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extreme pain in elbow

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  • Posted By: kittykat
  • December 20, 2006
  • 07:12 PM

when i lean on my elbow i get an exteame pain through it i cannot bear to have my elbow touch anything hard as the pain i get through it and up my arm is excruciating.........yet if i touch it with my hand it does not hurt ...please help me solve this mystery....kittykat

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  • I get the same thing. I slipped and fell on it about 15 years ago, and all of a sudden, I can hardly bear to have my sleeve brush against it. Bone x-ray looked good. No fragments, which is what I thought.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
    • 08:07 PM
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  • Me too, and my brother, come on someone, what is it!I can't lean on the bar anymore!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 05:44 PM
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  • Might be tendonitis?? Or tennis elbow from over use. Every move of the hand connects back to the elbow. Is it in the elbow, or on the top of your arm , a bit away from the elbow? I just had a pain shot for it, I had mine for almost 2 months on and off.To the "bar leaner", its not from leaning, but from constant bending it to get that drink down!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 00:09 PM
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  • i am also having the same problem but mine is new. I have had "tendonitis" for lack of a better diagnosis for over a month and now all the sudden I have all kinds of elbow pain. Not just putting pressure on it, but moving it certain ways or doing nothing at all! Very curious......
    angelluvbug82 23 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 03:56 AM
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  • I have this too, it lasted for a few months, then all of a sudden it just went away, I was just about to go to the doc, I now have bone pain in my legs, not sure if it's related, but the elbow pain description you gave was exactly what I had.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 05:26 PM
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  • hi i hit my elbow as i fell down the stairs then a week later caught the back of my elbow on a shelf which was really annoying as it was just starting to feel better after the first time. After then i noticed it was a bit swollen and painful but i thought that it would heal just like the first time. A few weeks later i noticed that when ever i actually leant on my elbow i would have excrutiating pain run straight up my arm though it never hurt to bend or to use my arm in ordinary activities. After a couple of months, ample time i thought for this to go away i finally went to see the doctor who proceeded to tell me that it was a bit swollen and to massage cream in to it i have done this the swelling has has gone down over time but the pain is still there when ever i lean on it. I have looked through websites to see if i could find out what could cause this pain (five months on) but nothing ive looked at seems to have anything with this symptom. Im sure its not tennis elbow as ive looked at the symptoms for that and im sure its not bursitis as there isnt any swelling any more so now im stumped for an answer. If anyone knows anything that could be any use please let me know it would help loadsthanks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 10:30 PM
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  • Hi.....I suffer from Osteogenesis Imperfecta and also have this elbow problem in both arms when I lean on my elbow...ouch..just wanted to ask you all, do you all have OI also..just wanted to know if it was linked in anyway.Thanks..KAREN.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 6, 2007
    • 09:43 PM
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  • I have this stupid pain im my elbow to cant lean on it but when i touch it and bend it it dont hurt.. I had the same pain in the other elbow a few years ago and when i had an xray there was a piece of glass in it.. it had imbeded so when i was leanin on it the glass was touchin the bone causin the pain.. I have now done it to my other elbow as I fell about 1 month ago so im sure i got the same problem..
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 04:34 PM
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  • When you suffer from joint pain that does not go away, INSIST on an MRI. After over 2 years of terrible pain that was exacerbated when standing or walking (and my job required me to be on my feet without any breaks for 10 hours a day), seeing bunches of different doctors, having loads of x-rays which showed nothing, and wearing all kinds of braces, I finally INSISTED on an MRI. Turns out I had osteochondritis dissecans in my ankle (on the tibia, not the talus as is the usual site). Surgery relieved the pain to a degree that I can tolerate, although there are certain things I can no longer do. The pain (8 years after the surgery) has returned in full force and I went to a dr who took x-rays, saw nothing, and wanted to have me try braces again for awhile. I then went back to the dr who did my ankle surgery and she sent me for an MRI... it's back! There are things that simply don't show up on x-ray. If you KNOW there's something terribly wrong, don't let doctors screw you around while you're in agony.
    kimbee 1 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
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  • hi im emily and im 13 years old.i no exactly what you have. its called osteochondritis dissecans. i also have it, and ive had it for about 3 years now. its usually from putting constant pressure on the joint, since i am a competitive gymnast. the recovery takes forever! i had to quit all sports for about 2 years, its horrible. well good luck and i hope this helped.
