So, in this pic, either I'm showing off my utter lack of bicep musculature, or I'm demonstrating the most I can bend my elbow at this point in time.
The latter being the case, it presents any number of problems, starting with having to bend my head down towards my fork while eating, or experiencing discomfort while doing every day tasks.
I'd be more worried if it wasn't a recurrence of something that happened late 2016 into last year, minus the excruciating possible pinched nerve pain. I'd be less worried if that episode hadn't taken pretty much 6 months to fully resolve, only to happen again now.
As pickleball has pretty much become my only form of real exercise this summer, that also presents an issue of trying to get back into other exercise modes. I tried going to the gym last week, after the elbow had started hurting again, and getting on the elliptical, a machine that I've used extensively in the past, and I was massively bored, giving up within 15 minutes. There were people playing pickleball at the time, so I joined them, playing half speed, and I was able to do so without much pain, but the elbow has gotten worse since then. So unless I want to lock my competitiveness and ego in a secure box and try playing left handed, I think I'm out of that particular game for a while.
I could try weights, but given the approximate 15 inches of range of motion I have in the elbow (I can't straighten it either, ending up maybe 30 degrees away from flat when I try to straighten the arm out in front of me), I don't suspect that I'll get much good out of that.
I probably should go to the doctor, but having been through this just last year, I already know what they're going to tell me, and I might as well just dig up the old exercises they gave me, go buy some more kinesio tape and......wait for it to get better over time. Which wasn't fun last time and doesn't sound like fun now.
So. Yeah. Suckages.