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Elbow Pain - Tip of Elbow (Page 2)


April 24th, 2015
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! What treatments I should take? And what specialist I should consulting? Orthopedic?
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replied June 22nd, 2015
I finally decided to look this up after having this pain for more than a year. Sometimes I can't feel it, sometimes a tight shirt can cause the pain. Usually I forget about it until I rest my arm on the console of my car or my desk. Then - OUCH!
I've tried to push on the spot that hurts and can't recreate the pain. For a long time i was thinking that a shard of glass got embedded in my elbow but now I think a bone spur seems more likely.
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replied June 25th, 2015
Elbow pain insane,
I've had the same pain as everyone has discussed. I read all the posts and couldn't have described the symptoms better than most of you. I've had the pain for eight days now. I remember the moment it started and this may help some of you. I was foam rolling my right hamstring on the floor of a fitness facility while leaning on my left arm/elbow when suddenly I felt the most intense pain I've ever felt in my left elbow. At first I thought I had a tiny stone under my elbow but there was nothing there. For the past week every time I lean on something, I get that intense pain, otherwise I can't reproduce it. I've checked my elbow with a magnifying glass thinking I had a microscopic shard of glass imbedded in my elbow but I don't see anything. There isn't any swelling or any other signs of trauma. Yesterday, I was putting on a suit coat and the brushing of the coast along my elbow reproduced the intense pain. I went to my doctor today but he gave me some lame diagnosis and told me to take Aleeve for a few days. I'm going to schedule an appointment with my chiro but thus far the bone spur sounds like the most plausible explanation.
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replied June 26th, 2015
I had suffered a fall in the recent past - with my elbow connecting to an ice surface. I developed a case of bursitis - with many of the symptoms described in the thread - bouts of intense discomfort, sensitivity to the touch, limited range of motion.

With the bursa being the intermediary between the muscle and tendon - the focus was on healing any damage to the aforementioned tissues. A combination of cold therapy (for flare-ups) and a gentle deep heat to help enhance blood flow to the damaged tissue worked in my case.
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replied July 22nd, 2015
Thank goodness ive found this forum as I too have the sharp pain at the tip of my right elbow.As said previously it feels like shards of glass.I've had my pain since around Easter therefore I will make an appointment to have an X-ray done.Last year I had a frozen shoulder in the other arm that thankfully has gone after a lot of Physio.I've kept the pain to myself as I know hubby doesn't need any more excuses to send me to the "glue farm"!
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replied August 11th, 2015
Same Problem
Hello,
I can't believe so many people have the same problem as me. I am a med student and a bunch of my friends had begun to convince me that I was crazy. I am going to ask around to see if I can find out what it is and I'll post up anything I find out.

In the mean time, here's to hoping this just goes away!
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replied August 12th, 2015
Sharp pain on tip of elbow
Hard to believe so many people have my problem. I am 62 years old and have had this "tip of the elbow" jolting pain for at least 20 years, probably 30. It is so specific to one point on my right elbow that I forget about it until I lean on my desk in one specific way and then WHAMO!! Doctors have been no help so I am hoping one brilliant person on this list will come up with a diagnosis other than bursitis. I have learned to live with it but would love to find a cure.
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replied October 17th, 2016
Lymes?
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replied August 12th, 2015
Possible Diagnosis
Potential Diagnosis #1: Gout.

