Tennis Elbow Tips

Simple steps to cure tennis elbow pain

Inside Elbow Pain Tendons

Written By: admin - Oct• 01•12

The labrum is a ring of tissue around the cup of the shoulder joint. It helps keep the ball of the joint centered in the cup. During sports or after an injury, a person can dislocate the shoulder joint and tear the bottom of the labrum. A tear at this location is often called a Bankart tear. If the labrum doesn't heal, the shoulder joint can remain unstable, and the ball of the shoulder can dislocate during simple activities.

The labrum is also where the biceps tendon attaches to the shoulder joint. Repetitive activities, like throwing a baseball, put a lot of stress on the biceps tendon, which can lead to tears on the top of the labrum. Tears at this location, called SLAP (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) tears, are painful, while tears on the bottom of the labrum usually cause shoulder instability, but not pain.

Another type of tear of the labrum is a degenerative tear. This type of tear occurs as we age, but it usually does not cause pain. Studies show that patients with degenerative tears usually have normal shoulder function. Based on this information, a tear of the labrum does not always need to be repaired. The decision whether or not to repair the labrum is complex and requires a complete evaluation by a surgeon.

An MRI should be used to confirm the diagnosis of a labrum tear. Some doctors inject a dye into the shoulder joint in order to see the tear more clearly. The dye surrounds the labrum, making the outline of the tissue easier to see. If the MRI shows a tear but the patient's history or physical exam is inconsistent with a labrum tear, then the doctor may inject the shoulder joint with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to determine whether the labrum is the source of the pain.

A torn labrum does have the potential to heal. Physical therapy can help, especially if the patient has pain rather than instability of the shoulder joint. Surgery for pain should be considered if a minimum of 8 weeks of physical therapy does not lessen the discomfort. Surgery for instability can be considered right away if the labrum tear occurred after a shoulder dislocation. SLAP tears can be treated by either repairing the labrum or reattaching the biceps tendon outside of the shoulder joint. The treatment chosen depends on the patient's age. If the patient is 40 or older, then it is better to reattach the biceps tendon outside of the shoulder joint, because this type of surgery will heal better than a repair of the labrum.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Need Help!!! What is good medicine for elbow pain my tendons are inflamed inside do you now of sometthing?
    That works for the shoulder and everithing i want a home treatment pill or something that will help. Thanks For The Help...

    • ANSWER:
      I have arthritis and take Glucosamine and Chondroiton.(Sorry, I'm not sure of the spelling and spell check was no help.) You can buy it at any pharmacy.

      It lubricates you joints and they so much better in just a few days!

      I hope you feel better soon!

  2. QUESTION:
    Pain inside elbows after started weightlifting?
    I started weightlifting again recently, after a break of 4-5 years, using relativeli light weights. Now in my 3rd month, I am starting to have persistent and increasing pain in the inside of my elbows, spreading slowly to the outside and now appearing to spread into my shoulders too. It is not muscle soreness and feels more like inflammation in or around tendons. I don't think I overtrained since I am using much lighter weights than I used to years ago. What could it be? Has anyone else experienced this problem. Any solutions to make it go away? Rest does not seem to make a difference, even after a couple of weeks. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't take my word for it, but it sounds similar to tennis elbow or tendonitis. It might help to consult a trainer or a physician.
      I have a friend who has tendonitis in one arm - she has to wear a brace every once in a while and often has to just stop using that arm for anything. Of course, it's a recurring problem and she's seen a doctor for this - so that might not be your solution.

  3. QUESTION:
    Elbow Pain Please help~!?
    Hi about 7months ago I was playing soccer and landed on my elbow first.
    I got all swollen up but i thought it was gonna heal in like few weeks
    but apparently it did not. Swelling my elbow hurts whenever I try to lift something on my back
    or bend my elbow completely. I took a MRI this summer, the doctor said that i got a bruise on my bone and the pain will go away within few more months. But so far no progress.
    and whenever i rotate my elbow there is always this cracking sound. And the weird thing is
    I feel pain not only one spot but several spots. inside of my elbow where all the tendons(?) are attached to hurts, crease on the outside of the elbow hurts and my fingers(??) hurt if i try to play grab something hard.. I would upload some pictures to show where my elbow exactly hurts but I guess I cant on yahoo. Please let me know if you experienced similar symptoms in past and
    if anyone knows whats going on with my elbow please give me some advise. Thank you and have a great day:D

    • ANSWER:
      maybe fractured just leave it alone

  4. QUESTION:
    Pitching Elbow Pain - Physical Therapy?
    The pain is not on the tendon but more to the left. Feels like it's in the joint or just inside my elbow somewhere. I threw about 60 pitches when my forearm was tight and it's been hurting ever since. About three weeks ago.

    Could i get physical therapy for it even though it's not the ligament? What kind of technique would they do? Lastly, about how much does a session cost and how effective are they?

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to see a Dr. to get an order (like a prescription) for Physical Therapy. Its possible that you have inflamed an area where the tendon attaches to the bone or might have developed a "bursitis". We have Bursa in our joints to help with lubrication. Either of the can require a shot to relieve inflammation. Can't diagnosis you on Yahoo, sorry. But again I can't tell you prices as they vary depending on where you live and insurance.

      You might want to try iceing the area, resting and elevating the area and putting on some type of compression like an ace bandage and see if this helps. Enjoy some lousy weekend Tv and rest. You will need to take it easy for a while. Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    When lifting or pulling I have pain in my elbow.?
    The pain feels more like tendons or something. Not a joint pain. It's on the inside curl of my arm. I don't have to bend my arm for it to hurt. I can flex my muscle and it will hurt. Is it possible to have carpultunnel in your elbow?

    • ANSWER:
      No not carpel tunnel but it sounds like either Tennis or Golfers elbow and it is nothing to laugh about. The inflammation starts where the muscles attack to the bone, so flexing causes pain. See your Doc and they can give you a steroid injection to reduce the inflammation. Best of Luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Elbow pain in both arms?
    For about 8 weeks I have had elbow pain in BOTH arms. The pain is most intense when I bend my elbows at a 90 degree angle and rotate my wrist 180 degrees. It also hurts (seemingly around the tendon/muscle on the inside of the elbow joint) when I attempt to make a biceps muscle.

    Prior to the onset of pain I (in retrospect, foolishly) put myself through an intense program involving very heavy dumbbell curls. Clearly, this is likely the catalyst.

    I have started physical therapy but because the symptoms have not subsided the therapist is of the opinion it may be something other than tendonosis.

    Has anyone ever experienced similar symptoms? Anyone have any insights?

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your Dr. He might have an x-ray and MRI done of both your elbows. You could have something like arthritis, bursitis, or a bone spur.

