View Full Version : Tennis Elbow????

04-07-2008, 04:12 PM
Hi Everyone,

Well, if any of you are like me, I'd rather walk barefoot on nails than see any of my doctors. I tend to ignore things and hope they resolve themselves. When things do not resolve themselves I turn to the Internet for self diagnosis and try to follow home remedies to fix the problem.

Well, here it is...I have had a sore elbow for 2 months. It was sore to touch but not sore all the time. I googled like crazy, and Dr. me, myself, determined I had tennis elbow. I do not play tennis but I figured I just got it from doing something and since I do not use it for any particular sport.....it should resolve itself.

Saturday, the elbow blew up, became hot, and it hurts like heck. I broke down and made an appointment w/my family practitioner. Ugh, I hate going. The anticipation can bum me out. Blood test, xrays...ya-dah, ya-dah, ya-dah! I just hope I am not passed on to another doctor. Let's just hope this is a simple thing w/a simple remedy.

Anyway....I was wondering if things like this are expected to just happen to/people like us w/auto-immune disorders? I mean, tendinitis, is that common amongst us?

I try not to complain to my family because they really do not know about my situation. At least, I have minimized my health problems. The elbow has become obvious because I can barley get dressed w/out agony.


04-07-2008, 04:25 PM
Hi AnnMarie

I can't speak for others...but for me it's very typical. My joints are a mess and I've had tennis elbo many many times. Let your doc poke and prod to make sure that's what it is. As you probably know it could be many things. Rest the joint and ice it for 10 minutes every now and then. No longer than 10 minutes though.

Hope you're feeling better. :)

04-07-2008, 07:15 PM
Tendonitis? Yup...lots of times. And it hurts! Sorry you're experiencing that, AnnMarie. There are some simple exercises for tennis elbow, and I have a velcro-secured band I wear when it flares up. I wear it just below my elbow, pretty snugly. I have no idea why it works, but it does (my physical therapist recommended it.) Hope it's better soon!

04-07-2008, 09:29 PM
Tennis elbow, yep, lots of times. It hurst like crazy, and especially if I rest it on a table or something. Sometimes it will swell and get hot and red, but, most often it just hurts. It also comes and goes. I don't have it right now. Wait. Let me check. ......um, I kind of do in my right elbow, but, then, I am in the beginning of a flare, and it just hasn't decided to land there yet. Mostly in my shoulders and back right now.

You will probably find that there are areas that your lupus affects repeatedly, and others that sometimes will and sometimes won't.

Hope you feel better soon.

04-08-2008, 07:34 AM
Thanks all,

I suspected it. I just did not think I would get this kind of swelling while on prednisone. I hate to admit it but I am still in denial over this, hence the make believe it isn't there for 2 months.

I have not found my method of balance yet. I suppose over time, I will adjust.

04-08-2008, 09:29 AM
Hi AnnMarie

It's like getting to know yourself all over again. You'll figure yourself out...just give it some time. :)

04-13-2008, 03:45 PM
Hi everyone.

OK I was told it was either bursitis or gout. I will know on Monday from my family practitioner, actually she was the nurse practitioner. I was sent for blood test and an xray. The nurse practitioner wants to put me on the pred/pack. This seemed odd since I already take a daily dose of prednisone.
Anyway, I talked to my specialist just for a second opinion and he said.
"No pred/pacK". He wants me to have a cortisone shot in my arm. Sounds painful but Let's get it over with, it is interfering w/ things I wish and need to do.

Has anyone gotten a cortisone shot for this? I have no fever, it just looks like I have a red golf ball attached to my elbow.


04-13-2008, 04:00 PM
i have had many bouts with tennis elbow,,always wondered why until lupus,, the best that worked for me on the days i couldnt reach my face with either arm was a brace,, it wasnt an imemediate cure,,it took a couple of days,,being a guy after using a brace a few times i lost it and moved on to duct tape that doubled back on itself so as not to pull the skin off :lol: (and yet another use for duct tape)

04-13-2008, 04:11 PM
Hi AnnMarie

I've had cortisone shots in both my knees. It's not that bad. And I am a really really BIG chicken...REALLY big chicken buckA...chicken!

When you have the shot you may feel like doo doo for one or two days. But if it works for ya then woohoo it's worth it. Ask your doc how long you need to rest your arm after the shot...and do EXACTLY as you are told.

You dont want to blow the chances of it working. The cortisone has to stay in the joint for up to six days to do it's thing. The more you move the joint the more you push the cortisone out of the joint. Nag nag nag blah blah blah...heehee just listen to you doctor. You'll be fine.

The other thing you should know is that it doesn't always work...unfortunately for me ... I'm not one of the people it works for. I've had it done twice in both knees and nothing. I got about a week of pain free and now swelling.

BUT my boss had it done once and a year later he's still all happy snappy and walking normally. :roll: good for him :P :lol:

04-13-2008, 04:25 PM
I've had cortisone shots in my neck, my knee, my wrist, my elbow and my hips (both.) Sheesh....I never stopped to think about how many of those big needles I've faced! Anyway, some worked and some didn't. When they DO work, it's like a little miracle (or a BIG miracle, depending on how much pain you were in!) I don't know why it doesn't work some times, but I've had that experience. Doesn't do any harm....just doesn't do any good.

If you have the shot, I hope it's a winner...it'd be nice to kiss that pain goodbye, I'm sure!

sick n tired
04-13-2008, 04:25 PM
Hey Ann Marie,

I have been having a hard time with my right elbow. The pain just radiates all the way to the wrist. I can't lift anything and now it hurts in the shoulder....I am just like you in another area...I hate to call the doctor. I have friends totally on me when I choose to wait and see if it goes away, but I really hate the merry go round...I get dizzy if I go round it to long :lol:

I hope that you find what is wrong with your elbow. Be sure to tell me what is is as I have procrastinated for a few weeks not and not called. :)

sick n tired
04-13-2008, 04:26 PM
Oh by the way, I don't play tennis, either... :lol:

05-12-2008, 07:34 PM
Darn!, My elbow looks like it has a golf bowl attached to it. It is hot and painful. The cortisone shot worked for a little while but it just came back full blown. My doctors is in Greece on vacation and my family practitioner can't give me cortisone shots. I am already on prednisone so I guess I have to live w/ it for a month until my specialist gets back. It is his 40th anniversary, so I believe he is entitled to a second honeymoon.

I guess this is something that occurs pretty regularly w/us folks? Hard to sleep even w/sleep meds. Oh well, I am being a big baby. It is just my elbow, I am sure it is better than having your knee swell up like that. I should not complain. Anyone know what is next if the shot did not do the trick and I am already on the pred?

I lost this site for a few days, was it my computer or was the site down? Glad to be back.

05-13-2008, 09:45 AM
You might ask your doctor about some of the other anti-inflammatory hormone drugs, such as: methylprednisolone (Medrol), and dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol).

Peace and Blessings

05-13-2008, 11:19 AM
Thanks, I will. I'll bring this info to my family doctor and see what she has to say.
much appreciated,