My All Over Tendonitis problem

by Damien Y
(Vic, Aus)

I have tendonitis in my wrists, carpal, shoulders, knees, achillies and the foot.

I have seen tonnes of different types of healthcare people (eg, naturapath, massuer, physio) and I get a different answer from all about what caused this.

Any Ideas???


Joshua Answers:

Hmmm, interesting.

I'll ask more questions, but here's a couple thoughts just from what you've told me.

1. It's incredibly unlikely that you have the damage kind of Tendonitis.

There are only 2 Types of Tendonitis, one with actual wear and tear damage, and one with inflammation and irritation without damage.

2. So if there is overall damage it is either from something like having taken a quinolone class antibiotic like Levaquin or it's not the damage kind and...

3. It could very well be that you are severely Vitamin D deficient. One of the symptoms of Vit D deficiency is tendonitis like pain. I can point you to a blood spot test that comes in the mail and you mail back, and then you'll know exactly where your levels are.

For more info on Vit D (and the blood spot test too) check out the Vit D pages at

4. You could also be Magnesium deficient. That could be playing a role.

It's possible I guess that you have some weird connective tissue disease, but that is rare and unlikely.

And I believe that heavy metal toxicity can cause this kind of pain.

But to an extent I'm just guessing till I have more information.

1. Please describe in detail exactly where you have pain.

2. Please describe in detail what the pain feels like, and when it shows up and what makes it worse or better.

3. Is the tendonitis pain constant or random or ?

4. How old are you?

5. Overall activity level?

6. How long has this been going on?

7. What did the other guys say?

8. Does anything that you've tried that they've suggested help?

9. Overall health?

I'm curious what you have going on. Answer the above questions, and let's narrow it down to the actual problem, and the actual cause, and then we'll know what best to do about it.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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Jul 10, 2009
PART 2 - My All Over Tendonitis problem
by: Damien Young

I have had a blood test and nothing is abnormal. I take Silcon, magnesium, vitamin B and calcium supplements.

The pain is located under my shoulder blade, in the close side of my elbow, in the wrist where the tendons are together on the top and 2 large tendons underneth. In the achilles (newest) and the topside of the foot/ankle and the large ones in the knee.

The pain is constant but once stretched in is a stabbing burning pain with the occasional random episode of pain, i cannot even type without it hurting.

I am 16 years old and live in AUS. I used to play loads of guitar (causing early wrint tendonitis), and badminton in an academy. This i kept up with 8 months after the pain came.

I have had it since Feb last year (2008)

I have been told it was from my growth, from fribrosis, scar tissue around my cells, allergies (none known although they though it was milk)

Most things have help for a short period but as i continue it doesnt.

I would call my health poor because it physically restrains me from activity.

So you think that once i get better everything will be normal?

Jul 24, 2009
PART 3 - My All Over Tendonitis problem
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Joshua Comments:

Weird, I could have sworn that responded to this. Apparently I didn't. Sorry about that Damien.

So I'm curious why you have all this pain all over.

If it was just wrist and shoulder pain, we could link that to guitar etc.

But you're 16, and even if you were into running sports and played guitar etc, it still sounds like way too much pain for a 'normal' kid.

"Scar tissue around the cells". Who said that? Tell me more. That's a really odd statement to hear from any medical professional of any kind.

It certainly could be growing pains, but again, this is really uncommon.

Unless new clues comes up, I'm going with that you have some kind of nutritional issue.

This could be that you eat crappy, fast food etc, and aren't getting the quality protein etc you need.

I doubt that's the case, but give me a general breakdown of your diet over the past year or so.

Also, you could be Gluten Intolerant. This causes all sorts of various pain and problem.

Do you have any digestive issues? How's your energy? Are you tired a lot, etc?

I think that yes, you can be 'normal' after all this clears up, but let's find the source of all this pain and potential tendonitis and deal with that.

If we don't deal with the source, then you'll either continue to suffer, or you'll just get lucky and grow out of it.

Hard to tell what the deal is at this point. Let's find out.


Jul 24, 2009
by: Damien Young

Yea, my naturapath said about the fribrosis and scar tissue aroung the cells.

I have recently seen a new guy, he has many many qualifications. They did tests and my bodys organs arent working properly. Mainly my Kidney, Liver, Thyroid, Thymus, Digestive System and Galandular fever.

So i am severly malnutritioned and my body doesnt have time to fight it. Ive been on treatment for 1.5 weeks and i am feeling no worse, if not a bit better.


Joshua Comments:

Interesting. That makes a lot of sense from a Gluten Intolerance and Leaky Gut perspective.

For more information on that check out the Gluten Intolerance pages on my Kerri's site, com

I'm curious about the fibrosis part, and -what- cells is there scar tissue around?

I'm the type of guy that's curious, and happy to help if I can. If you want to continue this conversation, great. If not, that's cool too.

What is the treatment you are doing? Is there a diagnosis? Theory for why so malnourished?

Curious minds want to know.....


Aug 27, 2012
So tired of roving tendonitis!
by: Angie

I am a 50 year old female in otherwise fabulous health. I am fairly active. I walk (briskly) nearly daily (tendon and weather permitting). I have a work out schedule that I attempt to stick to. I have 7 young grandchildren who I love chasing after and playing with. I have a pretty high energy level and am always doing "something" including all the yard work, house work, painting, handi-crafts, etc., etc.

My first symptoms began about 7-8 years ago. I had what I thought at the time was arthritis in my thumbs...which made knitting and other hand activities difficult to non-existant. After months of thumb issues I developed a pain in my right foot that at times was so severe that I couldn't walk for long distances.

This issue continued on and off for over a year. The next problem was my left elbow. I developed what the doctor referred to as housewife's elbow.

I couldn't do many of my daily activities and even with weeks of physical therapy I still eventually needed a cortizone shot to function properly. Next was my left knee and then my right hip and left middle finger...then right shoulder.

Interspersed were bouts with pain in my upper back under my shoulder blade. Within the last year I've added a new one to my growing left jaw! I go for months with no issues and then they begin traveling. Usually, now only hip, elbow, finger, shoulder, jaw and back. Interestingly, I know when my finger begins to hurt I will eventually feel it in my jaw. My hip is ongoing as well and I've been told by PT that I have "tight tendons" and will likely need to keep my hip stretched out. My hip, when severe, pulls my hip out of place from my back. My jaw gets severe enough that I have difficulty chewing.

Tinnitus becomes worse and I can actually feel constriction in my eustachian tube. Mostly all of this is more frustrating than painful. I hate being restricted (sometimes overnight) from this issue or that issue.

Coincidentally, these issues began to occur around the time that I began having peri-menopausal symptoms.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Angie.

I'm not an expert on the systemic effects of menopause etc, but if you removed that aspect from the conversation, I'd say:

1. See: Magnesium For Tendonitis

Lack of magnesium explains the roving tendonitis, tinnitus, etc.

2. Get your Vitamin D level checked. Then get your level up to 60-80 ng/ml asap. Roving tendonitis is a symptom of Vitamin D deficiency.

Also, Vitamin D is really a hormone, and has lots to do with overall hormone regulation etc.

Sep 06, 2012
A bit late of a reply.
by: Damien

It turns out that after nearly a year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I have gotten a fair bit better (well state-of-mind wise anyway). I am currently studying biomedical science at uni and am dealing with my condition. Thank you for trying to assist me in those hard years.

Damien Young


Joshua Comments:

You're absolutely welcome.

Fibromyalgia makes sense, as that's a nutritional deficiency issue.

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