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    septic olecranon bursitis

    happy new year to me.

    i woke up on the 1st and my left elbow was kinda hurting since i lean on it all the time.

    woke up on the 2nd and it was wayy swollen, red and hot. i got to wondering if maybe i injured it on new years eve while i was celebrating with my buddies vodka an red bull, haha. so i let it go and tried ice-heat hoping it would go down........NOPE.

    the 3rd, i had 2 dr's appointments. after all the transferring and pushing around it got even more swollen and the redness was spreading. bad as i didn't want to i had to go to the ER and well..........yall know how ER is, right?????

    5 hrs of waiting, wondering an hurting. which actually is good timing from last time i was there which was about a 7 hr excursion.

    anyhow...my diagnosis was "septic olecranon bursitis". i got 2 BIG shots in each hip at the ER and some bactrim an augmentin for 7 days. he says if the antibiotics don't work he'll have to cut my elbow open an let it drain. is this the norm? looks like he could draw the fluid out with a needle or something. should i get a second opinion if it doesn't clear up with the antibiotics? i don't lke the sounds of surgery plus not being able to use my left arm while waiting on it to heal would be a drag.

    #2
    Darn....what a way to welcome the new year!!

    I hope the antibiotics work...sounds very painful. The septic makes it sound pretty serious.

    Take care of yourself!!!! Arent ER's fun??
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      #3
      rolllin that suck.He should be able to drain it with a needle.My right elbow acts up likethat.Your sytems are worst,mine just swells and hurts.I'd get everry possible option.Hope you feel better buddy!
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        #4
        thanks yall. its gone down a lot today. i think ima live. it really did put a damper on my new year though.

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          #5
          Originally posted by rollin64
          thanks yall. its gone down a lot today. i think ima live. it really did put a damper on my new year though.
          That's good to hear.Hopefully every one will have a pain free year.
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            #6
            Are you going to look into an elbow pad or something to protect it?
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              #7
              I TOLD ya to quit diggin' ol busted crayons outta septic tanks

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                #8
                Rollin, I just went through the same thing. I must have buggered it during skiing. Anyway, the Dr. drained it and tested it and it came up with staff! So, after an IV and a couple kinds of antibiotics, they did an MRI and thought they saw some infection in the bone! Then off I went to an ID Dr. ( infectious desease). He put me on different antibiotics and said call him in the morning. Now the bursitis is gone and I use an elbow pad. I have some numbness in bothe elbows. Pat

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by patd
                  Rollin, I just went through the same thing. I must have buggered it during skiing. Anyway, the Dr. drained it and tested it and it came up with staff! So, after an IV and a couple kinds of antibiotics, they did an MRI and thought they saw some infection in the bone! Then off I went to an ID Dr. ( infectious desease). He put me on different antibiotics and said call him in the morning. Now the bursitis is gone and I use an elbow pad. I have some numbness in bothe elbows. Pat
                  Pat...mine was red an spreading all over my arm. ive been on the antibiotics a couple of days now. its only light pink around the elbow now, still warm to the touch but still swollen some and hurts like hell. gotta go back monday an let the ortho doc look at it again. he said if its not better he's gotta cut it open to drain. at first they were talkin IV antibiotics, now cutting me?....ouch. i figured they could just drain it with a needle.

                  lynnifer....i might need an elbow pad. so far i have just been stayin off it. i used to lean on it constantly, just relaxing or when pickin up things an such. thats prolly what screwed it up.

                  capn....i needed that candy apple red and lime green to finish that clown in my coloring book.

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                    #10
                    Hi Rollin,

                    My doc said that the red swelling was a secondary infection called cellulitis. He also begged me not to ski till it all heals. The elbow pad is working great. And skiing has been fantastic! Pat

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                      #11
                      they mentioned cellulitis in the ER. its lookin a whole lot better today. i'm gonna tell that doc he can put the scalpel away, lol. i can finally see my elbow bone a lil bit so that makes me feel better. i'm gonna get an elbow pad and definitely quit leaning on it.

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                        #12
                        Good news Rollin !!!!! Tell him to save the scalpal for his next victim!!! LOL
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by darkeyed_daisy
                          Good news Rollin !!!!! Tell him to save the scalpal for his next victim!!! LOL
                          haha, believe me i am daisy. those dr's worry me when the first thing outta their mouth is "CUT/SURGERY".

                          anyways....i took a nap while ago and it looks even better and no pain at all, woo hoooooo. think i'm gunna live to see another day.

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