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Elbow Pain (Definition)

Discomfort or soreness to varying degrees at the joint that joins the upper ...Read more


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My mom complaining of SEVER Pain in ALL of her left arm after she injected with Diprofos (cortisone) around her elbow. Pain is normal?? she's crying

My mom complaining of SEVER Pain in ALL of her left arm after she injected with Diprofos (cortisone) around her elbow. Pain is normal?? she's crying

Return to treater: Your mom needs to return to the doc who injected her arm to evaluate this. A nerve could have been injured, infection may be present, or it may be unrelated. A diagnosis is needed to create a proper treatment plan and prevent the development of more serious problems ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel sleepy after a cortisone injection in the elbow? Or was it just due to the long stressful day I had. And will I feel beter 2morow

Is it normal to feel sleepy after a cortisone injection in the elbow? Or was it just due to the long stressful day I had. And will I feel beter 2morow

Not really.: I believe that your sleepiness is due to the long stressful day and perhaps relief from pain from the cortisone injection. Yes, I think you'll feel better in the morning. I pray that you will. ...Read more

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I have tennis elbow which I have had 3 cortisone injection now my elbow look a red and purple in colour the last injection was in September last year?

I have tennis elbow which I have had 3 cortisone injection now my elbow look a red and purple in colour the last injection was in September last year?

Local reaction: The skin and overlying tissues can be altered by the steroid injection. There is sometimes a thinning of the skin and a loss of the subcutaneous (under the skin) fat that renders the appearance reddish purple. It may improve over time. I would limit injections to no more than three. If the tennis elbow returns, consider surgery. Before that, identify the cause and avoid the activity or wear brace. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have bruising after an ulnar nerve elbow ultrasound using a needle and cortisone injection?

Is it normal to have bruising after an ulnar nerve elbow ultrasound using a needle and cortisone injection?

Yes: A small amount of bleeding under the skin after injection is not unusual, especially if you have been taking anti-inflammatory medicines, which have some minor blood thinning side effects. ...Read more

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Four cortisone injections in two years time. No scans. My hand and fingers getting numb, abnormal pain in elbow. Tennis elbow or pinched nerve? Thank you

Four cortisone injections in two years time. No scans. My hand and fingers getting numb, abnormal pain in elbow. Tennis elbow or pinched nerve? Thank you

Not clear: Pinched nerve in the neck can cause arm and hand pain, numbness, weakness. Tennis elbow typically causes elbow pain and weak hand grip. It is unclear where you were injected. Your doctor should be able to sort out whether this is a neck/nerve problem, or an inflammation of the elbow. ...Read more

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Was in a car accident 6days ago, hit ulnar nerve. Received steroid shot, but thimb, ring, and pinky are still numb with shooting pain in elbow. Help?

Was in a car accident 6days ago, hit ulnar nerve. Received steroid shot, but thimb, ring, and pinky are still numb with shooting pain in elbow. Help?

Time: Should get better with time, but I would see a hand surgeon for a consultation to get a better idea of the diagnosis and prognosis. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had a specific injury that caused my tennis elbow. I had multiple cortisone & blood injections & surgery 4 mos. Ago-still have pain-any other tx?

I had a specific injury that caused my tennis elbow. I had multiple cortisone & blood injections & surgery 4 mos. Ago-still have pain-any other tx?

Difficult: First, I would probably recommend a second opinion to confirm that tennis elbow is your actual diagnosis. Many doctors jump straight to injections and surgery prior to emphasizing stretching and therapy. I would definitely do these if they haven't been done. Unfortunately, there is a subset of patients who just don't respond to surgery the way that we would hope. ...Read more

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Tennis elbow confirmed after examination. No scans. 4 cortisone injections in two years. Last two made pain worst. Suggested surgery. What should I do?

Tennis elbow confirmed after examination. No scans. 4 cortisone injections in two years. Last two made pain worst. Suggested surgery. What should I do?

Surgery should be: The very last thing tried. Make sure your physical medicine doctor has put you on a full course of progressive eccentric exercise. Nitrous oxide patches applied directly over the affected common extensor and changed every 24 hours can be a very helpful adjunct to physical therapy. If this fails (and it works most of the time) consider ultrasound guided needle tenotomy of affected areas. ...Read more

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Morning please assist I have a cortisone injections to my shoulder however still feeling pain and have numbness down my elbow and to my fingers.

Morning please assist I have a cortisone injections to my shoulder however still feeling pain and have numbness down my elbow and to my fingers.

Radiculopathy: See the treating doctor again if it persists for a week after the cortisone injection. It might be a pinched nerve from the neck that's reffering down the arm. ...Read more

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Had cortisone in AC joint. First one failed, hit bone and tingly shock wave through body. Second attempt successful but 28 hours later whole shoulder, up neck, down to elbow feels same pain as injection?

Had cortisone in AC joint. First one failed, hit bone and tingly shock wave through body. Second attempt successful but 28 hours later whole shoulder, up neck, down to elbow feels same pain as injection?

