By Joshua Tucker

Wrist Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel from video games

by James
(Indiana)

I am 21 years old and have been dealing with wrist tendonitis for almost 2 years. Ever since i was a kid i've been a HUGE gamer. I used to play all day, from when I got home from school till when i went to bed.

Games have never been a problem for me until June of 2009. That is when the pain started. The first day i felt pain i thought i just stressed my hand out and figured it would go away in a few days, so i pretty much ignored it. The next day my hand was fine so i assumed my pain was over. However, the day after that the pain came back.

At first it was just a mild burning sensation on my left hand's wrist. I started taking ibuprofen (i think 600 mg) which helped for a while.

After about a week i went to the doctor and he told me it was early signs of carpal tunnel and gave me a brace for my left hand and said i can only play games for 1 hour. The brace helped a little but i was still in pain. I also began to rub my wrist and forearm with ice to ease the pain.

The ice also seemed to help. Eventually my right hand's wrist and forearm began to get a burning sensation similar to my left hand but not quite as bad.

About a month later i saw a hand specialist about my problem. He said he couldn't see anything wrong with me and sent me on my way. I continued to use my left brace and use ice on both my hands. Around October 2009, for some reason my hand significantly started to get better. The weird thing is i got a new game and started playing it all day for several days and that was when the pain went away.

Then I went back to playing video games regularly (about 4 to 7 hours a day). My hands remained fine until june of 2010. I got a new game i really got into and played it almost all day for a few weeks. Then the pain slowly started to come back. I started taking ibuprofen again and it helped a little.

I went to the doctor again and he told me it was carpal tunnel. I then decided to play games for a maximum of 4 hours with 2 hour breaks in between. This plan worked for a while but eventually the pain started to get worse.

Then i went to another hand specialist. He said he didn't see anything serioulsy wrong with me and didn't think i had carpal tunnel. He then prescribed naproxen for me to deal with the inflamation. The naproxen helps a little but didn't get rid of all the pain.

Soon after I developed a mild tight feeling in my hands. The tightness only showed up when i played games. Then i went back to the hand specialist and had a carpal tunnel test. The test said i had mild carpal tunnel and he gave me a brace for my right hand and told me to use my left handed brace as well. Then the specialist set me up an appointment with a doctor of physical medicine. (not really certain what kind of doctor that is).



The physical medicine doctor said i had tendonitis and told me to give my hand rest and said i could only play games for an hour. i played games for only an hour for about a week and my hands still continued to get worse. The next day I decided to play no games at all and it seemed to help. I continued to not play games for 4 days. My hands got better with each day, however on the 5th day the pain came back. Since then my hands have continued to get worse to this very day.

At the moment i can avoid pain by rarely using my hands but i can't seem to shake the tight/numb feeling no matter what i do. I can get temporary relief from the tightness by ice dipping but only for about 5 minutes. I don't know what to do and I'm losing hope.

PLEASE if there's any suggestions you can give me to help me get better i would be eternally thankful. (sorry for this long story, but you asked for details so i had to make it long).

List of my symptoms (as of today)
Pain in the wrist and hands
1 hotspot on each hand (between ring finger and pinky)
Tightness/numbness primarily in left hand
inflamation



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Joshua Answers:

Hi James.

Ahh, to be young with so much free time again! The good old days....

So.

1. It's safe to say you're majorly Vitamin D deficient. Guess what some of the symptoms of
Vit D deficiency are?


2. Same goes for Magnesium for Tendonitis.


3. You describe perfectly, the Pain Causing Dynamic, the progressive, predictable, hurts for a while better for a while now it's bad pattern.


4. For sure you have a Tendonitis dynamic. Probably no actual damage, but definitely lots of irritation and structural negative factors of tightness, constriction, inflammation, etc.


5. Make sure you understand the Process of Inflammation and how to dial it down.


6. If you have some numbness and/or tingling, then that does technically move you towards a Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis.

Maybe it's from the wrist, and there's certainly a lot of forearm and wrist involvement from so much video gaming, but I bet you it's mostly from up at the front of the neck and chest/shoulder.


And yes, absolutely, thanks for all the details. Details, and lots of them, are good.



Are you gaming on keyboard and mouse, or console?


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Dec 14, 2011
I'm 16 with wrist tendonitis from MMORPG video games
by: Tony

My mom and my doctor both say that I'm too young to have wrist tendonitis.

I read this thread and most of the links you pointed to. Makes sense. My doctor just shrugged and told me to quit playing video games for a while.

I asked if there was anything else I could do (because I totally love World of Warcraft and don't want to stop). He told mom to give me Ibuprofen and he'd put me in an immobalizing wrist splint if she wanted.

I've tried to play in different positions like you said on the ergonomics page. And I'm eating more chicken. But right now no matter what I do my wrist kills me, even when I'm just laying there trying to go to sleep.

I'm going to start ice dipping like crazy when I get home from school, I'll let you know how it goes.

Oh, and I'll play through the pain to level up! Ha.

Dec 15, 2011
WOW priest can't heal carpal tunnel
by: little d

i'm a level 40 priest on world of warcraft and all i got was this lousy carpal tunnel

i spend hours and hours in front of computer for school and for gaming my hands are constantly moving i have been getting numbness and tingling in my thumb and pointer finger on the hand i mouse with the last month i thought it would go away but obviously it hasn't or i wouldn't be writing this

is this permanent won't it heal on it's own?

how can i make the numbness go away it's really slowing me down and i'm starting to get worried and i have to keep putting the time in on my computer to get my grind on


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Joshua Comments:

Hi Little D.