  7. QUESTION:
    i have pain in my elbow when i put pressure on it?
    my elbow has been bothering me probably for 6-8 month at first i would get a sharp pain inside the joint when i would put pressure on it while getting up that lasted for a few months

    once that stopped i started wrestling and i was fine we just started going into the weight room and the first day i was bench pressing the same weight and i was doing it 15 times per set

    the next day i went in and i couldn't do it one time because it felt like the tendons or whatever in my elbow were about to pop and i couldn't move my elbow up or down

    what is the quickest/cheapest way to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      tennis elbow in my opinion that is caused by alway doing the same moves dand the reason that you dont have it on both arms its cause theres 1 stronger then the other what you need to do is stop doing what hurts you and go see the doctor he will prescribe you some anti inflamatories to help you heal and maybe you should see a physiotherapist to help you gaine more strenth on the elbow.

  8. QUESTION:
    Injured elbow playing football. Swelling in region. Numb and sharp pain.?
    Hi, I landed hard on my elbow and it made a popping sound. It didn't swell then, but when I got home it swelled up a little and turns purple when inflamed. The skin on the elbow - when moved - will burn and bring a lot of pain in and around the elbow, on the outside and inside of the bone (on the tendons) and the swelling goes down about 3 to 4 inches down my actual elbow in and around the forearm and about 2 to 3 up my tricep, but none on the actual elbow (I'm assuming because of little blood flow in that region, I may be mistaken though).

    The pain is on the tip of my elbow bone, however, pain is widespread around the entire elbow and on muscles/tendons around it.

    As of now, with no real diagnosis, I'm just icing it as much as I can and taking an anti-inflammatory. But the swelling and oddity of the sometimes severe pain has me concerned of a more serious type of injury or possibly a fracture. Especially because I have wrestling practice and I am continuing to wrestle because I feel no continuing pain while using it - only when it is hit or touched, and if it is a more serious injury I would like to heal it rather than further damage it.

    Can anyone help me diagnose this, or point me in the direction of a self-diagnosis?

    Thank you for your consideration,
    -Gage

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  9. QUESTION:
    Elbow pain? Can anyone tell me what's wrong?
    So I'm a pole vaulter and recently my left elbow (for those who know about PV, it's the one that stays straight) has been hurting when I lift things. It started the day after a weird practice where I had trouble bending the pole. The source is around the knobby point of the elbow, but it feels like it's more inside than out. The pain shoots down my arm so that if you were going to shake hands it would be that top area down to my wrist. It also hurts if I pick up milk jugs and turn my body wash over to squeeze some out.

    Can anyone tell me if its a bruised tendon, or strained muscle, or something worse?

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably a strained tendon, so the only thing you can do about it is to take it easy.

  10. QUESTION:
    i work out everyday and i have pain in shoulders and elbows have details inside thanks.?
    okay well i get bad pain in both elbows on the tendon right before my elbow on my forearm and on my triceps where it attaches to my elbow. when i shoulder press or incline bench or any sort or exercise that puts alot of stress in my elbows they hurt so bad but when i curl or workout back or do push ups it doesn't hurt my elbows and some tricep exercises don't hurt my elbows. will my chest still get bigger if i do pushups instead of benching for a little while until my elbows heal? i have a doctors appointment for it on tuesuday thanks guys.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to be doing as much pulling workouts as you do pushing

  11. QUESTION:
    elbow pain from bicep curls?
    so two days ago i started working out again and i chose that day to be my bicep day. I did my bicep curls with a barbell not a dumbell and it hurts on the inside of my elbow to the point where i cant straighten my arm. its more comfortable bent. Its not tendonitis or golfers elbow. Its kind of like underneath the vains in the inside of my elbow. its not the outside or my joint. i think its muscle or tendon but it hurts so bad. what is it and why is it doing this?

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  12. QUESTION:
    My left elbow hurts on the inside (golfer's elbow) when I lift weights but also even when I do?
    something like flush the toilet or hold a pot. I took a month off from lifting weights and the pain almost went away although it still was tender if I pushed on the elbow right on the inside bone/attachment where the tendon attaches to the bone. How long might I have to rest from weights to make this go away, because I hurt even more now just lifting really light weights after taking a month off.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't state your age or whether you were using light weights for toning, or heavy weights for strength. I suspect heavy weights. If you are a teenager, the medial epicondyle may not have fused to the elbow and so you could have injured it or even torn it off (avulsion fracture).In that case, I would get it X-Rayed first. An orthopedic surgeon may have to cast your arm or do surgery. If you are older that 18 y/o, then that is less ikely to be an issue. In that case, you have an overuse injury. The most likely cause is an Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) or a pronator teres syndrome. Both of these can be chronic injuries and can take a long time to heal. (see link below) If tht is the case, then you will have to "listen to your body." The guidelines that I give are: "If you perform an activity and it doesn't hurt; or if it hurts but the pain stays the same, then you can continue. But if, during that activity or after, the pain gets steadily worse, then you must stop that activity."

      So here is what I would recommend. Rest two weeks. Apply heat to the elbow. Take Naproxen or Ibuprofen, as needed. When you return to wight-lifting, start with very light weights and use either dumbbells or a "natural grip" (that means that the arms are supinated or facing inwards) bar. Follow the pain guidelines that I've given above.And don't try to get it all back at once.

  13. QUESTION:
    i get this pain between my forearm muscle and elbow, please help?
    i get this pain between my forearm muscle and elbow, please help?
    hey i've been working out since august and i stopped about 2 weeks ago, i think its tendonitis. when i lie down and hold my head up with my right arm (the arm that hurts), when i straighten it out it hurts in the elbow and i think whats caled the tendon. i feel it between the outside forearm and the inside my forearms. tell me what i should do pleasee, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i say your best bet is to see a doctor it never hurts to get a professional opinion

  14. QUESTION:
    is there any therapy for tendonidous or anyway to help it in the elbow?
    i am a highschool baseball player and i get really sharp pains in my elbow (on the inside) i know some people get that tommy john surgery to help it but i didnt know if there was anything else i could do it keep it from hurting .. ive heard of a tight band around my arm kinda like an elastic band to hold the tendons still ... but does anyone know of any like therapy or something?

    • ANSWER:
      ice and rest are about it kid

  15. QUESTION:
    Please help, I have a elbow tendon injury how can I rehab this to get better?
    I somehow injured what I think is the tendon on the inside portion of my elbow region during work about 6 months ago. I have pain, stiffness, and weakness in my arm from the elbow down. It hurts even when I squeeze something. I am a day laborer, so my strength depends on me working. I have no insurance and no money to see a doctor. I still have to work to support myself and this injury is not getting better. Please help me, what can I do to rehab this injury?

    • ANSWER:
      You sound like you have Medial Epicondylitis...also know as Golfer's Elbow...it is a repetive strain injury and rest is the first treatment followed with ice and ibuprofen and if these dont fix your elbow a shot of cortisone into the Tendon often does the trick.

