Elbow tendonitis….?

I’ve been suffering from tendonitis in both arms for about 8 months now. I was a drummer. I played vigorously every day, and I played for my church on Sundays. When I was first diagnosed, my arms were very stiff and swollen. I could barely move them, so I rested them for about 3-4 weeks and iced them every day. Eventually the stiffness and swelling went away, and the pain mostly did as well. It would twinge now and then, and I was able to play for my church again with no problems (but when I would play my normal speed they would act up). Certain activities like basketball would hurt a little too, but not so much.

I went to a doctor and he said it was classic tendonitis and there wasn’t much he could do. He gave me a few print-outs of exercises and sent me on my way.

I started the stretching portion of the exercises about two weeks ago. right around then my arms started hurting constantly, with the smallest activities. Brushing my teeth, picking up a glass of water, getting dressed, typing.. EVERYTHING hurts now. I continue with the stretching but it doesn’t seem to be helping (it seems to be making it worse, really) and it warns against continuing to the strengthening exercises until stretching is nearly painless. Ibuprofen hasn’t helped at all.

I’m wondering, how long does it normally take for these exercises to help? Should they be hurting this much worse with just stretching? Is there anything else I should do?

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  1. pelican, 14 February, 2011

    It can take a while to recover, several weeks for sure. But I think you should get a second opinion if you are not seeing improvement.

  2. Teagan Jones, 14 February, 2011

    Brushing teeth is an easy task if you make it a habit. I wasn’t very good at doing it everyday until I committed to doing it everyday.

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