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A 36-year-old female asked:

I fell on my left elbow 9 months ago. an x-ray showed no breaks. now there's a burning sensation, limited mobility, unable to lift, and shooting pain down my forearm. i can't sleep. now what?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Needs exam: With burning and shooting pain it sounds like a possible compressed nerve for which you need to make visit to your doc. Nerves can be affected in many areas and sometimes nerve conduction studies are performed to determine the exact cause whether the shooting pain is limited to your arm or arising higher i.E shoulder or neck. Best wishes.
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Maybe nerve damage: It sounds like neuropathic pain. The ulnar nerve runs by your elbow it could be dislocating or damaged possibly. I would see an orthopedist and have mri. And ultrasound exam done.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Arthritis: Certainly sounds like you've developed arthritis in the joint. Alternatively, ulner nerve may be entrapped. It really should be examined by an orthopedist to get an accurate diagnosis. Treatments can be quite different depending on the exact cause.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Get Evaluation: Many times initial x-ray may be negative for fracture. Many times fractures show after a few weeks. Also you may need to be evaluated to make sure there is no infection at your elbow. Go and see an orthopedic specialist.

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