      If you google golfers elbow you will get plenty of info on it and you will see it is the opposite side of the elbow to tennis elbow.

      I have had the condition in both elbows for about 5 years now...I also use an elbow support thing when mine gets so bad I cant move my arm. Get oneform the chemist and it will help support the damaged tendon...they are very good. Heres an example.

      http://www.supportsusa.com/arm/tennis_elbow/index.htm ...I know these say Tennis Elbow but all you need to do to use it for your injury is slide the cushion/pressure point around to the inside of the arm inline with that inside bone of the elbow... I have one of the band ones like the 3 in the top row...

  16. QUESTION:
    need help bicep tendon pain?
    after doing a intense barbell bicep and tricep workout several days ago, the inside of my elbow hurts and i cant straighten my arm without pain, since i did this with a barbell, both arms hurt in the same place, any advice on what i should do?

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  17. QUESTION:
    What's a good way to treat my sore elbow?
    I accidentally jerked during a plasma donation, and now my elbow hurts (especially when I extend my arm) and is slightly swollen on the inside. I took a couple ibuprofen for the pain. No external bruising, but I think I might've damaged the tendon somewhat. I'm not sure, since I am no medical professional. If someone can give me better insight on this injury and it's treatment, that would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      if it was done today ice and maybe icey hot cream and to not use it till it gets better

  18. QUESTION:
    Upper arm pain when lifting it too high, please help?
    I have pain in my right upper arm between my shoulder and half way down the Top of my arm between the inside of my shoulder and the halfway point on the way to my elbow.

    This pain is pretty bad when i try to lift my arm high or twist it, even taking off a t-shirt is pretty painful.

    I'm a rock climber and i'm pretty sure i either tore something or something is pretty inflamed, and it heals over the coarse of a couple days, but then comes back if i try working out at all..

    Any idea what it is called? I am sure its either the muscles or tendons pulling my arm up that are injured, but should i ice them or what?

    any ideas to helping get rid of the injury? i know some injuries if not taken care of can lead to later permanent damages

    • ANSWER:
      esp shoulder injuries cuz they DO come back to haunt you;; problem is, there is just way too much involved with the shoulder not to get ot looked @;; could be a partial tear;; sounds like it's in the chronic stage already with this "come back" of symptoms;; get it checked!!! cuz it WILL lead to permanency...

  19. QUESTION:
    Pain/soreness in throwing arm?
    I am a quarterback in a football league and I have been having a constant annoying pain/soreness in my throwing arm right above my inner elbow, lower bicep area. I initially thought I had a partial tear in my distal bicep tendon but was told it might be "tennis elbow". But after doing some research about it, tennis elbow is on the outside of the elbow and "golfers elbow" is on the inside of the elbow. So now I'm thinking I might have that but my pain is located just above the elbow so I don't know if its the elbow or the bicep. Can anyone help with information or personel experience? I know the obviously answer is to go see a doctor, but I don't have medical nor the money to pay out of the pocket to see a doctor. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      only good way to diagnose would be MRI which is expensive, resting is the only treatment it sounds like you can do now

  20. QUESTION:
    Green Tea Extract side effects causing long term pain?
    A few months ago I started taking a green tea extract from GNC (their brand - 500mg capsules). About a week later my knee, which I had injured about a year before, started to feel somewhat swollen. After that, I put most of the weight on my other leg while walking around and that knee started to hurt. About a week afterward, I started experiencing some intense pain around the knees and my thighs. It became a hassle to even walk. I went to a walk-in doctor's office (because I lacked insurance) and the doctor there told me, because the pain was most acute around my knees, that I merely strained the tendons and had to build up the strength with exercises. However, I could not complete ANY of the exercises he gave me, and returned about two weeks later when my thigh and calf on the leg that was injured first suddenly seized up while I was standing. Shortly after that, the area above my second knee became weak and the knee was constantly giving out while walking/sometimes even while standing.

    The notion that the green tea extract may have had a hand in my current condition came about today when my knee that was giving out started doing so again even though it had not experienced it in some time. I was curious if something in my diet was causing me issues and I saw that on the drink I had yesterday there was green tea extract, and that my initial pains started when I had started on the capsules (which I quit taking after about 2 weeks. I have been experiencing pain however for 2+ months).The drink also had in it trigosamine which, according to my friend's grandmother, was excellent in aiding joint pain.

    Other issues I've had since then include joint pain in a elbow,a finger, and my upper back (which were not receiving any sort of stress like my legs were from work), and my toes would frequently stay numb if I had been exposed to colder weather (less than 10 degrees F) even if I had been inside in a warm environment for 20 min...while my hands warmed up fine.

    I was just curious if others had this experience, as I have not been able to find any websites directly linking green tea extract to these specific side effects. Thanks!
    I am a 20 year old female, I shouldn't have issues like these! >:(

    • ANSWER:
      Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, helps you relax. When you are more relaxed, you are more in charge of your behaviors.

      Green tea has at least two different chemicals that work together to increase the amount of calories you burn in a day. One study showed that people taking green tea extract containing at least 90 mg epigallocatechin-3gallate (EGCG) burned 266 more calories per day than those who didn’t take the green tea extract. The supplement was taken three times daily. Other chemicals in green tea have also been shown to reduce how much fat is digested from a person’s meals.

      Green tea is generally thought to be a safe, non-toxic drink. There are no bad side effects. There is caffeine in it. Drinking too much can cause irritability, insomnia, nervousness, and fast heart rate. Green tea extracts in capsules may be caffeine free. Many health care providers advise pregnant women and nursing mothers to avoid caffeine. Some studies suggest large amounts may harm a developing fetus. Some infants may become over stimulated by caffeine in their breast milk.
      Summary

      Nutrition is another key factor in managing chronic pain.

  21. QUESTION:
    Please help I'm experiencing pain that affects every day activities?
    For a while now I've been experiencing pain and numbness in my right hand. Until recently the only thing that would happen was that I would go numb from my hand (although not my fingers) up to my elbow. Now I experience pain, but it's very particuliar.
    I only experience pain when I use or have a tight grip with my index finger. I also experience pain when I apply pressure at the tip of it. The pain of extends from my index finger to just after my wrist. The appears to be comming from a 'string like' thing in the palm of my under my index finger next to my thumb. (I'm guessing a nerve or tendon) which connects to my index finger.

    It's really uncomfortable and often times 2 aspirins doesn't take all the pain away. Sometimes it's so unbearable that inside I almost suffer from panic attacks and lose some sleep because of it!
    I'm 16. It's really stresses me out too! I have tendonitis in my other hand but it feels nothing like it!
    I'm 16. It's really stresses me out too! I have tendonitis in my other hand but it feels nothing like it!

