Whenever I need information I google it. I may be looking for the nearest bar, oil change, convenience store, doctor, whatever – Googling saves time and allows me to quickly get up to speed on whatever topic I am interested in. Well – I came down with water on the elbow, and despite my proficient search skills, there was virtually no information to help me out. So I’m posting this to help the next googler that has a freakish blob of unknown contents hanging off their elbow.
Water on the elbow is very similar to water on the knee. Somehow your elbow got banged up and its response is to sprout a blob off of the joint. Look at the picture of my elbow – Yikes!
I was having dinner Wednesday night and my elbow itched. I went to scratch it and felt this blob on the elbow. My first thought was either a sock or a racquetball had somehow got stuck in the sleeve of my shirt and miraculously settled at the elbow spot. I rolled up my sleeve expecting the foreign object to fall out and nothing fell out. That is when I recoiled at the UEO (Unidentified Elbow Object) protruding from the elbow joint.
I immediately used my UEO to freak out both my girlfriend and my waitress. The waitress reacted like she was in a Halloween house of horrors and I was a menacing ghoul. Showing my doormen later on produced winces and exclamations of fear. But the elbow didn’t hurt at all, so I decided not to spend any time worrying about it.
At the doctor’s office the next day I kept my cellphone on. I figured I could get some gruesome pictures of water on the elbow drainage to share with my faithful readers. Unfortunately both doctors refused to pierce the elbow bubble. With water on the knee, treatment is most commonly having your knee drained. I know this because I got my knee stuck in another player’s football helmet once, and another time I fell off a couch flush on my knee. Both times I had a tennis-ball size sac of fluid that required a HUGE needle piercing and squeezing to drain out the fluid. It was like popping a ginormous zit.
Draining water on the elbow is not usually a course of treatment because it greatly increases your chance of having the elbow get infected. If you get water on the elbow, take a bunch of advil and compression wrap the joint. That was the prescribed treatment. I did both of these for 2 days, but it stopped being fun rather quickly, plus my stomach did not need advil while I was coordinating and participating in my brother’s bachelor party. The swelling will go down and everything will be fine as long as the joint pain doesn’t increase. Hopefully my elbow will look normal again soon. It is now magically half the size after a week, hopefully I do not re-injure it playing football tonight.
Update post UEO-dispersal: I am updating this 8 months later because I realized I never concluded the story on my UEO disappearance. At football that evening, one week after my water on the elbow appeared, I made a diving interception which caused me to land on my UEO. It felt a little sore but nothing out of the ordinary. I got home and took off my wrap. The water sac had exploded internally and I had a very gross bruise. There was almost no pain. My bruise cleared up over 10 days time and my elbow was as good as new.