When you try to pick up a pencil or pen, does the pain get worse? If so, it sounds like you could have tennis elbow or tendinitis in your elbow. Whenever you use your hands a lot, like writing or typing, it can put stress on the muscles and tendons in your arm.
"Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that results in elbow pain. You don't have to play tennis to get this, but the term came into use because it can be a significant problem for some tennis players.(www.webmd.com)
. Some doctors will refer to it as tendinitis. Treatment usually involves decreasing the use of the arm slightly (for example, when I had tennis elbow and I don't play sports at all) I also had carpal tunnel and DeQuervan's syndrome at the same time all related to the tendinitis in my right arm. IT is treated with ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen(advil) or naproxsyn (alleve). Unless you have a condition that prohibits you from taking either of these, you can take up to 800 mg of ibuprofen every 12 - 24 hours which would be prescription strength. There are some stretching exercises that will help the tendons once healing starts.
Please go to www.webmd.com
and type tendinitis into the search line. There is more information there.
I hope this information is helpful. I wish you a speedy recovery. Please let me know if you need anything else. It will take a little time for it to heal because it took a little time for it to occur.
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