... more to come.
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replied September 9th, 2015
I too have been having the same problem but it's only in one elbow. I've thought about seeing a specialist but wonder if there is much they can do. I did fall off my bike a few months ago not sure if I hit my elbow thought that was maybe how I got it and kept telling my self that the pain would go away. Hopefully someone out there can give us more of a understanding on what could really be going wrong with our elbows.
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replied September 13th, 2015
I have the same thing....i don't have diabetes, but the pain has been unbearable....I tried tea tree oil, pain ointment nothing worked then I decided to put an ibuprofen 600 mg on it. I put it in water very little, you could just hold it in the water and let it get a little wet and put on that elbow...for me...pain went right away...hope it helps someone...
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replied September 29th, 2015
nobody has mentioned pain when doing push ups or bench press
Everybody seems to have the same symptoms but no one has really found any relief. I have basically the same symptoms from what is described as far as pain on the tip of the elbow, however(nobody else has described this) but when I do a pushup or bench press, basically any type of pushing exercise there is a lot of pain at the back and tip of my elbow. It is not tennis or golfers elbow I have had both of those and know exactly what they feel like, but this bottom and tip of the elbow is where the pain is and becomes acute when I do any pushing and leaning on it. I have rested, iced, aleve with very little help, I am going to try acupuncture and see if that will help.
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replied December 16th, 2015
Elbow pain
Hi,
I have read the complaints on this forum very carefully for two reasons. I have a small number of patients who have these symptoms as well. It is not a common problem at all, and I see 1-2 patients a year with these complaints. Many of my colleagues have never heard or seen it. But I know that it exists because I have the same exact symptoms, so I know exactly what the patient is talking about the minute they show me the painful spot.
It is NOT bursitis of the elbow, it is NOT an "enthesopathy", which is the problem of tendon attachment to the bone, as there is no tendon there, only skin and underlying bone (so, not tennis or golfer's elbow). It has nothing to do with bone spurs at the elbow either. Xray, MRI, ultrasound are not helpful at all for diagnosis, although many patients want them done.
It is an irritation of a small branch of skin (cutaneous) nerve. There is no name of this nerve, it is not the ulnar nerve at the "funny bone" location. It just sits there under the skin and you can actually feel it by rolling the finger gently over the tender spot.
Even a light pressure of a jacket over the nerve can trigger intense searing sensation that is immediately relieved once the pressure is off. However, it is very painful.
I have also noticed that it is seasonal, gets worse in winter, perhaps when a heavy coat is more often used and comes into contact with the elbow. It gets somewhat better over the years, but still acts up occasionally. And then goes away for most of the year.
I have injected the painful area with cortisone with some success. I don't think that surgery is the answer to this, since it is nearly impossible to identify the small nerve branch that is so hyperactive.
I realize that it may not be a very reassuring post, and you may want to keep looking for the right treatment, but hopefully it sheds some light for all of us who have this problem.
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replied February 16th, 2016
Doc- Thanks for the insight. I have the same symptoms also, except my pain seems to move around in the area. Left side, right side, dead on the tip and sometimes goes away completely for a while. The best way to describe it is a feeling of tiny shards of glass stuck below your skin. I guess I am lucky to not have it initiated by the touch of my shirt or coat; only when putting significant pressure on the area. Your input has convinced me to let it ride, at least for a while. Thanks again, Greg
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replied June 23rd, 2016
I have the same acute shooting pain in both elbows. It started on 1 side and I would jump out of my seat if I rested my left elbow on my car door. That started a few years ago. Now it's on the right and it's more intense. It wakes me up. I just went to the dr and she said it's either bursitis or a nerve that is overly sensitive. She gave me an rx for xray, but after reading this, I think I will save the time and effort. My only question is, what relieves the pain? I have found that holding ice on it irritates it because of the pressure. Is there anything topical that might work?
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replied October 17th, 2016
Could it be from Lymes?
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replied November 23rd, 2016
I am so glad that I found this forum, as my symptoms of elbow pain match up with the other complaints reported under this thread.
Thanks for posting your thoughts on this. After finding your response, and going on your premise that this might be caused by irritation of a small branch of cutaneous skin nerves, I thought I would try some topical Ibuprofen gel, that I had gotten via prescription, for another issue, some time ago. After only a day, my symptoms of stabbing pain, are 90% diminished, in my elbow.
As far as I know, right now, all NSAID topical gels are only available in the US via physician prescription. Online, it appears to be available mail order from Canada and Britain.
I am hoping that it only takes a short term period to clear up the inflammation.
Thanks again, for posting your ideas on the cause of this issue!
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replied December 21st, 2015
It's amazing how the mind plays tricks on you. My elbow pain started suddenly and was so excruciating that I convinced myself that someone must have stuck a needle inside the sleeve of my jacket, even though I knew that was impossible, because it felt like one was poking into the tip of my elbow every time I bent my arm. I can now pinpoint the exact spot that is the source of the pain. Nothing helpful to add, I'm afraid, I'm just relieved to find this thread. I guess there's not much point in troubling the doctor, but I will watch with interest to see if anyone comes up with a cure!
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replied December 30th, 2015
As an Ortho have you considered doing a very shallow Botox injection?
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replied February 12th, 2016
I've had the exact same pain on/off for a few months. Yesterday it was really bad. By unrelated circumstance I also started a 5 day regimen of prednisone (pills) due to asthma symptoms. I started the prednisone last night and by this morning my elbow pain was totally gone. It could be a coincidence but it hasn't gone away this quickly in the past, which on the internet means it's a cure.

