How do I heal my wrist tendonitis and reverse the tendon damage?
by Michael Millan
(rancho cucamonga ca USA)
To start with the details of my wrist tendonitis history, I am a 44 year old male.
Besides my day job before of designing for an architectural company, I am very active after office hours playing badminton and basketball almost every other day. I also go to the gym twice a week. On the weekend, I paint and draw a lot.
When I'm reading, I hold the book with my thumb and four fingers for long hours before sleeping.
I started feeling this wrist pain about 3 years ago. At first i thought it was because I overworked my wrist from a weekend of carpentry work at my house. It started with me feeling pain just by lifting a mug of coffee every morning.
After a week, the pain elevated to just 10 minutes of holding the steering wheel while driving. I went to a therapist and was asked to rest it for two weeks and go to therapy after the period of rest. The therapy worked just after 8 sessions. I was able to resume my routine until I hurt my back and went to therapy for it.
The exercises given to me for my back involved a lot of twisting wrist action carrying heavy weights. Needless to say while doing the exercises I can feel some pain. These exercises improved my back condition but worsened my wrist pain; any small movement causes pain and fatigues. I went back to wrist therapy, which comprises rest, exercises and ultrasound, but this time, while my wrist improved, it didn't return to its old form. I wasn't able to go back to my old routine.
I still cant do much with my wrist, as any repetitive action tires it easily. Additional to having an x-ray taken of my wrist (negative of any structural damage) and visiting several more therapists, I also had acupuncture done.
But the results are the same. My wrist will improve a little and will be fine as long as it is at rest. But any small movement, like typing for 20 minutes, driving for 15 minutes, shooting hoops, reading a magazine and even just texting, my wrist will start to feel some pain.
After almost a total of 70 sessions and 3 years of rehabilitation, my last therapist said to get a nerve conduction test, as my wrist condition isn't improving and has plateaued. She said I might have carpal tunnel syndrome.
So I had the nerve test and it came out negative.
The doctor said it might be wrist tendonitis and gave me ibruprofen, which I have been taking for a long time, and am scared for my liver.
I am at a loss now on how to solve this and after three years of not having a full life, I am really happy. I came across your article and acquired some hope that you can heal my wrist and reverse the tendon damage.
I am writing this that you might give me some pointers.
You didn't leave your email address nor mark the check box requesting notification, so I hope you find this response.
70 sessions. Wow. That's a lot of time to then come up with some 'well, maybe it's Carpal Tunnel'.
A practitioner should know by the first or second session what's going on. And while I'm not big on the validity of diagnoses, if a practitioner can't fix something in 10 sessions or less.....it's time to move on.
I'm not convinced that you do have tendon damage. You can have disabling pain and not have any actual damage.
For sure though, the ecology of your forearms is not very optimal.
There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis. One with damage, one without.
Maybe you do have damage, maybe you don't.
But you absolutely do have a long term Pain Causing Dynamic, a predictable, progressive pattern of increasing tightness and pain.
Totally reversible with the RIGHT info and activites.
Clearly the things your doctors and PT's etc have had you doing weren't the RIGHT things.
Did they have an answer as to why your forearms tire easily? Your doctors would suspect nerve damage.
But what's actually going on in a Tendonitis dynamic is that your muscles are SO TIGHT, tired, and overworked, even when you're sleeping at night, that they just don't have much strength potential left. It's like 90 of 100 muscle fibers are always firing, and they're already tired, so when your brain tells your forearms and grip muscles to work, they try but are ALREADY exhausted.
You may want to get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. Unlike those 70 sessions of yours, it comes with a money back guarantee. :)
It also explains the cause of all your symptoms, and gives you a complete plan on how to REVERSE the physical, structural changes that have brought you to this point.
There's plenty of info on this website, like learning How To Reduce Inflammation. What you find on the site may be all you need, though it sounds like you're far along the spectrum of 'good' to 'bad'.
More questions, more answers.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert