Wrist Tendonitis, hand tendonitis, elbow tendonitis... video games and computer and trombone...

by Eric

Hello Joshua, I recently emailed you but decided to move over here to ask questions for everyone to see!

Let me start by saying the story.

So one day while playing XBOX 360 (a month ago) I noticed my thumbs getting stiff. I went to my doctor who said it was probably tendinitis and to just take it easy and it would probably go away.

It didn't... actually while on the computer I first noticed that while I was using the mouse my middle finger on the scroll wheel felt stiff moving.

Then came minor pain in my forearm when typing.

Now I am having pain in my elbows, shoulders, neck, forearms, wrist, and my finger tips feel a burning sensation when I press down.

Now here's the thing... I have been ice dipping for about a week now and I think two days ago I overdid it since I believe I have frostbite. How long should I wait before ice dipping again if I have minor frostbite? Its kinda itchy and obviously there but nothing major.

My main question is what should I do about this frost bite problem and how do I avoid that happening in the future again :D

I also have taken lithium for a few months and I believe the problems have started around the middle of me taking it. I am now off it but the problems are still there. Is this a possible cause?

I will state that the pain is not outrageous but a soreness. I can clearly tell that not doing anything but taking an anti-inflammatory drug will not do much for me in the long run.

Here's to hoping in your methods and information :)

Thanks Joshua!



Joshua Answers:

Hey Eric.

Good move on your part putting the submission in the 'Ask The Tendonitis Expert' forum instead of through the 'Contact' email form.

As I say on there, questions/scenario's like this go here. Sooner or later I get to the questions that get emailed to me, but this area gets priority.

Anyhoo, let's get to your questions/situation.

It sounds like your Pain Causing Dynamic is far enough along that you have started to feel some ache/pain/stiffness, and now you're paying attention and starting no fell more and more of what was likely already there, creeping slowly up on you.

Hours and hours and hours of computer use and video game playing and and and will do that to a guy.

May or may not be Tendonitis yet. I'm guessing not, but it's time to reverse this whole thing.

Ice Dipping. I like it!

Frostbite? Hmmm, let's investigate.

1. Are you dipping for just 10 seconds?
2. How much time in between?
3. How many dips in a day?
4. Why exactly do you think that you have a little frost bite?

Let me look into the Lithium thing. Nitrous Oxide can make a person SEVERELY Vitamin B12 deficient. Possibly Lithium does something similar.

Answer the 'frostbite' questions, 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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Dec 20, 2009
PART 2 - Update - Wrist Tendonitis, hand tendonitis, elbow tendonitis... video games and computer and trombone...
by: Eric

1. Are you dipping for just 10 seconds?

About 11 or 12?

2. How much time in between?

Probably 5 mins

3. How many dips in a day?


4. Why exactly do you think that you have a little frost bite?

I think I'm wrong! I believe what was going on was sun poisoning. I think the celebrex was the culprit with the artifical sun light exposure I have been getting (I use a light therapy device) and my arms were getting exposed to it. Doubt it is frost bite! It isn't even extremely painful or anything, just kinda itchy and sore... I have had sun light poisoning and I think its the same thing just less severe (last case caused major pain). Point is, I can continue dipping I assume like I was...

What do you think I should do from here? just ice dip and ice massage anywhere that hurts or feels tight?

Oh and is cracking your neck, back, or fingers bad for you or stressful on tendons muscles etc?

Thanks so much for your help, I was emotionally depressed over this(a month only thank god) and you have delivered me freedom from that!



Joshua Comments:

1. Not that critical. 11-12 seconds is perfect.

2. Great.

3. Awesome! The more the merrier.

4. Ok. Why are you on Celebrex? Also, what is your Vitamin D level? If you don't know, you should find out. If you're on light therapy, then you're Vit D deficient (most everyone is to some degree or other).

5. And yes, just ice dip and ice massage or massage without ice anywhere that hurts. That, ultimately, is all you need to do. The trick is doing it enough, and doing it where it needs it, and doing in the most effective way.

6. Probably in the long run after years and years and years of cracking, that's bad. I would try to NOT crack constantly. But every now and then is find.

I have one crack in my neck that I can crack a lot, and it's tough stopping myself. So have fun with that:)

And, if you are doing that a lot, that points to that you could use to up your levels of Magnesium. Plus stretching and such.

More questions, more answers.

Jun 11, 2014
Do I have Tendontis, pain forearm to thumb?
by: Anonymous

The past couple of weeks I have been playing my gaming system since I have been out of school and recently my forearm from my thumb down the top of my arm has been hurting.

I am a multi-sport athlete coming upon my senior year and this scares me because I am afraid I will not be able to play if I have to have surgery and miss things like weight lifting practices can this be corrected without surgery please help!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

1. Why would you have to have surgery?

2. What have you been doing for self care?

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