Mother of two with twitchy thumb with dull pain in right side... tendonitis or pinched nerve?

by Kris
(Los Angeles)

Thank you for this website first of all.

So i am a mother of two small kiddos. One I have to pick up often. shes almost two. I only carry things on my right arm, including her. I also run a blog which involves me using my cannon camera (which is three pounds), plus editing, posting and promoting via my computer and my iphone.

I noticed some discomfort when working on the computer and would take breaks. I finally felt some dull pain in my right wrist and have felt a bit weaker in both wrists.

Last week, after feeling the wrist pain, my right thumb started to hurt and then it twitched which FREAKED me out to the point of severe anxiety.

I have seen my doctor which did almost no good. He said take ibuprofen 600 and stop working for a while. It killed me. I find so much joy in what I do.

Now, i take magnesium, vitamin b12 and tons of other vitamins. I wear two wrist braces on most the day. they are "thumb mobile" ones. But i read that getting braces where you cant move your thumb is better.

I feel pain when plugging in the toaster to the wall, releasing my baby from her car seat by pressing the button, picking up a tall water bottle, holding my iphone, using a mouse... I found that when i press my right thumb (or even my pointing finger) down, or apply force, it hurts plus it twitches. It no longer twitches on its own. Its only when accompanied with pressure.

Words i would use to describe it: dull, crampy, achey, radiating pain in my wrists and hands.

Now, it seems its in both hands. It's mostly in my thumb area and I think im developing a knot in both hands at the base of it.

I want to know:
does this sound like tendonitis or does it sound like a damaged/pinched nerve?

Is the twitch likely to go away?

Will I be able to continue to pursue blogging?

Can tendonitis strike in both hands?

Will an MRI help find the problem?

Thank you so much for your time and effort in this complicated scary time in my life...



Joshua Answers:

Hello Kris.

The first clue is, being a mother of two, is that kids take A LOT of nutrition out of you.

As does stress (of any kind physical/emotional/mental).

And years of poor sleep habits doesn't help anything.

So, in no particular order:

1. Will you have to stop blogging? Absolutely not.

Well, absolutely not if you adequately address the causes of the symptoms and correct them.

2. Do you know your Vitamin D level? If not, you may want to get tested asap......guess what some of the possible symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency consist of? (Hint: much of what you describe).

Either way, it's an important player.

Also, if you want smart and healthy kids.....Make sure their Vit D levels are good, and yours.

You may be past this stage, but fun fact: Breast feeding mothers need an intake of over 5,000i.u.'s/day for any to get to their breastfeeding children.

3. That's good you're taking supplements. Now the questions are....are you taking the right kinds, and enough of them?

4. Is it Tendonitis or a pinched or damaged nerve?

Well, unless you're not telling me something, it's incredibly unlikely that it's damaged. Pinched, maybe, but if it's pinched it because of the tendonitis dynamic (tightness primarily).

See: What Is Tendonitis?

See: Pain Causing Dynamic

-Probably- it's just your particular presentation of the combo of factos that makes up the tendonitis dynamic: too tight muscle and connective tissue, inflammation process, and lack of nutrition.

It's super common for new and recent mothers to have forearm/hand issues. See: Pregnancy Carpal Tunnel

5. Is the twitch likely to go away?

If you help it go away, yes. If you don't.....maybe at some point.

6. Will you be able to continue to pursue blogging?

Repeat: Yes, if you correct the causes of the problem.

7. Can tendonitis strike in both hands?

Absolutely. Anywhere there's muscle and tendon.

8. Will an MRI help find the problem?

Only if you have a rip or tear that it can see.

In your case, probably not, because there will be nothing to see worth getting an MRI for.

You could get an MRI to rule out anything (rare and medical), no reason not to other than (potentially) finances.

I of course suggest my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program.

It's got everything (and only) what you need to know and do to reverse the causative factors.

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.
The Tendonitis Expert

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Oct 01, 2016
Another question..
by: Kris

so Josh, the twitch spasm that I'm having in my thumb is normal with tendinitis correct ? Because I googled some twitches and it sure showed me a lot of other info. Also I'm experiencing some weakness as well. This is normal with tendinitis?

I did a routine blood tests and everything came back normal! Also, I just got my vitamin D test taken today. I will be finding out the results of these plus my x-ray soon this week.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Kris.

Yes, twitching, and weakness, are common possible symptoms of the tendonitis dynamic.

Specifically, tendonitis is made up of multiple factors all working together to cause pain problem, and twitching and/or weakness are possible outcomes.

Let me know what your Vit D level comes back as.

And just consider yourself low on Magnesium, as if you were tested for it, they took a blood serum level and it doesn't tell you much of anything.

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