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My muscles around my elbows are so sore I can barely use my…

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My muscles around my...

My muscles around my elbows are so sore I can barely use my arms.

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? In general, how would you describe your health lately?

Healthy and my age is 79...but normally active... this came on about a month ago

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 11 months ago
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Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 11 months ago

I am sorry you are having these sore elbows

you could be having bad arthritis or bad tendonitis in your elbows causing the soreness.

you can try putting ice packs on your elbows and seeing if that helps decrease pain and soreness

you should make an appointment to see your doctor to get an examination of your arms and elbows

you may need some xrays

sometimes a steroid injection into the elbows can help decrease inflammation and decrease pain

let me know if you have questions.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Could this be coming from my spine - the lower neck area?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Answer?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I do not want to pay $50 for a phone call.
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 11 months ago
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

You asked for a different expert

A few questions first please--

Are the muscles actually tender?

Any neck pain?

Does it hurt more to move your shoulders or your elbows?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
the muscles are so sore I can barely move my arms...no neck pain but thought the lower neck spine area might be causing my problem......shoulders are bad, too
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 11 months ago

If the muscles are sore this isn't just a neck problem like a ruptured disk pressing on nerve roots, but that could be a component here

Tendonitis is a thought but to hit you in that many places at once would be very unusual

Medications like Cipro, if you had it before this occurred might be the problem

But you may also have an autoimmune disorder like polymyalgia rheumatica

I can't give you just one cause here

You need to see your doctor for an exam, blood work, an MRI of the cervical spine to start with

Please let me know if you need any more information and I'll be more than happy to supply it

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Thank you....
Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 11 months ago

My pleasure

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