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Upper arm and shoulder pain while walking hiking inclines...

Hi Everyone, I am married to a 68 year old healthy and active male who has been recently diagnosed with RA. He has survived the medical protocols that have been prescribed to him get to the right (or close to right) amount of daily pain relief and tolerance, but when exercising outside, if we walk on flat roads he does fine, but if we start to climb hills or dare to actually slip into the trails, his upper arms and shoulders begin to immediately ache. Of course we understand and expect his joints to ache following the trip, but it seems that as soon as we start to climb the pain kicks in. Our pace is not driven hard nor are we using our arms aggressively during the climb. There has also been a couple of times that he becomes nauseous during the light exertion. I am wondering if anyone else has experienced these issues.

  1. Hi . I am no medical expert, but that sounds like it might be a cardiac issue. Please urge him to get an evaluation ASAP and to avoid exertion until then. It's possible that's not the cause, but those symptoms are rather classic. Better to be safe and rule it out. Please keep us posted if you don't mind. I will be thinking of you both. - Lori (Team Member)

    1. I agree with . As she stated you are stating classic symptoms especially for a man, women can be different. I would stop trying to do those little inclines too until he is checked out. Here's a little info that might be of interest.,destined%20to%20have%20heart%20troubles. Hope this will work as a link for you.
      Best wishes and sending good thoughts your way!

      1. I for a long time I have had pain in my arm and shoulder when I exert myself. which doesn't take much. It feels like symptoms of a heart attack. Turns out that it is actually my neck.
        which is weird cause my neck doesn't hurt. But for some reason the pain or discomfort radiates to my shoulder/arm. I was told I need physical therapy.

        1. Hi . My wife, Kelly Mack (a contributor here), had a similar issue in reverse - her shoulder problem radiated through the neck and also down the arm. You are making an excellent point for that there could be multiple potential causes for her husbands issues. For this reason, Jubileepark, only a doctor can provide the proper diagnostics and the potential causes mentioned by and dltld are a great reason not to wait to seek answers. Hoping your husband gets answers and relief soon and please feel free to keep us posted on how things are going. This community is here for you. Best, Richard ( Team)

      2. Jubileepark....happy he s walking....I need a walker and no way I can go up anywhere...shoulder pair, hips, actually my whole body..mi m 64

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