Elbow tendonitis

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    Apr 04, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    I have had some pain in my elbow for months now and it is really holding me back in the gym. The most painful thing is picking up a glass or a jar from above. It doesn't hurt to press or to do curls, although rows sometimes hurt badly.

    How long will it take to recover from this? I am going to the sports doc at some point, but right now I am too busy at work.
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    Apr 05, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidHow long will it take to recover from this?
    That's like asking "how long is a piece of string?"
    However I do know from experience, allowing work to interfere with your health will fuck up both your work and your health.
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    Apr 05, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    had that happen...two things helped
    one was seeing a rehab sports doc...
    second thing was taking his advice and the rehab specialist's advice.

    it's painful, i know!
    good luck, buddy
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    Apr 05, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    How'd you hurt it? My family has a bad habit of sleeping with our hand behind our head, which puts undue pressure on your ulnar nerve (funny bone). Then, it can hurt for days after till you learn to not sleep on it.
  • laguna07

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    Apr 05, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    I had this years ago and it is very, very painful and annoying. It is important that you go see a doctor and have an xray done on the elbow. i had a large accumulation of calcium that was actually bone that grew into the shape of a little "hook" which rubbed against the tendon. so everytime i flexed the elbow (i.e., pressdowns) it hurt like hell. may be more than just "tennis elbow" which is usually treated with rest and anti-inflammatories. good luck!
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    Apr 05, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    I've had chronic tendinitis, a la tennis/golfers elbow and finally I found a very astute massage therapist w/I think a healing touch who got me past what all sorts of Drs visits and PT appts did nothing for??? I mean I wanted to chop my own arm off it was so troublesome all day and night. Find a masseuse that works out of a tennis/racket club and knows their shit(?). Worth a try at least. Good luck. 800mg. Motrin's might help?
  • brendanmuscle...

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    Apr 05, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    BE VERY CAREFUL. Lay off from the weights, and perhaps see a physical therapist.

    I had tendonitis in my right biceps tendon for months, and the tendon popped (ripped off the bone) in September doing deadlifts. Fortunately my surgery and recovery went well, and my right arm is just about back to where it was pre injury.

    You do not want this to happen, so please tend to it!! You may need to lay off of it for a month too, but that will be MUCH BETTER than tearing the tendon....
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    Apr 07, 2011 9:59 AM GMT
    It can take a while to recover, several weeks for sure. But I think you should get a second opinion if you are not seeing improvement.




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  • slimnmuscly

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    Apr 07, 2011 10:25 AM GMT
    You may need an ergonomic mouse, keyboard, chair -- or at least to adjust the chair you have. Even if issues like that didn't cause the problem, they're most likely aggravating it now.

    Having an HR person come check out and adjust the angle of my chair, plus switching to an ergonomic mouse, were what cleared the same problem up for me. The kind of pain you describe was dramatically reduced almost immediately and within 4-6 weeks I was back to normal; in the meantime switching to a reverse grip on rows helped avoid aggravating it at the gym.