Constant forearm tendonitis tightness in both arms, am a grocery checker

by Zack
(St. Louis MO)

Hello, I've had forearm tightness in both arms for 4 months now.

My job is checking people out at the grocery store, and one night after coming home I felt a burning fatigue in both my arms.

Since then everyday I've felt tightness in my forearms particularly in the finger extensors.

I've taken anti-inflammatories, tried rest and then strengthening exercises, and last month I saw a chiropractor.

He said that the source of my problem is a nerve issue in my neck. So he treated my neck for about 10 sessions but the tightness in my forearms continued just the same. So he said that there was nothing more that he could do for me.

I'm trying to find another job that doesn't involve so much repetitive motion, but do you have any other suggestions that might help alleviate my condition?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Zack.

I'd hate to think that you'd need to quit your job over this.

It sounds like you did your job and, over time, built up a Pain Causing Dynamic.

The burning sensation is tightness, constricted ciruculation, and a Process of Inflammation.

That's a good thing your chiro said there's nothing more he can do for you. That is the mark of an ethical practitioner, as opposed to doing 30 more sessions.

Could be some nerve involvement at the neck
form poor posture, but it sounds like an overall soft tissue, repetitive motion dynamic to me.


Cover your bases with Vitamins B12(methylcobalamin, not cyanocobalamin) and B6. Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

Cover your bases with Magnesium. Make sure to read the Magnesium Dosage page for what kind and how much.

You may want to try this Magnesium Oil for direct application. For some people with your scenario, mag oil cases a drastic reduction in pain. If your pain has a magnesium deficient factor, it will/should help.

And of course, invest a week with LOTS of Ice Dipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

First off, get Inflammation out. Cover your nutritional bases, as defiencies of any one of them can be responsible for your pain.

Then we'll go from there.

More questions, more answers.

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

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