So for the past three weeks I have had a very sharp, very acute, shooting pain in the tip of my elbow when I put pressure in a very exact area. The area of pain is so acute that I could literally pin point it with a pen and can, at any time, find it exactly with the tip of finger, and when I apply the gentlest pressure it hurts like hell.
There is no other pain anywhere else in my arm and I have full range of motion and use of my arm and all joints. It is only when I put even the tiniest bit of pressure on that pin point area that an agonizing pain is felt. It feels exactly like a big piece of glass or a splinter is in my elbow except there isn't one.
There's no swelling. No redness. No prior injury. And if I mark the exact point of pain with a dot from a pen, then lift that area of skin off the bone, there is no pain in the skin despite me squashing and rolling and squeezing and desperately trying to recreate the pain.
And I NEED to stress that this isn't Tennis Elbow.
It is not uncommon to have an enthesopathy (inflammation at the attachment of a tendon into bone) on the point of your elbow (the olecranon process). This is where the triceps tendon attaches. Sometimes, the patient may even develop a small bone spur on the point.
This can become exquisitely tendon right over that spot. Sometimes, the patient may even develop a bursitis over the area in the olecranon bursa. It the bursitis develops, then the patient will usually develop some swelling, warmth, and maybe some redness.
So, you may have an enthesopathy, +/- a little bone spur on the tip of the olecranon process.
If the usual home remedies of ice/heat as needed, elbow padding, and some NSAID medicine (if you can take it), then you may want to see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation.
Most of the time, these can be treated medically. But, in rare cases, surgical excision of the small bone spur and bursa is needed.
I have the same problem of intense instant pain when I lean, even very lightly, on one elbow a particular way (the usual unthinking way) but no other symptoms at any other time. I've tried to stop myself doing this for a couple of months but sometimes lean on it without thinking when I'm rolling over in bed. I can rub my elbow and feel nothing but there is sometimes a tightness when I bend my arm and point my elbow upwards - especially at night. If I repeat the action this goes away. The pain is very severe but I can't make it happen by doing anything except resting on it. I haven't seen a doctor as I can avoid the pain for the most part. However it does worry me so I'd love to hear anyone's advice.
recently developed the same symptoms (as EmilyB87). I can't find the source of trouble looking at or manipulating my elbow. No rough skin, thorn, sign of injury whatsoever. I can manipulate the skin or probe the area... nothing.
But lean on my elbow in bed? No way, the pain is instantaneous and intense. What is this?
I''m so glad I googled this, I''m right there with everyone. I bartend and have no problems with movement or lifting but a simple thing like leaning on my elbow is excruciatingly painful. It''s so bad at time that even my shirt rubbing on my elbow causes pain. I can pinpoint the small area it comes from and it''s been a mystery to me why it hurts the way it does. I''ve resorted to wearing a large bandage over my elbow and that''s helped a lot.
Looks like we are having the same symptoms. I have had no other problems until the last few days. My forearm has been sore and I am not working out. Some searching has lead me to believe I am on my iPhone too much. And I know I am wasting way too much time on my phone. I wonder if my exact description of elbow pain everyone else has described is from overusing my phone? Mine is my right. Anyone else have it on their predominate use arm?
I really want to know what this is too. It's to the point i need to see a doctor. My pain is on the tip of my right elbow. It doesn't feel like joint or muscle. It feels like bone and I can touch all over my elbow and not hurt it but every once in awhile I barely touch it or set my elbow down and its very intense pain. It has happened when I am driving and i set my right elbow on the console of my car. This last weekend I slid into bed and as i reached my arms foward toward the pillow my right elbow was brushing against the bed and HOLY F it felt like I was pulling a tendon of my bone. I think I caused it or irritated it golfing. It can be sore at times but mostly it is not noticeable until i bump it and then very intense pain ensues. ANYONE have an answer? an idea?
