Chronic wrist tendinitis and thumb tendonitis for the past 2 1/2 years

by Kimberly
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

First, I would like to thank you for answering e-mails and providing this wonderful site. I can tell from the e-mails that you do genuinely care healing and helping others, and seem successful in doing so.

I am dictating this using voice-activated software, as I was originally diagnosed with tennis elbow in both arms 2 1/2 years ago.

However, it was shortly discovered thereafter, that I also had de quervain's in both hands, due to excessive typing, and also likely from 10 years of piano playing. I work at home for GE healthcare, and I'm on the computer up to 12 hours a day.

I am a slight build, with tiny wrists, just over 100 pounds in weight, and have been advised that I am the typical build for this kind of repetitive stress injury.

The cortisone shots did absolutely nothing, and I have been icing for two years, w/ some decent results, but then inevitably the pain returns very shortly thereafter. I am still very much incapable of doing hardly anything and I drive with my knees, use my elbows and other body parts to open items, and have truly been at wits end.

It is not rheumatoid arthritis, and just yesterday, was also told I have shoulder tendinitis on my right side as well, which is the worst side.

My question is whether I should even entertain surgery at all?

I've taken plenty of vitamin D but not enough magnesium up to the levels you suggest, but still the pain is there after I have given up typing, cooking, driving, and just about every other activity with my hand that I can think of. At this point I am so fed up I ready to return to all the activities that I love even if it means enduring increased pain.

I did initially take three months off of work to heal, and it did indeed lessen the swelling in my forearms, but as soon as I began typing at all, it came flaring right back. I use a foot mouse, which is the best invention ever made in my opinion, along with voice-activated software, and work has no idea that I am this incapacitated.

I will be ordering your booklet soon, but I do not want to order three of them for my various types of tendinitis!

Thank you for any information at all you can provide.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Kim.

Ouch. That sounds like a lot of pain and a lot of adaptation.

I acknowledge you for how creative you've become! And I have to admit I've never heard of a foot mouse.


It sounds like you have an acute case of Tendonitis, at the very least.

DeQuervain's sounds bad, but it's really just thumb tendonitis, nothing special/out of the ordinary.

You are also locked in a significant Process of Inflammation.

But you knew that.

Personally, I wouldn't even think of surgery. You're not injured, you're just not working correctly. And you're in so much pain that I suspect surgery would just make your nervous system FREAK OUT even more. Which means a lot more pain.

1. It's been a while since you wrote in. Where are you at now?

2. What happened with the magnesium?

3. Do you know what your Vitamin D level is?

4. You are slight of build. Is that natural for you, or are you unnaturally slim/lean/skinny?

5. How are your energy levels?

6. How is your digestion? Any food allergies?

7. What all have you done to help this, other than rest/not using your hands? Other than icing, what helped, what didn't?

You have my attention now, so let's get you out of pain!

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

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