sore achy elbow. what can i do?

My elbow has been hurting me for a couple of years now. It started when I worked at a smoothie place my senior year of school. During my shift, if we were having a really busy day, I would be about to pour a smoothie in to the cup when all of a sudden, I would get this shooting feeling from my elbow down to my pinky and I would almost lose my grip on the blender.

It’s a sort of dull achy pain. I also get it from being on the computer for a long time. (like typing). I have noticed that when I run two fingers down my arm from my elbow to my pinky, I can make the pain start, so I’m wondering if its a nerve thing.It’s mostly the inside of my elbow that hurts.
It’s very achy. I use Asper Cream on it. Thats all I have.

Has anyone had this happen to them before? It’s been almost 3 years now since I noticed it. I have had no injuries to it (besides getting stung by a bee about a month ago around that area). My pinky goes numb. This is my left arm, btw.

I’m probably going to go to the doctor when I get on break this week. But I really wanted to know if anyone has had this problem before. Please, serious answers only.

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  1. nannanurse, 03 April, 2010

    Sounds like tendinitis.

    Definition of Tendinitis
    Tendinitis (also known as tendonitis) is an inflammation of a tendon (a band of fibrous tissue connecting muscle to bone) that causes pain, tenderness and occasionally, restricted movement of the muscle attached to the affected tendon.

    Description of Tendinitis
    Tendinitis can cause permanent damage to the tendons. The natural tendency to favor the painful area also can lead to stiffness. A vague discomfort at the age of 30, if overuse is continued for years, this can lead to a loss of flexibility due to scarring of the tissues.

    Sometimes the discomfort of tendinitis disappears within a matter of weeks, especially if you rest the affected area. In elderly people and those who continued to use the affected area, tendinitis often heals more slowly and usually progresses to a chronic condition.

    Types Of Tendinitis

    Almost any tendon in the body can be affected, however, those located around the knee, foot, elbow and shoulder are most frequently affected.

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