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mamanan
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   Posted Today 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Last week I thought my tender points in my elbows were acting up. The front of my elbow is still sore, then I got a spot on the outside top of the elbow, just below the bone that felt bruised. It got more tender, until yesterday it hurt to move it. Work was... interesting... as gripping anything hurts. This morning I woke up with it hurting. It doesn't feel bad bent held against my stomach, but even down at my side it hurts. I can't pick anything up, or make a fist. It is also sore into my bicep and the forearm.

I think it sounds like tennis elbow, excpet that it still hurts even when I don't use it. The worse elbow is my right (I'm right handed) but the left is also acting up. Seemingly totally unrelated, I have a bad knee since way before fibro that acts up and can swell and can't bend. This has also gotten worse since yesterday.

So I'm thinking tennis elbow that feels worse b/c of the fibro? But why would the knee get inflamed too? And the left elbow?
Is this doctor worthy? I am not going to accept going for any tests. I've had an ultrasound of my shoulder (told it was bursitis then no, problems in shoulders for 15 yrs), xrays of knee, neck, physio for knee and shoulders, nerve conductivity test for shoulder, and countless doctor visits. I am not going for another test just to be told that all is normal and wasting my time and the doctors.

My fatigue is getting worse, even with my blue light. I slept 10 hours last night (I should be happy to finally get sleep!) then this morning sat for 1/2 hour in front of my light having coffee. Then went to get the kids organized and me dressed and I was ready for a nap. I think dh was annoyed with me not getting up (he sent the kids in I don't know how many times to wake me up) but now is worried when I broke down crying in front of him and told him I was ready for another nap. Now he feels bad for me and is worried since he has to go to work today.

The temperature really dropped yesterday too, and now my face/ ears hurt again.

This. Totally. Bites.

mamanan
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   Posted Today 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, I meant to just ask about my elbow, but it turned into a pity post on me :(

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   Posted Today 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am having the same issue. My elbow really hurts if I move it wrong, hold it down to my side or carry anything. My arm also aches and burns from shoulder down to finger tips. I am thinking tennis elbow too but I have RA and fibro so, I guess either could be the culprit. Yesterday both arms ached and my fingers were puffy, puffy enough to worry about my rings being too tight.

I mentioned it to the rheumy but didn't stress it and he just breezed over it. I guess if its still a bother in March I will not let him go so easily.

Hopefully it will go away just as mysteriously as it came, for both of us!
Denita

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Sherrine
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   Posted Today 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan, sometimes we all need a pity party...especially when we don't know what is going on.  We sure can conjure up a bunch of reasons though, can't we!  This all helps soooo much with anxiety and depression.  mad
 
I had the elbow issues when I first came down with fibro.  The pain started in my toes and worked it's way up each joint until it hit my elbows.  It was like I had slammed my elbows into a table...that electrical-type pain shooting down my arms into my hands.  The pain was horrible and stayed that way for over two weeks.  It started getting better but I still had much weakness in my hands...to the point I dropped dinner on the floor one night when I was getting ready to serve it.  I just sobbed.  Mamanan...this was all fibro!  It eventually went away and I'm fine now.  I haven't had that problem for years.
 
It's so disheartening to keep going to the doctor, going through tests, and nothing is found out.  I usually "ride out the storm" unless it's unbearable and I don't think something could possibly be fibro.  But I only do this with muscular issues...not with my heart, eyes, severe dizziness, etc.  I always have those things checked out right away.
 
If it's colder there, then a front has gone through and that can make your fatigue worse.  You also are concerned...possibly stressed...with this elbow issue.  That can cause more fatigue also.  Then, lets add in all the hustle, bustle, and stress in getting ready for Christmas, too.  Golly, people without fibro would be fatigued with all of this!  I am just guessing but I do think the fatigue will be better after the holidays.  You can take a deep breath and relax then.
 
I hope your arms start feeling a little better. Kind of play it by ear.  If you are getting really stressed out over it, then definitely head to the doctor.  I just know that fibro can play some mighty mean tricks on our muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
 
Sherrine
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 12/17/2011 1:13:46 PM (GMT-7)


crazykitty
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   Posted Today 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan, I understand....boy it would be nice if we could wish the pain away...it gets overwhelming at times...we just want the pain to stop, and the weather doesn't seem to want to cooperate...it just makes everything more painful. It does totally bite...bigtime. I ate more than my share of chocolate today :)

Tomorrow will be a better day...just because. Know I'm thinking about you and hope you feel better soon, my friend. Sending good healing vibes out to everyone who needs them right now. Take Care :)

Hugs, Robin
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jmw
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   Posted Today 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Mamanan, I hope you start feeling better soon.
Jill

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mamanan
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   Posted Today 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your support, it really means a lot to me.
I thought I had a good handle on my fibro since the last year or so. I guess I only do if it doesn't disrupt my life as much as it has this fall :(
I don't jump at every little twinge like I used to. I'm just not sure if it's bursitis or tendonitis if a doctor can help you out?

