Tennis elbow now
Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:45 PM
I'm feeling very frustrated; I'm already having hydro therapy for my right shoulder which is very painful and stiff and now my left elbow is painful; at the moment it's just one thing after another.
Does anyone else have these problems?
Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:19 AM
Sorry to read that your elbow and shoulder are painful; I do sympathise, constant pain can be very wearing!
Scleroderma has caused my joints to be very painful but I've thankfully never actually suffered with tennis elbow so can't advise from my own experience. It's possible that this condition may be unrelated to Sclero; I know how easy it is to assume that every medical problem is caused by the disease.
I would suggest that if the pain persists you should visit your doctor (if you're not happy with the one you're seeing perhaps you could consult another in the practice?) She might be able to prescribe something that would relieve the pain you're experiencing or maybe arrange for you to have hydro therapy on your elbow as well.
Do please let us know how you get on.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:23 AM
I know how you feel when it is just one thing after the other. It seems just as you come to terms with one thing something else raises it's head and you get to feeling like "can anything else possibly happen to me?"
I, too, have a stiff frozen shoulder but have not had tennis elbow; however I did once have cellulitis in my wrist that just seemed to flare up from nowhere. I have come to the conclusion now as like you, I have a long list of problems and have tried to give up figuring out why and try to look at it as just another one to deal with. Let's get this one nursed and dealt with and hopefully one day there will stop being so many hiccups (as I call them) on this journey; maybe just a few regular ones that come and go.
Take care of yourself and hope you get some relief soon.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 03:59 AM
Sorry to hear about the elbow, it is quite literally a pain. I can fully sympathise with you as I suffered with the same problem last year, only I had golfers and tennis elbow at the same time. I was prescribed a gel to rub in, which in my case did very little to ease the situation, but may be I just wasn't using it enough. You can buy supports from sports shops specifically for tennis elbow and this did in fact help.
I will say it took several months before it was completely better and in my case the general practitioner did chalk it up to scleroderma, but these days he seems to be chalking everything up to it!! I have had a very painful hand and wrist for several weeks now and apparently so, the culprit is again the S word. I can't help feeling I might have a slight fracture as the pain feels different to anything else I have had, but I'm not the doctor here, if it doesn't start to ease soon, I may just have to go back and make a thorough nuisance of myself.
Hope you find some relief soon.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:15 AM
Yes, I've got tennis elbow. I also get swelling on my elbow from it. I tried laser, waste of time and money though...didn't find out till later that they say the results are poor, hence not good anyway? Oh well, too late I tried it.
Yes, anybody can get tennis elbow for sure. I know several people with it or that had it and are not sick with any other illness.
My traditional doctor has advised me to put painful pressure on the muscles...ugh this is so hard to describe for you. I hope you know what I'm trying to say. I have my husband rub very hard with circular pressure on the muscles in my forearm and behind my elbow about 4-6 inches up, if you put your opposite hand opened wide above your elbow on your sore arm you should be in the right area (in those muscles, sorry I have no idea if those muscles even have a name?). You also need to work the muscles all the way down to your hand to loosen the muscles up. I might add you need your arm relaxed during this lovely ride. This would be extremely difficult to do to yourself...you'll need someone to help you if you try it. He says I should be doing this for 10 minutes a day (however, I warn you it's rough on your helpers thumbs to keep lots of pressure on, so we only do a few minutes per time , but it seriously is hard to keep that amount of pressure going for both of us = it does hurt). It will also be sore for a couple of days after doing this. He says I should have improvement in about 1 week or a little more if I do this consistently.
Good luck with whatever you try.
Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:54 AM
Your post caught my eye because, two weeks ago, I was in the doctor's office complaining of a very sore elbow that was getting progressively worse. I *told* her MY diagnosed of RA (Dad had that) or Gout (mom has that). Turns out, after an X-ray, I have a bone spur developing in my elbow. Bone spurs are calcium growths and Sclero patients may have calcinosis. Perhaps, there's a connection? Did you have an X-ray? Just curious.
Take care, Everyone.