I developed really bad TE 3 years ago and had to stop playing for 18 months. Had MRI scans, cortisone, acupuncture, physio but none of these things seemed to really work (the cortisone injections were marginally OK for temporary relief, but became less effective as I had more of them). I was on the brink of surgery when it seemed to ease up and I changed racquets and startd playing again (not quite 100% right) but managed to get through playing 2 or 3 times a week without significant pain. A few weeks ago I was doing some painting and decorating round the house and also using a screwdriver for DIY jobs - and the blasted thing has come back again - BIG TIME! I'm now really fed up. So I have two questions: Has anyone had re-occuring TE and if so, is it usually worse 2nd time around? Also - something interesting has happened. I rested the elbow for a couple of weeks and it seemed to get worse - so I said 'stuff it' and played tennis through the pain - and the next day it got better (not great, but better). Why is this? It seems to me as if there's a level of tennis you can do with TE that may actually improve the condition - BUT if you overdo this (as I have) it all gets worse again. I'm really depressed -- it's a really horrible affliction and I'm so jealous of the people who have got rid of it in just a couple of months - mine lasted for years. Doh!