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Need Advice: Arm/Hand Pain While Holding A Gun
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It seems turning forty one has decided to manifest itself in my left knee and right lower arm. For the last few weeks, my arm has grown increasingly weaker, and hurts when I lift certain items...like my gun. It hurts so bad that I can barely make a fist; the pain starts at my elbow, and runs down my forearm into my hand. I think it might be tendonitis, because it's not really muscle or bone pain, though I have noticed a hard lump on my elbow.

Shooting last week, I was fine as long as I used two hands. The recoil itself isn't an issue, just the weight of the gun. Holding the gun up with one hand is torturous. I found myself shooting lefty, which I can do moderately well. I'm mildy ambidextrous, and can do most things except write with my left as well as I can with my right.

My concern is drawing lefty. I need a lefty holster, without active retention, because I'm not quite confident enough in my own skill to be able to disengage a retention device, draw, click off a thumb safety, and get on target with my left hand.

Does anyone make a lefty kydex paddle holster, similar to a SERPA, without a retention device? I plan on hitting the range quite a bit over the next few weeks to practice drawing, but I'm gonna need a holster to do it. Again, shooting isn't an issue, drawing is. I'm gonna need to give my right arm a rest, until this isuue resolves itself, or until I can scrape up the money to see a doctor.,

Since I'm asking for advice anyway: anyone ever have this issue with the arms/hands? Was it tendonitis? Were you able to resolve it without physical therapy, or am I gonna need to see a therapist for it? Ice/heat packs, painkillers, and an elbow wrap don't seem to be working that well for me.

The only other solution for me would be to wait until tax return season, and buy a lighter gun. I'd hate to not be able to carry a 1911, though. I'm having panic attacks thinking of switching to a...Glock.
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jahwarrior72;120854 Wrote:It seems turning forty one has decided to manifest itself in my left knee and right lower arm. For the last few weeks, my arm has grown increasingly weaker, and hurts when I lift certain items...like my gun. It hurts so bad that I can barely make a fist; the pain starts at my elbow, and runs down my forearm into my hand. I think it might be tendonitis, because it's not really muscle or bone pain, though I have noticed a hard lump on my elbow.

Shooting last week, I was fine as long as I used two hands. The recoil itself isn't an issue, just the weight of the gun. Holding the gun up with one hand is torturous. I found myself shooting lefty, which I can do moderately well. I'm mildy ambidextrous, and can do most things except write with my left as well as I can with my right.

My concern is drawing lefty. I need a lefty holster, without active retention, because I'm not quite confident enough in my own skill to be able to disengage a retention device, draw, click off a thumb safety, and get on target with my left hand.

Does anyone make a lefty kydex paddle holster, similar to a SERPA, without a retention device? I plan on hitting the range quite a bit over the next few weeks to practice drawing, but I'm gonna need a holster to do it. Again, shooting isn't an issue, drawing is. I'm gonna need to give my right arm a rest, until this isuue resolves itself, or until I can scrape up the money to see a doctor.,

Since I'm asking for advice anyway: anyone ever have this issue with the arms/hands? Was it tendonitis? Were you able to resolve it without physical therapy, or am I gonna need to see a therapist for it? Ice/heat packs, painkillers, and an elbow wrap don't seem to be working that well for me.

The only other solution for me would be to wait until tax return season, and buy a lighter gun. I'd hate to not be able to carry a 1911, though. I'm having panic attacks thinking of switching to a...Glock.

Does the pain that travels down the arm seem to only affect the outer half of the hand, even right down the middle of the middle finger? The lump you referenced, is it on the upper side of the arm/elbow? It could be pressing on the ulnar nerve. I have that problem off and on (fortunately in my left arm) due to an injury and inflammation of the nerve. When it does, it weakens my whole hand along with the shooting pain. Have the lump checked out. It's probably something that can be handled simply, like a cyst, but it should be checked out - especially since it's impacting day-to-day use.
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#3
Lump on the elbow, could be a swollen bursa sack. I had one once and burst it getting out of a chair. Only course of treatment the doctor advised me on was to use OTC pain medication.
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#4
Sounds like tennis elbow. It flairs up in my right arm on occasion. I have a brace type thing that I wear when it acts up.

A few years ago I had a shot of cortazon. It worked but boy did the shot hurt.
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I use one similar to this.

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Mingo, the lump is on the outside of my arm, right on the elbow. When the pain hits, my whole lower arm gets weak; it's like the muscles are telling me, "Up yours, we quit". Making a fist hurts. But yes, it's mostly the outer half. My inner arm is mostly unaffected, except when making a fist.

The lump itself isn't hard, but firm. It's not a squishy lump.
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jahwarrior72;120873 Wrote:Mingo, the lump is on the outside of my arm, right on the elbow. When the pain hits, my whole lower arm gets weak; it's like the muscles are telling me, "Up yours, we quit". Making a fist hurts. But yes, it's mostly the outer half. My inner arm is mostly unaffected, except when making a fist.

The lump itself isn't hard, but firm. It's not a squishy lump.

Yeah, that sounds like something pressing on the ulnar nerve. It's like the whole outer arm/hand is affected and it's weird because the inner part is fine. I'd go find out what that lump is. It might be something that can be taken care of easily, but it sure is causing you problems.
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#8
I hesitate to give this advice but I'll offer it anyhow.
If you want to get it checked out before tax time, check with your doctor or Med Express to see if you can have it checked then have them bill you, make the minimum payment that they'll accept (pre-arranged of course), then pay off the balance at tax time. (provided of course that you can afford it then).
Another possibility may be to use a credit card and accept that you'll be paying some interest before you get your tax refund.
Or of course you could wait until Obamacare is in full swing and everyone has everything they need.
If you're like me, you hate to owe money, especially when there's interest on the balance, that's why I hesitated to offer that advice.
On the other hand, if it's something serious that would get progressively worse it may be worth a little bit more to get it taken care of sooner rather than later. If it turns out to be something simple that can be treated/cured for minimal cost now compared to something major later it's definitely worth paying a few $$ interest to avoid a higher bill later. (Not to mention the fact that eliminating the pain would be worth a few $$ per month regardless of the ultimate outcome).
Good luck.
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#9
Have you whacked your "funny bone" real good lately? I did and it ended up that i tore the ulner nerve in two and crushed the tunnel it runs through. extreme pain and loss of strength and swollen/purple shoulder down to the point my fingers were no shit. about ten times normal size. years of messing with therapy and other nonsense at an attempt to let it repair itself. ended up getting surgery to repair and reroute nerve due to cartilage tunnel not being there anymore and constantly reinjuring it it. couple weeks after and it felt like new. id really get it looked at as may be an issue that will never go away without proper intervention. best of luck with it either way.
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#10
I'm in the same boat. At first I thought it was arthritis, but when it spread to my other wrist and both of my feet it was killing me. Went to a chiropractor and discovered I have several pinched nerves. Try placing your palms together as if you are praying and while pushing as hard as you can, lower your arms and you will feel the ulnar nerve and the rest of the tendons in your forearm.
You should find a knot in your arms. Press down and release several times a day to stretch the tendon. It's going to hurt like hell but it will help.
If you believe in chiropractors, make a appointment and see if it helps.
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