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Elbow Pain - Tip of Elbow (Page 3)


September 5th, 2016
pain19away, did your tests reveal anything useful?
I have what sound like the same as others. Extremely sharp pain on the tip of my elbow if I lean on it in certain ways in bed etc., if i press on the point, or if I roll the skin and flesh underneath around over my elbow. Yikes that hurts. Have had it for a few days now. No injury or specific incident I can think of that would have started it.
I'm hoping it will just go away on its own like most things do! But I'm getting older now and have a feeling my luck might start running out soon!!

If anyone has any advice from experience or can shed any light, I'd sure be happy about it.

Thanks,
Jonathan
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replied January 11th, 2017
I had the exact same pain. The cause of it was when I sleep, I put my palm between my head and my pillow. This had twisted my arm a little and for a prolong period cos I was sleeping. You would like to try putting your elbow on a soft support (care so that it won't hurt) with fingers pointing up, twist your arm anti-clockwise with a little bit of pressure. (my case was with my right hand). You can also do the same twisting lying down (actually this is better but more difficult to describe). My pain went away real quick. Hope this would help.
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replied September 19th, 2016
My elbow injury is sports related - is NOT golf/tennis elbow
I have the exact same pain as described by those on this forum. For my situation, the cause is a bit different. I play golf for a living. I was working diligently on the extension of my right arm thru impact and on one particular swing, I hit the ball with everything I had (as much speed/force that I can produce) and extended the arm fully (the act of straightening the arm as much as humanly possible and keeping it straight for as long as possible).

At the point of full extension I had the feeling that a needle had flown up from the ground at a high rate of speed and pierced the very tip of my right elbow. The swelling was immediate. I literally thought that's what happened - that the tee peg had flown up with great force and struck the tip of my elbow. I'd never experienced a pain like this in my elbow and I have been producing this shot "extension" for over a decade without so much of a centilla of pain or issue. When I repeated a golf swing a moment later and after I had gathered myself and stopped dancing around yelling "ouch - gosh - ouch - ouie", the pain/injury was obvious - there was certainly an injury in my right elbow and I could no longer make a regular golf swing as the pain was quite severe. This is a major ordeal because I play tournament golf, because a healthy and super strong right elbow is a requirement.

It's been 8 days and it has gotten better, but it has not gone away. There is a slightly noticeable difference in the appearance of my two elbows. The affected elbow's bone is protruding slightly more than the other. When I bend my affected elbow by bringing my hand up to my head, I can see the addition that causes the right elbow to be more protruding than the other. The addition is on the inside rather than the tip. So, whether this addition is due to swelling or a burst bursa sac or what not, I do not know. But this is noticeable. It is still slightly painful. It is a cause for concern. I can make a golf swing, but with noticeable pain. I cannot swing my club normally, and as such I have no chance of competing until this goes away fully.

I have iced and utilized NSAID treatments immediately. The day after and for the next several days I did light tricep push downs/extensions because I believe the issue stems from the union of all the ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc not being strong enough to withstand the intense amount of repeated trauma my swing puts on the elbow. I intend to continue with this strengthening therapy and I intend for this injury to be cured by this strengthening. I will not be hampered by my own stupidity. I will own my injury and my recovery and this will cease to be an issue.
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replied October 20th, 2016
Over-excercise related?
I now have the same symptoms as are being described and have experienced them once before, with about two years between the periods I experienced pain. The first time the pain appeared after I had been swimming every morning for 2-3 months and I was told by a physician that it could be the result of swimming breast-stroke with my head held high because I wear spectacles. I only swim in te summer and the pain had gone between September when it appeared and April the following year. As it happened I did not swim that summer but resumed in June of this year 2016. By August the pain had returned and it has not disappeared despite having stopped swimming for 6 weeks. I believe it is a nerve which is irritated and very sensitive to touch, Mine is on the outside/front of the elbow point when the elbow is bent forward. Hope this helps to get more information.
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replied October 21st, 2016
I had this same issue as everyone else a few months ago and it went away after about 2 months. Now the pain suddenly came back again! The least bit of pressure on the tip of my elbow feels like someone's sticking a knife point directly into my bone. I've had tendinitis before, but this is nothing at all like that. Tendinitis can be painful, but this pain is extremely sharp and hurts like a mother. Has anyone figured out the cause or better yet a treatment?
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replied October 21st, 2016
I had this same issue as everyone else a few months ago and it went away after about 2 months. Now the pain suddenly came back again! The least bit of pressure on the tip of my elbow feels like someone's sticking a knife point directly into my bone. I've had tendinitis before, but this is nothing at all like that. Tendinitis can be painful, but this pain is extremely sharp and hurts like a mother. Has anyone figured out the cause or better yet a treatment?
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replied October 25th, 2016
sharp pin pain on elbow
Glad i found this post... I have exactly the same symptoms.. I only slightly put my bent elbow down on my bed and the sharp 'pin-prick' like pain was so intense. You can then prod it with your finger and recreate the pain, but if you push your skin around, it tends to go, then hard to recreate.... That is, until, next day it takes you by surprise when resting elbow on desk, and it comes shooting back. Not pleasant at all.

