I'm going through my fifth day of this, with no signs of improvement. My problem is this: I cannot extend my arm at the elbow without shooting pain extending both proximally and distally. My range of motion ends at about 120 degrees, but unless I extend to the point where it hurts I remain pain free. However, on extension the pain is localized to my posterior elbow, around the olecrannon/fossa, with a dull ache extending up the side of the humerus medially and down my forearm posteriorly after the attempted extension. There is no swelling at the site of the pain and the tennis elbow brace has done nothing to stem or prevent the pain on extension. It is also possible to produce an aching pain around the elbow with pain radiating down my forearm anteriorly (slightly more to the medial side) by attempting to lift something with my arm pronated and my elbow and wrist flexed using a lateral rotation motion (resistance does not have to be significant, as it has occured attempting to operate a zipper). I have been wearing a sling for four days now to keep myself from attempting to straighten my arm. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am without health insurance and cannot afford to see a doctor unless I am certain it is something that: A) they can actually help (as opposed to seeing me ten minutes, giving me pain killers, and charging me $200), and B) it won't just go away in a week or two.
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