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Mitchy  (Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 8:42 PM


I remember someone posting about tennis elbo or some thing to that effect, ANY remedies besides doctor please post!! it hurts bad. im not trying to go see my doc why? because my last visit she said i had a heart mur-mur and scheduled ekg and lab work which i did not get the ekg i guess i am so afraid to learn whats wrong with me. alot of my symptoms have got me thinking cancer or my hypothyroidism has progressed for the worst I cant explain to you right now why im not trying to find out whats wrong --so please anything that will make my elbo quit hurting i thank you for that!

Michelle aka Mitchy

M48ortal  (Level: 248.4 - Posts: 3735)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 9:17 PM

Advil internally. Ben-Gay or other thermal ointment externally (Don't reverse these). Or soak it in water as hot as you can stand, apply an Ace bandage or elbow brace and immobilize it as much as possible.

Then go to a doctor and don't listen to people like me who don't know a darn thing except what has worked for us at home.

Good luck. Hope you feel better soon.

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 9:25 PM

I've have the same problem but it is now in every joint. Can't take anything but tylenol because of losing my right kidney to cancer. But my mother-in-law told us about a really good rub on it is called Biofreeze, we get ours at the chiropractor, here in southern Indiana some pharmacies also carry it. Hope this will help. charlotte

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 9:31 PM

I found releif with the tennis elbow braces. You wear it just below the elbow. I had the kind that had the little cushion of air in a pillow in it. I had to go to physical therapy to get rid of it in the long run. Strengthen the muscle/tendon by holding a can of vegetables or fruit palm up and lift using the wrist only. It strengthens that tendon which is what is hurting. Anti-inflammatory OTC's are good too. A prescribed one is even better. If warmth and rest don't work, you really must see a doc. You could make it worse. Good luck!

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 9:46 PM

I second the last person who begged you to go to the doctor. No need for shame on the is your body. But you need to go because what you are scared of is probably way worse than the reality! And while waiting to see him/her, try that biofreeze. It gave me real relief of what turned out to be Lyme just works on the symptoms.
By the way, hope you've only been in Texas....If you spent time recently on the east coast, especially mid or north, do mention that to your doc because of Lyme.

By the way, I had an EKG last month...a modern EKG takes about 3 minutes! Totally not a thing. No xrays, nothing.
ps call the doc tomorrow!

Jerrys  (Level: 188.4 - Posts: 334)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 10:01 PM

Michelle, I understand your fears, but I also agree with others - PLEASE - see a doctor!

Right now you're worrying yourself to death. It might be nothing - in which case the doctor can ease your mind.

Of course, there is a (very) slim chance there might be something there - but if there is, it's not going to just go away. And the sooner your doctor is involved, but better off you will be.

And BTW - a heart murmur isn't that bad. Many just need watching (I have a cat like that - it's congenital, and she's now 7 years old and in great health). A few need to be successfully treated with drugs. Only occasionally is surgery required, and nowadays it's a pretty routine procedure.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 23rd Apr '10 10:17 PM

This is going to sound pretty funky, but it's cheep and works like magic for pain. I have Fibromyalgia and have lots of these at home. Here goes: Fill a long tube sock, preferably clean or new(LOL), with long grain rice. NEVER Minute Rice! Put the sock filled with the rice in the microwave for about 3 minutes, depending how powerful your microwave is, but heat up the sock pretty hot and for a while, wrap it in a small towel and put it on your elbow and whereevere else may hurt. As you feel it getting cooler, all you have to do is unwrap it out of the towel, shake the rice in the sock around, and it gets hotter again if you still want to use it. The rice sock can be formed around the pain areas, unlike hot water bottles and is better heat than a heating pad because the rice is moist heat.
I have done this for years, and now you can buy them in Walmart for $30+! The only difference is the price and the design of the "sock". You can make your own for about $2.00.
I hope you give this a try and it works good for you.

Buchanan  (Level: 80.7 - Posts: 339)
Sun, 25th Apr '10 8:34 AM

for all my years of nursing and doing repetitive work with my hands I now have severe arthritis in both thumbs,the Dr.prescribed Cosamine DS for arthritis and it's over the counter med.Don't get the cosamine and condroiten just the cosamine ds.buchanan

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sun, 25th Apr '10 9:34 AM


Are you also having trouble gripping or lifting? I have epicondylitis and my elbow and forearm are both affected. When I was first diagnosed I had to wear this half-cast thing (a real bummer since I'm right-handed). When that didn't help I ended up seeing a surgeon. He gave me this black arm band that I wear about 1 1/2 inches below my elbow. It has a kidney-shaped bump on the inside that presses on some muscle. Believe it or not, it actually helps. The other thing I end up wearing is a wrist brace at night.

