Can I get tennis elbow without doing something repetitive.?

I’ve had pain in my elbow for two weeks. It hurts to even pick up a coffee cup. The bone also hurts to the touch. I was telling a friend about it and she told me it sounded like tennis elbow. I looked it up and the symptoms match up. It says it’s caused by repetitive motion. I don’t do any repetitive motion for any length of time. The day it started hurting I moved a love seat and I also was holding up my printer to slide a board under it to keep it from scratching a shelf it was sitting on. The shelf was close to the floor and I was holding the all the printer weight with it sitting on top of my hand. Maybe that was the cause. But why the pain on the bone? I don’t have insurance so I don’t want to go to the doctor just so he can tell me to rest it. I can do that free. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be and what I can do about it.
It doesn’t really affect normal activity other than I can’t lift weights right now. I know it wasn’t caused by weightlifting though.

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  1. carpal-tunnel-provider, 31 October, 2009

    You may have torn the tendon attachment when moving object..called acute or traumatic lateral with useage it hurts..the treatment is the same.Ice 3 x day x 3-4 days then moist heat then can alt ice/heat.Try an elbow strap with air-pillow on it. advil,biofreeze gel…stop or decrease activity…If not better in 4 wks see a provider

  2. Damocles, 31 October, 2009

    If you haven’t done repeatative motions, then it isn’t repeatitive stress syndrome. Sounds like you pulled a tendon. There are no nerves in your bones – it if hurts "in your bones" it’s probably your mind playing tricks on you, misinterpreting the true source of the pain. Your tendons do attach to the bones (or is that ligaments?).

    I don’t think there is much you can do besides rest it. If the tendon is torn, you’d need surgery to fix it, which isn’t in your price range. Maybe fix yourself up a sling, more to keep yourself from trying to use it too much?

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