Last time, it was the left one.
Last time it was physical therapy exercises, meds and a band to go around the area - just below my elbow.
Since I knew all these things, I tried to self-treat. The problem is, none of the previous things worked....even in the slightest.
So, off to the doctor I went......well, after I called a counterpart in orthopedic surgery, asking for a reference for a doc who isn't a surgeon. I always assume they'll want to go straight for the cutting, when that is what I want to be a last resort.
The front desk staff was nice - though the paperwork, which my own staff gives to patients - I find highly doubtful anyone reads. So much so, that on the top question on the second page, I almost wrote: "about 20%"
I was kind of a dick of the following question on the last time I had my arm x-ray'd....and I wrote "about 5 minutes ago".
I can't say I was horribly impressed by the doc. He was nice enough and seemed to know what he was talking about, but had little to no bedside manner. And he annoyed me when he called my malady: "golfer's elbow". Nor did he find it amusing when I asked when it changed from "tennis elbow".
But he said, if the brace isn't working by now, it's not going to. And this time, my pain is directly on the elbow, not slight below like last time. All the tendons come together on the elbow and I can't wear the brace directly on....so.......out it goes, I guess.
He didn't offer stronger prescription meds. He just offered physical therapy. One with electro-stimulation and some heated massage. So, I'll look into that on Monday.
On the chance that PT doesn't work - and really, why would it? - the next stage would be cortisone injections. And if that doesn't work, there is another kind of injection series to get, to which I got the pamphlet.
I don't know I want to get back to giggles. I don't even know if I was ever there in the first place. Actually I do know that I was not.
There are other steps after that too - steroid injections and then, yes, surgery. But those are down the road. Until then, I'll wince when I put down a plate and I'll tear-up when I try to lift a gallon of milk.
Most gym things are out of the question. I doubt even with treatment that lifting or curling will be in my future - long or short term. Yoga is a struggle too......but I'm trying.
So maybe PT will be exciting. Maybe I'll get a cute therapist.
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