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Saw the specialist today. He was all “you have tennis elbow” and I was all “but I’ve been treated for tennis elbow and nothing’s working and furthermore I was having hand problems way before anyone said I had tennis elbow” and then I was pitted in a game of arm strength and dexterity versus him and I won (because I am fiercely competitive). I was told I have no nerve damage and my x-ray looks fine (though I could see in his eyes that he meant to say “F-I-N-E FINE” and howl like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith). So he suggested I friction treat my elbow (ie. rub it) and ice it and also do some weights to take the pressure off the something or others and then come back in March if it’s not magically healed. Then I drank some fine discount Australian wine and started writing this paragraph.

Personally I feel pretty let down about the appointment. This arm’s been pissing me off for like a year and a half to two years now and these are all things I’ve tried before. I can’t play keyboards, I can’t play guitar for more than thirty minutes without pain++ and also I have to whine about it all the time and nobody likes a whiner I hear.

Posted on - January 7, 2004 [at] 7:40 pm by Brad
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8 Comments on this post

Jerry on My Stupid Elbow
January 7, 2004 at 8:15 pm

Which Australian wine?

Uh, I mean, bummer about the elbow. Right or left arm, mouse arm or not? Mousing sucks. I switched over to left handed mousing years ago to save my right wrist/arm/shoulder from certain doom.

JB on My Stupid Elbow
January 8, 2004 at 12:36 am

Nono, that’s “Nobody likes a winner.” Winner. You are fine, don’t worry.

Shannon on My Stupid Elbow
January 8, 2004 at 8:43 am

I worked with a keyboard player once who had a problem very similar to this. She tried the ice trick and a lot of other things, but it was one of those STUPID copper bracelets that finally did the trick. Seriously. You should think about it. I mean, you’ve tried everything else, right?

shatton on My Stupid Elbow
January 8, 2004 at 12:23 pm

I hear if you intentionally damage your other elbow, things balance out quite nicely – eventually.

Brad on My Stupid Elbow
January 8, 2004 at 6:03 pm

Shannon, which brace is that? I have three different braces that I’ve tried at various times but I’d be happy to try another.

The Australian wine was called “Yellow Tail”. Actually I don’t know if it was really Australian, but it had a kangaroo on the bottle, so one would naturally assume…

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions, except JB who I dislike. (PS: JB we’re not buddies anymore.)

ken on My Stupid Elbow
January 8, 2004 at 8:50 pm

I think she means magnetic copper bracelets. You know, new-age hippie bands.

JB on My Stupid Elbow
January 8, 2004 at 11:38 pm

Brad’s a hippie, sucka!

Shannon on My Stupid Elbow
January 9, 2004 at 1:43 pm

Mmm, Yellow Tail shiraz is excellent (and Austrialian) and only $5.99 a bottle at the grocery store. You can’t beat it.

And I do mean those new-age hippie magnetic copper bracelets. What’ve you got to lose?

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