Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I have been dealing with tennis elbow in my right arm for about two years. This year it developed in my right arm, too. I will never again snicker silently when someone complains about their tennis elbow. I will never again think, "Yeah, like THAT'S dire."

This HURTS. It hurts all the time, most especially when I wake up. It makes for one more thing on my list of Things That Make Me Pull The Covers Back Up Over My Head. I never realized how many things I do with my forearms, at least how many things I do that stress them. I've become very friendly with our bottle of ibuprofen. I also have brand spankin' new forearm braces, which are supposed to help while I do chores, but I think they help because it's really difficult to DO chores while wearing them, so I just pass some off to Mary, getting some rest in the process.

There's just SO much to DO!


~*~ Shar ~*~ said...

Yes it sure does hurt! Mine's been worse this winter. I wake during the night with searing pain because of the position my arm is in far too often. I'm on prescription anti inflamatory and it's still not letting up much. I sure hope it improves before milking starts up!


Laura said...

I have had it too for about 2 1/2 years. I wear a little brace and am trying pure emu oil. I think it helps...I hear you about the sleeping thing too. I use to wear a wrist guard and that helped...I stopped using it for awhile. I think I will be going back to it, though. It is a nasty injury...sometimes I want to see a specialist...maybe someone will have a magic cure. My mil had surgery and says it has been great since. My doctor doesn't think surgery helps...i have no idea what to do. Sorry for the rambling...it is late. : )

Melody said...

The only encouraging part is that I've read it will eventually just...go away. I'm reluctant to believe it, but it was information from a reputable source!

Kris said...

Don't forget to rotate your anti-inflammatory medications also. If you take one type for too long it can loose it's effectiveness. Try ibuprofen for 2-3 weeks, then switch to Aleve (which is naproxen) for 2-3 weeks, then try Arthritis strength Tylenol for 2-3 weeks. The good thing about the arthritis strength Tylenol is it comes in a easy to open bottle and you don't have to take a ton of pills. I've found that having the rotation is the best thing for my knee and it may help your tennis elbow just trying something new.

Melody said...

Just so you know...I am very allergic to Tylenol. Don't let anyone give it to me. We're talking fun of the anaphylactic shock type!