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Chronic Bilateral Arm Pain

For the past two to three years I have been experiencing bilateral arm pain in the same exact spot and intensities on both arms. The pain is located about where the deltoid and bicep brachii meet on the inside of my arm. It Is a sharp pain and inhibits my movements in the morning. I do not feel any pain when my arms are static (When I'm awake. They hurt when static while I sleep)  but only with certain arm movements. I feel pain as I rotate my arms internally and externally. As the day progresses, I fight through the pain and with more arm motions it usually wears off.  The pain intensifies when I sleep and usually goes away around noon to two o'clock. The pain also comes and goes in both arms simultaneously. A couple of days will go by with the excruciating pain and then the next day I will sleep fine and there will be no pain. Sometimes that period of time can be a week, other times just one day. It never starts out as not hurting in the morning and then  later I feel the pain in the afternoon.

I am a 16 y/o High School Quarterback. I initially thought it was from throwing until my sports doctor told me that bilateral pain usually is not a injury. I have not been weight lifting due to a back injury I obtained in the spring. I had two stress fractures in my  L3 and L4 vertebrae. I was inactive for 12 weeks and I am actively throwing now. During that 12 week span, I did not throw once, yet the pain persisted in my arms. As I warm up my arm to throw, I usually have to fight the pain until it goes away.

I have spoken to a few doctors about this, but they all told me to take some advil as needed and rest. The advil does help but I do not want have to rely upon it. My sports Medicine doctor does not know what causes my pain either.

Does anyone know of anything that can cause this? Does anyone have similar symptoms?

Thank you for taking the time to read through my post.
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Yesterday I woke up with no pain, but I noticed that on the inside of both shoulders, there is one spot that is tender if i massage it. I feels almost like a ligament but im unsure. This is the first time noticing this.
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Would you say that you are worse now that you resumed your throwing now?  Is this a repeatative movement for you?  Have you tried any PT?  Have you seen a Sports Medicine MD?  Does ice or heat help?  Did you ever get any injections to these areas?  Taking Advil occasionally with food (no alcohol) won't hurt you if it gives you relief, but you still need to find out what is causing this.  I would find a Sports Medicine MD and start there.
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It is actually a little better now throwing than when I was inactive. My current sports med doc gave me stretches during the summer to do to see if they would help but all they did was loosen my arms for that day. Ice doesn't help and heat has little to no effect as well. I have never had injections in both those spots.
10389859 tn?1409921868
Would you say that your symptoms get worse during the day while you do sports, then ease up when you stop and sleep?  Are they better on the weekends when you have no sports or training?

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No, the sports activity makes them feel better. Some weekends they feel good and some I have the pain- same as the weekdays.I usually train 7 days a week.
10389859 tn?1409921868
It's up to you if you want to continue with your trainer treating you or see a Sports Medicine MD as a 2nd opinion.  Only you can make that decision.  I've given you options above.
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Thanks for the help! I appreciate it.
10389859 tn?1409921868
You're welcome. :-)
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A related discussion, Physiotherapy treatment was started.
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Yes Blinn, I too had a similar kind of pain in my arms. I had an accident long before so I guess the pain is due to that. For two years, I have been taking medicines. It was good taking those medicines but I never got a permanent relief from it until I went for a Physiotherapy treatment in Physio Now at Erin Mills. Their treatment was so much effective in getting me back to my life.
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