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your DR or do your own research on Carpal Tunnel. This is the only thing I can think of off hand that matches your symptoms. They have wrist braces at the pharmacy for it that may help you.

  22. QUESTION:
    pediatric elbow abuse injury?
    my daughter was grabbed violently by a large woman who dragged her 40 feet. she was grabbed with the person's thumb on the inside of my daughter's elbow (front arm) the mri and xray show no tears or injury. my daughter is in pain, her right arm makes a popping sound every time she extends her arm it is very loud sound. she cannot lift heavy items and is in pain alot. she states she can feel "something" move against her bone (i think it is her tendon) she was diagnosed intially with a severs contusion and now with Lateral Epicondylitis but it is interesting that she is diagnosed with a repeatative movement diagnosis when she does not use the arm that was pulled. her injury is in her right arm and she is left handed. she was twisted and pulled elbow and shoulder. how can she be in pain when there is nothing showing up on the mri or xray? what should we be looking for? what is wrong with her??? please advise, I can send any additional information you may need.

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  23. QUESTION:
    is this a muscle strain or just soreness?
    ok, so my biceps and pecs hurt like soreness. however it hurts to try and unbend my arms more then half way which is said to be a sign of strain. i just workout for the first time in 4months,i just got back to school. so I thought i was just sore and i will just work it out today. However after looking for ways to lessen the pain i found that due to the lack of movement and that the pain is in the inside of my elbow bend as well (the muscle tendons) it may be muscle strain which you should not work out and should only rest, so which is it though? What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Your arms are made up of three major bones and nerves as well as muscles, tendons and ligaments. All are susceptible to damage or injury that can cause arm pain. In some cases, arm pain can originate in your neck or even your chest. The first sign of a heart attack may be pain that radiates into your left arm.
      Most arm pain results from an injury in a accident or fall. Older adults with fragile bones, active children and people who participate in contact or adventure sports are especially vulnerable. Repetitive stress injuries can also cause pain in your upper arms and wrists. So can damage to the brachial plexus--the network of nerves in your neck and shoulder that carry signal between your spinal cord and arms.

      Common causes of arm pain include:

      Brachial plexus injury
      Broken arm
      Broken wrist/broken hand
      "Burner" or "stinger"--a sports injury that occurs when you stretch your head and neck away from your shoulder, causing an electric shock sensation and even weakness running down your arm.

      Bursitis
      Carpal tunnel syndrome
      De Quervain's tenosynovitis

      Intersection syndrome--a painful condition affecting your forearm and wrist caused by repetitive wrist movements.

      Postherpetic neuralgia
      Repetitive strain injuries
      Sprains and strains
      Tendinitis
      Thoracic outlet syndrome.

      Most other types of arm pain will get better on their own, especially if you start P.R.I.C.E. measures within 48 hours of your injury. Otherwise, acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may be taking if you feel significant pain until you see a doctor.
      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    What did I do to my arm?
    Last week I fell on my right arm, the day it happened it was swollen so much that I couldn’t move my elbow. I was scared it was broken or partially dislocated. After the swelling went down and I gained full range of motion with it, my wrist still hurt. I can’t support my body with it, I can swim with it, but I can’t do starts. I had time trials today and when I did starts my wrist went to hell, I had to simply let it go limp as I dove in. There is still lots of bruising on the inside of my elbow where the majority of the impact was. But when I either hit, hold, throw, push or rotate my wrist not only does the wrist itself hurt a ton, pain shoots up my whole forearm to my elbow as well. My tendons have been aching this past weekend with me straining them or anything. I have no clue what’s up with it, I know it doesn’t require a doctor, it only hurts to move or rotate in certain ways, it doesn’t hurt to touch, so there is no problem with the bone itself.
    Alright, well I'm just gonna swim on it for another day, rest up during the holiday and if it's not good to go then I'll see a doctor. I don't want them to slap a cast or brace on it, I'm not missing practice because of some BS like that. We're trying to take state this year, and I'm not gong to let a fracture get in the way. I'm too stubborn anyways.
    http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o125/BK_Broiler8/1125082000.jpg

    picture of the elbow bruise, quite faded but still visible.

    • ANSWER:
      Sweetie..u do require a doctor..

      The elbow and wrist are supplied by the same nerves or at least branches coming from the same nerve..So if u hurt ur elbow..anything below it can be affected..And there's this particular nerve (ulna nerve) that is not too deep in the skin and can be easily felt..that's why something ppl get the painful radiating sensation on the entire forearm when the elbow is knocked on a hard surface..

      At this moment..because u say it hurts to move it a certain way..it really may be the bone...it may be slightly displaced or fractured so its impinging(pressing onto) the nerve there which also causes the wrist to be affected since like i said they have the same nerve supply..

      So far i only mention ulna nerve..but there's also median and radial nerve that also passes the elbow joint and the wrist joint..

      median & ulna supply the palm side of ur hand and forearm..radial nerve supplies the back of ur forearm & hand..

      I got a feeling its either ur ulna or radial nerve that's causing you the problems..

      A doctor can check out exactly what is wrong with u and help you..Pls do go see one soon..

  25. QUESTION:
    Help with this symptom please? A.S.A.P?
    I am a 17 year old female,
    157cm 7 stone 4
    Healthy n sporty
    I have a come-and-go pain in the upper part of my arm, just up from the elbow crease (the inside bit, closest to the body), all the way up to th start of the armpit, and on the top part of my chest (the bit by the armpit.) the pain varies from a dull ache, to quite bad pain, to nothing.
    Its not a muscular or tendon pain, as i've experienced lots of them before, and iits not specific to any movement.
    Also, its hurts there when i cough.
    Help please? any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say which arm or is it both? Either way it sounds failry unusual so worth getting it checked out.

  26. QUESTION:
    Knees sticking in a bent position?
    Ever since I was young, my knees occasionally lock in a kind of reverse way. Bending them back, for example if I was sitting on my feet, sometimes causes them to lock in that position. I won't notice until I try to straighten them back out, then I have a wrenching pain inside the knee. I have also had an occurance where it happened in my elbow.

    What could that be? Not enough exercise? A vitamin deficiency? Some issue with my tendons or ligaments?

    I went to my doctor but she said there was nothing wrong with them. But obviously there is something that's causing this.

    Any ideas?

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  27. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my wrist/hand? (rsi)?
    Hiya

    I have a problem with my hand, wrist and fingers. I am going to the doctors tommorow (again) about it, but I just wanted to get another opinion beforehand. I went to a doctor before and she said it was nothing I would be fine, blah, blah blah..