Worth considering if nothing else works assuming you can find a doctor who won't say it's all in your head.
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replied April 13th, 2016
elbow pain
I might as well join the party. I Have the same symptoms and it used to creep up on me occasionally when I put my elbow down but now it lasted longer and im not sure if it will go away even when I go to bed I cant keep from hurting my arm. I know that I banged my elbow on a wall a year or so ago and I think ever since I have had intermittent pain. I work out and that may be aggravating it but I hate to quit doing that. REcently I Have been doing cable crossovers pretty heavy and IM sure that does not help.
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replied April 16th, 2016
I have pain tip of my elbow
I fell off ladder 3 days ago down stairs, landed on my elbow, it felt like acid spilt on it, thank you for your comments sounds so familiar with my problem, I see what the medical people think now
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replied May 15th, 2016
elbow pain
I have had this very same problem for the last couple of years. Feels like glass/stone/nail/needle under my skin. Full ROM otherwise..No issues at all.
I cannot lean on my elbow. It does come and go. When turning in bed, I have screamed in pain.

Even when it is not "flared up" I am always very careful. I have a gel "wrist rest" at work I use all the time for my elbow. Sometimes just to put on a jacket its painful to have it touching....
I have been to the Dr('s)...my family Dr says bursitis, I say, not the case...there is no swelling, redness, stiffness...and excruciating pain to the touch is not really a symptom I have heard for bursitis.
I went to a orthopedic surgeon. An xray was done, and MRI..NOTHING; including bursitis...thats what I was told, looked at like I was crazy, and was told to take some anti inflammatory meds..So deflating...just want to know cause/cure!! Cant stomach anti inflammatory drugs...do NOT want any drugs, just want the issue fixed and gone.
Was glad to see I am not the only one (sorry everyone) just have been made to feel like I am crazy!
I'm 44, in good health otherwise, take no other meds.
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replied October 17th, 2016
You explained my symptoms exactly. Do you think it cold be lymes?
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replied August 10th, 2016
elbow pain
All aboard! I have the exact same pain, I find it hard to pin-point the pain but when I lean on it or bend my elbow in a shirt/ jacket I have a very sharp pain. I thought I had a piece of glass or something stuck under the skin.
I always played around with it trying to pin-point the pain and see if anything was moving around (splinter/ glass/ bone chip?) . I couldn't find anything but I could bring the pain on and if I played around with it, this only makes it worse. Decided to stop after reading this thread and will try not to apply any pressure and see if the nerves relax (if its a nerve prob) and see if the pain is no more
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replied August 26th, 2016
So me too. Much thanks to the doctor for his post. I will bring it with me when I have it checked out. Exactly like a pebble and searing pain to the touch. What a drag. Good luck everyone. If I get any relief I will post.
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