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Duck Dog
04-09-2009, 11:12 AM
I have been suffering from tendonitis for a few years now. I receive shots in both elbows every 3 months. It helps my left elbow considerably but lately my right elbow is unaffected by the steroid. I use braces, I take ostiobiflex, which helps quit a bit. I also take anti-inflammatory meds, Naproxen and Ibuprofen. I know the main treatment is total rest, but that is impossible. I refuse to take pain meds.

I have been discussing surgery with my doctor but he says it works in only a few cases.

Share your treatments, advice, etc.

morphius
04-09-2009, 11:15 AM
I feel you are discriminating against those of us with bone spurs, whose only relief is, "Suck it up".

morphius
okay, okay, I just wanted to bitch about the damn bone spur, darn thing pisses me off.

Buehler445
04-09-2009, 11:17 AM
When I was in high school, I got tendonitis in my shoulder. It was horrible. It didn't matter what position I had my arm in, it fucking hurt. I got no sleep ever. Because it was uncomfortable.

I didn't find any effective treatment other than to do as little as possible until it quit being a bitch.
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Buehler445
04-09-2009, 11:20 AM
I feel you are discriminating against those of us with bone spurs, whose only relief is, "Suck it up".

morphius
okay, okay, I just wanted to bitch about the damn bone spur, darn thing pisses me off.

I feel the same way about shin splints.

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Duck Dog
04-09-2009, 11:20 AM
I feel for anyone who suffers pain on a daily basis. Really, if I could make that darn bone spur go away, I would.

On serious note, can't they do something like surgery to get rid of that?

BigRichard
04-09-2009, 11:21 AM
Had it for about 6 months and finally went to see an occupational therapist. It was expensive (my work paid for it) but they had it resolved in a few weeks. It was very nice.

morphius
04-09-2009, 12:17 PM
I feel for anyone who suffers pain on a daily basis. Really, if I could make that darn bone spur go away, I would.

On serious note, can't they do something like surgery to get rid of that?
They can, but I think they are just as likely to leave stuff behind that would end up being just as annoying. So they pretty much only do it if it a constant pain, which mine is more intermittent. Though there are some occasions when I just lean up against something like a railing and my entire body will give out because of the shot of pain. I'm just glad the one on my kneecap hasn't caused me any pain in a while, the one on my hand does enough for me.

I have had tendinitis, but never to the extreme that I had to take anything for it. I used to play tennis and bowl a lot and would occasionally be tweaked for a while, but I was able to play through it. For bowling now I do wear a simple brace around my wrist to give it some more support, it helps a ton. Have you tried the brace that you wear up closer to your elbow to see if giving it some extra support might give it some rest so that it can heal?

Duck Dog
04-09-2009, 12:49 PM
Had it for about 6 months and finally went to see an occupational therapist. It was expensive (my work paid for it) but they had it resolved in a few weeks. It was very nice.

What did they do exactly to correct it?

Duck Dog
04-09-2009, 12:51 PM
Have you tried the brace that you wear up closer to your elbow to see if giving it some extra support might give it some rest so that it can heal?

I wear it just below the elbow. It helps when I lift something, but the pain is constant. Without it, I have trouble picking up even a can of pop or beer. My grip is basically gone.

BigRichard
04-09-2009, 03:14 PM
What did they do exactly to correct it?

Basically they do massaging of the area to break up the scar tissue on the tendon. They also do a lot of different stretches and used some weird pulsar device that was suppose to also break up the scar tissue.

Duck Dog
04-09-2009, 04:19 PM
Basically they do massaging of the area to break up the scar tissue on the tendon. They also do a lot of different stretches and used some weird pulsar device that was suppose to also break up the scar tissue.

I've tried them all except the messages. Jesus, I bet that hurt like hell.

Baconeater
04-09-2009, 05:39 PM
After twenty years of doing work that involves climbing, kneeling, stretching and reaching I have arthritis, tendonitis and pinched nerves in my knees, neck, shoulders and elbows. My body is a trainwreck.

googlegoogle
04-09-2009, 06:19 PM
Sounds like your tendons aren't healing. have you tried a cast? I have always wondered how tendons heal themselves when we are always using them.

morphius
04-09-2009, 07:47 PM
I wear it just below the elbow. It helps when I lift something, but the pain is constant. Without it, I have trouble picking up even a can of pop or beer. My grip is basically gone.
Wow man, I'm sorry, that sounds much worse than my bone spur issue. That sounds rough, and I wish I had something better than the strap to help. Good luck!

PastorMikH
04-09-2009, 10:52 PM
How often do you stretch out? Get your muscles stretch out and limber will take a lot of tension off of your tendons.

I suffered from tennis elbow for almost a year - physical therapist showed me three stretches, told me to do them at least 6x a day for 3 weeks. I was pain free in just a few weeks.

Knee was bothering me last year, another physical therapist just listened to where the pain was coming from and suggested a few stretches. After following his advice for a week or so the knee started feeling much better.

If you haven't already, I'd suggest talking to a Physical Therapist or a Dr that specializes in sports medicine before opting for surgery.

PastorMikH
04-09-2009, 11:02 PM
For your elbow pain, try these stretches the PT gave me for tennis elbow (I'll try to explain them the best I can).


Extend the arm with the sore elbow out in front of you with your fingers up. With the other hand, take a hold of the fingers and stretch them back towards your elbow as far as you can stand and hold for 30 seconds by a clock or count to 40 slowly.

With your arm still extended, point your fingers down. Take hold at your knuckles and pull back towards your elbow as much as you can stand, and hold again for the same as above.

Now, for the tough one. With the same arm extended, fingers pointing forward, palm pointing out and thumb down. Reach over your wrist with the other hand, palm to palm, interlock your fingers and pull back on your hand for the same count.


Do this 6+ times a day and it should help.