Constant Pain from Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel, Travel Consultant, off work since June

by debbie

I have been off work since June now.

The problem started probably a few months before that, but was ignored as it was only an ache.

I am a travel consultant and have been in this role for the past 11yrs. My role is computer based. In June the pain in my hand and fingers had worsened and so my friend suggested we take a trip to the walk in centre. I saw a nurse there who said that it was tendonitis and a possible carpel tunnel and advised me to make an appointment with my GP.

It is now October and I am still not back at work as i have problems now with my elbows, wrists and forearms, as well as the hands and fingers.

I find it very painful to do a lot of daily things such as drying hair etc and have severe pain in the side of my hand when trying to write.

My hands feel very week when trying to carry any objects and I also experience some pain in the palm of my hands.

My GP has referred me to rheumatology and they have done blood tests and xray but say there are no arthritis or rheumatoid factors. My GP has suggested phsiotherapy.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Debbie in England.

That sounds like a not very fun situation. Let's see what we can do.

Some questions.

1. How long has this been a problem? Just a couple months before June?

2. Over time, did it come on fast, or slow?

History of hand/wrist pain or injury?

4. Did you do something in particular that set it off?

5. Overall health?

6. Say more about pain on the side of the hand when you write?

7. Describe the pain in more detail, location and behavior.

8. Any numbness or tingling?

From first look, you definitely have a Tendonitis dynamic of increasing tightness and pain. You may or may not have any actual tendon damage, but you absolutely have a chronic Process of Inflammation.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

I also suspect that there is some nutrient deficiency involved, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B and/or B12, and Magnesium.

For instance, Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency. And B6 insufficiency/deficiency can cause Carpal Tunnel Symptoms.

Have you had your Vit D levels checked lately? One of the symptoms of that is pain, random pain, tendon pain, bone pain.

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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Oct 13, 2009
PART 2 - Constant Pain from Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel, Travel Consultant, off work since June
by: Debbie

Hi Joshua,

Thank you for your response, I will try to answer your questions in brief.

1. I first noticed a ache in around March while i was at work, this went away when i got home. This ache was in the fingers and top of the hands that became slowly worse up the inside of the fingers, inside of the of the finger joints and across knuckles.

I have never had an injury to either hands and have never had any problems before now. I an only assume that it was work related as i have been doing this for a number of years. I am on the computer for at least 5hours a day with out a break and we also change desks every day. January, Feb and March is a busy time for travel.

Overall i would say that i am healthy and do a fair amount of walking on a daily basis. I do not smoke and only on occasion have a couple of alcoholic drinks.

The pain to my hands when writing is sharp pain up my wrist and the pain from my little finger up the side of my hand is like cramp.

The tops of my fingers ache most of the time and will worsen with any kind of gripping ie driving, after 15 to 20 minutesthey will ache quiet badly, holding a telephone , drying hair will do the same. Washing up plates holding pans etc causes pain in my wrist on my thumb side, sometimes i will experience shooting pain that lasts a few seconds up my 3 fingers from my little finger.

I do not feel tingling or numbness although i do get a burning sensation in the palms and on the tips of my fingers. My elbow, which is only the Right one has like a feeling of something inside being squashed and when pressed sends an electric like current down my arm, i mentioned this to my Gp who said that that is because all this things are connected.

Thank you for your help and i hope that this will help you.

kind Regards Debbie

Oct 13, 2009
Part 3 - Constant Pain from Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel, Travel Consultant, off work since June
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Joshua Comments:

Hello Debbie. Thanks for all the response.

On a soft tissue level, it sounds like you have a Tennis Elbow Tendonitis dynamic.

Long term progression of too much use, tightness, constrictive connective tissue, and pain.

The quick answer to reduce pain levels is to learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

I highly suggest 'The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works' DVD. It will cover what you need to reverse the Tennis Elbow dynamic.

On a nutritional level, I but that you are Vitamin D deficient, magnesium deficient, potentially Vitamin B6 and or B12.

These all play a role in tightness, and in pain.

Here's Magnesium for Tendonitis information.

Check out the Vitamin D pages on my Kerri's

Two women in the last couple days just told me that they started supplementing with Omega 3's fatty acids and their pain significantly decreased.

So it might be soft tissue or nutritional, but I bet that you are both. Reverse the progression, and fill up the deficiencies, and I suspect that you'll be MUCH better off, and if you're willing to put in the effort, back to normal or very close to it.

That was a lot fast.

Feel free to ask more questions for more detailed answers.

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