Yes, yes. I know you guys cannot give me an exact diagnosis based on the contents of this question, but all I am looking for are ideas to research that make sense.
So, I hurt my elbow and I thought it was a simple bruise at first. It was swollen and bruised and hurt to move. A month later the swelling was gone and the bruise was gone but the pain was still there. Well, it's been 6 months and the pain is still present. I've finally decided to get a professional opinion.
I went to a very, very poorly rated hospital because it's the only one I could get to. I've seen them misdiagnose so, so, so many cases, so I don't set their word in stone ever.
But, like I said, it's all I could get to that quickly.
They did x-rays and didn't see any breaks, fractures, or dislocations.
They diagnosed it as Epicondylitis (Medial/Lateral).
I see why they thought that, alas it dosen't make sense.
The injury was caused by a fall at a high speed directly on the center of the elbow.
If the center of the elbow is bumped (even by something soft) it hurts, or if it's fully extended it hurts around the medial/lateral area.
However, it was NOT caused by overexertion. I do not do heavy lifting, manual labor, play sports, lift weights, ride motorcycles or anything of the sort.
And to make sure I tried to find even ONE report on the internet of a case caused by physical trauma, and they just don't exist.
It was caused only by the fall I took, so it can't be Epicondylitis.
Also, their treatment is the following: a NSAID pain reliever, icing the injury, and rest for 2 weeks.
I've already been doing this for 6 months before going to the hospital and I know for a fact it isn't helping.
I made an appointment with a much better medical center in a week, and when I ask for a second opinion I'd like to be able to throw out a few possibilities for what it could be.
Any legitimate ideas welcomed.