Bilateral Wrist Tendonitis - 3 and a half years!

by Jiten
(UK - London)

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I am a 23 Yr old grad student with 3 and a half years of Bilateral Tendonitis in my wrists.

Background story:

It all started at the end of my 1st year of University. I was weight training and doing Thai boxing. Whilst doing reverse curls one day I felt a sharp pain in my left wrist on the 'pinky side'. I kept training and doing thai boxing and the pain worsened.

I went to see a physiotherapist and was told I injured my 'Ulnar nerve' and was given wrist splints and was told to not train for a while.

I stopped training but was working in a department store (Harrods) lifting heavy bags during my summer off. The pain then traveled to my forearms and I was then diagnosed with golfers and tennis elbow (Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis).

I stopped using my left arm to lift bags and started using my right arm... and ended up overcompensating on my right arm causing the same condition in my wrist and my forearm.

After finishing my job I then started 2nd year of university and was typing and writing a lot as I had many assignments and notes to write up.

This caused the condition in my wrist and forearms to get worse and the end of my 2nd year I couldn't write for more than 5 minutes without getting pain in my wrist and my forearms.

The condition continued to get worse in my 3rd year. I was also given extra time during my exams due to my condition. I would like to add that by the end of my 3rd year I had noticed that my elbows seemed to protrude more distinctively and every time I would put my elbows on the desk I would get pain starting from my forearm to my wrist (which happens even to this day).

After graduating in 2009 I took off 1 year for my wrists and forearms to repair, as by this point they were very painful. I could not type for more than 3 minutes without pain in my wrist and my forearm (tennis elbow side), I also could not lift any sort of weight and found movement in my wrist painful if I was holding something.

I also found that my wrists would feel stiff and click a lot, which was not present before I had the injury.

From July 2009-February 2010 my wrists were very painful. However by March 2010 I pushed myself to exercise more and do the physio exercises which seemed to help. I started to lift heavier weights however I could not do bicep curls or tricep extensions as they would aggravate my forearms and wrist. What did help a lot was swimming, however I had to drive to the gym which would not help the condition!

I went to Vancouver from July 2010 to the middle of August and on my last week I saw a physio who treated me very well, giving me a treatment of heat, massage/manipulation, ultrasound and stretching. This treatment made my wrists weak but pain free. (I have received this treatment before of manipulation or ultrasound which would help but it wasn't as effective as this recent treatment).

It felt like the treatment released muscles that were not working well but it pushed me back to doing physio exercises from the beginning. When I returned to England my wrists got worse after using the computer. Now it is back to its painful stage where I cannot lift any weights and the physio exercises I do make them hurt more.

During this three year period I have seen many doctors and physios and many of them say that they cannot find a problem. The tests I have had are, MRI, EMG and ultrasound and also many blood tests. the blood tests at first showed an elevated amount of uric acid and a low Vit D count, however all of that is normal now since my last blood test.

The MRI and ultrasound show that one of my bones in my wrists are a tiny bit longer than the other, and also there a small gap in my wrist (I have copies of these if you would like to see them). However it not conclusive if this happened after or before the injury. The surgeon also looked to see if there was any cartilage tear but there wasn't so I was discharged.

The Treatments I have Received:

- osteopathy - manipulation of the wrists and forearm, and also other treatments to my back and shoulder - this treatment I found effective in my 2nd year however after treatment I would go back to typing and writing notes which would not help.

- Chiropractor - involving clicking of the back and wrist.

- Physiotherapy - treatment would either be ultrasound and acupuncture or manipulation and ultrasound (the latter which I found most effective)

- Kineese taping (done after treatment) - which I do believe can help... but further down the strengthening process

What aggravates it:

I cannot drive, type for long periods, lift weights and even hold up the phone to my ear. I used to play video games but that also used to aggravate it so i had to sell my XBOX :(!

I would like to add that I also have Bilateral rotator cuff injury which I got 3 years before I got my wrist injuries. I was receiving treatment for this injury but had to stop due to my wrist injury. I have found that when my shoulder hurts, my forearms hurt as well. The shoulder injury may have contributed to the wrist injury but I do not know.


I was given Diclofenac Sodium by my doctor when I first received the injury.... this did not help one bit.

Since then I have been taking Vit D tablets, Cod liver oil mixed with Glucosamine and omega 3 tablets, herbal medicine and pineapple enzyme, Bromelain, which I read about.

It has been over a year since I have taken off to repair my wrists and the condition has still not improved. My golfers elbow has subsided and will only rarely appear if it is very bad. I have been unemployed during this period as I cannot type or lift anything. However I have now got myself a job as it is too stressful doing nothing!!

I've also found that when I hurt myself I cannot get better as quick as I used to. e.g. I sprained my ankle 6 months ago whilst playing football (soccer!!!) and usually it would have healed by now, however it's still injured. Also I used to rarely get ill, however I have been getting ill nearly twice a year now.

I would really appreciate it if you could provide any thought on what is wrong, how to deal with it and any other notes.

I have also sent you a sketch of the area which has been affected in the wrist. I have not sent you a forearm sketch as you know what golfers and tennis elbow is!!

Hope to hear from you soon



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Nov 06, 2010
PART 2 - Bilateral Wrist Tendonitis - 3 and a half years!
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Joshua Answers:

Hello Jiten.

Wow, that's sounds like quite a trial by fire. Let's see what we can do.

1. Make sure your Vitamin D is up between 50-80.

2. Are you taking Vitamin D2 or D3? If you were taking prescription then it's highly likely that it was D2. D2 brings the numbers up but doesn't provide much of the benefits that D3 does. Thus it's a higher level on D2 is a bit worthless.

