Confused between Wrist Tendonitis and/or Shoulder Tendonitis

by Kendra
(United States)

Hi! I am not sure if what I have going on is tendonitis or what, but it's something.

Everything started about last semester in college (I am 18 years old and a freshmen in college).

Since I have started college I have obviously been taking more notes and on the computer more often than I was in high school; this hadn't bothered me too much until one night I was continuously writing practice essays for at least two hours straight.

By the time I was done for the night my arm/wrist/hand and even by my elbow (so basically my entire forearm) hurt REALLY bad. The next day for my exam I had to write for another good hour which resulted in even more pain.

Ever since then (which was about 4 months ago) when I write for a little while my arm/wrist/elbow region starts to hurt and it gets to the point where I can't write anymore.

One time I remember my thumb even went numb when I was writing so I had to stop. Also, when I am on the computer for a while my arm hurts where I feel like I need to stretch it out, but that never helps.

This pain is more localized in my shoulder area. When I wake up in the morning from sleeping my entire right arm hurts...I don't know, maybe I sleep on it wrong?

But this pain again is localized (I think) in my shoulder which pretty much just makes my whole arm hurt. I have come to the conclusion my right arm is f*'ed up (which is unfortunate because I use that one the most)!

I don't know what is going on or what I can do to "help it". Any inclination would be nice :)


Joshua Answers:

Hi Kendra.

Ultimately what you have going on is a Pain Causing Dynamic. Probably nutritional deficiency is playing a role with that too.

Whether you have actual Tendonitis or not, I don't know. But you can have pain without any damage.

There are, in fact, There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis. Namely with damage, and without damage.

In a perfect world, you don't have any damage and you're just stuck in a dynamic of localized tightness and pain, each feeding on the other.

Maybe it's starting at the shoulder and affecting the lower arm and wrist, maybe it at wrist and shoulder, maybe it's at wrist and affects higher up the arm.

First things first.

Learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

And makes sure to follow the 'Magnesium Dosage' link at the bottom of the Magnesium for Tendonitis page.

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

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