Wrist/Arm/Shoulder Tendonitis and Pain for 3 years so far

I have been on your site after searching for answers for months and I feel like I finally have hope.

I used to hate using ice and it's funny that now the pain is so strong I am using ice and biofreeze all the time.

I have been in pain for almost 3 years. It started out with picking up a stack of laundry and I must've bent my wrist back too far and felt this pain shoot up my arm that was very intense and lasted a long time.

To try and summarize the past 2 1/2 years, I've had cortizone shots, the 5-day steroid packs (several times), several types of nsaids, pain medications, wrist splints, physical therapy and even surgery.

It started out with just wrist pain and after doing all of the above and still with no relief, then I had surgery.

The Doctor said I had a TFCC tear and so I had debridement surgery last October. The pain actually went away for a couple of months. Now it is back and stronger than before.

I have a third or fourth follow up with the hand surgeon. My arm and wrist has become so painful and weak I can't even do housework, lift things, type for long periods.

My job is working on a computer all day so by the time I leave I am miserable. I feel like all I do is complain but nobody really understands how awful this pain really is.

Everything I do is painful, from washing my hair, to folding laundry, to typing and there is so much that I can't do. But I think I have tendonitis in my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. I have tender points in all three.

I also have neck pain and have bulging and herniated disks from an accident a few years ago.

When the pain is really bad it hurts from my wrist to my shoulder up around my neck and back.

So I will try the ice dipping and see how that works. And also changing my keyboard and mouse positioning.

Do you think this is tendonitis? Do you have any other suggestions on getting rid of the pain?

Thank you.


Joshua Answers:

Hi there.

Is your TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injuries ) on the pinkie side of your wrist?

I think I have a minor one of those happening. Which makes sense, as out of the blue this month there's been several people that have written in with TFCC injury, and it's the first time I've seen it on the site since I started almost three years ago.

Anyhoo....yes, it does sound like you are experiencing Tendonitis. Among other things.

Essentially, think about your Tendonitis as

A. Increasing Muscle Tightness and
B. Increasing Connective Tissue Tightness and
C. Increasing Process of Inflammation and
D. Other negative factors that cascade with those.

I don't know whether your TFCC is causing your Wrist Tendonitis dynamic or vice versa. It's kind of irrelevant as you need to deal with both.

As you've likely noticed, Rest and Corticosteroid Injections and Wrist splints and braces, etc, aren't much help. They're not the RIGHT tools.

You're on the right track with learning How To Reduce Inflammation. You're going to need to get more specific with that.

I suggest you get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. It will talk about the nutrition you need (For instance, Magnesium for Tendonitis) and some specific activities you can use on your wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder, etc.

You have a lot going on, clearly. First let's reduce pain levels, then start looking to fix the source of the problem.

For your bulging discs etc, I'm working on page where I'll have a referral for you. I'll add a comment on this thread when it's ready.

Having said that, I highly recommend this book. It's one of the two books that got me off two months of being on the floor in two days. Included a picture for reference.

You might be surprised what can happen for you neck with that. Which will beneficially affect your shoulders and arms etc.


1. Did you do anything specific that caused the TFCC?

2. What self care had you been doing/are you doing?

3. History of car accident, other neck trauma, arm trauma?

4. Anything else to make a more clear picture of what's going on?

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

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