Tennis elbow. Although apparently few people actually get this from tennis, so calling it ‘knitter’s elbow’ would seem just as appropriate.
I caved and saw a doctor this afternoon (after waiting an hour after my appointment time, awesome) who diagnosed me after a few questions and much poking and prodding of the elbow (ow, ow, yes OW OW yes that hurts…). Interestingly enough, he didn’t tell me to stop knitting, he just said to stop and ice it and take ibuprofen when it hurts. (Nice to know I’m ahead on that). I’m not sure if this means that he is genuinely underestimating the ability of knitting to cause RSI or if it really is okay to knit in small doses while this heals. I may look for a second opinion in another week.
He also said that I’m not a professional knitter just a “recreational” knitter so I shouldn’t let it get me down too much. Ahahahah. (Buddy, I don’t care how professional my knitting is or isn’t, it is my frakking valuable creative outlet and my primary form of stress relief in this psychological wringer also known as Writing My PhD Dissertation. Calling my knitting ‘just recreational’ is not making me feel better.) He also said “don’t worry, it’ll clear up in a few months.” AHAHAHAHAHA.
I don’t know, what IS the recommended daily dose of chocolate in this situation? I’ll be over here in a crumpled heap trying to figure that out.