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Kurt Onstad

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Update on my body... [Jul. 21st, 2002|01:23 pm]
Kurt Onstad
The other event for me this weekend was getting my elbow looked at on Friday. I had a nerve conduction test, which consisted of putting electrodes on my hand, then putting little electric shocks into me along various parts of the two major nerves that run down the arm. As suspected, the ulnar nerve is compressed right at the elbow, which is what causes the pain and numbness. I was given medication to take twice a day for a week, which should reduce any swelling that could be causing the compression. I was also given advice on what not to do: Don't rest my elbow on hard surfaces, don't flex it all the way (i.e., hand on shoulder), and don't make fast moves to either extreme of flexing. If the medication and behavior change doesn't appear to make things better, than we'll escalate it up to an orthopedist, who may go in and actually move tissue around in order to make more space for the nerve.