42 year old new mum with wrist and foot tendonitis

by Vicky
(London, UK)

Hi. My baby is now 10 months old and I've been suffering from wrist tendonitis since she was a week old. I also have pain in the tendons on the top of my feet.

I'm taking anti-inflamatories and using anti-inflamatory gel provides very temporary relief. Some movements make me cry out in pain from my wrists.

Since discovering your excellent website I've started sleeping in compression wrist supports and this seems to help. I've just started taking 350mg magnesium a day and know I need to get myself organised and try the ice dipping.

I'm hoping this will sort my wrists out but what about my feet? I'm still carrying a bit of pregnancy weight - I weigh 154lb and am 5'4" - does this make a difference?

Any advice from across the Atlantic (I'm in London, UK) would be very appreciated.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Vicky.

Congrats on the new baby!

Now let's deal with your body pain.

1. Take more magnesium. 350mg is almost certainly not enough. Take as much as you can in bits throughout the day.

2. Get your Vitamin D level checked. Then supplement appropriately. You're most certainly deficient, and thus your baby is deficient too.

For example, if you're not supplementing -minimally- 5,000i.u.'s per day, your baby isn't getting any via breastmilk (presuming that you're breastfeeding).

3. You have Tendonitis, but you certainly have Pain Causing

And part of that is likely due to nutritional factors. Pregnancy etc takes a lot out of you nutritionally.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Unless you have physical activity reasons for wrist and ankle pain (running, lifting and typing, etc), and you didn't have any pain before, and then you suddenly have pain with the new baby...that's not likely to be true tendonitis.

It's entirely common to have pain that mimics the Symptoms of Tendonitis due to nutritional deficiency.

4. It's super easy to do an ice dip. Start one in the morning, and as you walk by, do a 10 second dip. Yes, feet/ankles are far less convenient.

See Related: Magnesium for Tendonitis

See Related: Vitamin D and Pregnancy

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Feb 23, 2017
Magnesium for tendonitis when breastfeeding
by: Niki

I have been diagnosed with tendonitis of the wrist and am struggling a bit. I have an anti-inflammatory cream which does help but I can't rest my wrist at all as I have an 11 month old. I actually think that wrestling with him to get him dressed etc has caused the tendonitis in the first place.

Plus I'm still breastfeeding him and I want to continue with this for the time being. I have read that taking a magnesium supplement may help but haven't been able to find an answer confirming whether I can take it if I am breastfeeding. Also, I am aware that magnesium can upset your stomach, I already have IBS - would it still be sensible for me to take the supplement?
Many thanks


Joshua Comments:

Hi Niki.

The good news is, the wrestling with him didn't cause this. What caused this is, basically:

A. suddenly carrying around/repeatedly picking up a little bowling ball all day long when not being 'in shape' for that, but even more so...

B. nutritional insufficiency

Making babies pulls a lot of nutrition from the body.

The trauma of childbirth etc pulls nutrition out.

The crappy sleep etc pulls nutrition out.

Know your Vit D level? It's a safe bet that it's low, and too low. You definitely should be supplementing over 5,000i.u./day of Vit D3 (anything under that amount and baby doesn't get any)

When you don't have enough of the right nutrition, your body can't work correctly.

See the Magnesium For Tendonitis link in the original post.

See: How To Reduce Inflammation Meaning, ice dip A LOT for a few days, submerging entire hand/lower arm/elbow, for a couple days and see what happens.

See VERY Related: Breastfeeding On Levaquin Tendonitis Protocol

Feb 26, 2017
New Mother: Do I have DeQuervain's or Regular Wrist Tendonitis
by: A

Hi, I'm a new mother and recently injured my wrist in my sleep.

Without realizing it, my hand was under my cheek and in the night, when I moved it, I heard the sound of a tendon tearing along the base of my thumb.

When doing the Finkelstein test, it does indeed seem like I have DeQuervain's, but I haven't had it checked out. I'd like to buy your Reversing DeQuervain's book, but want to be sure it's the right purchase. Can you advise?

Other info: my joints in general have been tender and sore since two months post birth (ankles, knees, and fingers in particular). I breastfeed on demand, and my baby has been breastfeeding almost nonstop day and night for a year now.




Joshua Comments:

Hello A.

I see you purchased the Reversing DeQuervain's Tendonitis program. That was a good choice.

So....you heard it tear...have you gotten an MRI or anything?

Breastfeeding, great for baby.

Making and birthing and caring for newborns, not so great for moms, nutritionally speaking. All three of those paradigms suck nutrition out of you, plus crappy sleep and sleep disruption side effects, plus chronic inflammation, plus the then side effects of lack of nutrition, inflammation, disrputed sleep, etc.

You're hurting (general description), overall, because you're lacking what you need to operate properly.

Follow the nutrition in the program, absolutely. Get your Vit D levels up to 60-80ng/ml. (Breastfeeding babies don't get any Vit D unless you're supplementing over 5,000i.u./day....and you want your baby to be full of Vit D for all sorts of reasons [developmental, immune system, etc]).

Give us an update here on how you're doing (ask program specific questions via the contact tab over on the left side of the site).

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