My instinct was either sensitive or trapped nerve, or some form of cartilege or bone 'shard'... Will try to relieve pressure, keep an eye on this forum in the meantime and see how it goes.

Very annoying and painful
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replied October 27th, 2016
I actually live in the UK but wanted to compare on here as you medical system is different to ours and figured you may get a better results. I've had the same pain in the tip of my elbow for just 6 weeks now. I too can describe it as feeling like a piece of glass. It doesn't effect the movement of my arm just really hurts if I lean on it or catch the tip of my elbow. I'VE had and x ray today as Mr Dr thinks I could have fractured it or have a spur. I will get the report in a few days. I was just wondering how the rest of you got on as your posts are from a while a go
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replied December 5th, 2016
I finally got health insurance and was able to get X-rays done on my elbow. Have had stabbing pain when exercising for years now. Turns out I have a calcified tendon. The body sees that a tendon needs to be strengthened and starts adding calcium to it. This gums it up and makes it very painful. I've been massaging it constantly over the past couple of weeks and started taking magnesium. This is supposed to help the body absorb the calcium that isn't supposed to be there. I'm also checking in to shockwave therapy. This would break up the calcium deposit which would help the body absorb the broken up calcium faster. Surgery is an option but I'm trying to avoid that. Last resort. Just google calcified tendon treatment. You'll get plenty of info. If you start taking magnesium, make sure it's a high quality one. Basically anything but magnesium oxide. This one is hard for your body to absorb. I'm taking magnesium citrate. I read magnesium chelate is also good. So that's what's going on with my elbow. Hope this helps some others out there.
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replied January 11th, 2017
I had the exact same pain. The cause of it was when I sleep, I put my palm between my head and my pillow. This had twisted my arm a little and for a prolong period cos I was sleeping. You would like to try putting your elbow on a soft support (care so that it won't hurt) with fingers pointing up, twist your arm anti-clockwise with a little bit of pressure. (my case was with my right hand). You can also do the same twisting lying down (actually this is better but more difficult to describe). My pain went away real quick. Hope this would help.
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replied February 5th, 2017
Anyone figure out what this is? I have the exact same symptoms as everyone else has described on this post. It's completely sporadic but it hurts like hell when it's irritated. My coworkers laugh at me or give me odd looks when I screech in pain after simply resting my elbow on my desk. I find it may be useless to go to the doctor if I can't even try and set off the pain on purpose! Help!!
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replied April 5th, 2017
I was having the SAME issue with the stabbing pain in my right elbow. Every time I leaned on it a certain way, stab! It got so bad I finally went to an orthopaedic surgeon, got an MRI and eventually had an arthyscopic (sic) procedure to remove a tiny sliver of arthritis. That's what was causing MY sharp, excrutiating pain. Like one person here said "they could pin point it with a pen tip, literally".... that's exactly what I could do as well. The point where I decided to finally get it "fixed" was when I got a blackhead remover instrument and pushed on it at the point of the stabbing pain and the "spur/fragment" actually broke through the skin, made a small hole in the skin. (Omg, the pain! I don't recommend doing this but I was desperate) I couldn't physically remove it myself (like a splinter) so that's why I opted to get it surgically removed. It was quick, painless and required no stitches.
They made the tiniest of inscisions and scraped out the fragment and just covered it with antiseptic and large bandage. This size -----, I mean TINY! It healed quickly with no down time. That was about 7 months ago and as of now, nothing has "grown" back.
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replied September 1st, 2017
Funny I responded to this thread in 2015 the doc said I had a bone spur but did nothing and I am still searching for answers to the same old problem, it must of gotten a little better or I just tried to live with it, but tired of the pain now, I found this on another thread osteochondritis dissecans
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replied November 6th, 2017
I think I finally got it. I too have had the same pain as described here that has come and gone. It seems to be connected to my hip problems that occur when I drink alot of CAFFEINATED SODA, colas. I think it is affecting my cartilage so there is no cushion between bones. I can develop stiff joints in my fingers, but my hip ball joint can just give without warning leaving my other leg to catch me and this is extremely painful like bone rubbing on bone without cartilage. And the sharp elbow pain with pressure usually shows up at the same time as the hip problems do. Not good news for the rest of you. Its not something to look forward to, BUT it can be avoided if you can stay off the stimulants. It could be any number of things resulting from the cola drink, inflamation or arthritis, but does it really matter what exactly it is called? I'm pretty sure its the cola drink causing it. Stimulants cause stress so any other high stress situations might cause the same. I'm posting to see if anybody else might confirm my suspicions.
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replied November 22nd, 2017
I also have a very painful elbow at the tip, so, slightly off center. iTs on the outside of the joint. It only painful when I lean on it, such as resting on the arm of an office chair or leaning to roll over on it in bed. After 6 weeks, I went to the doctor. I felt silly going for a "sore spot on the tip of my elbow that only hurt when I leaned on it!" But it's often very painful and I wanted to get over it! I was told it was bursitis and to use ice and take ibuprofen. I did that and used a cushioned elbow brace frequently for about 6 weeks. (The cushion was the best help in avoiding the pain.). It's not not better. The bone spur info above sounds very likely. I guess I'll go back to the doctor and ask about that. Thanks for the info.
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replied December 16th, 2017
I had something similar to this elbow pain after hitting my elbow on a wall. Intense pain when a pinpoint area touched, even barely by a long sleeved shirt. Xray showed nothing. Finally tried a compression wrap below the elbow like what is usef for tennis elbow. It dampens the nerve/tendon, kind of like holding down the strings on the neck of a guitar. It helped!!! It's been about 3 weeks now and my elbow pain is basically gone! I really felt like I was just going to have to live with it. I tried a velcro compression wrap first but my skin reacted poorly. A short piece of ace bandage wrapped a couple of times a couple inches below the elbow worked well.
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replied December 28th, 2017
I've had this for many years (the same happens in my knee as well) without too much lasting but just this last week I rolled over on that elbow and wasn't able to get off the elbow in time and now it's extremely sensitive to long sleeves and jackets. I found this on an earlier post...

