So here’s a little background to begin:
I’m a 47 yr old woman, in relatively good shape, I weigh a little over a hundred pounds and used to have pretty good muscle tone. I have always been wiry. I have also be described at times as scrawny and stick like but that’s just appearances.
Here’s how I did this. I was incorrectly using a power tool. Relax, nothing got sliced. I was using a reciprocating saw for the first time.
(It’s also called a framers saw, I believe. It’s often used for cutting down interior walls. It’s about a foot and a half long, not counting the blade and has a trigger on the hand grip, it’s electric.)
I was using it to cut up some branches from the yard, for firewood. Thought I’d use the power tool as there were quite few and I thought if I used the hand saw I’d end up with a stiff shoulder.I wish.
Though I’d never used this tool before I had seen it used and thought I had it figured out.
Long story short, I failed to remember that when I saw it used the operator used both hands to hold the saw. Because I’m too short to put things up on the bench and I ended up with it on the ground, holding the branch with one hand and trying to control the saw with the other.
Yeah, I know, not very smart. So I have this vibrating and loud, not to mention, heavy, tool running and I’m concentrating mostly on not cutting off a foot and not really noticing how my arm and elbow feel.
I am nothing if not obstinate, by the time I gave up I fear I injured myself. No biggy, the muscle that runs over my elbow and then down to my fingers throbbed and burned. Fine, I gave it some time and figured it would pass. I’m no spring chicken so I didn’t count on this happening overnight.
But damn, it’s been over three weeks and it still hurts to touch, and it still hurts if I try to lift anything. Damn. I’ve been babying it as best I can but I use it a lot, of course.
I’m a caregiver and it’s hard to get out to the doctor. I’d look it up but I don’t even know what these body parts are called.
So Doctor, what do you think?
What have I done to it?
Will it go away by itself?