What A Year!

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It’s been a long time since I last posted here. I get weary, writing isn’t one of my better skills, and typing can be a bit of a pain, and by pain I mean actual physical pain due to pressure on nerves in the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow, which then start jabbing me with electrical sparks and pins needles, sensation loss and finally some loss of strength. So why am I wasting precious time bellyaching about it… see what I mean… I get weary

Tennis Elbow.

Hmm. Is this really what is happening to my elbow and forearms. Good grief it’s painful and causes sudden loss of grip and twist strength. The physio that I was seeing noted that I had tennis elbow in both arms, at the time left was worse than right. It started in the 1st quarter of last year and got steadily worse. But I have since heard of a condition, which is related to tennis elbow, and indeed some ‘experts’ would say it’s all part and parcel of the same thing. Radial Tunnel Syndrome.

Radial Tunnel Syndrome. RTS (time for a break, because this is getting rather Ouchy)

It would seem that RTS is a repetitive strain injury to the radial nerve as it passes along and between the muscle and fascia of the forearm. The pain is felt further down the forearm than in Tennis elbow which is mostly a repetitive strain injury of the tendons which attach the forearm muscles to the elbow joint. (forgive my Noddy anatomical descriptions, I’m not that familiar with the terminology without looking it up).

There is a distinction in both signs and symptoms, and can co-exist.

A couple of links to better descriptions than I can give will help here

http://www.houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics/where-does-it-hurt/elbow/radial-tunnel-syndrome/

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/orthopaedics-rheumatology/diseases-conditions/hic-radial-tunnel-syndrome

http://livehealthy.chron.com/radial-nerve-entrapment-tennis-elbow-1135.html

I particularly like the last link as it gives a good description of the distinguishing signs and symptoms and the tests which help to differentiate between RTS and Tennis Elbow.

For me, I think it is at least 80% RTS and 20% Tennis elbow. It can be excruciatingly painful at night, but I’m fairly used to disturbed nights by now.

The difficulty now comes in trying to get a neurologist to discuss and understand this. If the past is anything to go by, I will fall at the ‘but HNPP only causes painless palsy’ hurdle, and hence any discussion and acknowledgement is likely to come to a swift end.

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