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Hello Dr Saha,
The pain started instantly about 10 minutes ago. I have been massaging the area (like you would a muscle spasm) and some of the pressure has been relieved. The pain is intense approximately 2 inches down from my elbow on the inner side of my left arm. Laid straight the pain is at a 6. When bent, the pain goes straight to 10. However, the pain fluctuates slightly -- just on its own. If I touch the area, the pain shoots up dramatically.
The pain in my side and back is more like discomfort rather than pain -- maybe a 2 on the pain scale. Comparable to having worked hard with it during the day, nothing alarming.
I take ventolin inhaler for asthma. I was diagnosed with juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis 20 years ago. I can get panicky as it is hard for me to tell when sudden pains like this are serious or non-serious but intensely felt.
edit: my left hand is very cold now, but not tingling like it "fell asleep"
Hello -- in the past 40 minutes the pain has decreased dramatically (I would rate the upper limits of pain at a 4, but generally is a 2 now.) I am able to use my arm again, even bending the elbow. The pain increases as I bend my wrist, but is still at most a 4. Would you please clarify if you feel ER is necessary, or if I can broach a clinic in the daytime hours instead? Thank you for your clear answers so far.
The temperature of the arm is normal now. There has been no colour change throughout this time.