Has anyone had experience with weakness, numbness, heavy and shaky feeling in their arms or legs? It was just my left arm, but it is now in my left leg as well. I can move it but they feel like they weigh 50lbs a piece. My leg feels like jello and is very shaky. I called on call dr just now and she says go to ER right away, but I went last week for the same thing in my arm and they sent me home with no answers.
That's the worst! Load up on antiinflammatories or go to er and get some infused and some dilaudid to ease the pain! Good luck friend!
It tends to happen when the inflammation is crowding one of the narrower spaces through which nerves pass. You should go to the minor ER in case there is something else going on, but I'd also work on doing what you can to bring down the inflammation. I hope you feel better soon.
When I had my very first arthritis flare up and was being tested for everything under the sun I was bed ridden and could only get up to use the bathroom. After two months of this debilitating joint pain I finally got my reactive arthritis diagnosis and shortly afterwards I developed the symptoms you are describing. Aching arms and legs, numbness, heaviness. I couldn't hold a book because it was too heavy, my legs felt so heavy. Like I was walking through wet cement. I was finally diagnosed with secondary fibromyalgia. The good news is that it is a reaction to some other problem. Usually inactivity due to a surgery, an illness etc. Unlike regular fibromyalgia, secondary eventually can go away. It took almost 3 years for me, but it is gone and it is wonderful. 7 years without coming back. I hope you don't have it, but you may want to ask your doctor. There are meds that can help a lot. Best of luck!
Do you only have the one ER in your area? And maybe the ER is staffed with a smarter doctor during the weekdays than on evenings and weekends? I've had some real duds at night, both for myself and for my mom. Once took mom to ER in congestive heart failure, and idiot doc wanted to discharge her with oxygen saturation of 70, when medical textbooks on congestive heart failure say patient has to be 95 to go home. Idiot doc didn't even look. I had to tell the doctor. Just like you had to explain AS. So sorry the ER was useless for you. Maybe your rhumy just wanted ER to make sure you were not having a stroke, so rhumy would know the problem is your AS.