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Old 06-10-2007, 06:10 AM
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Tennis Elbow/Tendonitis?

Is that what I have?

Early in the baseball season this year, I was warming up with one of the kids on a cold day. We were doing it properly - short distance throws for awhile, gradually lengthening it. It was probably about mid-40's (and I'm in my mid-50's).

Since then, my elbow feels like it's burning, and I'm experiencing pain when I'm throwing. Some days I have minimal strength to lift objects.

I figured time will fix it, but I've had this condition since mid-March and it doesn't seem to be getting much better.

Is it tennis elbow or tendonitis? Will it get better on its own?

I'm taking vicodin for my hip but it doesn't seem to be helping the elbow.
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:43 AM
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Is that what I have?

Early in the baseball season this year, I was warming up with one of the kids on a cold day. We were doing it properly - short distance throws for awhile, gradually lengthening it. It was probably about mid-40's (and I'm in my mid-50's).

Since then, my elbow feels like it's burning, and I'm experiencing pain when I'm throwing. Some days I have minimal strength to lift objects.

I figured time will fix it, but I've had this condition since mid-March and it doesn't seem to be getting much better.

Is it tennis elbow or tendonitis? Will it get better on its own?

I'm taking vicodin for my hip but it doesn't seem to be helping the elbow.
It sounds like tennis elbow.

I had it and it hurt like a MOFO.

Depending on your condition it may get better over time, then again it may not.

Physical therapy may help, also wearing an elastic band around the arm, midway between the elbow and the wrist may also help.

For me taking a shot of cortisone in the elbow took care of it.

For more info read below. Good luck!

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It sounds like tennis elbow.

I had it and it hurt like a MOFO.

Depending on your condition it may get better over time, then again it may not.

Physical therapy may help, also wearing an elastic band around the arm, midway between the elbow and the wrist may also help.

For me taking a shot of cortisone in the elbow took care of it.

For more info read below. Good luck!

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He is right. I would highly recommend that you get a referral from your primary care physician to go see an orthopedic specialist/surgeon.

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Old 06-10-2007, 09:49 AM
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Sure sounds like it. Three treatments that I know of. High doses of ibuprofen (naproxen) continously for a couple of weeks. Steroid injection and/or the brace. I've had success with both the ibuprofen and steroid fixes. I've had it in both arms. In my experience, it won't go away on it's own. I had it for many months the first time I got it and finally sought treatment. Naproxen fixed that. The second time it took steroids (I think this was the other arm). I've gotten it a few times since and high doses of ibuprofen have resolved it.
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i waited about a year and a half for it to heal on its own and finally went to the doc. naproxon sodium did it for me. in prescription strength.

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Mine went away after about a year. The night time elastic bandage helped, as well as squeezing a small foam rubber ball at intervals though the day. I'm not sure if drugs speed the healing process or just mask the pain.
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similar experiences

I got what is called tennis elbow.. Burning on the outside of the elbow and limited grip strength in my hand. After trying many things the two that helped the most were a dose of steriods and wearing an arm band (mentioned above) for a while. I wore mine much closer to the elbow, maybe 3" down. It was a fairly tight elastic band about an 1" wide, tight around the arm.

A doctor friend desribed tennis elbow as an irritation at the point where the tendon / ligament attaches to the bone. The brace relieves the aggravation there and allows it to heal. The steriods accelerate the healing.

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Please see an orthopod as soon as you can to get a proper diagnosis. I have tendonitis in my shoulder and it does hurt like a bugger at times. I have had two steriod injections over the past few years and that does help, but you can only shoot a site with steriods three times tops. Aleve an over the counter anti inflamitory is great to take but you'll need to see if their are any contra-indications since you are already taking vicodin. Yoga helps too. Unfortunately, I now have a beard from the steriod injections...don't tell my boyfriend..
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Old 06-10-2007, 07:29 PM
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Well don't go taking ibuprofen willy nilly without first consulting a doctor. I'd ice it first, four times a day at least.

That said, if you're willing to endure the possible side effects such as kidney problems and hypertension, take 4x400 for a week and see how that works out.
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I start physical therapy this Friday for tennis elbow.....hope it works.
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I've had it for several months. I can tell you that doing nothing about it doesn't get rid of it.
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That's why I sent to see the orthopod and will go to the physical therapist---I need my arm to make a living...
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I was using mine to make a living, which is why I couldn't get rid of it. Well, that and the cost.
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Massive doses of Ibuprofen or steroid shots have done the trick for me. I don't think heavy doses of ibuprofen are going to destroy your liver if you only do it for a week or 10 days or so. You have to continually dose yourself on a regular basis even if you have no pain to get it to go away.
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That's what my doctor told me to do, take ibuprofen. It worked fairly well.
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