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eyetone


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or at least i don't think it is...

in the middle of my climbing session today i started feeling a slight dull pain throughout my elbow. i didn't think it was anything serious so i continued climbing hoping it would subside as i warmed up some more. the pain got worse and had to cut my session short. about 1.5 hours later, the pain was completely gone (though still slightly weak)

the pain was mainly throughout my elbow (non-localized) and sometimes felt it spread out through the rest of my arm. it was a dull aching/throbbing feeling more than the sharp (and localized) pain that tendonitis or tennis elbow elicits.

any clues on what this is and what i can do to prevent this?


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Oct 14, 2012, 5:22 PM
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eyetone wrote:
or at least i don't think it is...

in the middle of my climbing session today i started feeling a slight dull pain throughout my elbow. i didn't think it was anything serious so i continued climbing hoping it would subside as i warmed up some more. the pain got worse and had to cut my session short. about 1.5 hours later, the pain was completely gone (though still slightly weak)

the pain was mainly throughout my elbow (non-localized) and sometimes felt it spread out through the rest of my arm. it was a dull aching/throbbing feeling more than the sharp (and localized) pain that tendonitis or tennis elbow elicits.

any clues on what this is and what i can do to prevent this?

That sounds a lot like tendinitis. Ibuprofen, ice, rest.


eyetone


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styndall wrote:
eyetone wrote:
or at least i don't think it is...

in the middle of my climbing session today i started feeling a slight dull pain throughout my elbow. i didn't think it was anything serious so i continued climbing hoping it would subside as i warmed up some more. the pain got worse and had to cut my session short. about 1.5 hours later, the pain was completely gone (though still slightly weak)

the pain was mainly throughout my elbow (non-localized) and sometimes felt it spread out through the rest of my arm. it was a dull aching/throbbing feeling more than the sharp (and localized) pain that tendonitis or tennis elbow elicits.

any clues on what this is and what i can do to prevent this?

That sounds a lot like tendinitis. Ibuprofen, ice, rest.

does tendonitis usually come and go within a few hours?


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eyetone wrote:
or at least i don't think it is...

in the middle of my climbing session today i started feeling a slight dull pain throughout my elbow. i didn't think it was anything serious so i continued climbing hoping it would subside as i warmed up some more. the pain got worse and had to cut my session short. about 1.5 hours later, the pain was completely gone (though still slightly weak)

the pain was mainly throughout my elbow (non-localized) and sometimes felt it spread out through the rest of my arm. it was a dull aching/throbbing feeling more than the sharp (and localized) pain that tendonitis or tennis elbow elicits.

any clues on what this is and what i can do to prevent this?


Have you had elbow tendonitis before? Just curious where you get an idea of how it should feel, vs. how your pain felt.

I am not an expert, other than battling with my own elbow issues. But I can say two things:

1) there are a lot of different things that can go wrong with the elbow, and your best bet for getting a correct diagnosis is talking to a specialist, and not a bunch of people on the internet.

When I mentioned my gimpy elbow to other climbers, at least a 3rd of the time I got an earnest response back, along the lines of, 'when my elbow was hurting, I did this, and it got better'. The trouble was, at least half of the time the suggestions were exactly and specifically what my physical therapist told me NOT to do, because my injury was not actually a typical climbing-related overuse injury.

2) the thing that jumped out at me from your description is the word "weakness". The description made me think of some sort of nerve pinching. But again, this is just based on how my arm felt when I was recovering from pinched radial nerve. But see point 1 above for getting diagnosis from a random person on the internet.


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eyetone wrote:
styndall wrote:
eyetone wrote:
or at least i don't think it is...

in the middle of my climbing session today i started feeling a slight dull pain throughout my elbow. i didn't think it was anything serious so i continued climbing hoping it would subside as i warmed up some more. the pain got worse and had to cut my session short. about 1.5 hours later, the pain was completely gone (though still slightly weak)

the pain was mainly throughout my elbow (non-localized) and sometimes felt it spread out through the rest of my arm. it was a dull aching/throbbing feeling more than the sharp (and localized) pain that tendonitis or tennis elbow elicits.

any clues on what this is and what i can do to prevent this?

That sounds a lot like tendinitis. Ibuprofen, ice, rest.

does tendonitis usually come and go within a few hours?

Yeah. What you described was exactly the beginning stages of elbow tendinitis, at least for me. The pain comes on when you start climbing, then falls off a few hours after you stop. If you keep pushing, it'll get more intense and last longer.


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I had this exact problem when I was first starting to climb 3-4 times per week. I would just try to push through it, but it got progressively worse.

Part of the problem was that I was pushing through the ratings using my power rather than focusing on technique. This put a ton of stress on my joints.

Only thing that fixed it was taking a couple weeks off, then easing back into climbing at lower rating and focusing on technique.

I cannot stress enough that the more you try to work through this the worse it will get. Listen to your body then come back looking to make steady gradual improvement.


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