Sore elbow, after fall twenty odd years ago

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I fell on my elbow twenty odd years ago as a student and I ignored it.  I still get mild to moderate pain with shooting pains and pins and needles to my finger tips sometimes when I touch the bone.  Bad weather also causes pain.  The whole arm can get heavy and weak  with physical activity.  Could It be nerve damage or a minor break?

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    Pins, needles, tingling, numbness, loss of strength are all symptoms of nerve compression. In the arm, all or some of the nerves coming off of the brachial plexus are involved. Go to a shoulder/elbow orthopedic specialist. They will determine which nerve(s) are being compressed. Nerve release can be accomplished with oral steriods, injectable steriods, NSAIDS, therapy, and surgery...and I each one of these options have been used on both of my elbows.

    Stay positive...

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      The elbow pain comes and goes and sometimes it feels completely normal.  It has gone on for so long now that I have somehow got used it. I did try chiropractory for it and for shoulder and back pain also caused by old injuries.  However, it made everything a lot worse and I now get pain from my neck down. New pains have appeared and dormant ones came back. I tolerated three sessions and then gave up.  Deep tissue massage was tried to correct it but I had a hyper immune reaction to it and I ended up in constant pain and exhaustion for over nine months.  Eventually this improved a little but I still get periods when the pain and and fatigue come back with very little exertion.  I also developed costochondritis and later IBS which I think may well have been an inflammatory response to the extreme stress I had put on myself.

      I think my safest option is NSAIDS because medical interventions invariably cause even more trouble than I originally had and prescribed medications often trigger bad reactions whereas over the counter drugs are less toxic.  As my IBS is related to stress, I tend to avoid doctors unless it is absolutely necessary.  However, it it is only nerve compression at least that is better than a badly healed break.

       

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      you have self medicated and it did not work. Chiropractic people are not required to have a bachelor's degree. You need a board certified orthopedic physician who carry at minimum 12 years of college education.

      The modalities you have tried would not be prescribed by an ortho.

      Choose an ortho practicing at a university hospital clinic.

      And yes, you can cause irreversible damage.

      I did not reply to you to have my reply interpreted as prescription to self medicate.

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      Sorry, I am a very anxious person and tend to resort to options that will cause the least stress.  I guess I am worried about making the existing injury worse because it has gone on for a long time and thus may require more intricate treatment than I can cope with.
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