3. Magnesium for Tendonitis FOCUS ON THIS!!!! MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!

4. Yes, absolutely the shoulder is an issue. It's possible that the pain in your lower arm is from problem up at the shoulder.

5. Also, make sure to take the Bromelain on an empty stomach, otherwise it just digests your food.


Q1. Describe shoulder issue

Q2. Describe the pain in lower arm. tight, sharp, dull, aching, throbbing, burning, etc?

Q3. What's your overall diet look like?

Jan 08, 2011
Belated reply! - Bilateral Wrist Tendonitis - 3 and a half years!
by: Jiten

Hi Joshua
Sorry for the major late reply, I've been really busy and also I can only type a few sentences per session before my wrists start hurting.
Answers to your questions:
? I am taking vitamin D3, however I have now switched to the tablet form as I was taking a chewable form before.
? After reading your post I have now started taking magnesium tablets. It's been a 3 weeks since I have started and I have been taking it twice a day with the vitamin D3. I haven't noticed any difference yet..
? I haven't been taking the Bromelain much as I tend to get hungry quickly and I only get one lunch break at work!!
? The shoulder issue started 6 years ago, I was doing chest exercises and I forgot to release the weights on the chest machine. I felt a sharp pain but I carried on training and over time my shoulders protruded forward. The pain occurs usually at the front of my shoulder around the area where the Pectoral muscle connects to the shoulder. The pain also occurs around the top of the shoulder also but not as often as the front. I also find that when the shoulder is hurting then the neck tends to hurt as well.
The pain I usual feel in my shoulder is a sharp pain which tends to restrict my movement. If I tend to have worked out my upper back then my shoulders tend to feel ok.
? My sister has the same issue but it is more severe, She has an impingement and calcification in her shoulder joint. I have been told it is rotator cuff injury/ impingement also.
? The pain in the lower arm is mixture of symptoms. Its tight around the forearm area and then tends to feel very tender. it can usually be a dull/sharp pain
? In the wrist area The pain is usually a sharp pain. Once the pain comes in both the areas then they tend to last the whole day.
? Also the other day i hit my tennis elbow side on the corner of the wall by accident and i had a massive amount of pain from the forearm to the hand. I could not move my arm for a couple of minutes, and after that my wrist and forearm were in pain the whole day.
? My diet is alright. I am trying to eat a lot more protein but it is hard as I tend to eat a lot more vegetarian foods. I try to eat 5 times a day but it tends to be 3 times a day. If you want a more detailed version of what I eat then feel free to ask
Sorry again for the late reply
Thank you


Joshua Comments:

1. How much Vit D?
2. How much Magneisum?
3. Can you touch a spot on your shoulder that is super painful? Probably on or close to one of the shoulder cuff tendons.
4. You sister has the same thing? That's interesting.
5. Shoulder problem can definitely lead to wrist problems.
6. More protein! More good fats! Vegetarian diet, depending on how (well) you do it can easily lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to Tendonitis issues.
7. Most shoulder impingement is due to TOO TIGHT structures in the armpit area. Stretch and massage.

Nov 13, 2011
Reply!!! :S -- Bilateral Wrist Tendonitis - 3 and a half years!
by: Jiten

Hey Joshua.

sorry for the late reply, I didn't know you replied to my message as i didn't get an email. I just randomly found out you did by chance!

1) Vit D3 -1000iu
2) calcium - 333mg
3)yes when i touch the front of shoulder its extremely painful. i have been stretching the armpit area but no difference to the pain
4) I eat meat, fish and all the right proteins and fats.
5)I underwent a long period of physio which did not help. after that i found a new treatment called 'Prolotherepy' - Injection of sucrose and lidocaine into the pain areas to cause acute inflamm & repair. i had over 100 injections
the treatment worked for a while but now the pain has come back.
I am now going to be receiving a procedure in December called a Wrist Atheroscopy. this is where they put a telescope in my wrist to find the problem. if they can fix it then they will on the day.

Thanks Jiten


Joshua Comments:

100 prolotherapy injections? Really? Yikes.

So I'll assume that you haven't gotten any of my products, like the Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook.

Vitamin D3. Not enough. That's not even a maintenance dose.

Magnesium. Not enough. Do at least 1,000mg (over the course of a day for a month and see what that does.

Massage the front of the shoulder and the forearm muscles, repeatedly throughout the day, every day.

Really??? 100 prolotherapy shots?

Nov 22, 2011
by: Jiten

Yeah. 100 per wrist & forearm over a 2 month period.

I have not purchased any of your products yet.

I'm upping my D3 dosage and possibly magnesium doseage from today. magnesium I'm a bit weary about as you can get sick from too much.

I've been trying to massage those areas, but its pretty hard as both wrists are bad!

Will see how the surgery goes in December... hope it works!


Joshua Comments:

Wow. 100. Per arm. Wow.

What do you mean 'you can get sick from too much' magnesium? Do you mean stomach discomfort? In that case, yes, you can. But the solution is to take it throughout the day instead of a lot at once. No big deal.

Question: If the prolotherapy didn't work, what is surgery going to do that will help?

Dec 01, 2011
Reply - Bilateral Wrist Tendonitis - 3 and a half years!
by: Anonymous

Actually i realised i calculated it wrong. it was over 100 injections all together though. Still quite alot!

Well the surgeon is looking for a cartillage tear or a ligament tear its a more explorative surgery then anything. if he can fix it then he'll do it. i just hope the tennis/golfers elbow goes after :S

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