16 year old barista having severe pain in arm, need some more Tendonitis information

by Karly

I am 16yrs old and in April i started a new job as smoothie barrist.

Around september i started developing pain in my right wrist and and it soon escalated into my whole arm and my thumb especially, i was diagnosed with Thumb Tendonitis in december.

i have been off work since the end of Novemeber and have been doing physical therapy and restign my wrist.

The first brace that i was given put to much presser on a few nerves in my hand and made things worse, so i got a custom brace.

Anyway in between my thumb and index finger gets quite swollen and also in the middle of my wrist on the palm side, then the (tendon/bone/idk what it is) leading down my arm on the thumb side gets quite enlarged compared to the opposite hand, its not extreme but just noticeable.

**The swelling decreased a whole lot with therapy, but im kinda done therapy i think and it seems to be flaring up**

Down the opposite side of my hand gets very tense and sore also swollen. Now for a while it was better becuase of the therapy and rest, but now that im using it again it seems to be going downhill.

The pain is not hospital worthy, but is kind of numbing and tingling..just a bit, it feels like i can't move my fingers but i can its still really sore to do it, i've been alternating cold and hot but resting on it kills, and even the slightest touch bugs me.

I used my arm to push a guy away from me and i heard a crack, not like breking a bone but like a pop i guess followed by slight pain. Near my elbow gets a bit swollen.

i try to do my exercises but it hurts. I'm due back for modified and reduced hours in 2 days......and im not sure how im gonna do. Its just really sore again and im wondering if there is something other than JUST thumb tendonitis.

**My job is quite repetitious, including using much force on hard ice cream and pouring up to 48oz of smoothie at a time....mulitiple times in a row.

im just trying my best to cope, but finals are coming up and school is very important...but it puts me to tears, somebody with some insight would be nice.

Thanks a million


Joshua Answers:

Hi Karly.

When a 16 year old like yourself is hurting like you are, I'm of the belife the it's primarily due to nutritional deficiency.

1. Vitamin D. Get your level checked, then GET YOUR LEVEL UP. This is vital. (I bet you a dollar you are DEFICIENT.)

2. Magnesium for Tendonitis followed by my Kerri's Magnesium Dosage page.

3. This kind of Vitamin B12

4. Any old Vitamin B6. Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

5. More protein, good fat (Omega 3's, coconut oil) in your diet, and start making/eating Bone Broth as the best Tendon Supplements.

All the above will make your body stronger and more able to get out of pain and stay out of pain.

Again, VITAL.

Also, to lower your pain levels right now for your hands/wrists/elbows, start Ice Dipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

Turmeric like this turmeric and Omega 3's are natural anti-inflammatories.

This will take a bit of effort to reverse the Pain Causing Dynamic, but I think you'll agree that it's worth it.

More questions, more answers.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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