Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tennis Elbow, Anyone?

Has anyone out there ever had a bad case of Tendonitis?

Because, my friends, I am one hurtin’ unit.

Back around Thanksgiving, I injured my shoulder while fighting off a biker gang (or, I COULD have injured it while I was swinging my arms like a Neanderthal while trying to complete level 3 on ‘Ultimate Street Fighting’ on the Playstation 3. You decide.)

Ok, HOW I injured my fucking arm is neither here nor there. Let’s not quibble.

The IMPORTANT thing to realize is that, since Thanksgiving, my arm has been has hurting like a BITCH.

The first few days, I thought it was just a typical sprain. I stopped working out for a bit, and tried to give my arm a rest.

Days later, it was not getting better. A few weeks later, ditto.

Well, it’s been about 6 months now and I still can’t turn the key in my front door without my arm giving me pain that makes me squeal like a little girl.

So, I finally decided to go to a physical therapist, and they have given me the happy diagnosis that I am suffering from extreme Tendonitis, or Tennis Elbow.

I’ve had one month now of therapy, x-rays, and fucking $30 copays and while my arm feels A LITTLE better, I still haven’t been able to lift a damn weight in months. This sucks. With my gym routine being limited, I can feel my perfect physique slowly withering away. A few more months of this and I might actually slip from being a perfect ‘10’ to a ‘9.99’.

That, my friends, is unacceptable.

So, my question to you all is, have any of you suffered from this before, and 1) What did you do to correct it, and 2) How long did it take?

The fate of my hotness hangs in the balance….

24 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

For once I'm not gonna be a prick in the comments section here. I have tennis elbow too. I'll email you about the simple exercises I do to correct it.

meleah rebeccah said...

My father eventually had surgery to correct his tennis elbow issues. Nothing else worked.

Brandy Rose said...

Well first you don't go 6 months without getting it checked out.../ducks from swinging fist...

Slyde said...

earl: thx for the email.. it sounds good. im trying it tonight.

meleah: im hoping it doesnt come to that... im having an MRI next week and we'll take it from there..

brandy: oooooh, you! you need a good spanking!

radioactive girl said...

So you probasbly don't want to read what I am about to write. I injured a tendon in my ankle in November. They gave me a cortisone shot. It felt better. Then it hurt again so they gave me another cortisone shot. Then after a while it started hurting again so now I am in a stupid walking boot. For a thing that happened in NOVEMBER! I am not much help at all but seriously, be careful and baby your elbow or you will end up still dealing with it several months from now and it really really sucks.

Slyde said...

Radio: i hear ya. I actually went to an orthopedist yesterday and asked for a cortisone shot, but they told me they want to do an MRI before they do that.

for what its worth, when it first happened i tried my best to keep lifting weights for a few weeks, which i think just made everything oh so much worse.... :(

Chandra said...

Physical Therapy and REST is about all you can do depending on how bad it is. In severe cases, yes it means surgery. I'm going to tell my kid about your injury cause I wouldn't want him to get hurt while fighting off an entire gang (ahem) either....lol!

I work at Cramer Sports Medicine company. We manufacture and sell a TON of Tennis Elbow braces...be happy to send one your way if needed!

Bouncin' Barb said...

My hubby had it real bad from years of lifting heavy saute pans being a chef. Finally, he went to the doc, got a shot of cortisone in his elbow and never had a problem with it after that. Hope you feel better soon.

Marlene said...

Yup. I can tell you I had a MILD case of it, and it still hurt like a bugger. Mine went away after about three months or so. Only thing I did was try to rest it as much as possible. I hope you find some relief....five months is an awfully long time to put up with that.

Annabelle said...

I hope you can be ambidextrous during your "alone" time.

My money is on Earl's suggestions, I've decided he's a bit of a genius.

feel better

B.E. Earl said...

@Annabelle - Aw...aren't you the best? :)

AlleyCat said...

try accupuncture......i've had the same but in my wrist. I walked in to the therapist with my whole arm tucked into my chest with a touch my arm & die look on my face. Walked out swinging my arms freely wondering how long it that amazing 30 minute treatment was going to last! This was over 10 years ago & I can't remember how many times I went back - maybe 5?

Luck...

Malka said...

I did something similar to my shoulder, and am happy that it went away after two months. Otherwise, I'd be demanding a cortisone shot. No, exercising after it started to hurt was not a good idea. I know it's annoying to restrict yourself by not working out, but it will only make it worse.

Cuz said...

I have the same thing in my right arm. Sometimes I can barely lift my arm. I got a cortisone shot and it felt better for a while but whenever I lift weights, etc. it goes back to hurting like a mother!
Feel better.

Slyde said...

chandra: i went out and bought a brace but im not sure if its the right kind. If you had one and were serious about that generous offer, i'd LOVE to have one.. thanks!


barb: i'll probably get a shot, but everyone says its just a temporary fix.

marlene: yeah, and volleyball season is coming up :(

anna: nope, im not ambidexterous... could you help me out with this?

alley: your the first person to suggest that. i'll look into it.

malka: i know, i know. i learned my lesson.. i havent touched a weight in 3 months now.

cuz: thx :)

MarkD60 said...

True He-Men are impervious to tendinitis, and they don't ever need to work out.

However, I would recommend following the medical advise you receive.

Sorry you're no longer a perfect 10 like me!

Seriously though, I hope your arm gets better quickly

sybil law said...

Nope. No physical ailments here. Well, my back hurts now and then but I can still do what needs to be done. Hope your poor elbow feels better soon!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh no! Yuck! I've never had tennis elbow, but once in awhile for no reason my thumb sort of gives out and so I can definitely sympathize with the key in the door thing. Of course, I solve this one by taking forever and a half to get out of the car, so that my 13 year old has already unlocked the house and made himself a snack by the time I even make it to the door...

Anyway... :-( :-( :-( I hope it feels better quickly and that you can adjust your gym routine to give that elbow a rest. :-(

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh no! Yuck! I've never had tennis elbow, but once in awhile for no reason my thumb sort of gives out and so I can definitely sympathize with the key in the door thing. Of course, I solve this one by taking forever and a half to get out of the car, so that my 13 year old has already unlocked the house and made himself a snack by the time I even make it to the door...

Anyway... :-( :-( :-( I hope it feels better quickly and that you can adjust your gym routine to give that elbow a rest. :-(

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oops! I really, really meant everything I said! TWICE!

Kaylen said...

I recommend a good pill or two of vicodin, followed shortly by at least three drinks.
And don't work out.
And do some arm exercises to work it out.
I definitely would go with the drugs/alcohol route. Don't wait til you leave work either. Pop a pill as you drive home so that it takes effect in time for you to get that key in the door.
Good luck!

Chris H said...

No idea mate!
You should have got it looked at sooner me thinks.
Hope it wasn't ya dick hand/arm!
OMG did I really say that?????
lol
I'm evil sometimes.
Just watched 'Phonebooth' with Colin Farrel... hence the 'dick hand' saying.

Dr Zibbs said...

Haha. It says 22,000 people have commented on this post.

Lotus07 said...

It is called getting older dude......welcome to the club. It gets worse.