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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for severe pain in the elbow, shoulder and forearm

I started having pain in my right elbow about three months ago. The doctor thought it was tennis elbow and I have been wearing a brace just below the elbow. About three weeks ago, I started getting muscle pain in my arm from the elbow to the wrist on the top, inside of my arm. My shoulder also began hurting and I have constant pain in both the elbow and shoulder (right side). The shoulder hurts in the muscles all around, front, side and back. It is a sharp pain, about a 5 on a scale of 10. It really hurts both my arm and shoulder to pick up a glass, turn my arm facing palm up, or crossing my arm in front of me. But it is always hurting, not just when I m using them. Sometimes I can t find a comfortable place to put my arm when I m sitting in a chair or laying down. I have had a couple of knots in my arm just below my shoulder that hurt a lot but I was able to rub them away and just the pain of the charley horse was left. I also have been sick since the weekend before Thanksgiving with cough, sore throat, or a sinus infection and have been on 4 different antibiotics and two rounds of steroids. Just when I start feeling better for a couple of days, I get a sore throat, sinus infection, or my cough comes back. This may be a completely different issue than the pain in my arm and shoulder but wondered if it could be related to medicine I ve taken. I ve also been very tired but thought it was due to being sick for 3 months. I assumed the medicines haven t worked because my illnesses were/are probably viral. I don t know whether to go back to the doctor or just wait this out. I also don t think my pain in my arm and shoulder will be taken very seriously and will just be told to ice/heat it and take Ibuprofen. I have been doing these things and it hasn t helped yet. Any advice would be appreciated.
Mon, 28 Mar 2016
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
don't take antibiotic unnecessarily.
Go for blood culture and sensitivity test.this will confirm whthr u hv infctn or not .if yes then go for antibiotic which is sensitive.
ofcrs pain may be due to tennis elbow which is type of infection of bone.
avoid taking steroid which increases the chances of getting infection.

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