By Joshua Tucker

Dr. says Forearm Tendonitis, what now?

by James
(Mobile, AL USA)

I'm a 37 year in otherwise healthy condition. At the end of a long day, my right forearm (I'm right-handed) was swollen and tender just south of my wrist. The pain was immense, so bad in fact, my wife took me to the emergency room.

After an examination from an incompetent Physicians' Assistant, I demanded to see a real doctor. Finally, an MD arrived and literally within seconds told me I had tendonitis of the forearm.

I was given a wrist brace which the "orderly" cinched down onto my throbbing arm and two prescriptions for Motrin and Flexiril(sp?). In addition, I was told to rest for a week and I'd be fine.

I've read and researched to no end. I have no insurance so surgery is not an option anyway. Collagen pills, vitamins, etc. just seem to cost more than they help.

It's been a month: the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there and I'm still out of work. I have NEVER had any joint, tendon, or long-term muscle pain before. Also, I eat right and have good genes (my grandfather to this day is a woodworker, as is my father - they are pain free!).

What now?

Thank you



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Joshua Answers:


Hi James.

I of course have some questions first....


1. Did this just come on out of the blue? Everything was fine and then one day Emergency Room level pain?

Or did it hurt for a while, but manageable, and then get bad?




2. Had any Levaquin or Cipro antibiotics in the recent past? Or any other quinolone antibiotic?


3. Say more about 'swelling'.


4. Describe the pain. Who what when where how. Location, duration, flavor, etc.


5. Numbness or tingling? Shooting pain? Twitch or spasm?


6. What to you do with your hands/arms all day work/hobby-wise?


7. Did the doctor say anything else, or specific about his Tendonitis diagnosis? Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral? Wrist?

Tendonitis of the forearm is pretty vague....
Just as bad as 'go home and rest for a week'....

In the meantime as you answer those questions, start Ice Dipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page. You'll want to do as many dips as you can per day for 7 days.


I know it's was a rhetorical statement, but I wonder...what would they do surgery on, exactly, anyway?



Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert
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Feb 04, 2010
PART 2 - Response to Joshua's questions
by: Anonymous

Hi James.
I of course have some questions first....

1. Did this just come on out of the blue?

Everything was fine and then one day Emergency Room level pain?

The pain came on slowly for about four hours prior. NEVER had a problem or pain before that particular day.


2. Had any Levaquin or Cipro antibiotics in the recent past? Or any other quinolone antibiotic?

A. No.


3. Say more about 'swelling'.

A. I had a large 'bump' on my forearm (distal), located two inches below my wrist. The 'bump' was little larger than a US quarter. Could hear the tell-tale 'grinding' noise when I put my ear up to it.


4. Describe the pain. Who what when where how. Location, duration, flavor, etc.

A. Pain was pretty much centralized to the swollen area but radiated toward my elbow. Not throbbing, but continuous. Hurt more when I moved my hand side to side but not front to back. The splint mobilized my hand which seemed to ease the pain.


5. Numbness or tingling? Shooting pain? Twitch or spasm?

A. Numbness below the skin centralized in the 'bump' area. No tingling. shooting pain when I picked up an object even with my wrist straight. No pain pushing or pulling. No spasms, twitching.


6. What to you do with your hands/arms all day work/hobby-wise?

A. Woodworking as a hobby, stay-at-home Dad - changing diapers, etc.


7. Did the doctor say anything else, or specific about his Tendonitis diagnosis? Medial Epicondylitis, Lateral? Wrist?

A. No. Emergency room MD said, "tendinitis of the forearm." Had me move my hand in different positions, gripping, etc. Told me to apply ice and see a specialist if the pain/swelling had not lessened after a week.

Tendonitis of the forearm is pretty vague....
Just as bad as 'go home and rest for a week'....

A. I agree.


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Joshua Comments:

Ok, sounds pretty simple.

First thing's first. We need to reduce the swelling and lower the Process of Inflammation.

Ice as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page. If you already have been doing this, update me on exactly how you've been icing, and the results.

Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

You may want to supplement with B6. And Magnesium for Tendonitis.

Wouldn't hurt to add in Bone Broth as the best Tendon Supplements.


Get those bases covered, update me, and we'll go from there.

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