Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tennis elbow, anyone?

I saw the doctor on Tuesday and he said that I have tennis elbow. Une épicondylite, or epicondylitis, caused by repetitive stress to the elbow. Must be from all the tennis I watch on television.

I used the internet to look up and research tennis elbow.

He gave me a prescription for a topical anti-inflammatory and said I shouldn't do whatever I was doing for a while. I think the injury happened when I was trying to start the chainsaw after flooding the engine. Repetitive pulls on the starter cord. Not very smart.

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  1. We all know that you are a tennis tragic.

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  2. That conjours up a wonderful picture of you sitting on the couch....
    echoing all the strokes being played on the screen...
    the reason that you have tennis elbow and most players don't....
    is that they get to rest between matches....
    but you don't...
    one match finishes and you are straight into the next!!

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  3. Maybe you should watch videos of spa treatments.

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  4. Once having passed the years of our youth, we need to be careful about what we do. I was surprised that I survived a recent bout of heavy tree and bush pruning at Mother's without any problem except exhaustion, extreme perspiration and trembling. I expected back pain, or neck pain or arm pain.

    Haha at tennis elbow being caused by watching tennis, and Stuart's comment was amusing. Btw, if you flood an engine, go back inside and do something and go back to the engine in ten minutes.

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    1. andrew, I didn't realize I was flooding the engine at the time. It seems I was holding the trigger in (giving it gas) while trying to start it! Now I know better. :)

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  5. Ow! Been there and hated it. Best thing for it that I've found is alternating heat and cold on the affected area. Hope you're pain-free soon.

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  6. Yet another reason why I don't watch tennis! But, really, hope you recover quickly. That pain is awful. Imagine working a trade show for 2 weeks with it. It was impossible to not wince every time I had to shake a hand (which was basically my job)! So, don't shake any hands and make Ken wait on you.

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    1. mitch, well, I'm left-handed, and it's my left elbow. Shaking hands will not be a problem!

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  7. Ouch! I hope that your elbow recovers soon. I also think Stuart has the right idea! BTW your pic of the week is wonderful.

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  8. Hahaha, Tim, you've done it now! I can see the same picture. :)) Sorry, Walt, I know it's painful, and yes, rest will do it a lot of good. May take some time though. Hope you're not in too much pain!

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  9. BTW: love your picture of the week!

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  10. I got tennis elbow years ago when the dog pulled on her lead to chase after a rabbit. It was very annoying and disproportionately disabling.
    I tried anti-inflammatories, both cream and tablets but it wouldn't budge. In the end a steroid injection did the trick.
    I hope yours gets better soon.

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  11. Thanks for the well wishes, everyone! My arm is still functional, just painful at the elbow. So I have to take it easy for a while and try not to stress it. The anti-inflammatory is only for the pain; it won't help in the healing.

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