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Elbow pain - please help

I'm a 26 year old male and have been going to the gym twice a week doing weights training for about 8 months. In the last couple of months I have had a slight pain that comes and goes in my left elbow, or just above. I first thought it was triceps tendinitis but I'm not so sure now and could do with some help.

It started as a pain in my left tricep when doing dumbbell curls so I stopped doing curls and didn't feel the pain (I did tricep pull-downs/benchpress etc and was fine). Over the next couple of weeks I didn't do any curls and had no pain when exercising or stretching. The only time I felt an intermittent pain (just to the top of my left elbow) was at weird times like lying in bed or driving etc.

I then took 2 weeks off any exercise and all pains went away. I then did a set of upper body weights last night and today at certain times I've had a few pains in the end of my elbow (different place to before). Again, no pain when exercising, I stretch and warm up a lot and can extend/stretch my arms and have no pain. I can't do anything and feel pain, it only comes and goes now and then.

Should I just ignore it and hope it goes away? Does it sound like tendinitis or golfers/tennis elbow? (I've googled the symptoms of both of these and apart from the occasional pain have no other symptoms i.e. in my hands/forearms, swelling, pain when stretching etc).

I really don't want to have another 2-3 weeks off as I'll loose some of the muscle I've been working hard to put on!
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I forgot to mention, it's not normal DOMS, I feel the doms in my chest, bi's and tri's today but it is a 'good' pain, not like the kind of shooting pain that lasts for a couple of seconds now and then just above the elbow. It almost feels like a nerve being pinched slightly.
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Hi there!

Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of your symptoms. Possibilities that may need to be considered include stress fractures, injuries to muscles, ligaments/ tendons, infections, inflammations, growths/ masses etc. I would suggest getting this evaluated by a primary care physician or an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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