Stupid old age.

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