See your md: I assume you had ac joint injections for ac joint arthrosis or 'weight lifters' clavicle. If u are having the symptoms you are describing I would contact his office and see if you can't be seen fairly soon. Ac joint injections should not cause pain in neck, down arm etc. Any allergies? See your ors. ...Read more

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Can cortisone injections to elbow cause avascular necrosis of elbow? I had 4 injections. Last two to elbow joint

Can cortisone injections to elbow cause avascular necrosis of elbow? I had 4 injections. Last two to elbow joint

Not common: Usually avn of any joint is due 2 oral steroids or im injections on a long term basis, also etoh abuse. The intra articular injections repeatedly into a joint cause permanent damage 2 the articular cartilage of the joint. ...Read more

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Elbow soft tissue atrophy after cortisone injections. What kind of more damage can be made for hand because of this and what is the treatment?

Steroid injections: Too many steroid injections can weaken the tissues and once this occurs, the damage is done. Tendons have been known to rupture after too many cortisone shots. The main treatment is to avoid any future steroid shots or placing of undue stress on the elbow. An orthopedic specialist can advise you further. ...Read more

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Will an epidural steroid injection improve elbow pain that I get when I workout.?

Will an epidural steroid injection improve elbow pain that I get when I workout.?

Likely no: Most elbow pain is from issues in the elbow. Unless your pain is coming from your neck (unlikely if just elbow pain) an esi will not help. You may need an injection in the elbow. ...Read more

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How to treat golfers elbow, should I get cortisone shot?

How to treat golfers elbow, should I get cortisone shot?

Golfers elbow: You should be examined and treated by an othopedic specialist to get the best results. ...Read more

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Can anybody identify the cause of this rash inside elbows? Reddish raised cured with cortisone

Can anybody identify the cause of this rash inside elbows? Reddish raised cured with cortisone

Can not tell: Could be number of conditions but if it cured with cortisone and there are no other symptoms it is self limited rash. ...Read more

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Is there a cortisone shot for tennis elbow that actually works?

Is there a cortisone shot for tennis elbow that actually works?

Yes.: A cortisone injection can be extremely helpful, even curative. It should be administered by an orthopedic elbow specialist, top make sure that it's given in the right location. ...Read more

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Does cortisone shot for tennis elbow actually work?

Does cortisone shot for tennis elbow actually work?

Yes.: The injection can be very effective, if your pain is localized to one spot right on the bony origin of the muscle mass. Usually you need to combine the injection with a tennis elbow strap and physical therapy. ...Read more

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How many cortisone shots are too many to treat my tennis elbow?

How many cortisone shots are too many to treat my tennis elbow?

3 or more: The rule of thumb I follow is no more than 3 injections in a one year period into the same area and at least 1 month between injections. This may be more or less conservative when compared to other docs but it has kept my complication rate very low. Corticosteroids over time can weaken or rupture tendons/ ligaments and cause necrosis in bone. If your not responding, ask about other treatments. ...Read more

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Had a cortisone shot for tennis elbow and having severe and increasing pain. Never had this reaction before to the shots. Help.

Go to doctor: Pain after an injection is not normal and could signal an infection. Doesn't have to be but I'd want to know sooner rather than later. Is ther eswelling, redness or warmth over the injection site, bruising? Or other abnormality? Go see your doctor, please. ...Read more

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Can I be misguided in treating tennis elbow and now suffering from loose bodies in elbow or osteochondritis? I had 4 cortisone inj in 2 years to elbow

Can I be misguided in treating tennis elbow and now suffering from loose bodies in elbow or osteochondritis? I had 4 cortisone inj in 2 years to elbow

You can have...: Not sure about your specific treatment but patients can have osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow w/ secondary loose body formation that will require arthroscopy... As well as 'tennis elbow'... They can co-exist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How many cortisone shots can I have for tennis elbow before I should have surgery?

2 or 3: Studies have shown that injecting the elbow makes it may likely that the tennis elbow will recur. After 2 or 3 injections it is time to consider other options. ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot in my elbow for tennis elbow over a week ago an I'm a lot of pain still, what else can be done?

Pain meds: It might take up to 2 weeks for cortisone shot to get an effect. However there are many good pain medications to keep you comfortable.
Rec.: see your pain management physician for pain evaluation and medication management. ...Read more

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My husband had a cortisone shot for tennis elbow and is in excruciating pain. How can we eliminate it and when will he fell better?

You should contact: The doctor who gave him the shot. Pain from injection should subside in a day or two. Pain from his underlying condition might not improve for some time however. ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot for tennis elbow this am now my whole elbow feels numb. What's wrong?

Possibly nerve affec: Possibly nerve affected. If does not clear up within the day, it needs to be evaluated to assure no permanent damage. ...Read more

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2nd cortisone shot in elbow yesterday. Was wide awake until 430am only to wake up at 8 wide awake. Today lightheaded and I can feel my heartbeat. Normal?

2nd cortisone shot in elbow yesterday. Was wide awake until 430am only to wake up at 8 wide awake. Today lightheaded and I can feel my heartbeat. Normal?

Sideeffect: Insomnia is uncommon side effect of steroid inj wheater it is given I m oe in the joint some feel more then others but should gradually subside. ...Read more

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Have excruciating pain in upper left arm. Had tennis elbow with cortisone shots previously, advice?

Upper arm pain: It really depends on the precise location you are referring to. Tennis elbow causes pain just below the elbow joint and is usually injected with cortisone. If you are saying you have pain in your upper arm, this is not likely to be tennis elbow. Depending on the precise location it could be tendonitis, arthritis, impingement, or nerve injury. ...Read more