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  • I have been going through pain for almost 5 years now. I am 22 and I have Albright Syndrome. One of my elbows has gone funky on me a few years ago and is at a 70 degree angle and wont straighten at all. I had a major inflammation and was on medication for it, the pain for that is gone, but it wont straighten and now both of my elbows look totally different from eachother. My doctor doesnt seem to wanna do anything about it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 1, 2009
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  • I have lots of pain in my right elbow it maybe the bone but I don't know what it is my elbow cracks once in a while and it's wierd maybe it could be because I lean to much to do my homework but i don't know for sure what could it be?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2009
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  • Hi.....I suffer from Osteogenesis Imperfecta and also have this elbow problem in both arms when I lean on my elbow...ouch..just wanted to ask you all, do you all have OI also..just wanted to know if it was linked in anyway.Thanks..KAREN.Hi Karen,I was just looking up this symptom, I have intermittant extreme pain in elbow tip when leaning on it. I too, have OI (type I). Steve - New Jersey
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 19, 2009
    • 03:55 AM
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  • i feel that when i lean of the elbow that is brused. i don't see any bruises. it feels like i am leaning on a rock. any suggestions on how to treat it?
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  • I Am 25 years old and have been suffering from Elbow pain Since I was 18. I've seen doctor after doctor and they all ask the same questions. Did you hurt it at anytime? The answer is no. I went in for surgery when I was 19 because when I twisted my wrist My elbow made the most horrible crunching sound like bone against bone. They Filled My elbow full of water and took out the floating pieces of bone but still could not understand the problem. The Conclusion they came up with was Osteo-Arthritis, which also confused them because of my young age. It Normally does not occur until you are in you 50-60's. I have lost Extreme amount of motion where everyday tasks seem to be sometimes unbearable. (Ex. Brushing my hair, Dressing myself and sleeping has almost become impossible without waking up through the night with either pain or it falling asleep from not being able to extend it) The more time that goes by the tighter My elbow becomes and the less use I get out of my arm. Recently There has been a new pain and It's shooting from by elbow to My Pinky and Thumb, Some days I am also Loosing movement in them as well.... If anyone else out there can help me it would be more then appreciated. Thanks in advance
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 25, 2010
    • 07:29 PM
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  • Never insist on an MRI... they cause cancer.... Just wait it out and if it gets worse have it looked at without radiation.
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  • By reading the posts, it seems like many ppl have the same issue as I did. I would like to share how I fixed the problem. Background - I banged both my elbows repeatedly in a fit of rage while drinking (not my best moment in life). Nevertheless, I had extreme pain for about a week, then it got better. However, a persistent pain occurred every time I leaned my elbows on a hard surface. Touching it didn't hurt, x-rays were fine (nothing broken) and I could straighten my arms just fine. This pain persisted for 3-4 years before I started to look into it seriously. It just didn't seem to fully heal on its own.The solution was to desensitize the elbows. I thought this was crazy, but how I understand it is that since I banged my elbows, I avoided leaning on them. So my nerves on my elbows were not used to leaning on them. In some ways, the pain was in my head (but also my repaired nerves were not used to the leaning). So I went to a physical therapist to desensitize my elbows. They use various treatments like elecro something or other. This helped for several weeks, but the pain came back. Then I had to go back to the therapist. Each time it got a little better. But the final cure was when my orthopedic specialist told me to tap on my elbows with the tips of my fingers (the most bony part). Tap on it for several minutes each, then repeat. I took this even further. I found a relatively hard plastic tool (not hard like iron, but definitely solid). Then I used that to tap on my elbows. I did this while watching a full movie at home (so over an hour). My elbows were a little sore the next day, but they got much better for the next month or two. But the pain slowly came back. So I repeated the tapping for over an hour again. And this time it was better for many months until the pain came back once again. I repeated the tapping again, and the pain hasn't come back yet (over 12 months now). I'm not saying my elbows are perfect when I lean on a hard surface, but they are soooo much better... and they seem to be getting better with time.So I hope this helps ppl. But it is not intended for ppl who cannot straighten your arm or have a fracture in the elbow or are diagnosed with a known problem. And I am certainly now doctor, but the above worked for me when I thought nothing else would (not even surgery).
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 12, 2011
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