Friday, October 28, 2011

My poor elbow...

I've been dealing with elbow pain for about a year and a half, actually both elbows. I was told I had tennis elbow and golfer's elbow and started a series of steroid injections over the past year. My left elbow seems to be doing ok but my right one has gotten progressively worse. The last injections was in May and the pain didn't go away in my right one. So I gave it time, did the stretching exercises I was told to do and the pain actually started getting worse. I finally had had enough of the pain so I made an appointment with my regular doctor. After looking at my elbow he ordered an MRI he said I could have torn something because of the swelling and inside pain. I'm thinking how did I tear something, I haven't done anything and wouldn't I know if I tore something immediately. So many questions. I had the MRI last week and my doctor called for me to come in for the results. I thought well something really is wrong if I have to go in for results. When he walked in the door he said you have a really sick elbow, I have three torn ligaments! I'm sure I'm looking at him with the deer in the headlights look, huh??? How did that happen? So now I'm waiting to see the surgeon who after my doctor talked to him is so excited to do surgery on me! So glad I made the surgeon's day.

So according to the MRI report I have a significant high signal at the bony attachment of the common extensor tendon, consistent with a high grade tear, a tear of the radial collateral ligament and a tear of the lateral ulnar collateral ligament. When I googled all of these they all relate to athletes mainly baseball players. I really can't figure how this happened.

I'll feel better when I talk to the surgeon to find out how all this gets done, what the recoup time is, rehab, etc. I hope I can get the surgery done sooner rather than later. Husband's going to have to learn to do a lot of stuff!

1 comment:

Sandy said...

I'm glad you were able to get to the bottom of what was wrong with it and you won't have to live with that pain much longer.