Guitar Tendonitis in both arms 4 months now desperate for any advice!

by Nadine

I am a guitar teacher and i play in different bands. I've been playing guitar for 14 years now and only had tendinitis once before 10 years ago and it left in 3 month.

This time at 29 i've been playing a lot especially on acoustic guitar for a gig that was every week, long practices. After one show my arm was so inflamed i couldn't move my fingers.

Doctor prescribed me anti-inflammatory Naproxen, and a few weeks later celebrex. It helped a bit and i started playing again but the problem came back. Then i continued with Advil and eventually stopped.

i am a vegetarian and 2 days ago i started taking this product Protein plus and taking supplements of vitamin c, d and e hoping it will help. I'm not sure of what my body is lacking but since i was compensating with my other arm it is now in both my arms.

I've seen an acupuncturist that says that normally two meridians are affected but in my case she says its all of them and said she couldn't do any treatment other then massage at the moment.

I stopped playing completely a month ago but even daily activity like typing washing the dishes hurt my wrist elbows and always the same spot in my upper back. Massage is a temporary relief.

Any suggestion would help.

Thanks sincerely


Joshua Answers:

Hi Nadine.

Any stomach issues from the Celebrex (yet)?

Make sure to add Magnesium for Tendonitis into that mix. And with the Vit D, get tested and make sure your level is between 50-80.'s possible that your body has successfully been fighting off Symptoms of Tendonitis for years and all of a sudden it lost and you have a sudden cascade of pain and such.

That's not particularly surprising. It happens.

But I'm curious -why- all of a sudden your body lost. Plus -boom- it's on the other side, etc.

So I think you're right wondering what's missing nutritionally.

Vegetarians have a tendency to get deficient in a few things, like B6. Plus, the Process of Inflammation from Tendonitis can/does cause vitamin B6 deficiency.

see: Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency

So if you're already short on various nutrients including B6 for dietary reasons, and then build up more deficiency from chronic irritation from playing and Inflammation.....

So of course I suggest my Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook because it has a more complete answer to your questions.

But I have more questions:

1. How is your digestion?

2. How are your energy levels?

3. Overall health? Any health problems?

4. Any history of car injury, falling off a horse, broken bones, etc?

5. ANY other tendonitis like symptoms over the past decade?

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.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Sep 27, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your suggestions

1. My digestion is ok since i ve been eating better in the past 2 weeks and taking vitamins c,e,d,b6 plus a multivitamin, i am also taking glucosamine. As for the protein supplement i realize i should not take to much since its heavy and i don't move that much except for yoga almost everyday.

2. If i do breathing exercise and yoga i generally feel better and more relaxed but sometimes i feel tighness after yoga in my arms so i have to be careful.

3. My overall health is good as long as i eat well and exercise.

4. I had car injuries hurt my back but nothing too serious but i definitely felt a point in my back ever since so maybe it is related but that was like 10 years ago. Also I broke my ankles and twisted them a few time about 10 years ago also. This is also when i started being a vegetarian.

5. No tendonitis since 10 years ago.

Thanks for your help i appreciate it.


Joshua Comments:

Oh, it's definitely related. Absolutely.

1. Does protein supplementation feel as heavy as meat?

2. What is your digestion like when you don't eat well?

3. What does 'eat well' mean, specifically?

4. I may have already said this, but add Magnesium in. You're muscles have been too tight and pulling lots of Magnesium for at least a decade. Not enough Magnesium means muscles get stuck tight.

5. You may want to find a skilled massage therapist that can deal with your front/neck/back. Trust me, it's related.

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