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Problems with my arms was one of the first things I noticed -years ago, but didn't pay attention to, didn't look into with my doctor. My arms have been 'weak' and 'tired' for years, lifting them up never would last long b/c they'd get 'tired' and ache. Later, I had problems with my hands & fingers as well and that's when I went to the doctor. Unfortunately, that didn't bring me to the right tests and diagnosis and things continued. I did finally have a cervical MRI this January and that started the ball rolling at last. For me, my problems stemmed from my cervical DDD, from the flattening of my spinal cord. I do also have arthritis in my hands and carpal tunnel in both wrists, but the arms weakness was due to my DDD -and was truly a 'weakness' as I'd loss muscle strength in both and had muscle atrophy in one of my arms. Unfortunately, I was dx a little late in the game and knew going into my acdf that return of lost functions was not necessarily likely. That's how it seems to be turning out post-op for me, but cest la vie. For the OP, I would definitely see your doctor -and see if you can get a referral to a specialist and have testing done. If you do and you get to a point where they are satisfied, but you know there's more, press for more and don't drop it. Hopefully, though, they'll get to the heart of things all on their own. Sore arms could be due to different things, but if yours is due to cervical DDD, the sooner it's diagnosed, the better.
Best of luck to you!
Meghan





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