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post #1 of 9 Old 02-06-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Ouchy Elbow!

So today I went to a show with Mitch, before we even managed to leave things weren't going so well. He did not want to get on that float, so long story short I made backing up a harder task than getting on the float, and at some point during this I think I hyper extended my right arm (whacked him in the guts because he lunged towards me, bad mum I know) and heard a pop in my elbow, it hurt a bit and I lost feeling in my fingers for a few minutes, but didn't think anything of it and got to the show and did what we did (come home with two ribbons after much arguing about who was leader of who, I won).

I got home about 5-6 hours ago now, and my elbow is not getting any better, I have gotten tingling sensations in my fingers and hand several times for no reason, I can't push/pull/lift anything, it even hurts to open the fridge door with that arm... I'm right handed.

It is a bit swollen, but there's no discolouration or bruising, there is one very small area right on the tip of the elbow that hurts like crap, and the pain kind of radiates around the whole joint, getting worse every time I move my elbow.

Is it worth getting it checked out if it doesn't clear by the end of the week? Today is Thursday here. Wondering if I've chipped the bone or pulled a muscle or something in there, but there's also a pinching sensation.
If I try to move any weight with that arm, the pain kind of freezes my arm in that one spot for a bit. So strange.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-06-2014, 02:22 AM
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at the very least put and keep ice on it for the next 12 hours or so. I'd probably go see the doc , if it were me.
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Thanks Tiny, I've put some Antiflamme on it too but so far no effect from it, usually if it's muscle based that stuff does some good by now (on my back anyway).

I figure if it's still not right in the morning I'll go get it seen to, I start course on Monday so I probably shouldn't wait that long haha

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post #4 of 9 Old 02-12-2014, 09:03 PM
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You have a lot of nerves in your elbow (and your shoulder) so it's possible that you pinched something. Hopefully it gets better for you!
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It's gotten a lot better, still get a twinge now and again but it definitely seems a lot better.. Guess it was instant karma for giving my horse a decent smack huh.
I have a show on Saturday, note to self... Horse guts are harder to hurt than own elbow ;)
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Glad it's gettin' better for ya! And good luck at your show! :)
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I didn't end up showing today :( I was in too much pain and felt too sick to show.. I got diagnosed with Crohns disease in October but saw a specialist yesterday who turned around and said "no I don't think you have Crohns, I think you have Endometriosis that is showing as Crohns symptoms"... Oh for goodness sakes, figure out ONE diagnosis and stick with it! I have enough different drugs to open up my own illegal pharmacy. So he has taken me off my medication for Crohns... I've missed two doses of it now, and I Feel.Like.Crap. But that's completely off topic to the elbow.

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As advised and to re-enforce... ice, ice, ice. Ice for only 10 minutes at a time or you will burn the skin. Ice no more than 4 times a day for as many days as you need. Have it checked out if its still the same after a few days. I would also suggest figuring out why your horse lunged at you in the first place. Maybe more ground work on manners would suffice? You could have been hurt far more if the horse decided your hitting him didn't matter...and this can happen. Not meaning to preach but I worry about folks getting hurt...and its not the horses fault in most cases...just some tuning up with the training. Sorry..preachy again.... hope you don't mind.

BTW Doctors don't seem to know a whole lot about digestive issues...I've been through it too. Hope you get well soon and are riding and showing again. Sorry you had to miss your show.
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He lunged at me because he was refusing to get on the float and backing up instead, so I made him back up harder and faster to make his "escape" the harder option, he didn't like the idea and rebelled but still ended up realising that the easier option was to just get on the float. I floated him again on Tuesday just been and he didn't even offer to do anything other than what I asked, which was just get on the float. He has his moments like that if he hasn't been floated for a while, but will only do it when trying to get him on the float to leave home, more practice ought to do it, but thank you for your concern, and I don't mind at all.
Elbow is fine now thank goodness.

No they don't know a whole lot about digestive issues, I have just been off my medication for a week and was almost at the point of going to the hospital last night, so upon ringing the GI he told me to go back on my medication because "obviously something isn't right" - No kidding you genius! I don't need a medical degree to be able to tell that something isn't right! *facepalm*

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