I’m a college pitcher playing at a division 1 level. I’ve gone to several baseball specific doctors and explained my story, leaving them scratching their heads. X-rays and contrast MRIs reveal nothing. Everything intact. All healthy.
Inner elbow pain near the UCL. Ways to feel the pain are… If I was the place my elbow on my stomach and pry into it by rotating my wrist with inward pressure, this would reveal inner elbow pain. If I was to rub my head as if I was shampooing my head with moderate force, this reveals the pain. If I’ve been throwing off and on and with little intensity, I do not feel pain while throwing.
Now when I involve more difficult throwing (bullpens/longtoss)… the initial throws I make decrease the pain felt. (Pain is felt during the accelerating/cocking phase.) Eventually, when fully warm and throwing hard, there isn’t inner elbow pain whatsoever. Once I stop and rest in between innings, maybe 5 minutes, I have a burning elbow pain on the inside of my elbow. If I would start up throwing again, it would take longer for the initial throws to reduce my pain felt. In other words, instead of 5 throws warmup throws to eliminate the pain like in my first session, it would take 10 throws to not feel pain. Once done throwing, my pain is QUICKER to come back and more intense. Instead of 5minutes after throwing, the pain is back in 2 minutes.
If I really wanted to irritate my elbow, I would throw everyday. The pain gradually increases from day to day. The pain is more intense and quicker to come once done with throwing. Near the end of my sophomore season, the pain became scary. The inner elbow pain didn’t go away on the initial throws; it was a constant burning on every throw, regardless of the intensity of the throw. So I shut it down sophomore year.
What’s frustrating is that I took off my entire junior year by red shirting to let the elbow calm down (assuming it was some type of tendonitis.)
Now being a redshirt junior and picking up throwing again, the exact same pain is beginning to come back and increase with pain.
I would love for anyone to give suggestions on what this could be. Sorry for the long response. And no, I don’t feel pain doing the milk test.