Can I get rid of this Hand and Wrist Tendonitis pain forever for the sake of my future career?

by Margarita
(Sofia, Bulgaria)

Hey Joshua!

First of all, thank you for this wonderful site, the doctors in my country are horrible and can never diagnose their patients properly!

Here's my story:
I'm a 16 year old girl who's into drawing and writing. It was the beginning of February when school was out and I indulged myself into the sweet embrace of our vacation. Here was my everyday agenda:

-playing on the iPod (as soon as I woke up I started... I was really addicted)
-write for hours (I was taking LONG notes while reading a coursebook)
-chatting with a lot of people.

The pain started slightly while I was writing. I decided to stop and went to the computer where I chatted the whole evening. I guess my hand took its toll and it was then when it started hurting for real. I worked my way through the pain to finish chatting and went to bed.

On the next day I immobilized my hand and didn't dare to use it for a month, or even more (for real.) The pain was mild, to be honest. It first started between the knuckles of my index and middle finger (there was pain when pushed) and then it moved to the other parts of my hand.

The pain at the knuckles went away but the really mild pain in the hand (and arm) persisted for around 1-2 months. (I massaged my hand/arm a LOT) My classmates would always tell me to start using my hand despite the pain but I was too scared of what the consequences would be.

I visited an orthopedist who told me I was at the first stage of tendonitis and that it wouldn't have any impact on my future career (comics writer). He prescribed some anti-inflammatory cream that partly did its job.

The pain eventually went away and I slowly (REALLY slowly) went back to my activities. I went to acupuncture sessions which did their job. The acupuncturist prescribed a medicine called Stabiflex which offers a lot of glucosamine and chondroitin. (and ginger root) 3 weeks ago I overdid it again by taking a lot of notes (no surprise.)

This time it's not as bad as before -
whenever i moved my middle finger it would receive pain.( a BIT more severe than my previous tendonitis pain) But not the whole finger, only the knuckle area. It persisted for around 3-4 days (I iced it a hell lot of times) and then I went to the seaside where mild pain could be localized in certain parts of my hand.

Is there ANY way to get rid of this pain while I'm still an adolescent so that I can work as a comic writer without having to worry about the pain? I researched some alternative medicine and discovered quite a few oils and nutrients that can help me.

I would like to get your humble opinion
on my discoveries:
- Bromelaine
- Magnesium
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin E
- Glucosamine & Chondroitin (my medicine, I'm still taking it)
- emu oil (it has helped a lot of tendonitis sufferers, judging by their feedbacks on forums)
- apple vinegar
- argan oil
- coconut oil

How can I combine all of these in the battle against this stupid pain? I don't want any pain to occur when I begin my career and I'm determined to get rid of tendonitis once and for all. And also, are there any exercises I can do?

Thank you again for taking your time to read this, I'd be REALLY grateful to hear from you in the near future.

Take care! :)


Joshua Answers:

Hi Margarita.

How are your hands/forearms doing now?

FYI, doctors are horrible here in the states too.

So yes, absolutely, you can make this Tendonitis go away.

See: What Is Tendonitis

There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis, one with actual damage and one with NO damage. It 's most likely you're in the second category.

Pain comes from many different directions. It seems you've partly gone the right direction, towards nutrition.


Bromelain - Yes, enzymes can be good, though mostly when there's damage/scar tissue. Make sure to take on an empty stomach or the enzymes will digest food instead of scar tissue.

Magnesium - ABSOLUTELY. See: Magnesium for Tendonitis

Vitamin B6 and B12 - Yes. Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency

Vitamin E - Sure, why not, it's good for the body.

Chondroitin and Glucosamine - Sure. If you're not getting it from your diet, supplementation can be good.

Emu Oil - I don't actually know. If it's a good oil, then absolutely yes.

Apple Vinegar - This deserves a longer answer, but yes.

Argan Oil - I've never heard of it before. Just googled it. Sure, why not.

Coconut Oil - Yes, absolutely.

What's missing from your list is Vitamin D. See the Vitamin D pages at .

Also, learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

There are a few other things I highly suggest in my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook.

Let me know what happens with a few days of intense Ice Dipping.

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

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