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Old 08-21-2010, 11:11 AM
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Over the past year, the side edge of my elbow on my left arm has been sensitive. Everytime i rub it even gently, i can feel the tingling sensation run all the way up to the left side of my palm. Well, about a week ago, i accidentally hit my elbow with the bathroom door knob and the pain was unbearable with numbing occuring for several minutes.

I don't know how the sensitivity started to occur over the year. Not sure if it had to do with working out or lifting weights or not. I don't have the same sensitivity with my right elbow. I guess not all funny bones work the same way. I am thinking maybe some nerve was exposed or something? I am wearing a elbow band when i play sports now to shield it from any impact. I'm wondering if this was the same injury that Lebron James had.

What kind of specialist do i need to see for this problem? Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:42 PM
 
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I don't know what kind of specialist you should see, but have you considered whether it might be repetitive strain injury (RSI)? Are you a computer user using your mouse with the left hand? This could easily affect the elbow.

Tai chi can help with this issue. Of course you should get it checked out by a doctor first to see if something else is wrong, but if they don't find anything, be sure to consider reading up on RSI (the doctors don't tend to know much about this issue or how to treat it).
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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sounds like it might be your ulnar nerve, if when it goes into your hand and its the pinky and bottom half of the ring finger, you may need to have your ulnar nerve checked out
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:33 PM
 
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I would see a doctor, but also let it rest.
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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Try what my doctor suggested for tennis elbow (which it might be from computer use, etc.): try to "hang" from something like a tree limb (in my case, our basement has a great I beam through the basement) from your hands, to dangle your body. That will help stretch things out - it really does help me. Hope this makes sense.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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I don't know what kind of specialist you should see, but have you considered whether it might be repetitive strain injury (RSI)? Are you a computer user using your mouse with the left hand? This could easily affect the elbow.

Tai chi can help with this issue. Of course you should get it checked out by a doctor first to see if something else is wrong, but if they don't find anything, be sure to consider reading up on RSI (the doctors don't tend to know much about this issue or how to treat it).
I wanted to clarify - when I said the doctors don't know much about this or how to treat it, what I meant is that it generally IS treatable, but I believe you are better off doing your own research and practicing alternative medicine (t'ai chi, Feldenkrais, stretching, ergonomics, Alexander technique, etc.) These alternative treatments are much more effective than the ones the doctors tend to offer like surgery and physical therapy. This is just IMHO.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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Over the past year, the side edge of my elbow on my left arm has been sensitive. Everytime i rub it even gently, i can feel the tingling sensation run all the way up to the left side of my palm. Well, about a week ago, i accidentally hit my elbow with the bathroom door knob and the pain was unbearable with numbing occuring for several minutes.

I don't know how the sensitivity started to occur over the year. Not sure if it had to do with working out or lifting weights or not. I don't have the same sensitivity with my right elbow. I guess not all funny bones work the same way. I am thinking maybe some nerve was exposed or something? I am wearing a elbow band when i play sports now to shield it from any impact. I'm wondering if this was the same injury that Lebron James had.

What kind of specialist do i need to see for this problem? Thanks.
Could be cell phone elbow. It damages the nerves.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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I have a hard time resting my elbows on any hard surface for even short periods of time, especially at my workstation
Suppose it wouldn't hurt to look up a doctor in your local area for more insight?

An orthopedic doctor/surgeon deals with bones, ligaments, tendons, etc.
A bone doctor can also be considered a chiropractor whose job is to cure illnesses by pressing on bones in the body especially the spine.

Maybe you might want to have them do a bone density test (dexa)? Perhaps even your current physician could make suggestions and maybe take some kind of supplements to boost your bone health?
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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It sounded kind of funny when I said to let it rest, but sometimes if you keep using a body part, it keeps hurting, getting inflammed. Let us know how you are doing. Good luck.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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Definitely agree with all the other posters. Sounds like you have pressure on a nerve or something. You can get it checked out but I would definitely try stretching and t'ai chi or acupressure first. I come across a lot of friends and family with similar complaints about their wrist/elbow and there's almost always an energy blockage there. You can find tons of stuff online free, and the beauty about t'ai chi and acupressure is that if you are well-intentioned (which obviously you are) you can only do good, no harm. So it's totally safe to practice on yourself.

It's also helpful just to massage the muscles and tendons in your hands and forearms. As someone who uses their hands a lot, I have to do daily hand and arm stretches just to keep them lose enough and to keep from having carpal tunnel/other issues with pressure on my nerves. If you want me to go into more detail of what kinds of stretches I do, just let me know.

Hope your elbow feels better soon.
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