Pain advice - what is this?

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  1. andreh

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    Hi,

    I have a very sore spot on the top side, maybe a little bit on the inside, of my forearm at the height of the elbow. It does not appear to be located where typical Tennis Elbow pain is (which is on the outside rather than on top).

    Lay your straight arm on flat surface, palm facing down, and draw an imaginary line from your middle finger to just below the top of the elbow joint and you have the spot (whereas for typical TE, as I've understood, you would draw this line from your little or ring finger and land on the bony protrusion on the outside.

    Bending the arm definetely moves the sore spot to the inside of the elbow, rather than the outside.

    It hurts when a little when bending the wrist up with the palm to the side and a little while gripping things with a straight arm

    Anyone know what I have? Is it TE? It won't heal up. Very stubborn

    Thanks a bunch in advance
     
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  2. P8ntballa

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    I think I have the same problem that you do, it is very annoying. It (for me) comes and goes often. Im not sure if its TE, would love to know what this is as well. Does it hurt you while playing? In my case it does not bother me, its mostly right after I play which makes me think its not too serious because its not an agonizing pain pretty small. I might ask my doc or coach if it keeps coming back will update with possibl answers (if I get them.)
     
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  3. andreh

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    I have a theory now. Biceps tendonitis at the elbow?

    Or maybe just tight muscles. Don't know.

    It can sometimes radiate down the forearm and to outer and inner part of the elbow. but no tenderness at the typical TE spot.
     
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  4. P8ntballa

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    Just had my stringer and my coach look at it and they both felt the same way, overuse. My coach knowing how much Im on the court said I just need to take a few days off so my arm can get its strength back, my stringer said pretty much the same thing. I believe them and will prob skip out of fri and sat practice.
     
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  5. SystemicAnomaly

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    I believe that the biceps tendon attaches to the forearm a bit more inside -- if you lay your forearm flat, palm up, it would attach to the forearm right in the middle. It's the white part at near the top in the 1st pic below

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    I wondering if it is a sprain of one of the lateral ligaments.
    See middle & lower images below. More info at this site.

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    Note also that there are quite few forearm tendons that attach to the elbow:

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    (More info at this site)
     
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  7. andreh

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    Thanks alot for the info. Very nice of you all to take the time.

    I can also say that it sometimes hurt behind the lateral epicondyle, almost on the upper part of the arm

    Gripping with the fingertips hurts (i.e., holding a coffee cup) more than with the entire hand (i.e., a racquet)

    I can also sometimes hurt on the inside of the elbow, almost at where the biceps tendon attaches in the pics above, but not quite.

    Anyway, It just won't heal up. I've massage, cortisone (which actually was injected slightly above the lateral epicondyle, almost where the forearm becomes the upper arm). Cortisone took it away completely for a few weeks. I've tried NSAIDs, which only seems to irritate even more (strange, but true). Icing helps temprarily. Heating seems to irritate more.

    I appreciate all the help. Thanks

    /A
     
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