Originally Posted by tendonitis
Hello guys. First off I appreciate you taking your time to read this.
I am 19 years old and have had tricep tendonitis for 7 months. I was bodybuilding for 2 years and then got it from overtraining triceps. They were lagging behind and I overtrained them, probably one of the worst mistakes I have ever made. Went to orthopedic weeks after I noticed pain and swelling around elbow. Tried topical precription NSAIDS, R.I.C.E, NSAIDS and physical therapy. 7 months ago I couldnt do 1 pushup, pain was horrible, right where tricep tendon connects to elbow. And that is were its swollen. NOW I can do pushups, but pain still occurs when doing tricep pushdowns, especially last half of range of motion. Orthopedic says the swelling is just tissue and it should be ignored...he doesnt know how it happened etc. Referred me to a 3rd orthopedic. He doesnt want to perform anthroscopic surgery or give me a cortisone shot. I am now going to go see another orthopedic 2 hours away that specializes in the upper extremity. But that is in a few weeks. So I am now doing some self rehab. Swelling is not going away. It almost went away a few months ago but then came back when I was working out biceps. I was told I can do what is painfree-PT and Ortho. But keep in mind I truely havent really worked out for 7 months. I was doing painfree exercises for a month but after finding out curling affects it, I stopped everything.
Ive been impatient starting 6 months ago...Im also thinking about seeing a phycologist due to what has happened.
In the area you describe the three commononest conditions are:
1 Fracture of the olecranon, that is where the triceps tendon inserts.
2 Triceps tendonitis
3 Olecranon bursitis.
The triceps can pull off small bits of bone from its insertion but that would have healed by now. Overtraining can also give stress fractures in that area but again should have healed
The triceps tendon should be good as you can now do push ups. Also we know now you did not rupture it. Neither the fractures or the tendonitis usually cause much swelling except initially so we are left with the olecranon bursitis.
This is the condition which causes swelling. It usually can be seen as swollen and at times can be as big as an egg. Also even weeks into the condition the skin can have a pinkish tinge. Can you remember if the area was warm to the touch? For some reason a bursae in this area can become the centre for a low grade infection. Do you have any discomfort in your arm pit?
If this is a bursitis and it keeps being irritated fibrin is deposited in the sac and little seed like bits are left and the aggravation keeps on. If it doesn't settle on its own the bursa can be removed and that will cure all.
Your primary care doc could give you some freezing into the bursae and see what happens, that should prove diagnostic.