Saturday, April 23, 2005

Too Much Coffee?

This fifty year old Farmer came to me a few months ago complaining of this swelling in his left elbow which was initially painful and he noticed after bumping his elbow 2 times and doing some unusually heavy lifting with that arm 2-3 weeks earlier. It is now only minimally tender and not warm or red. After I told Joe about my recent case of olecranon bursitis, he said his problem was that he drank too much coffee. Why would that be? (Joe this is obviously not for you to answer until someone else gets a stab at it)

posted by Clay @ 4/23/2005 10:38:00 AM   4 comments


At 9:27 PM, Blogger joe said...

Sin café no hay mañana (without coffee there is no tomorrow)

At 8:56 AM, Blogger joe said...

Can't hold back any longer---olecranon bursitis. The repeated trauma to the elbow on the hard surface of the coffee table is the cause many times.
When old men have nothing to do they go to the coffee shop and spend all morning with their friends drinking coffee and telling war stories.

I'm drinking more coffee these days.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Clay said...

Hence the names draftsman's elbow, student's elbow, miner's elbow and now, coffee drinker's elbow.

At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely olecranon bursitis. Leave it alone for 3-4 weeks, until no longer tender. If it hasn't reabsorbed put on a tight tennis or baseball wrist wrap and move it to the elbow. Leave it on for 3-4 days. It should be tight enough to have forced it flat and reabsorbed. No need to drain and risk infection. From now on protect the elbow when drinking coffe, moving the mouse on a computer etc


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