    Anyway, I get this stiffness in my hands if I type or use a computer for too long, but the main symptom is in my right hand, middle and the ring finger. Whenever I grip something tightly, my finger kind of doesn't relax quickly after the muscles tighten to grip. If I release my grip slowly, for example over a second or two, it doesn't happen, but If I grip hard then let go instantly, I get that horrible sensation.It feels like a weakness in my fingers, like when you hit your funny bone, but the feeling goes in a few seconds. As I said, it almost seems like the muscles lag to return to relaxed state.

    I don't have much pain, apart from occasional back pain, and pain in the inside of my elbow joint when I fully extend my arm.

    I suspect some sort of rsi, but I really want to get it diagnosed and sorted out. My right hand has become very "clicky", ie, it clicks a lot when I move it about. Also, when you place my other finger just below the base of my right index finger(palm side) then curl the index finger up, you can feel a tendon or something moving beneath, which I cannot feel when I do the same thing with my other hand

    Sorry about the confusing symptoms, I tried my best to explain them haha..
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Your back pain is the easiest of this, it's pinched muscles there. You can free the muscles back up to get rid of that pain and here's how to do that:
      Back:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      The problem in your hand can be due to the tendons in your wrist tightening up which causes pains when the hands have movement in them. Freeing the tendons up will get rid of the pains caused this way and here's how to free them up:
      Wrist:
      With hand resting in front of you with the palm up, bend your wrist as far as you can.. Then press into the area behind the wrist, where they take your pulse, and hold a good amount of pressure on it. After 30 seconds slowly open your wrist up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your wrist open for another 30 seconds. for both- for best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  28. QUESTION:
    Problem with throwing arm in softball. Possible injury!?
    for the past week and a half i have been experiencing pain in my right throwing elbow and lower bicep. I looked up my symptoms and everything led to tendinitis. But now I have been treating this and i still seem to be having other problems. I have noticed that either a tendon or a muscle on the outer side of the elbow leading into my bicep is much more tense than in my left elbow. The pain used to be just below my elbow now it has risen up to a higher area. it is both on the inside and outside of the elbow. Im planning on seeing my doctor/trainer on this soon, but does anybody else have any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      tendon ligament damage ?

  29. QUESTION:
    What could this be? Should I be worried?
    Last season I played softball, like I have been for the past 12 years. Last season I got what my dad and I though was tendonitis. My arm hurt so bad I could hardly hold the bat. If you hold your rm in front of you face down an follow your thumb straight up is where it hurts (inside elbow) It hurt extremely bad and wouldradiate down my arm to my pinky and ring finger, and I kept playing anyways ( Stupid I know.) After softball ended last May the pain lessened. I would come and go for a while. But it never completely went away. When it does hurt it feels like you can move the tendon and feels like it is swollen (cant see sweling though.) It seems to hppen randomely or hen I use it alot for somehing Today in aerobics we inthe weight room using themachines and it stated t hurt like last softball season, not as bad but it is bugging me!
    The pain feels like I hit my funny bone and I have the constant after aching. And yes the tendon or whatever it is is swollen.
    I am going to the doctor soon. Eve hough im convinced she wont do anything for it since shes not the best doctor! (Coldnt even diagnose a VERY bad ingrown toenail!) BUt my parents love her so oh well...Ill go see what she says
    Ihave read about Ulnar nerve entrapment, does that always cause numbnes in the ring and pinky finger? Or can it just cause pain?
    Any ideas on what this can be? No other symptoms, completely healthy, etc.

    SOrry for the missed letters in this, my keyboard has som issues :)

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an ulnar collateral ligament issue. (UCL).

      This often occurs with golfers, tennis players, and of course baseball and softball.

      The ulnar nerve is in the most vulnerable and compressible position during flexion (when the elbow is bent). This is where you get the 'funny bone' sensation,.. which can persist when it is not in flexion if there is some impingement or entrapment of the ulnar nerve.

      The repetitive motion of batting, and throwing .. specifically with the same dominant arm creates this issue.

      Often this is a multi-faceted problem.. from the soft tissues swelling/inflammation, muscle properties, and even joint capsule position and irregularities. Sometimes compression can occur that is continually aggravated with use.. ie: you compress the Ulnar nerve one day and it is never allowed to fully heal because one doesn't cease the sport for the weeks to months it would take to heal. Instead they continue to play and the acute injury becomes more problematic and over time isn't so easy to 'heal'. What could have healed in a matter of weeks if one had tended to it immediately , now, may take up to a year of cessation of the sport, or in some cases surgical intervention.

      Tendonitis is a very vague term for these types of problems, and generally with anyone who plays a sport for over a decade will have some degree of inflammation of the tendons in the most active limbs. Tendonitis in this example is more of a degenerative condition than an acute problem to be ultimately fixed like a broken bone, etc.

      Alot of what you are feeling when you say "when it does hurt it feels like you can move the tendon... " is a bit of inflammation but also the ulnar and likely brachial nerve branch compression which makes these soft tissues, especially this tendon(s) feel very uncomfortable and like giant tight bands in your arm. In other words you feel alot tighter to yourself than it really is. (Though it is still inflammed) -- Often their is an ethesis process occurring as well, with the attachment at the bone being a bit irritated.

      You are right if you have little faith in your family physician she will likely be of little help.

      For a proper diagnosis of your problem, which is required to get an understanding of the involvement and more importantly how to resolve the issue (treat it).

      The physician will need to do thorough palpation, get a thorough history (ask the right questions),.. and put you through a number of range of motions, checking grip strength etc. Further XRAY, and MRI can be useful if the pain warrants it... MRI moreso than Xray in soft tissue. To determine nerve involvement EMG innvervation/testing is of great value.

      Odds are your family physician will do more 'talking' and not really know what to palpate and check for to determine the best course of action. This isn't an insult, it is just a reality. Very few general physicians are incredibly adept at any one thing.. they are "general" and are best at handling or stabilizing urgent situations, the common cold, chronic illness that is managed with prescriptions and REFERRING people to the best specialist(s) depending on their initial assessment of what is involved.

      In your case, hopefully your physician would refer you to a physical therapist and they would work together. If needed (if serious enough) a surgeon would join the duo.. but this is not likely necessary if the pain isn't excruciating "all the time".

      After it is roughly determined where and what is involved,.. then the appropriate actions/care can be outline by the physical therapist who will have exercises, stretches, ice/heat, combined with any medications from your GP and so on to rehab your arm and very possibly alleviate, over time, the nerve involvement.

      Ulnar nerve entrapment doesn't ALWAYS cause numbness in these fingers -- it can be intermittent , or even as you mention just cause a painful sensation in this general area. Usually there are intermittent times of light tingling, numbness, and pain. The pain generally comes with more use, and the tingling and numbness with positional changes.

      From your description it definitely sounds like some Ulnar nerve involvement which can be tested with physical examinations (by a person who knows what to look for).. and even more specifically with EMG testing.

