Hey guys I’m new to this forum and although I don’t have any knee problems I am suffering with the same tendonosis problem described in this post but in both my elbows, lateral epicondylitis a.k.a Tennis elbow.
It was good reading this post and I really agree with what clive said about staying positive. Some day’s I just find myself going mad and in total despair, it can be very depressing to suddenly have to quit doing all the activity’s you enjoy.
I was just posting for the same reason greyhound was, wondering if anyone has had autologous blood injection in the UK. Is this the same thing as Platelet rich plasma injection? (PRP ) Where they take out your own blood and separate the platelets in a centrifuge then re inject them into the affected tendon to speed up the bodys natural healing process.
I have been looking into it and so far only found of one private clinic in London mentioned in this article, but it also mentions there are a few NHS hospitals performing it here is the link : http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/features/view/135016/I-was-cured-by-my-own-blood#
I have been suffering with lateral epicondylitis in both arms for around 4 months now, although the problem has been manifesting for quite some time. The first time I ever experienced the pain in and around my forearms was during weight training about 18 months ago. It started very mild and was felt only during training but progressively worsened over a couple of weeks or so. I would end up having to take a week off all training which I used to do periodically anyway. After this I would be back to normal and ready to continue training, or so I thought. This happened about 3 times over roughly a year entill recently sometime near the end of January which has now become a real problem and will not heal.
After stopping training with weights and using the doctor’s advice of resting, taking a course of NSAID's and applying ice there was no improvement. This is when I started to research all about tendinapathy and read all about tendonitis and tendonosis. I bought an E book called “Target tendonitis” and found that what I had was almost defiantly tedonosis, which has little to do with immflamation and is in fact degeneration of the tendon from repeated failure to heal.
The book contained physiotherapy exercises to do, basically just eccentric light weight isolation Exercises to be done frequently along with nutritional advice, supplements worth getting ect, so I started implementing the techniques. I explained this to the doctor and although he didn't seem to of ever heard of the condition tendonosis he agreed with me that this is what I have. After pressing on my forearm and near the elbow he said I had lateral epicondylitis a.k.a tennis elbow. He agreed I was taking the correct cause of action and to be patient as these injury's are renowned for taking a long time to heal.
A few weeks after this my condition began to worsen gradually as a result of my Job being repetitive on my arms, So I ended up signed off from work. I am now only on SSP and getting only half my normal wage, which is leaving me very short on money to support myself and my partner. This is becoming a serious disability to me and is completely ruining my quality of life. I am no longer able to and have been for quite some time to enjoy an active life style. I am desperate to get back to work and to my hobbies and sports which I love such as Surfing, Playing my drums and computer gaming.
I was referred to an NHS physiotherapist who again seemed to know less about this problem than me. She tried to tell me tendonitis and tendonosis where the same thing. She did however tell me that the eccentric exercises I was using where the correct cause of action, and that I should continue to do them 3 times a day for 15 reps and to also do some stretches.
After 6 weeks off work and still not much better with only a slight improvement I returned to work to see how I got on as I was running out of full Sick pay. Only for the pain start to relapse and again worsen so am now again signed off.