To The Editor:Ring et al., the authors of the paper entitled "Idiopathic Arm
Pain" (2004;86:1387-91), must be complimented on their earnest effort to
better understand the challenging enigma of idiopathic arm pain. The authors
defined a "distinct diagnosis" as an entity that must be
substantiated on the basis of objective signs and pathological findings that
correlate with the patient's symptoms (i.e., signs of motor dysfunction).
However, this arbitrary classification gives short shrift to the primary
sensory complaints of pain and dysesthesias as being less than objective.