I think it began one morning recently when I leaned over in bed on my right elbow and it felt like I had placed it upon a small stone under the sheet - no stone there of course, but it hurt like hell or second or two. I'm a little concerned it might get worse before it gets better, so it's off to the doc in a few days.
Dunno about you, but sometimes, when I least expect it, it feels like someone has snuck up on me and hit me with a red hot branding iron on just the one little spot! Usually in the morning and when my elbow is bent - and just as I'm about to pull on a coat sleeve or jumper over the elbow.
In response to my own post and in anticipation that someone else might have a similar medical disorder, here is an update of my own problem. I'm off to get an EMG (Electromyogram) test done. My medico suspects I have what they call an ulnar nerve displacement/compression at the elbow. After the EMG results in January 2015, these should determine what the problem actually is and how to proceed from here, should the test confirm the initial diagnosis. Quite possibly the next step will be a small operation to relieve pressure on the nerve at this point. Keeping my fingers crossed that it's going to go okay.
Hi, I have the same pain as you are! It disturbing my life! I can't even brush my teeth or comb my hair as my elbow pains when i bending it! Did you go for the operation? And what specialist you consulting?
Dealing with the same exact thing. I thought I was the only one and thought I was crazy...Thought it was a nerve issue....I do have lymes disease and I think that may be causing it....I am not some crazy hypochondriac..... Never even went to the doctors until I got LD....
Same thing here folks. Excruciating on the touch at times.
Had this for 6 months now. Recently I have also noticed a swelling going from the exterior tip of the elbow down the forearm, about 4cm long.
I had it x-rayed yesterday because I though I might have chipped the bone when falling last summer. However the x-ray show no sign of bone damage.
Does anyone here have any other bone soreness anywhere in the body?
I am experiencing the symptoms described above right now. But this isn't the first time. I've been dealing with this kind of elbow pain off and on for several years. It usually goes away on it's own but this time it's being stubborn and hanging around a lot longer. Like the others, I can pinpoint exactly where on my elbow the pain is coming from. It's so tender that my shirt rubbing against it, hurts. I'm about to call the doctor because it's becoming a problem, living with it day to day.
This is called Bursitis. I got it after over doing it in the gym - was overstretching my arm and then putting it under pressure.
Mechanically, it is caused by the fluid filled layering between your skin and elbow tip becoming inflamed. It can be a repetitive or trauma injury. It will heal itself if you rest. Haven't figured out how to stop it coming back.
The pain and issue eventually went away on its own. I'm a graphic artist and was experiencing this issue only at my desk and only when I placed my elbow on the desk in a very particular way.
Any way, I simply stopped leaning on the desk (which wasn't easy as this action was very habitual and almost involuntary). But after about six weeks of keeping my arm hanging by my side the issue went away on its own entirely and I can't recreate it now even if I try.
As a new grad starting career in engineering I am leaning on a desk much more frequently and have this exact same pain/situation. It's my non-mouse elbow (left) and sharp pain on the elbow. I'll try out what you are describing, good to hear it may just go away with reduced stress on that area.
I don't know if this actually helped me or if it was just time as in the case of PhantomHurtie, but [removed by admin] suggested Alpha Lipoic Acid. I take 600 mg twice a day. I have been doing it for about a month and after about a week, it started improving. I still have the discomfort at times but I am SO much less sensitive than I was. An occasional tight sleeve will still cause a quick pain, and once in a while I set it just wrong on something, but it is remarkably improved...
Yep, hurts like hell, even if i brush it against some thing very lightly...only difference is I know why mine hurts. Lyme disease, now I'm sure there are other reasons this might occur but it's worth looking into especially if you also have headaches, fatigue, widespread pain, IBS like symptoms, joint pain or even palpitations and many others.
How do you know it was lyme? Is your lyme cured? I have had this elbow thing on and off for a few years same as everyone describes. I recently got diagnosed with lyme but only a few bands were present. On a ton of meds, everything hurts neck, hands, forearms plus this elbow thing. Losing my mind!