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my elbow is getting worse. interestingly typing all day does not do much for it one way or the other but sleeping with it straightened out instead of bent means paaaaaaaaaiin when I bend it. also gripping something and then bending it hurts like sons of witches. right now it is yelling at me for carrying in groceries but my left arm is so weak from not being the dominant arm that it couldn't carry them all the way from the garage to the house (the garage being a block and a half from the house and this is in big block land where 4 blocks=1/2 mile) so I carried them part way with my right arm and now ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow.

if it weren't for the buprenorphine I'd be taking the percoset sandy has offered me but it is pointless to take another opiate while that's blocking all my receptors. as is I can't decide whether ibuprofen or naproxen makes the larger dent in the pain so I've sort of been alternating them unable to figure out if either does much.

I have an appointment with my public health doc in May.

I'm thinking I should take my elbow to the student health center. what will they say, though? "it hurts when I do this." "so stop doing that." other than not carrying heavy things with my right hand, what do you suppose could be done?

for that matter, what do you suppose it is? it first started while I was folding laundry in january and hasn't stopped hurting since. I thought for sure repetitive stress but like I said computer work does not aggravate it while carrying things around, something I don't do any more than anyone else who lives in a place with objects in it, really fucks with it.

I can feel where it's swollen.

I guess I'd better get it checked. I hope it isn't anything to be afraid of.


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Mar. 29th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
I would get it checked. The worst thing it could be, to my knowledge, is arthritis. That is not good, and it is possible in your forties. I know people who have it in their forties. But, it probably is just some weird ache that will go away on its own... There are more of those in the forties too.

I decided I not only have to work out for vanity, but for health since things are starting to break down or wear out here and there. It will keep me not creaky. When I work out with weights, I get rid of those aches. Of course, you have to use sense, and not overdo it, or work out the parts that are actively hurting.

Check it out though --
Mar. 29th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
yeah that's the other thing about this: I've been thinking about starting lifting again but as long as gripping things and picking them up hurts like it does, there'll be none of that.

if it were going away instead of getting worse I wouldn't worry about it but it doesn't seem to be of the sort of thing best treated with patience.
Mar. 29th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
yes, i'd go have a doctor bend you around and pull and push and decide what it is. i hope it's nothing that requires unpleasant treatment, and i hope you can feel better soon!
Mar. 29th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
what I hate about the student health center is that you get a different doctor every time you go in if you only go in for the random stuff like I do and so the anxiety of meeting a new doctor drives my blood pressure and heart rate up and they start worrying about what's wrong with me. I guess if I tell them about my social anxiety they'll relax--my bp and heart rate are fine when I see my public health doc whom I've known for nine years now.
Mar. 29th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
well, i'm thinking arthitis/bursitis. the doc may have something useful to say, but in the end aleve, ice/heat packs, and staying off it may be in order. oh, and those elbow wrap things. joints, once hosed, never quite get good again. and working out may continue to worsen it.

if it is /swollen/, do ice it. ok? ten on, ten off. try alternating with heat, too.
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
oh man I'm way too tired to mess with ice and heat tonight. I don't even know if we have any ice packs; I think Catherine and her chronically sore back took them all to new york.

tomorrow I will see about getting some.
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
ok, but there are always ice cubes and a small towel.

or icy-hot products from walgreens.

Mar. 29th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
Ice it. Fill a big pot with a combination of ice and water, then stick your elbow in that until it goes numb. Or use an ice pack.

Caffeine will enhance the effect of many painkillers (that's why Excedrine has caffeine in it), dunno if your head can handle the stimulant. Alcohol works as well, but is probably not a good idea with the narcotics. Muscle relaxants and sedatives are sometimes used for this kind of pain, if it's safe you can try the pills you already have before going to sleep tonight.
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
I'll try the ice pack method tomorrow if it flares. caffeine is a good idea! with all the sedating meds I'm on it doesn't even cause me to turn over in my sleep.
Mar. 29th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm with fstop, it's tendinitis. The pain when gripping thing sounds like it. Unfortunately, all you can do is ice it and rest. Takes time.
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