Diagnosis: Tennis elbow.
Turns out that I am relying too much on wrist strength, and not using my arm/bicep/shoulders enough when I'm really working hard on something.
So. Intra-muscular sugar-water injections to reduce the inflammation. Massage. Hot/Cold treatments. And Physical Therapy to learn how to use ALL of my body's muscles, not just the easy ones.
I was panicked that Carpal Tunnel had finally gotten me, or that I was bordering onto chronic issues that would (maybe) prevent me from riding my motorcycles any more, or having to wear a wrist brace for ever, or even get surgery.
Turns out NONE of that is in the cards for me.
I walked down the hall from my Doctor's office, and into the Physical Therapists' office, since she happened to have a cancellation, and I was there already.
So I am already on the road to recovery. And my arm is sore. Intramuscular injections and tennis elbow will do that to ya, apparently.
OH! And I admitted to my PT that I have a goal to learn how to do handstands, as a part of my getting-more-fit push. Now that I've lost 40 pounds, I need to begin stretching regularly, and do some fitness training to increase my core and upper body strength.
Learning to do handstands is a practical way to do all those things, while also being able to measure my progress as my handstand skillz increase.
Turns out she LOVES to do handstands, and is great at it. She's also a 6-foot tall blonde who is super fit and fun and energetic, so the inspiration is there for me, as well. :-)