      Occasionally it can be safely 'assumed' and treated accordingly. Although I personally prefer some basic testing so nothing is missed,.. ie: more of a Lateral Epicondylitis association than UCL.

      There can even be a mixture of Carpal Tunnel with this pain.. or a bit of Carpal tunnel, repetitive stress/motion injury, and inflammatory process from UCL or similar Epicondylitis situations.

  30. QUESTION:
    What could this be? Please answer :) ?
    Last season I played softball, like I have been for the past 12 years. Last season I got what my dad and I though was tendonitis. My arm hurt so bad I could hardly hold the bat. If you hold your rm in front of you face down an follow your thumb straight up is where it hurts (inside elbow) It hurt extremely bad and wouldradiate down my arm to my pinky and ring finger, and I kept playing anyways ( Stupid I know.) After softball ended last May the pain lessened. I would come and go for a while. But it never completely went away. When it does hurt it feels like you can move the tendon and feels like it is swollen (cant see sweling though.) It seems to hppen randomely or hen I use it alot for somehing Today in aerobics we inthe weight room using themachines and it stated t hurt like last softball season, not as bad but it is bugging me!
    The pain feels like I hit my funny bone and I have the constant after aching. And yes the ndon or whatever it is is swollen.
    I am going to the doctor soon. Eve hough im convinced she wont do anything for it since shes not the best doctor! (Coldnt even diagnose a VERY bad ingrown toenail!) BUt my parents love her so oh well...Ill go see what she says
    Ihave read about Ulnar nerve entrapment, does that always cause numbnes in the ring and pinky finger? Or can it just cause pain?
    Any ideas on what this can be? No other symptoms, completely healthy, etc.

    SOrry for the missed letters in this, my keyboard has som issues :)

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    please answer! What could this be?
    Last season I played softball, like I have been for the past 12 years. Last season I got what my dad and I though was tendonitis. My arm hurt so bad I could hardly hold the bat. If you hold your rm in front of you face down an follow your thumb straight up is where it hurts (inside elbow) It hurt extremely bad and wouldradiate down my arm to my pinky and ring finger, and I kept playing anyways ( Stupid I know.) After softball ended last May the pain lessened. I would come and go for a while. But it never completely went away. When it does hurt it feels like you can move the tendon and feels like it is swollen (cant see sweling though.) It seems to hppen randomely or hen I use it alot for somehing Today in aerobics we inthe weight room using themachines and it stated t hurt like last softball season, not as bad but it is bugging me!
    The pain feels like I hit my funny bone and I have the constant after aching. And yes the ndon or whatever it is is swollen.
    I am going to the doctor soon. Eve hough im convinced she wont do anything for it since shes not the best doctor! (Coldnt even diagnose a VERY bad ingrown toenail!) BUt my parents love her so oh well...Ill go see what she says
    Ihave read about Ulnar nerve entrapment, does that always cause numbnes in the ring and pinky finger? Or can it just cause pain?
    Any ideas on what this can be? No other symptoms, completely healthy, etc.

    SOrry for the missed letters in this, my keyboard has som issues :)

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely need to see the doctor. There are a number of problems that can cause elbow pain. Some of them include:

      Lateral Epicondylitis - tennis elbow, symptoms being pain over the outside of the joint and difficulty gripping objects, and you don't have to be a tennis player.

      Medial Epicondylitis - golfer's elbow, causes discomfort around the inner side of the joint, and not just golfers.

      Olecranon Bursitis is most common behind the elbow joint, swelling and tenderness behind the joint over the bony prominence called the olecranon. Infections of the bursa can complicate the treatment.

      Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons that surround the joint, often biceps tendonitis (in front of the joint) and triceps tendonitis (in the back of the joint).

      Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there is compression of the ulnar nerve as is wraps around the inside of the joint causing elbow pain, or shooting pains along the forearm and numbness and tingling of the fingers.

      Radial Tunnel Syndrome is an uncommon condition that causes nerve compression of the radial nerve, often found in people who have lateral epicondylitis, but do not improve.

      The treatment of elbow pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Not all treatments are appropriate for every condition, but may be helpful in your situation.

      Rest: The first treatment for many common conditions that cause elbow pain is to rest the joint, and allow the acute inflammation to subside. It is important, however, to use caution when resting the joint, because prolonged immobilization can cause a stiff joint.

      Ice packs and heat pads are among the most commonly used treatments for elbow pain.

      Stretching the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with some causes of elbow pain.

      Physical therapy is an important aspect of treatment of almost all orthopedic conditions to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return pre-injury level of activity.

      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, especially for elbow pain caused by problems such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.

      Cortisone injectionn are powerful medications that treat inflammation, common problem with elbow pain. Discuss with your doctor the possible benefits of a cortisone injection for your elbow pain condition.

      Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery is a surgical treatment for relief of some types of symptoms. While not useful for all causes of elbow pain, arthroscopic surgery is a treatment option for several common conditions.

      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/elbowconditions/a/elbowpain.htm
      http://www.medicinenet.com/elbow_pain/article.htm

  32. QUESTION:
    what could this be? Please answer :) ?
    Last season I played softball, like I have been for the past 12 years. Last season I got what my dad and I though was tendonitis. My arm hurt so bad I could hardly hold the bat. If you hold your rm in front of you face down an follow your thumb straight up is where it hurts (inside elbow) It hurt extremely bad and wouldradiate down my arm to my pinky and ring finger, and I kept playing anyways ( Stupid I know.) After softball ended last May the pain lessened. I would come and go for a while. But it never completely went away. When it does hurt it feels like you can move the tendon and feels like it is swollen (cant see sweling though.) It seems to hppen randomely or hen I use it alot for somehing Today in aerobics we inthe weight room using themachines and it stated t hurt like last softball season, not as bad but it is bugging me!
    The pain feels like I hit my funny bone and I have the constant after aching. And yes the ndon or whatever it is is swollen.
    I am going to the doctor soon. Eve hough im convinced she wont do anything for it since shes not the best doctor! (Coldnt even diagnose a VERY bad ingrown toenail!) BUt my parents love her so oh well...Ill go see what she says
    Ihave read about Ulnar nerve entrapment, does that always cause numbnes in the ring and pinky finger? Or can it just cause pain?
    Any ideas on what this can be? No other symptoms, completely healthy, etc.

