Where to start with all over tendonitis wrists, elbows, shoulder

by Jeanine
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi, I am a 32 year old female and I have had wrist tendinitis on and off for over a decade, I usually put my wrist in a brace and it goes away.

Over two months ago I suddenly found myself with wrist tendinitis and both shoulders, both elbows, both thumbs and one Achilles. My shoulders resolved after about three weeks and have only vaguely returned.

The thumbs come and go, but the elbows and wrist have been constant. I can lie in bed doing nothing and feel my Achilles ache. I have been working quite a bit but now even wearing the brace doesn't help, so I have taken a few days off but it's hard not to use my hands and legs.

My doctor told me to stretch but I find that too painful. He also doesnt want me to use painkillers due to a digestive condition. I find I can't tolerate icing the painful areas or much massage.

My bloods were excellent and I have taken a magnesium and multivitamin supplement for months. What should I do first? Concentrate on the most painful? Do I need to quit my job?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Jeanine.

1. Why can't you tolerate icing? Say more about that.

2. Why can't you tolerate massage? Say more about that.

3. How much magnesium are you taking?

4. What's your Vitamin D level?

Changing your understanding a little bit:

The tendonitis never went away, just the pain did. The mechanism is progressive. Muscles get a little tighter, connective tissue shrinkwraps a little tighter, more nutrition gets used up, circulation decreases, etc. Repeat.

If your Symptoms of Tendonitis spread from wrist to all over the body, basically, then you're definitely looking at nutritional issues.

See: Magnesium for Tendonitis

See: What Is Tendonitis

See: Pain Causing Dynamic

Answer the above questions, and follow/read the above links, and we'll go from there.

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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Jan 01, 2015
Small tendon tear and tendinosis - should I be worried?
by: Anonymous

Hello Joshua,

Over 10 years ago, I developed tendonitis in both wrists/elbows while working at a grocery store. I quit the job but still have symptoms.

Just this year, I finally had an ultrasound done. The results showed a small tear in a tendon in my right elbow, and tendinosis in my left elbow (flexor tendon).

The doctor said that it's nothing to worry about. She said the tear is only about 2 mm long and does not need any treatment. And surprisingly, the spot she pointed to is not the same part of my elbow that is hurting.

The pain is mostly on the inside of the elbows and along the inside of the wrists/forearms, and she was pointing to the outside. She also said that my wrist ultrasound came out normal.

Should I be worried, or is this not a big deal like she said?



Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

I'd worry about it. Or maybe not worried, but motivated to 'fix' the problem, and more importantly, the cause of the problem.

Why would a doctor say not to worry about it? That's crazy?

You've been hurting for 10 years, had to quit your job, and your doctor tells you it's nothing to worry about?

"Oh, you've been hurting for 10 years and your body just tore for no reason that I can explain. Don't worry about, it's probably nothing."


If it got to where it's at (it did), chances are it's going to continue to go in a not great direction.

No it's not a big tear, but why is there ANY tear?

If you're 90, that's one thing. If you're 40, that's another thing entirely.

Everyone has some Tendonosis, but 'more' is bad and 'less to none' is better.

You can have Tendonitis most anywhere in the body. Really it's a dynamic of multiple factors progressively causing pain and problem.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis. Sounds like you have some of the second type.

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