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--co nditions/ulnar-nerve-entrapment-at-the-elb ow-cubital-tunnel-syndrome

And it mentions something else I've had for some time, little finger and ring finger going numb when I sleep (and I sllep with my hand under my head) so I need to stop doing that.

So look into this article, especially if you have those fingers going numb when sleeping with your arm bent.

Good luck, all.
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replied March 7th, 2018
A couple of weeks ago while adjusting myself in bed I leaned on my left elbow and the tip pressed on the wire of my heated mattress pad. The pain was pretty intense, but I thought it would go away after a few minutes as most pains like that do. It has not gone away and the symptoms are the same as described here: no pain when bending my arm or pressing on the elbow tip, but intense pain when leaning on a desk, adjusting myself in bed, or if clothing rubs against it. I can't believe how much pain something like a sleeve simply touching my elbow causes! Since it seems as if there are a few ideas of what this is but nothing definite, I'm hoping the pain goes away on its own soon.
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replied March 28th, 2018
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Natural cures are highly beneficial for reducing elbow pain. Massaging the affected area with calendula oil or avocado oil is another effective home remedy for tennis elbow.
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replied March 31st, 2018
Omg. I’ve have this exact pain for the last few weeks. I kept hoping it would go away. It hasn’t so I googled it and found these posts. I also have bone spurs in my heels so I wonder if I’m just susceptible to them. I guess I’m going to have to have a X-ray to confirm. Thanks to every previous post. It really solidified that this is a thing.
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replied April 27th, 2018
I have found a potential cure for this
At least it worked for me, and I think it will work for most others.

I thought I'd post here as this is the only place I could find where people were describing my exact symptoms. And as I managed to cure this, I thought I'd share in the hope it might help someone else.

I developed this pain back in September. As I do a lot of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which involves a lot of putting your weight on your elbows, I thought that might be the cause. In the end I think it was from landing on my head doing acrobatics. However, from reading these posts it's clear this can come on without much physical activity or injury.

I had the same symptoms as most people here: no pain with elbow straight, glass like splinter pain when putting on a top or bending my arm while wearing a coat, or sometimes when elbow was on a desk. But when I tried to find the exact place of the pain it was difficult.

My pain steadily increased over the course of three or four months. And I started researching what it could be. As other posters have written, I think it's the Ulnar Nerve. This nerve runs from your shoulder to the ends of your ring and little finger.

So basically, at some point along it, it has become trapped. As it’s nerve pain, it feels very sharp, like a glass splinter. And it can be felt with the slightest pressure.

So in order to “un-trap” it, I tried hanging off a pull-up bar. But hanging in a specific way. You need to hang and really relax your shoulders as you hang. So it feels almost as though they are detaching from your body. This is not only a great stretch, but it will release the trapped nerve.

Just jump up, grab the bar with your hands and hang there. Now as you hang really relax your shoulders so they feel as though they are detaching from your arms.

It can take a few tries to get your shoulders to relax and stretch apart enough from your arms. So I did it in sets of three. Three sets of 20 seconds or so. By the third one my shoulders really felt like they were detaching.

The next day, I was cured.

I could still feel a bit of pain in my elbow, but it was 90% better. And over the next five days, with one hanging set a day, it completely disappeared.

I couldn’t believe something that had been hurting for four months could be cured in an instant. It was like magic. I would encourage anyone reading this now try hanging.

I really hope this tip helps other people suffering with this pain, as I know how frustrating it is. And the cure is so fast and simple.

Tl;dr: I had this exact thing. Tried hanging from a pull-up bar and really relaxing my shoulders as I hung. Did three sets of 20 seconds, relaxing more each time. Did this once a day and was completely cured within five days.
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