    SOrry for the missed letters in this, my keyboard has som issues :)

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like tendonitis to me. Ask if you can go to another doctor but an orthopedist would probably be the best. In the mean time, just use ice and take a break from softball. Good luck :)

  33. QUESTION:
    Am I Traumatized? Have I been for a While?
    ok...Where do I start? When I was in prep, about six or seven, my brother had a motorbike accident. We were riding around the farm when he apparently hit a rabbit hole (he was riding behind his mate who he had over that day, they also brought his sister, Chelsea, and he (my brother) was not wearing any goggles.) Apparently he thought this dude (I cannot remember his name) was me (we had two motorbikes). He got grass in his eye from his friend in front of me and... well, we don't know what happed but he supposedly hit that rabbit hole and...well...It ended up looking like this, except at the inside of the elbow joint and through the main artery. (NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH):
    http://www.alamy.com/thumbs/6/%7B463C3214-D7FB-4109-9873-D02152479981%7D/A790XT.jpg
    So yes, the bone came out of his inner left elbow, piercing the artery. This dick (excuse my language but I had a real go at him at the time) was riding his motorbike for the first time and we were on 91 acres so it was the only time he could (his motorbike being a third) so he decided he would walk him back instead of dinking him (%&%^$@&%^&*%&*)(&^#@%#$#^%$(&) SO, I got a feeling and hopped on my motorbike, and did a lap. I found both the bikes tumbled, and to prevent the engine flooding I lifted them up. For some reason I thought They had abandoned their bikes to "adventure" through the forest. They, in the distance, saw me and began waving and screaming and yelling. I ditched their bikes and rode up to them. He was (literally) half soaked on one side, and to avoid detail, lets just say it wasn't water. I had a quick... one way preppy style scream/argument with the coward... ok I am being byist here but lets face it I think he was a wimp. And... this is sort of helping me get out pent up anger at him lol :P ok...that wasnt really what i was fealing but yeah you know, back to it.
    with the coward and got my bro on my bike behind me. I rode back fast and I still have a scar on my arm where he pinched me and told me to slow down from pain (it was a grass mown path). By the time we got to the shed we were both soaking like we had jumped fully dressed into the ocean, but, like before, this was not water.
    I told him what he and the @*&%# had told me...well, differant perspective, but still: "My arm;s hanging on by a thread" and from what I saw, only a few tendons were. but I cannot remember that very clearly since I am now turning 14 in two weeks, and I never saw that much of it.
    Mum screamed and snatched him off..paniked but gentle... amagine what you would do its hard to describe. As she usually does when shes scaired, she yelled at me. Dad came and calmed her down, told me I did the right thing, and ran inside to grab the mobile and two towls: one for underneath him, the other to cover up his injury, like a blanket. Dad called 000 (911 or whatever you want to call it) and the ambulance came. Then another... Then a helecopter. but somewhere the **** and his dad and sister dissapeared. I seem to remember the dad leading Chelsea away, on the other side of the shed. I never saw the other kid return but he must have. (Sorry this is taking so long). All the ambulance people were telling me "you're such a brave girl" and shit, but.. .I dont get it. I can see their point of veiw but... I did what I had to. Whats saying "OMG OMG OMG!!!" and going into a fit gonna do? I just dug down and "took it" ya know? anyway, I wanted to go with him an mum in the copter to the royal childrens but there wasnt room. I also asked to see the wound when I brought him back and mum sat by him, lying sandwiched in orange towels. (i remember some time after this dad took me and my bro back to the bin where we had thrown the towels and the clothes, and it STUNK. and it was mouldy. thats how much...blood there was. I'm not squeemish, but i don't want to gross people out.) when Mum refused, I couldn't handle the brave front anymore. I nodded, and ran into the shed and up the stairs into the corner and sat myself into a ball and cried and cried, rocking back and forth..I think. I don't know how much time later but I came back down before the helicopter landed. Chelsea somehow found me, and hugged me and talked to me. She was one or two years older than me. She was so nice... I never saw her or her family after that year. But anyway. My Dad had to go to the hospital after mum flew away with my brother and they sent me home to Chelsea's place. I couldn't sleep at all that night, staying up watching cartoons till midnight, when Chelsea left to go to bed, then I eventually went to bed as well. I woke up at 3 or 5 am, and went to the toilet, where Chelsies older sister saw me and invited me to watch cartoons in her bed with her until everyone else was up. the cartoons were pretty crap but she was so friendly. I couldn't even eat my Vegemite toast that morning, so I had a fizzy drink. I am running ou
    I went to the hospital where he was still in theatre, so I was worried he was about to die. He came out and…. Well Morphine is not (also, he was 8) something that puts people in good moods. I saved his life. The walk would have drained all the blood from his body, and if not death his arm would have had to be amputated.
    Before that I was slim, and the rest of my life I am.. tubby (though I am size 10 now thanks to exersize and healthy eating) but I comfort eat and have my whole life. Before that, teachers used to have to force me to eat..but now pfft I eat enough thankyou! I never show my feelings to my friends and most of the time feel like crying or sad with a type of numbness, despite how I laugh and joke and smile with my friends. I do not understand how I am unable to show the world my true feelings.
    Any way, I am now 14, last year my dog was bitten by a snake. I, again, found him, and the snake (brown snake) and got dad and the shovel (for the snakes head… ) and took him to t

    • ANSWER:
      Yes

  34. QUESTION:
    Tingling burn in forearm up to wrist when extending arm out flat?
    Thursday I did an activity I don't normally do, I powerwashed the bottom of 8 pontoon boats with a commercial powerwasher, Just the trigger in my right hand for the most part. Well when friday came I began to notice this pain. I was reaching for something, moved my wrist, and it felt like a tingle went up my arm and then it was like a burn, and i mean a BURN, hard to cope with. Anytime I go to reach for something with my right arm it huts like HELL, today is monday and no it isn't better. Any thoughts on what the heck i did? If I put pressure on the inside of my arm right at my elbow on that tendon there, i guess its a tendon, I can feel the tingle/burn right at my wrist
    leaving for the doctors now..
    Doctor says my tendon is inflammed + tendonitus

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    bicep injury?
    i just noticed what feels like a tear on the inside part of my right bicep. it's kinda by where the tendon goes into your elbow, there isn't any pain right now, i noticed it after i did some pull ups. it's like there's a separation; it's not a solid sheet of muscle or whatever on top. so could u maybe tell me what it could be and if i should get it checked out.

    • ANSWER:
      Arm Injuries or bicep:
      The ligaments of the wrist, shoulder, and elbow joints may be stretched (strained) or partially torn (sprained), but complete tears are rare. Fractures may occur at the wrist, are less frequent around the elbow, and are uncommon around the shoulder. Injuries often occur during a fall, when the weight of the body is caught on the outstretched arm.
      Heat can be applied after 24 hours. The injured joint should be usable with little pain within 24 hours and should be almost normal by 72 hours. If not, see the doctor.Complete healing takes from four to six weeks, and activities with a likelihood of reinjury should be avoided during this time and good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    What do I have PLEASE HELP?
    For a while now I've been experiencing pain and numbness in my right hand. Until recently the only thing that would happen was that I would go numb from my hand (although not my fingers) up to my elbow. Now I experience pain, but it's very particuliar.
    I only experience pain when I use or have a tight grip with my index finger. I also experience pain when I apply pressure at the tip of it. The pain of extends from my index finger to just after my wrist. The appears to be comming from a 'string like' thing in the palm of my under my index finger next to my thumb. (I'm guessing a nerve or tendon) which connects to my index finger.

