Hi I am sorry you are in so much pain. I just happened on here and saw the part about the knots in your upper arm.
I had a severe pain in my upper arm shoulder neck shoulder blade. If I moved my arm the wrong way I would get pain where you are having the knot. It turned out that I had frozen shoulder or they call it adhesive capsulitis. I went to a shoulder specialist who helped me with physical therapy.
Have you been doing any physical activity that may have pulled a muscle or tendon? Working with your arms? Playing tennis? ...etc?
Can you go to your doctor?
I made a mistake and let it go for 3 months before going to the doctor. It is better to go in as soon as you can
Thanks for the post and concern Dee.
No injury or activity. Only difference is I'm 30 weeks pregnant.
I had a look at frozen shoulder symptoms and it doesn't tie up to my symptoms. My shoulders are not painful on movement only painful when I get the spasm like pain or when trying to rub the knot out.
I have been to the dr and physio. Physio has suggested I speak to the dr again as she doesn't understand the knots in my arms. I'm seeing my obstetrician tomorrow again I'm going to ask her as well.
My medical aid is almost maxed this year already. I'm suffering from painful hips as well from the pregnancy, too much hormones. I have a special belt to walk around with.
You clearly have a skeletal problem, and the arm pain is highly likely to be referred from the spine.
Getting pins and needles in the pinky and ring finger are usually referred from pinched nerves in the neck area.
As you get the bad pains in the morning, have you considered that it may have something to do with your pillow? Just a thought. My doctor advised me to sleep on only 1 pillow.
As you are also having problems with your neck, back and arms and the physiotherapy does not seem to be helping at the moment, have they given you information on posture and exercises you can do at home?
Sometimes the neck can be out of alignment and if that is the case that can cause headaches. I am not sure if a physiotherapist can manipulate your neck if it is misaligned, perhaps you could ask them about that. If not, a good chiropractor may be able to help.
Because you are getting spasms when you try to rub your own knot, is there anyone else at home that can give you a massage using Arnica oil or other embrocations?
I presume that because you are 30 weeks pregnant, the medical profession do not want to expose you to xrays to see if there are any degenerative changes in your spine.
To help yourself, keep your neck warm by wearing a scarf, keep out of any draughts, apply heat or cold (whichever one make you feel better) and have warm relaxing baths using muscle relaxant crystals (if you are not allergic to these).
Hope that you get sorted out before baby comes.