February 2, 2014 11:40 PM Subscribe
I have recently developed lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) from too much computer usage. What has helped you? What should I do next? YANMD. Snowflakes inside.
posted by 3491again to Health & Fitness (32 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
YANMD. But I'd love to hear your suggestions/experiences and what has worked for you.
My left forearm near the elbow hurts almost all the time. My right forearm hurts a bit but not as much. My wrists and shoulders are fine. It hurts to straighten my arms. My arm has a dull pain when I wake up in the morning.
I have no strength in my left arm when lifting at certain angles.
Things I have tried:
- I tried a TENS unit once and it seemed to make the problem worse (meaning that my arm hurt much worse for a day after I used it).
- Biofreeze and ibuprofen gel. They alleviate the pain temporarily.
- Stretching and massaging. It seems to get better when I do this regularly.
- Avoiding computer use for a day at a time. This works, but I can't just stop working for a few weeks/months.
Things I haven't tried yet:
- Acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, general painkillers, strengthening exercises...
I've never been able to work comfortably at a regular desk with an external keyboard and monitor (including before this RSI). I don't use an external mouse. I mostly use a laptop on my lap.
- What has worked for you?
- What should I avoid? (other than work!)
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