Hi, I'm a 42 yr old female and lately I'm having unexplained pain in both arms. The pain is in the top quadrant of each arm and aches intermittently throughout the day and night. When I press in a certain area on each arm, the area feels very tender and also lumpy (not sure if it is muscle or lymph node?). Generally the areas feel sore and achy as if I had been punched there. I have no neck pain and good ROM with each shoulder. When I raise my right arm/shoulder up sideways though, I do feel the right arm pain.
I'm a 4yr breast cancer survivor and we were concerned about a possible cancer spread so we MRI'd the shoulders 2 weeks ago and the scans came back negative (I don't know that they covered the arm areas though..) I also have a lymph node (or some other kind of lump) in the middle of my left arm that has been swollen for some time (my underarm nodes were mostly removed). My oncologist has expressed concern about it but we thought at times that the swelling was down so we haven't biopsied it yet, though I'm thinking we need to now as it does seem to stick around. I also have the sensation of a swollen groin lymph node though my docs don't feel it when they examine me. PET scan of Jan 08 didn't show any concerns though my complaints about these areas have been increasing over the past year.
On the one hand, I am concerned about possibly being so lucky as to now have lymphoma, and on the other hand perhaps these concerns are unrelated and my arm pain is related to an injury from last summer when I pulled myself up out of the water and into our boat. The latter seems the most logical explanation though I don't understand why the pain would be worse now 10 months later (my shoulders were sore with ROM shortly thereafter but got better in a couple months -- now it seems I have arm pain minus any shoulder pain.)
Please advise me if there are any other diagnostic exams or tests I could undergo to figure out where this arm pain is coming from. My orthopedic dr has (haughtily, I might add) dismissed me telling me I have fibromyalgia but I've looked it up and the symptoms don't match. I haven't spoken any further with my oncologist on this after getting the negative MRI. Whatever it is, I need to get it fixed. My arms hurt. Thanks.