13 year old guitar player and video game player with painful tendons in wrist and forearm

by Joseph

Hello, My Name is Joe. I am 13 years old and not sure what to do. I've been experiencing pain in the tendons of the palm side of my arm and slightly in the forearm area (of my left arm).

It really sucks because I play guitar and I love old video games now i'm really bored and in pain.

I'm pretty sure its repetitive stress, and I've also brought into mind I've been having lots of growing pains. I thought maybe it was the slow stretch over time because I don't often stretch them (on purpose)and brought into mind that within the past 3 months or so I've hurt my wrists, I damaged some soft tissue.

Tendinitis would suck really bad because I've been told I definitely have a future in music and my dad says that it can destroy a guitar career.

So any quick remedies or things that might help?



Joshua Answers:

Hi Joe.

Hey, I'm all about quick remedies!

1. Wrist Tendonitis is a little counter-intuitive, in the sense that you feel it more in your tendons and less in your forearm, but the forearm is the CAUSE of the tendon symptoms.

Your muscles and connective tissue are TOO TIGHT and thus constantly tugging on the tendons, even when you sleep.

2. Plus you have some Process of Inflammation chronically at play.

3. Plus you're nutritionally deficient, it's safe to say (I use 'deficient' loosely). Have your folks get your Vitamin D level tested. Get theirs tested too while you're at it.

And see: Magnesium for Tendonitis.

Growing pains are a factor in general. That requires a lot of good nutrition. And usually the symptoms go away naturally, but it's a safe bet you don't spend any time in the sunshine and that you eat the standard american diet. So you could benefit from a focus on good nutrition so your body has the opportunity to work correctly.

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Jul 25, 2012
I'm a 13 year old shooting guard and guitarist. My wrist hurts really bad.
by: Trevor

Every once in a while, my wrist starts hurting. Badly. I can't get my wrist back all the way to perform a correct follow-through on my shot, and i can't strum a guitar without some pain.

If i bend my wrist down, it doesn't really hurt. But when i bend it up, it does, badly. I don't know if it's tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, but when it comes to wrist pain, you seem like you know what you're talking about.

It hurts to move the mouse, and to type or write. The pain has been off and on since i started playing basketball. I don't know what to do, because guitar and basketball are my whole life.

Please help! Usually the pain goes away on its own after a couple days. Which really confuses me. But this time it hurts worse than ever.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Trevor.

For a 13 year old, you have excellent spelling. Thank you so much for learning how to spell! (Poor spelling bugs me.)

So, it usually goes away fast, but not it's worse, and lasting longer? Started out as an annoyance, and it's been getting worse and worse?

Sounds like a Tendonitis dynamic to me.

See: What Is Tendonitis

Technically, you don't have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome unless you have numbness and tingling.

Even then, it's all the same dynamic. In fact, both Tendonitis and CTS are just names describing the Pain Causing Dynamic.

Muscles too tight, connective tissue too tight, an ongoing Process of Inflammation.

And nutritional insufficiency/deficiency plays a role as well.

Possibly gluten intolerance, but let's take this one step at at time.

First step, what to do about it? Have your folks get you Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook and get to work.

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