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#1 bookworm

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 11:26 AM

I have an elbow sore that it so painful right now and nothing seems to help it. I have read and read on this site and others, but I’m not eve sure what it is.

I have CREST and this elbow sore reminds me of my digital ulcers, which have been well controlled since I started on Cialis. From looking at pictures, I think my elbow also looks much like the pictures of calcium deposits. Then recently, on this site, I also followed a link to “elbow tip pain” which also sounded like what I have. This elbow has had a visible spot on it for over five years. In the beginning, it was so sore I couldn’t extend my arm at all. I saw an orthopedic specialist for weeks and he tried all sorts of things, which didn’t work. Then my rheumatologist sent me to a plastic surgeon who prescribed a cream which helped more than the other things I’d been trying, but didn’t actually seem to heal the thing. But, gradually it did get enough better that it wasn’t bothering me and I could extend my arm.

Over the years, it has flared up and been awfully sore at times, but right now is the worst it has been since the original episode.

I have an appointment next Monday with my rheumatologist, but, frankly, I don’t hold out much hope for her curing this! No one seems to know what to do.

Suggestions, anyone?

Mary in Texas



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Posted 05 January 2010 - 02:37 PM

Hi Mary,

I'm sorry your elbow is such a chronic thing and I hope your rheumatologist can get to the bottom of it.

Of course, I'm not a doctor (I have no medical training at all) and I don't even want to play one on TV, but I think another possibility you might consider looking at would be a rheumatoid nodule, that sometimes ulcerates. You can do a google search for "rheumatoid nodule on elbow". They can occur with rheumatic diseases (like scleroderma).

Will you let us know what you find out?
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 02:40 PM

I know even less Mary...but want to wish you good luck with it and your appointment next week...I also hope you let us know how it goes.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:00 PM

Thanks Shelley! I am about to try to find "rheumatoid nodule on elbow" on the internet. It will at least give me something new to mention to my doctor!

Snowbird, thanks for the good luck wishes! They are appreciated!

Mary in Texas

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 07:10 PM

Hi Mary,

I am sorry to hear about your pain. I too have a sore on my right elbow. It started with my left, which hasn't completely healed but it doesn't hurt anymore. A few weeks ago the same occurred with the right. It's hard to sleep, eat, brush my teeth...everything, especially since I'm right handed. I would be interested in hearing what your doctor says. My dermatologist prescribed a cream..bactriban.

Good luck,
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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:07 PM

Thanks Joelle.

It's good to know I'm not the ony one with this elbow pain. I think Bactriban is a really strong antibiotic. Right? Let me know if it works!

I have taken a round of oral antibiotics -- some sulfer drug. It did knock back some swelling and redness, but the sore itself remained. I also have trouble brushing my teeth, my hair and lots of other things, since I, too, am right handed.

I will let you know what the doctor says Monday.

Mary in Texas

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:12 PM

Hi Mary,

Good to see you post again but sorry about your elbow - ouch! Best of luck with this!!!

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 04:55 AM

Hi Mary,
I too have been suffering with elbow pain. One night I was experiencing severe pain and was up all night. I couldn't even imagine what it could be. I finally dragged myself out of bed at 5 am. I slowly and gently pulled up my pajama sleeve to find my elbow bright red with a lump the size of a golf ball on it. I went to the dr who then referred me to an ortho. He drained it and put me on an antibiotic. After a day of pain, the redness started to spread down my arm and around to the inside as well as the swelling. When I again looked in the mirror I found the spot of entry for the infection. There had been a tiny spot of dry skin that must have lifted because my elbow was now draining from that spot. I couldn't move my arm, put any pressure on it, even my sleeve would cause excruciating pain. After two rounds of antibiotics, it is still not back to "normal", whatever that is! It is still red and there is still fluid in it. Even now it still hurts to put any pressure on it.

Please let us know how your appointment goes! I am very curious!!

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:44 AM

Hi Lisa,
That sounds just like my elbow. I have been putting a bandage on it with one of three things on the bandage: sulfasilverdine cream, a good ointment, or honey. The honey is supposed to draw and it does. Still, this just goes on and on.

I am so eager to get to the doctor tomorrow, but I have a sinking feeling that it will do no good. As for draining it, I'm not letting anyone touch it! I had a doctor advise me that, with sclero, I need to be very cautious about having surgeries, biopsies drainings and so on because I don't heal well. At the time of his advice, three other doctors were urging me to have surgery to amputate my left index finger since it had gangrene. Thank goodness I didn't allow the surgery! The finger healed and even grew a new fingernail! (Okay, so it doesn't look quite normal -- at least it's mine!)

My personal theory, based on my reading, is that this starts with a dry patch so from now on I am going to really lubricate my hands and elbows. I've been sleeping with gloves on my hands, which are covered with the good ointment (it's petroleum jelly based with some added ingredients). You mentioned that your sore seems to be draining from a dry patch, so maybe lubricants of some sort would help prevent this in the future. I don't know! If you find something that works well, please let me know!



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Posted 10 January 2010 - 11:48 AM

Shelley,
I did look up rheumatoid nodule on elbow. There was one picture that reminded me a ittle of my sore, but most of the other pictures I looked at looked far worse than mine!!!!

Mine actually doesn't look bad! But it is, believe me! So I don't believe mine is a rheumatoid nodule, but I do intend to mention that name to my doctor tomorrow.

Thanks,

Mary in Texas