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I have mystery elbow pain.

Sept or Oct 2016 I fell down the stairs. I was at the top, my foot slipped, I landed on my back and slid down to the bottom. My elbows and tailbone hit every step hard, and the pain was horrendous. For weeks after, even feather touches were very, very painful.

I didn't go to the doctor immediately. 6 months later when it was still hurting x-rays were done and showed no bone problem. However it's been nearly two years, and one elbow still has a sore spot when pressed, the other has sharp pain when one spot is pressed or bumped.

If there's no bone problem, what would cause pain so long after the accident?

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replied July 11th, 2018
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Hello and welcome to EHF,

I appreciate your concern,

You should have gone to the hospital immediately after you fell,delaying the visit and xrays for 6 months mean that the initial damage might not be visible anymore.If your doctor is sure that there's no bone problem then it could be a soft tissue problem,MRI scan should be scheduled for you if the pain doesn't look like going away anytime sooner,as soft tissue problems can also cause pain and this scan will help ruling it out.

Meanwhile you can massage it with olive oil and take over the counter pain medication for it like indomethacin or ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

I hope this is helpful,

Wishing you the best of health.

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