Surgery is usually the very last option, as it's risky. My symptoms went away for a long time, but are back right now. Basically it's an over-use syndrome. If you want more info I can PM you with some suggestions.

You should see a doctor for all of your issues. Early medical intervention can prevent future disasters.



Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sun, 25th Apr '10 5:31 PM

I take Advil and it helps some, Please go to the Doctor and get checked out, if it is something they can catch it early,and if it isn't it's was better safe then sorry

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 25th Apr '10 9:35 PM

Mitchy, I just looked at your tech! You should not be frightened to go to a doctor about your elbow....not with your high risk job. As a retired programmer I can tell you there's a good chance of a simple and non-scary diagnosis of repetitive syndrome of some sort! But there are different injuries with differing treatments, so you really need a doc.
Hope you've already gone.

Jeannette  (Level: 109.9 - Posts: 1736)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 2:52 AM

you get to the docs ms mitchy the elbow could be a repetative strain .

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 3:10 AM

Just go to the doctor, pulllllleeeeeze!!!

Nuff said.

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 26th Apr '10 6:28 PM

So, did you go to the doctor today???

Collioure  (Level: 102.8 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 27th Apr '10 2:00 PM

Just in case I wasn't clear yesterday,

Please Go to the Doctor

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 27th Apr '10 9:23 PM

You mentioned in passing that you have hypothyroidism. If that isn't a typo, are you taking meds for it? Because hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) can cause murmurs, see
In other words, you might just need your meds adjusted.
Let us know what the doc says, we're worried about you.

Mitchy  (Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Wed, 9th Jun '10 9:47 PM

Thank everyone for your posts! UPDATE! I got a Cortisone Steroid shot in my elbow today. about 2 weeks ago i got a Steroid shot in my booty but it didn't work so hopefully this one does! Also had my follow up for my B.P. Suprisingly it was 120/80....YAY!!!!!!!!!! I am taking Lisinopril and Hydrochlorothiazide for high blood pressure and its working great!
For those of you who didnt know I was in the hospital because my BP was severely high 208/197 and they had a hard time getting it down. Also my heart is enlarged resulting from high blood pressure. today everything looks good. Thanx again yall for being there, means alot to me.
Luv, Michelle aka Mitchy

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 9th Jun '10 11:06 PM

That's great news, Mitchy! Thanks for the update.

Headylamar  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 740)
Thu, 10th Jun '10 12:43 AM

Glad to hear that your bp seems to be under control! Sure hope that elbow injection gives you some relief!
Be well kiddo!

Mymaria  (Level: 127.9 - Posts: 676)
Thu, 10th Jun '10 12:48 AM

I feel really bad, cos I didn't even know about your elbow til tonight Some friend huh........However, I did know about the other, and I am excited to know you have things under control for now. I will still keep you in my prayers. I also hope the cortisone shot works well for your elbow. There's nothing worse than lasting pain that never seems to let up, no matter what you take for it, or apply to it . So I'm wishing you all the success possible with the shot, my friend.

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.1 - Posts: 6037)
Thu, 10th Jun '10 9:47 AM

So glad to hear you're better, Mitchy! Thanks for letting us know, and keep a check on your blood pressure.


F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Thu, 10th Jun '10 8:55 PM

Thank you, Mitchy for posting the good news. I'm so glad you're feeling better and your BP meds are working.
Now you can relax and have fun! :

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Thu, 10th Jun '10 8:56 PM

WOOPS<< Sorry, I'm still learning them!

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Thu, 10th Jun '10 8:58 PM

one more try...

Mickeym  (Level: 87.5 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 11th Jun '10 7:22 AM

Mitchy, have been taking Lisinopril for a couple of years and it is GREAT! Glad it works for you. Good luck on the shots, but keep looking to see what repetitive thing is causing the problem....and change around your workspace, height, chair, mouse, keyboard....regularly. It really can help! A change of mouse has kept a trigger finger at bay for years now. Ann

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.9 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 14th Jun '10 11:21 PM

I recently had to get a wrist support for use with my mouse and it has helped soooo much. Voltaren gel is good for joint pain, too. I've heard that the internal version is not that great, but the gel helps me quite a bit.

Hope you're feeling better, Mitchy.

Buchanan  (Level: 80.7 - Posts: 339)
Tue, 15th Jun '10 1:12 AM

Mitcy my friend,maybe I'm the one who told you that I take Cosamine DS for arthris and the name is just as I told you, NOT the one with condroitin just Cosamine DS. Has the Dr. mentiond an injection in the elbow? It wll hurt like ------- and in the long run it's not good on your tissues but it will stop the pain and it sounds like youre far enough to stand he injection.They also make braces for tennis elbow. Buchanan

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