Hi everyone, still working on the ol' elbows. Note the 's' at the end... yep, it's now in both elbows since I had to use my left arm to favor my right. Long story...
Anyway I had an MRI of the right elbow (the main problem) in June and finally went back to the doc for the results on Friday. The MRI confirms Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow), so no surprise there.
But there's more! The report also says:
Bone bruise and bone marrow edema is also seen along the lateral aspect of the radial head as well as the lateral epicondyle itself. Mild joint effusion is seen in the elbow joint predominantly along the lateral aspect.
My doctor did not mention these findings during our appointment on Friday, so I didn't know about them until I read the report later at home. He did say I'm a candidate for surgery since I've tried everything he suggested and none of it worked. However, the one thing I didn't try is total rest, and now I have all the time in the world to do that.
QUESTION: Does anyone know what 'bone marrow edema' might suggest? I did not suffer an external trauma to my elbow, so I also don't understand the bone bruise finding.
I know, I know... some of you think that if I had surgery I'd be all healed up by now. Well, maybe... and I had to work so I tried other treatments that would allow me to continue working, and those treatments also promise to work so why not me? Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to give my elbow adequate rest, until now.