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Saturday, August 8, 2015

My elbow :^(

So you've heard me complain about my tendonitis. Here's what I have found out, everything I was doing for it was wrong, the shots the bands the ice , the anti inflammatories etc...
Apparently inflammation is part of the healing process ok?, ok. So all the things I was told by my older Dr's to do wound up stopping the healing process. Apparently western medicine has not understood this yet, scientists are always the last to know lol. But I'm not posting to complain about my Dr's, they are sweet and we're doing what they were taught to do. Which is get rid of inflammation which is causing the pain. So I got three shots over two years, wore a band and used lots of ice and NSAIDs on my elbow. Now two years later my elbow has not healed and is weaker now than it has ever been. I can't even pick up a up of coffee without wincing from pain.
What I've learned....
The tendons don't have a blood supply like the muscles do, and take months or longer to heal. So cutting off any circulation like with a band is not good but that's just the least of it. The ice the NSAIDs and the shots do such a great job at killing the inflammation that healing stops and the -itis becomes an -osis ... What I mean is that now my tendons have begun to degrade instead of repair.

So if you're thinking of shots for your tennis elbow? Don't. Just do a web search for deep tissue release, Epsom salt soak, castor oil packs, and be patient. It could take a few months. The short term relief is not worth the sacrifice. If I had known I never would have ever gotten those shots.