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Tennis Elbow

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I have a tendentious in my elbow (aka tennis elbow), confirmed by the nice lady doctor yesterday. I know this is pretty common but on the NHS website it says typical recovery times are 12 to 24 months whereas the doctor reckons a "a couple of weeks with no housework" should do it.

I think it was brought on by extreme hedge trimming just before Christmas.

What are peoples' experiences?
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davidof, i think you are reading NHS site with your Eeyore hat on.
Actual quote is:"Most cases of tennis elbow last between six months and two years. However, in about nine out of 10 cases, a full recovery is made within a year."
NICE suggests many cases recover in weeks.
But listen to the physiotherapists:"Your pain should ease within 2 weeks and you should recover over approximately a 4–6 week period."
Its all about not doing the activity that caused it, so stop trimming that hedge.
Take some Ibuprofen, and get on with your life.
(I'm sure skiing and beer help too snowHead )
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I simultaneously had tennis elbow on one arm and golfers elbow on the other. Didn't seem to be improving, even after 6 months, so had cortisone injections. One has cleared up after about 18 months, the other can still flare up occasionally, but nowhere near as bad as it was. I guess the answer to your question depends upon how bad it is, what you do on a daily basis that might aggravate it and what treatment (if any) you've had.
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No nice way of putting it - but it means you're getting old.
I do not think NHS Direct has a potion for that.

I tried a few things and found that Wild Turkey takes the edge off it in the evenings.
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Like @Awdbugga I have had both at some point. Golfer's elbow took a lot longer to go because I play quite a bit of golf Embarassed and wasn't prepared to ditch it. With both there is pretty much no substitute for rest unfortunately. I've been told it is possible to do various exercises to build up complementary muscles but it didn't appeal to me...
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@davidof, I switched to using my mouse left handed and got a series of cortisone injections. That more or less fixed it. Still use the mouse left handed!
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Had it for years on and off. Drs, painkillers, anti-inflammatory`s, (some rest rolling eyes ) always took ages to get better. These days I go to see my osteopath, some pretty instant relief and a much quicker healing time!
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I had a bad 'attack' a few years back. Few weeks of highly pain then worse to the point that I couldn't grip, twist or lift anything with my hand/arm at all.
Saw a pretty useless NHS physio who advised stopping whatever was irritating it (duh! But also not entirely possible after a few days) and gave me some "gentle" exercises which didn't help at all.
Found other exercises via Google involving stretching and bending fingers and wrist/hand, and they helped a lot.
Other thing which helped me a great deal was wearing a compression band (DIY bit of twisted Tubigrip) around the forearm just below the elbow.
Between that and the exercises it resolved to bearable and useable within a couple of weeks, I recall, and completely not long afterwards. Didn't use anti inflammatory tablets or creams, nor ice or heat, and pretty much carried on using it (though tried to minimise known irritants). Depends how bad yours is, of course, but I find your doctor's estimate to be a lot more realistic than the website's. Hope that's true for you.
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I'd recommend avoiding the injections, they seem to make it last longer. I've had some good results with nitrate patches. Still not something routinely offered but very safe and evidence seems to be building.
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Pain is your body's way of telling you not to do something wink
Seriously though, tennis or golfer's elbow is the typical sort of annoying ailment that you become more prone to as you get - no kind way of putting this - older. I've had both and I've treated both.
Another thing it exemplifies is that if there’s no one good way of fixing something then there are always lots of suggested treatments, none of which have any great evidence for efficacy.
And another thing....as exemplified here, no one can even agree on how long it lasts for. This too is pretty typical. Sufferers know it’s often near impossible to pin point when symptoms started, and as for when they disappear???? Hell, I’m boring myself now. It'll get better....eventually. There are things that can ease it if it’s really bad, some of which have been mentioned here. As for cortisone injections - I've only ever put myself at the non pointy end of the syringe.
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I have suffered from tennis elbow for about 4 years. It’s much better now but still comes on at times. I found the best treatment is to track down the extensor carpi muscle from the lateral epicondyle on the elbow, find the sorest spot and massage with a combination of longitudinal, cross fibre and direct pressure. It also helps me to forcibly flex and extend the wrist with the elbow locked straight. This stretches off that muscle and helps to stop the pain running down into the 4th & 5th fingers.

While it can be very painful, it’s a long way from your heart! Toofy Grin
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@davidof,

Lifting a heavy bag of rubble up to the shoot, the 'inspector/guard' at my local refuse re cycling center,instructed me to push it down a ledge and into the corner...

OUCH!, ugh, what the...

After some icing and Ibuprofen, googling the symptoms, the NHS search informed me it was a typical 'Tennis Elbow' problem taking IIRC 12 to 24 months to recover...

3 days later beginning to feel better, 2 weeks later as if nothing had ever happened.

So, it was just a strain with similar symptoms ...

It might be ' nothing'. I hope it is...
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@davidof,

Lifting a heavy bag of rubble up to the shoot, the 'inspector/guard' at my local refuse re cycling center,instructed me to push it down a ledge and into the corner...



The missus reminded me that I'd been complaining after lifting a gate before Christmas, so it might be that. Need to take it easy as people say. Keep out of the mogul fields for one thing !
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