i am so sorry you are having this problem, as having had it myself,
i know it is very painful and can be difficult to deal with while
working. (and even doing simple things in everyday life, for that
i went to the acupuncturist for this. after about 8 sessions of
needles poking almost all the way from one side of my elbow to the
other, the tennis elbow has 98% subsided. i also learned different
ways to deal with it by looking at my health holisticly, which was
nice. this was back in the fall of last year, and i have not had any
major problems since. i HIGHLY reccomend acupuncture for overuse
i have also had trigger finger from overuse. trigger finger is like
carpal tunnel, but it is isolated in the finger joints where they
meet the hand. i had this about 8 years ago and got several steroid
injections in each joint. furthermore, i had this congenitally in my
thumb when i was 12 and had surgery to fix it. i now have about 50%
strength in my thumb; the surgery permanently takes away the
strength. the injections reduce the swelling of the tendons and
tissues around the joint. however,this is not a permanent solution,
and i do not think it is the best one.
as i have been doing lots of small wire work and stone setting
recently, i have been waking up with numb fingers and swollen hands
again. my plan is to return to the acupuncture clinic to deal with
this through chinese medicine, as it is kinder to your body in the
long term. since i want to keep making jewelry for a long time, this
is important to me.
my clinic has a school attached, where i can see the student
practitioners for 1/4 of the price ($20 for 1.5 hours). the licensed
acupuncture teachers come in and make sure the students are doing
the job correctly. perhaps they offer this in your area as well.
the best thing to do is to change your working style as well, so you
do not have a recurrence. perhaps change the height of your chair so
you are not putting the same kind of pressure on that joint. or you
do some things standing up. it is very important to stretch at
regular intervals and massage the elbow extremely often, like for
about 1-5 minutes after ANY stress on the elbow. this is easy to do
and feels good. you can also get an elbow brace from the drugstore
to support your elbow while working.
good luck, i hope you feel better soon.