I tried ice on it today, not a good idea, it burned.
Tonight I think it's only fibro after all. I'm sore from my shoulder down, and it's more the deep ache I'm used to.
When I have sharper pain it's usually very short lasting, or moves from place to place rapidly. This was so different.

I thought one got used to their 'normal', both in the good days and their flares?
Can fibro keep changing, even after years of being the same in one person?

I'm hoping the fatigue will end in teh New Year. If not, I will have to make another appointment. I just can't go on like this.

Sherrine
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   Posted Today 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, fibro can change as to how it affects you.  I've gotten quite a few new symptoms but then others have stopped bothering me.  It doesn't seem like we get our special set of symptoms and stay that way.  Heck, that would be too easy!  Fibro loves to mess with us.  But, we are far stronger than this illness and we will win.
 
Sherrine
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   Posted 12/18/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having a time with my right elbow. It feels like the bone itself hurts, when I touch it at the right places. The other day I tried to adjust the rear view mirror and the pain was so sharp! Someone told me to isolate the wrist. I havent seen the doc about it, its been bad since June. I tried cold therapy but that doesnt help- I'll try heat instead.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/18/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Moist heat always helps me.  I hope it helps you too, Sera.
 
Sherrine
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mamanan
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I put heat on it today, so much better than the ice recommended for tennis elbow. I'm thinking of getting the brace that they recommend though for tennis elbow. I think the pressure and keeping the muscle/ tendons in line may help, especially at work. Thoughts anyone?

I have a brace for my knee that I often use. I keeps my knee straight and has probably saved me tons of extra injury.

My arm is a bit better today. It only hurts when I use it :P

Sera, I hope you start to feel better.
And Danita, I certainly hope yours doesn't last until March!

applevenus
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   Posted 12/18/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry your elbow is bothering you. Sometimes I wish I could dip my entire body in warm wax
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I take vitamins, Tramadol for pain, Flexeril as needed.

mscrowbar
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   Posted 12/20/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Mamanan.

Normally I do not get bothered by new symptoms/aches because I know that most can be attributed to fibro or even the RA. But, I had this particular burning pain in both my arms and a deeper pain in my left elbow since before my last visit with the rheumy in November. Usually the aches will disappear as quick as they come on but not this time. Everyday I wake up hoping that this will be the day but to no avail. Whats worse is that it is severe enough to keep me up with pain off and on all night even with a sleeping pill.

Its sorta like the "indian burns" we used to give each other as kids. And, the left elbow really hurts if I do anything that twists it. I am hoping that it will go away really soon, but if not, I will bring it back up with the rheumy when I see him in early March. Its by far the worst fibro symptom I have had followed closely by fatigue.
Denita

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upbeat
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   Posted 12/20/2011 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi mamanan, I have been dealing with tennis elbow since last spring and it is worse than ever. If yours has just started really try to rest it. You can get the brace at any drug store and it does help by isolating the forearm muscles. Also, most doctors will just look at and tell you to take Motrin and rest it.

My doctor said it can take 1 - 1 1/2 years to get better, but I think if you catch it early you can clear it up. He also gave me a stretching exercise - hold your arm out straight in front of you and pull your hand back bending at the wrist. Do up and down. 3-4 times a day.

Hope it feels better soon!

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   Posted 12/21/2011 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Upbeat,

I am having pain in my elbow too so I thought I would try the exercise you recommended to mamanan and it really pulled that muscle. So, Im guessing tennis elbow. I will continue to try the exercise and take the ibuprophen and see what happens between now and March.

Thanks for the info.
Denita

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upbeat
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   Posted 12/21/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Those muscles get tight don't they! I think mine flares from typing, but I can't work with one hand :)

Try the brace also and use it when you are doing anything that causes pain in your elbow. I read that we are more likely to develop chronic tendonitis because our muscles get so tight and spasm, continually irritating the tendon.

Hope your clears up too, it is not fun!
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mamanan
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   Posted 12/22/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I want to know for certain what is what. Is this truly tendonitis? just fibro? tendonitis made worse by fibro? Then I try to stop thinking about it b/c it drives me crazy, lol. Upbeat, I do think you are on the right track. I work with a guy who has a masters in kenetics and he knows alot about physio. I'm hoping he is there tomorrow so I can pick his brain ;) I really hope yours can heal soon. But I was hopiing my knee would heal too, and 14 years later it's still a pain :P

Thank you for the suggestions. I'm sorry, I've been too busy (and sore typing) to do much other than quickly read.

I've been waking up with both elbows and left knee really sore, but the worse is the right elbow when I use it. I've been doing the stretches for it. If I pull back or support my arm, it's not bad. If I just try to do the strecth, it hurts more, I think b/c I'm engaging more of the muscles.

I did get a brace yesterday on my way to work, after reading it has helped some you, and it made a huge difference. It really helped stabalize and the pressure also made the pain better.

I'm so hoping it is just fibro. I can't NOT work, so I can't rest it as much as needs to for tendonitis. After my shoulders and knee, I really don't need two more joints that are out of whack :(
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