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How long does tennis elbow last?

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Kreme

I was diagnosed with tennis elbow 2 weeks ago and I’d had symptoms for over a week before that. It’s driving me crazy! GP said pain killers and rest would cure it but just wondering how long it might go on for? Is physio worth trying? It’s my dominant hand so it’s impossible not to use it but right now I can’t lift saucepans or the kettle and if I pick up a glass of water I wince in pain. It has improved since I first got it but I want my arm back!

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lozoodle

****ing ages. Sorry I am no help but i'm about 3 months in. 

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coastlife

days, weeks, months, years....   one elbow was painful 24/7 had physio, pain relief and topical creme lasted for months then one day just gone!  the other elbow has just flared up and it's been like it about 3 weeks.   My mothers was for over a year and most of the time she cupped it with her other hand to try and relieve some pain but ended up having surgery.  

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Bandwagon

I got it from work. I did physio, anti inflammatories, pain relief. Nothing helped but leaving that job. 

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TheirMum2

Mine lasted for months and only resolved when I had a course of prolotherapy treatment in each elbow. I have had over 10 years of relief from this intervention and should it ever return I will have the same treatment again.

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Kreme

Thanks for the responses although I’m feeling a bit depressed now! Have booked in for physio tomorrow to get another opinion as it sounds like I may be living with this for a while. 

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*bucket*

Physio can help, and I used a strap thing around my arm that helped a bit too, but I ended up having surgery. And then more physio. But then it was all good.

I hope yours progresses faster to resolution than mine did.

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coastlife
2 hours ago, TheirMum2 said:

Mine lasted for months and only resolved when I had a course of prolotherapy treatment in each elbow. I have had over 10 years of relief from this intervention and should it ever return I will have the same treatment again.

I am going to write that down! thanks :)

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Mishu

I had tennis elbow in both arms. Had physio & used an elbow band/cuff. I saw improvement after a few weeks but it took a good 12 months before I was back to normal. 

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rosie28

More or less forever without treatment, and it can be ages even with treatment. I recommend seeing a specialist hand and arm physio for the best and fastest results. 

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Lees75
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I would try and see a hand therapist, rather than a General Physio. Hand therapists are physios/OTs who specialise in just upper limb treatment. 
I’m an OT and I see an OT who is a hand therapist for an elbow problem. Her ability to diagnose is mind boggling.

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Dadto2
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It can depend on many factors. Do you know what activity/action is causing it? I had it in my non dominant arm from carrying my DD when she a baby (heavy baby. As soon as it happened, I stopped carrying her in the same way, arm was weak in that I couldn't pick up light objects like a glass and it took 6 months to get better. I would imagine cortisone would be pretty effective. 

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Kreme
1 hour ago, Dadto2 said:

It can depend on many factors. Do you know what activity/action is causing it? I had it in my non dominant arm from carrying my DD when she a baby (heavy baby. As soon as it happened, I stopped carrying her in the same way, arm was weak in that I couldn't pick up light objects like a glass and it took 6 months to get better. I would imagine cortisone would be pretty effective. 

The only thing we can attribute it to is carrying heavy shopping bags. My GP said that’s what started hers. 

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Redchick2

Sorry but agree with others that it will likely take months. I started to notice mine when I was carrying lots of heavy shopping bags and lots of knitting. I’ve been to physios and osteos and both were really helpful. Something to keep in mind is that it is caused by a repetitive action but that is often because the supporting muscles are strong enough which puts the extra strain on your elbow. Was certainly true in my case so I have some pressure points on my arm that I use to release the tense muscles. 

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TheGreenSheep

Mine has been grumbling for years, then it went from grumbling to screaming for a good year or two. I had two lots of physio, cortisone. The arm splint did nothing for me, the physio tested it, so I stopped using that. Gardening is my trigger. Wow it is like nothing else. Panadol rest and massage help, but it never really leaves, just dulls down until it ramps up again in spring. I have it in both arms, just more pain and the tear is larger in my dominant hand. Good luck!

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born.a.girl

Mine was so long ago I can't remember how long it lasted, but it was definitely weeks, not days.

Completely disappeared though, and has not returned, more than 30 years later.

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foom

Mine can go from days to weeks but it never gets worse than general grumble with sharp pains wh e I lift a weight (like a kettle). Lots of knitting or crochet sets it off.

My physio (who I see for other matters) taught me to do the tea towel twist whenever I make a cuppa. That reduces the time span for me and I do it whenever the twinges start, to head it off from getting worse. 

The tea towel twist is grab the tea towel and hold horizontally,  scrunched up in your hands which are spaced apart. Twist so one wrist rolls forward and the other back and hold, then twist back the other way and hold. 

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seayork2002

I think I have symptoms a few times, one time I was really bad  was in the UK and had to DH take me to hospital then on and off for a bit they finally said to me it was  tennis elbow. Now I get niggles but not too badly

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Kreme

Well I had my physio appointment today and I’m feeling more encouraged. I have a brace which is making an immediate  difference in what I can do. I’m annoying DH saying “look I can use the tongs, look I can pick up a cup!” like a toddler LOL. In a few days I’m going to start some exercises with a small dumbbell. Will be doing regular physio for several weeks at least. 

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