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Tender swelling suggests bursitis.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid sac around the elbow joint.
This commonly occurs from repeated pressure on the elbow like against the hard surface.
Ice pack application, elbow splint, NSAIDs like ibuprofen will be helpful with the recovery which may take a week or longer.
In some cases, aspiration of the fluid and steroid injection help to resolve the condition if the above measures do not help.
Please also see your doctor for clinical evaluation.
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I thought bursitis would have a more protruding golf ball size lump? I can tell you when I turn my head all the way to the left, I can feel a little pain in my elbow. This is my left elbow by the way.
Do you notice the swelling outside the elbow joint right?
and is it soft?
The elbow joint itself does not hurt or have swelling. All the swelling is if I hold my arm out straight, it's at the top forearm directly across the elbow and a little swelling inside above elbow crease. It is soft not hard. Does not feel like a lump more like just swelling. If I turn my hand outward I feel a little tenderness at the elbow area.
Bursitis is a soft swelling due to the fluid collection.
This is bursitis as I suggested above.
Lump is not typical with bursitis.
Due to the inflammation the pain is felt with neck movement.
The above measures should help for the time being.
I have a band on it now just below the crease. I will continue to ice it and take Advil. I am trying not to use my left arm for any lifting. How long can bursitis last?
usually a week.
Also a elbow splint can be used.
Avoid lifting, rest the area as much as possible.
I feel little spasms sometimes. I have had this for 2 weeks already. Thank you for chatting with me.
Ok in that case, you should see your doctor or an orthopedic specialist for further evaluation.
I'm one of those that this the worst, like bone cancer and am just afraid to go.
no this is not bone cancer since the swelling is soft.
Bone cancer will be hard swelling that too not common.
I can defintely push the swelling in.
yes that suggests bursitis or fluid.
you cannot push a bone in.
Is it normal to have the ulna bone near elbow be a little sensitive with bursitis?
yes it is
inflammation affects the whole area
Thanks again! I really appreciate your help!