Will this wrist and arm pain get better or will I have a disability?

My manager injured me at work by puling me backward and forward to get a piece of paper from me.

Since Nov 07 this has not gotten better, and I am worried about my left hand and if i will be able to do my job at work again. I have pain in my fingers, pins and needles, palm of hand shooting pain in arm muscles in neck and shoulder

Will this get better or will I have a disability?


Joshua Answers

Yikes! That doesn't sound fun.

I can't say whether you'll have a disability or not, but it's safe to say the kind dynamic that you describe rarely if ever just goes away on it's own, though it may settle down to some degree.

I definitely need more information before I can form an opinion. It could be any number of things....could have some Whiplash in there, for instance.

1. Did you have -any- ache, pain, or symptoms before the incident at work?

2. How soon after the incident did you notice sypmtoms?

3. Did they all show up at once, or gradually come on?

4. Have pain levels and pins and needles been the same since November '07? Has it been getting worse, or better, or the same?

5. Do symptom levels stay the same, or do they go up and down?

6. What exactly were the motions/actions involved in the incident at work?

7. Left side only? Is the other side fine?

8. Can you do your job now? What's the story there?

9. Please describe all your symptoms, in as great a detail as possible. How What When Where

Possibly you have Tendonitis, looks like there's some Carpal Tunnel dynamic in there, but from what you said I'm guessing more a whiplash issue and a freaked out nervous system (which explains all the carpal tunnel symptoms).

Answer the questions above to the best of your ability, and I will be able to form a more clear picture about what you have going on.

I can't diagnose, of course, but I can give you a very good idea of what is happening in your body, and what you can look forward to in the future.

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

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Apr 19, 2009
help with pain
by: Anonymous

Still in pain, I have noticed now that the pain is quite severe depending on what activity I do i.e., driving, pushing pram. When I have severe pain my neck muscle is stood up for days with no release. I feel that this pain will always repeatedly be there. Will this stop or will I only know full facts when i return back to work. Should I not use hand as much left

Joshua Comments:

It looks like you got cut off there.....

Right off the bat, I think that you are stuck in a pain/spasm response.

I doubt it will just stop on it's own.

There is so much going on that could account for this.

Severe Inflammation response, deficient in Calcium and Magnesium that control muscle firing and stop-firing, nervous system on high alert, actual whiplash/tendonitis type injury and the body's response.

Basically it sounds like you are on high alert.

It looks like we lost the answers to the other questions, and I need them to have a better clue of what's going on.

Sorry, answer them again, and let's go from there.

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

Apr 20, 2009
Other Problems Going On...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

If I can also chime in here a bit Joshua, I'd like to see if I can help out a bit too.

Silly, of course you can contribute. If anyone doesn't know Kerri, she is an absolute expert in her field. Plus, she's a far better researcher and writer than I am.

The human body is made to withstand some pretty serious forces. Getting a piece of paper pulled from you doesn't sound like the type of forces that damage human beings, we're pretty resilient.

Unless there was a resistance/physical reaction that jarred the nervous system into overresponding, which still ties into what you are advising.

But we can only be resilient when we are well conditioned. Without knowing who you are or your circumstances, on top of what The Tendonitis Expert teaches, you may need to start looking at the general condition of your body.

Do you get regular exercise, do you do any strength training? Football players undergo huge amounts of force without getting long term injuries (most of the time anyway!).

Strong, healthy and vital people don't get hurt by having a piece of paper pulled from them!

So, IN ADDITION to Joshua's recommendations- you may want to look at long term prevention strategies.

Also, nutritional deficiencies can cause chronic pain conditions too. Vitamin D Deficiency is one of these. So, you might look into getting your Check Your Vitamin D Level checked and getting on an aggressive Vitamin D supplementation program.

Also Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and can help to reduce swelling and pain over the long term. White flours, processed foods, sugars, sodas etc. are all INFLAMMATORY foods and lead to a general state of inflammation that can be contributing to your ongoing problems.

Hope this helps and I hope that The Tendonitis Expert doesn't mind me chiming in here!

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune Health.com

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