Can't lift a coffee mug due to Wrist Tendonitis pain

by dave
(kamloops, bc, canada)

Hello, I'm 49 male, generally in good shape. I'm a regular runner and gardener and in overall good health, although I have been taking an acid blocker (rabeprazole) for about 6months to address a hiatus hernia in my lower esophagus.

I have had chronic tennis and golfers my right arm, likely from years of carrying a heavy bar with my right hand. The elbow area is not debilitating, more irritating and occasionally moderately painful and occasionally I wear a brace.

Anyhow about 6 months ago while using a spade to chop out some sod I got wrist pain...I continued working as it didn't seem like something that would persist, and I've done a helluva lot worse things that I should have suffered injury for.

Yet it has and has gotten worse to the point in the morning I can't even lift a cup of coffee with my right hand, and I get excruciating pain when I shake someone's hand, try to open the fridge door, steer the tractor with my right hand, etc.

X-rays showed nothing...I have also felt to a lesser degree the same pain off and on now in my left wrist in the same exact location for the same period of time.

I've tried bracing, and that helps stabilize but doesn't fix anything. Ice just seems to numb the area for awhile. Alleve doesn't seem to touch it.

The pain is pretty much about a little more than 1 inch around, on my pinky finger side at the base of my palm. Mostly around the inner side of the bump on the bone that is there.

I've wondered if this could be a side effect of the acid blocker but that doesn't seem likely. Any thoughts?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Dave.

Some comments, then some questions.

Tendonitis, whether it's Wrist Tendonitis or symptoms in any other location, may or may not include actual injury.

Point being, maybe you have injury, maybe your pain is due to other factors.

As you've mentioned, Wrist splints and braces don't help or fix anything. Neither does Rest.

I imagine we're looking at the usual factors of the Pain Causing Dynamic, plus nutritional deficiency.


1. How exactly have you iced it?

2. Have you done any research to see what nutritional deficiencies your acid blocker can cause?

3. Did you have the wrist pain before the acid blockers?

4. Any history of injury?

5. Overall health and energy levels?

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Dec 03, 2011
wrist is much better now after stopping acid blockers
by: dave

Hello again, I stopped taking the acid blockers and also started taking vitamins...wrist is now much better. Somehow I think the acid blocker was preventing my wrist from healing itself, or was otherwise weakening it. I can only guess at why this may have been the case, such as inhibiting vitamin B absorbtion.
Anyhow it took a few weeks and the wrist is not yet 100%, but is much, much better.


Joshua Comments:


Funny how it works that way...

Yes, acid blockers....are just a symptom of the system being out of whack....and they make it MORE out of whack.

Too bad doctors can't be sued for prescribing them instead of actually telling you how to fix the problem.

Jan 22, 2012
Wrist pain that comes and goes
by: C

The pain in my wrist comes and goes, I know it is caused through the job i do assembly, lifting etc.

Just wondering if wearing a wrist brace will make it worse or help.

I'm 36years old.


Joshua Comments:

Hello C.

I assert that Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms aren't actually caused your job. Non directly, anwyay.

They're caused by nutritional insufficiency and the Pain Causing Dynamic.

Wrist splints and braces are fine to help get you through the day, but they're not going to help or fix the problem.

Jan 22, 2012
what do i have? the pain comes and it goes in my hand and wrists....
by: Heidi

I am a 37yr old female. worked cosmetics retail for 2 1/2 yrs.I am on the register alot and doing makeovers. I thought at first i may have sprained my wrists from lifting heavy boxes of stock.

I cant lift a thing or handle a coffee cup at times. I do notice it is worse when i go outside, which i live in wy. my fingers do not ever get numb but its solid pain when it acts up. what do you think i have? and why do i have this at my age? How can i get this under control? thank you!


Joshua Comments:

Hello Heidi.

It sounds like Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms to me.

A Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome requires you to have numbness and/or tingling.

If you can't pick up a coffee cup due to pain then you need to learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

If you just experience weakness, that's most likely a function of your muscles being TOO TIGHT and not having much strength potential left. There's more to that of course, including inflammation, how the brain communicates with the area and what signals it's getting, Vitamin D and Magnesium insufficiency/deficiency, etc.

Why do you have this at your age? The same reasons every body else has it: The Pain Causing Dynamic, the Process of Inflammation, poor nutrition, muscles and connective tissue getting too tight and staying tight, poor posture, etc.

Plus, you're 37, and the benefits of youth aren't what they used to be.....:)

Jan 31, 2017
Wrist pain but don't recall injuring myself
by: Anonymous

I am in fact 15 years old, and have this extreme on and off pain in my wrist.

Pushing a button, lifting a bag, anything small seems to be very difficult for me.

I don't recall injuring myself in the wrist at all.


Joshua Comments:

A rip/tear injury isn't required to have limiting/disabling levels of pain.

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