So, after 3 weeks of pain in my elbow, I was diagnosed today with tennis elbow. Tennis elbow refers to the soreness and pain in the outer elbow that is the result of damage to the tendons that connect the forearm and elbow. It is often the result of repetitive everyday activities. I kinda knew this already, but I just needed confirmation. I decided to go ahead with the cortisone shot, and as I sit here in dire pain, I’m wishing I didn’t. I can’t use my arm at all now. They say the pain will get better after 24-48 hours. I surely hope so. It literally hurts my elbow to move my thumb as I type this. For real.
I got a brace for my arm and one for my wrist, and will go to therapy next week. But, the doc says lay off the free weights for probably a couple of months. I’m not happy about this at all. Won’t I lose all my strength and muscle? I’m so upset about it. I already went through this last summer when I strained my lateral oblique. But at least then, I could lift lightly. But I had to build up again. I didn’t want to have to start over again. But I will, as soon as possible. I’ll be asking my physical therapist about strength building while healing. I’ll share what I learn.