As they say...you play, you pay.

It's not a mystery, really. It's as simple a mechanism as the Pain Causing Dynamic.

That's the sole cause of Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Nutritional aspects play a role too.

For instance, when was the last time your skin saw the light of day?

Get your Vitamin D level checked. Then when you find out how Vitamin D deficient you are, get your level up to between 50-80 ng/ml ASAP.

Magnesium is a huge player too.

And Carpal Tunnel and Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

Your symptoms are totally reversible. It will take some time and effort.

You might have to put a 5 gallon bucket of ice water by your chair and take quick breaks to ice dip. See: How To Reduce Inflammation.

Get to work.




Jul 05, 2012
Acids Sugars Controller Movement
by: TH3Gene

Main degradation sources: Acids intake/ Acidity level(s), Sugar, eating the same repeated pattern of nutrition including especially greenless appetites, & last (but not least,) Range Of Movement-- CHUCK THE MOUSE & HomeRow..

Prefably try Green controller of old xbox, &use a USB adapter to make it work on ur PC.
(PS I'm not a fanboy; if anything--PS3.)

Unrelated sidenote: If PS3 came w mic & crossgame/voicemail, then xbox would cease completely.
Graphics..same. Ps3 quieter. MS thinks they only hav2 buy exclusivity &make gamevalue drop. Rushout a space heater instead of inventing a processor, a FPShootr motion controller ("Sharpshooter"), a split-free screen (SimulView).

I hope BlackOps--hate iW's MW#'s--does SimulView; then it'd be worth the tv.



Aug 19, 2012
sounds just like my problem
by: silvesteriv

This article describes my symptoms almost perfectly. I had played mouse-and-keyboard PC games for hours almost every day since I was a teenager and never had any problems. I would sometimes experience the usual hand cramps after using the mouse for several hours straight but never had any real problems until I took up weight lifting.

A noticeable bump developed into a ganglion cyst and within a matter of days I started to experience numbness, tingling and burning in my hand, along with a weak grip. When I saw a physician about the cyst I was advised to just leave it alone and that my symptoms were more likely due to carpal tunnel than anything else - the doctor asked what hurt and when I wiggled my thumb, index and middle fingers he immediately said 'carpal tunnel'.

In the 3 years since, I have not been able to play games that involve gripping the mouse for more than about 10 minutes straight, which pretty much eliminates first person shooter games. I find that stretching, icing my wrist and taking naproxen helps alleviate the pain, but the problem shows no sign of going away.

If I avoid activities that require a strong grip (keyboard, pullups, long drives) I don't notice anything at all. Also, I still have the ganglion cyst.


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Joshua Comments:

Hi Silversteriv.

Yep. The body shapes itself to the forces placed upon it.

Teenagers aren't designed to sit and do the whole computer game things for years and decades.

Icing helps, but isn't a cure.

See: How To Reduce Inflammation

See: Ganglion Cyst

You need to reverse the tendonitis dynamic in the forearm(s) if you want the pain to go away.

See: Pain Causing Dynamic



Oct 28, 2012
Pain from playing video games for hours every day.
by: D Love

Not sure what my issue it's but I played games for about an entire day a week ago and my hand was so stiff afterwards. I have played few hours a day since then. All of a sudden my right wrist started to hurt yesterday.

The next day my thumb, index, and middle finger started to make my wrist hurt when i moved them. The pain is in my right wrist closest to the hand on the right side right under my palm.

I can not sleep at night because the pain is so bad.

Please help me and tell me what I should do.


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Joshua Comments:

Hi D.

I suggest that you start doing some self care to make that pain go away and to make your body and arms/hands healthy again.

Playing video games doesn't cause wrist pain. Not being physically healthy enough to handle playing video games, does.

You're short on nutrition, and your body isn't able to handle the hours and hours of repetitive motion. Muscle is too tight, connective tissue getting too tight, etc.

That's what causes Symptoms of Tendonitis.

There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis, with actual injury and without.

It's unlikely that you have actual 'injury'. But you do have a VERY active Pain Causing Dynamic and Process of Inflammation.

Better start reversing those mechanics.

Read through the pages linked to above, and learn How To Reduce Inflammation.



Jan 25, 2013
Tendonitis
by: Anonymous

Well I'm 14 and I got tendonitis for playing video games I stopped playing and began to use my left hand less it stared to heal slowly . Until my hand was ok again.i started playing again and it came back I too got the stress in my wrist .



Sep 10, 2014
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by: pickledwhaleskin

I am in my 30s and have been an avid gamer since I was 5 and received the original super mario bros.

I've noticed the wrist splints only help me at night (to keep them immobilized while I sleep) and if I wear them during the day it is counter productive (particularly if I use the computer and they put extra pressure on my wrists.

the only thing that works for me is a long break. sometimes a few days cuts it, other times it takes a few weeks or a month. there's no getting around it, and you have to stop when the symptoms start because if you play through the pain even for a few days it will very quickly exponentially increase the time you have to cooldown on your gaming.


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Joshua Comments:

If Rest is the only tool you have at your disposal, you should definitely use it.




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