Connection between pain and tightness in wrist and forearm and 60 pounds of weight gain in 2 months

by ishan

hi i am a student(age 19) currently doing animation and i have been experiencing pain in my wrist and forearm since the last three months.

initially there was only pain but since the last one and a half month my hand(wrist and forearm)feel very tight and i am not able to make much movement with it.

My work requires me to use the mouse and sketch for a long period of time(daily 5-7 hours) and i take breaks in between however this pain and tightness is causing problems for me to sketch since i cant make rapid movements my doctor said to wear a brace and gave some anti inflammatory medicine however there is very little relief from those can u please help me.

(also in the past 2 months i have also gained a lot of weight about 30 kgs, is the pain connected to this?)


Joshua Answers:

Hello Ishan.

From what you've described of your daily activities, the development of Wrist Tendonitis symptoms is not at all surprising.

Putting on 30 kilograms in the last couple months, that caught my attention. That's 66 pounds. That's A LOT! In 2-3 months?

That can absolutely have something to do with your wrist pain. Tendonitis can come from many different directions.

If you put on 60 pounds so fast, you may want to go see a doctor. That is NOT normal.

If you know WHY you put on weight, let me know.

Feel free to tell me more about what's going on, what's been happening recently, any changes in diet etc, but at this point, I'm going to point you to a doctor to see about that weight gain.

Let me know what happens.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Mar 09, 2011
reply - Connection between pain and tightness in wrist and forearm and 60 pounds of weight gain in 2 months
by: ishan

hi sorry for the late reply , about the weight gain,the thing is that as i was working on my final project for the past 3 to 4 months i had no other activity other than sitting in front of the computer and during this time i started eating a lot which could have led to the increase in weight.Also about the pain in the hand, the pain compared to before (like a month before)has been reduced greatly since i've been giving it rest and applying ice but the problem is that even though the pain is very less now the hand feels kind of tight and it is kind of restricting the movement.
also will ice dipping help now?

thank you


Joshua Comments:

Ice Dipping always helps. It creates circulation, old stuff out new stuff in. That is always a good thing.

Well, if you think you ate enough to put on that much weight so fast, ok. I certainly can't tell from here.

And yes, things get tight. Muscles get tight, connective tissue gets tight, this results in pain.

When you stop doing the offending activity, pain often goes away because you have reduced the new irritating stimulus. But the muscles and connective tissue don't relax. They stay tight.

That's part of the Downwards Spiral of the Pain Causing Dynamic.

Mar 11, 2011
reply from Ishan - Connection between pain and tightness in wrist and forearm and 60 pounds of weight gain in 2 months
by: ishan

thanks for the reply

ive already started working out to reduce weight and take ice dips. should i go to a physical therapist??

do you know how do i reduce this tightness and about the weight gain i checked with my doctor he said to do a blood test and said that everything is normal, ive already started working out and apply ice regularly but the tightness is not reducing can u help please thanks


Joshua Comments:

Hi Ishan.

How exactly are you applying ice?

Ice doesn't necessarily reduce tightness. It reduces inflammation and increases circulation, which may or may not affect the tone of the muscle.

How do you loosen muscle and connective tissue?

Rub it. Self massage. It doesn't matter how, so much, as that you do it.

Squeeze, pin and stretch, circles with your fingers/knuckles, etc. Get your entire lower arm.

If you want a complete plan I suggest my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook.

If you don't go that route, then continue to Ice Dip as described on my site, and rub rub rub. Little bits, repetitively, all throughout the day.


1. How exactly are you applying ice?

2. What was your Vitamin D level? Surely your doctor tested for that with your bloodwork.

Mar 11, 2011
Getting movement potential back

To get the full potential back in your wrist I recommend doing some stretches and lift some 1-2 Pound only with your wrist.

That helped me get the full movement potential back for my wrist and it also helps to prevent further injuries since your wrist has most likely not been used a lot in the last months it has lost some of its strength and flexibility so it could be hurt more easily. Even when everything is back to normal I recommend you do the stretches and lifting to protect it from tendonitis.

dont stretch too much, just enough so you feel it is hard to go further but not painful, hold for 10sec and then get your wrist back in neutral position for 10sec (you should feel some movement in your wrist tight tissues when you are back in neutral position)

I'm no expert tho, this is only my personal experience of wrist tendinitis if any of this makes the pain worse, stop !

I would like to know what Joshua has to say about the weight lifting part


Joshua Comments:

What exactly about the weight lifting part?

Sure, lifting some weights may or may not help.

If pain is caused due to actual muscle weakness/lack of muscle tone/lack of strength, then lifting weights to increase tone can make structures work more optimally, and decrease pain.

But the majority of Wrist Tendonitis issue is caused from muscles that are already TOO TIGHT. Lack of strength isn't the issue. It's lack of ability to contract/relax.

In that dynamic, again, weights may or may not help, it depends. Sometimes contracting a contracted muscle helps it relax.

Strength potential in increased by increasign the muscle's ability to work.

Trial and error, my friend, trial and error.

Mar 22, 2011
reply - Icing is helping - Connection between pain and tightness in wrist and forearm and 60 pounds of weight gain in 2 months
by: ishan

hey thanks for the advice the massage is really helping however there is still some numbness and stiffness in the last two fingers(pinky and ring), also what else can i do to reduce the tightness in the arm other than massage? thanks


Joshua Comments:

Hi Ishan.

I'm glad the massage is helping, and even more glad that you're actually doing it.

To answer your question: Icing, ice massage, magnesium, self massage, exercise, yoga. I put my regular money on the first four. Find those topics on this website.

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