    It's really uncomfortable and often times 2 aspirins doesn't take all the pain away. Sometimes it's so unbearable that inside I almost suffer from panic attacks and lose some sleep because of it!
    I'm 16. It's really stresses me out too!

    • ANSWER:
      Carpal tunnel syndrome.

      No matter what, you should get checked out by a doctor.

  37. QUESTION:
    could this be another symptom of fibromyalgia?
    haven't been officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, partly because i don't have health insurance and have been unable to afford a doctor visit and partly because i'm afraid that yet another doctor will tell me it's all in my head. for years i thought it was, until i really started reading up on FM. so far just about every symptom i've been experiencing correlates to the disease, and most of the symptoms if the disease are what i'm dealing with.
    one thing i haven't seen on the websites yet is another symptom i commonly suffer. i will have a swollen and painful area appear in random areas of my body, sometimes on the top of my hand just above the wrist, sometimes my shoulder, ankle, knee, neck, hips etc...
    this is not joint pain, the swelling is usually cool to the touch and soft, and hurts inside as well as out. for example if it's on the top of my hand, the swollen area hurts as though bruised and the tendons also hurt, to move my hand or fingers and so on.
    it gets so painful that it makes normal activities unbearable and it's so random and sudden, and i have seen it hurt in my shoulder one day and travel (so to speak) to my elbow, my wrist, my fingers before finally going away. am i crazy? is this another symptom of the fibro?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    is this another symptom of fibromyalgia?
    i haven't been officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, partly because i don't have health insurance and have been unable to afford a doctor visit and partly because i'm afraid that yet another doctor will tell me it's all in my head. for years i thought it was, until i really started reading up on FM. so far just about every symptom i've been experiencing correlates to the disease, and most of the symptoms if the disease are what i'm dealing with.
    one thing i haven't seen on the websites yet is another symptom i commonly suffer. i will have a swollen and painful area appear in random areas of my body, sometimes on the top of my hand just above the wrist, sometimes my shoulder, ankle, knee, neck, hips etc...
    this is not joint pain, the swelling is usually cool to the touch and soft, and hurts inside as well as out. for example if it's on the top of my hand, the swollen area hurts as though bruised and the tendons also hurt, to move my hand or fingers and so on.
    it gets so painful that it makes normal activities unbearable and it's so random and sudden, and i have seen it hurt in my shoulder one day and travel (so to speak) to my elbow, my wrist, my fingers before finally going away. am i crazy? is this another symptom of the fibro?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Medical Question- Involving twitch/shakes/tingling?
    I hope I can explain this properly--

    Lately I have been getting these feelings of tingling (like a twitch at times, then other times it feels like when a body part has fallen asleep, and still-another time, it has felt like a shakyness or pain type of spasm.

    This morning, after I had finished my coffee I noticed the twitch affect right under my nose,but above my lip. It lasted a good 30 seconds.

    This evening, I had the pain (shaky one) above my elbow and below it where it felt like an extreme pain and when I stretched out my arm, my arm was quite shaky.. Trying to tense up my arm and hand just made everything shake, and was quite freaky.

    Is there something wrong with me? All I can think of is that I've had more liquids than solid food and ive been very stressed. Both of my feet have pulled tendons at the moment so I've been walking on the insides (kinda like a penguin) and have had a miserable few days..

    Its just that this new shakyness/tingling/numb thing is kinda freaking me out.

    Please dont suggest seeing a doctor because I am in europe at the moment and it is too expensive to see a doctor (plus a ways away) and i wont be back in the states until december.

    forgot to mention I dont just get shaky in the face or arms/legs but also chest (around sternum and heart) is shaky quite often and I get the same feeling in my knees.)

    • ANSWER:
      well twitching of body parts is a sign of stress and so are pains in nerves.

      you need to really relax.... go somewhere quiet and take deep breaths whenever you feel stressed out.

      Try eating more solid foods...

      You could have an anxiety disorder and the only way to deal with it without going to the doctor immediately is breathe, dont drink a ton of caffeine and make sure you're eating a healthy diet.

      Hope this helps... I think you'll be ok. Alot of what you have, I have experienced before. Im a very high stress person.

      Also, try sleeping more. That always helps.

      :)

  40. QUESTION:
    arm wrestling accident? ?
    so I was arm wrestling my quite larger buddy and he pretty much man handled me and i heard a popping noise (in what I thought was my elbow) when he got my arm back. Theres some small pain i can now feel when I squeeze my index finger and thumb together and when I torque my arm in certain ways. Its on the inside of the lower part of my forearm. Maybe a tendon got tweaked? Is this a frequently heard of injury??

    • ANSWER:
      Serious injuries would leave you unable to do things that you could do before. Make a fist, straighten your hand out, move your thumb around, move your wrist around.

      If you can do everything then it is most likely a pull or strain. Most strains feel their worst 3 days after the injury and slowly improve.

      If you are unable to move normally or the pain does not improve I would see an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in hand surgery.

      RICE Rest, Ice for 72 hours, Compression with an ace wrap, and Elevate the arm above your heart

  41. QUESTION:
    What do I have PLEASE HELP?
    For a while now I've been experiencing pain and numbness in my right hand. Until recently the only thing that would happen was that I would go numb from my hand (although not my fingers) up to my elbow. Now I experience pain, but it's very particuliar.
    I only experience pain when I use or have a tight grip with my index finger. I also experience pain when I apply pressure at the tip of it. The pain of extends from my index finger to just after my wrist. The appears to be comming from a 'string like' thing in the palm of my under my index finger next to my thumb. (I'm guessing a nerve or tendon) which connects to my index finger.

    It's really uncomfortable and often times 2 aspirins doesn't take all the pain away. Sometimes it's so unbearable that inside I almost suffer from panic attacks and lose some sleep because of it!
    I'm 16. It's really stresses me out too! I have tendonitis in my other hand but it feels nothing like it!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds as if you could have carpal tunnel syndrome. You should see your doctor about it. If he/she thinks so too you can get a Nerve Conduction test done to confirm it. If it is confirmed treatment can be physical therapy or surgery if it's bad enough. My husband had this surgery and it wasn't too bad for him. I had what is like carpal tunnel but it affected the other nerve in the arm and I had to have surgery on the inside of my elbow. The incision is a lot bigger (about 7 inches) and my healing time was much longer. He says he is glad that he only had to have the surgery he had and not mine. :)


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