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7 Weeks of Torture - and no diagnosis!

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  • Posted By: salijackt
  • November 13, 2008
  • 04:06 AM

I have been bouncing around from doctor to doctor and each seems to give me a different suggestion of what to do for the elbow pain I've been experiencing. My primary pain is around the olecrenon process and medial epicondyle. I've been experiencing tingling in my fourth and fifth digits as well as weakened grip (about a 50% reduction in strength). Bending the elbow up causes severe pain as does any touch above my medial epicondyle. I've started wearing a brace to hold my elbow straight at night. I've been doing physical therapy twice a week and my physical therapist believes it may a problem with my ulnar nerve or medial epicondylitis. I've had x-rays (normal) and an MRI (small joint effusion, everything else normal). I saw a doctor that was recommended to see about a cortisone shot, but that doctor didn't think a shot would help. I've also gone to an chiropractor who just made it hurt worse. It has been almost seven weeks since the injury first occurred, but no one seems to know exactly what to do with me. Right now I just want the pain to stop.

Any suggestions of what sort of doctor to try now? Neurologist, Orthopedist? Have it amputated?

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  • I would go for the cortisol shots(not too many)and after a while for some steroid shots
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 09:59 AM
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  • What caused the problem ? Did you just wake up one morning with it or did you fall, bash or do any other kind of impact to it ? I'm asking because medial epicondyle fractures are notorious for not showing up on x-rays.
    gungwane 62 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 01:24 PM
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  • I didn't have any specific trauma, I was sitting at my desk and used my arm to stand up and the pain started instantly. I had fallen the night before while playing frisbee, but I had no pain at that time, and I'm not completely sure that I even landed with that hand down.If there was a fracture, wouldn't it show on the MRI?
    salijackt 3 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 02:00 PM
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