Elbow Tendonitis Pain and Carpal Tunnel For Years, surgery for both and no relief

by Deborah

I have been dealing with elbow tendonitis pain and carpal tunnel syndrome for years. I have had surgery for elbow tendonitis and carpal tunnel with no relief.

My doctor does not seem to want to help me. I am in extreme pain and not sleeping well.

What is one to do if your own doctor gives up on you. It is a workers compensation case. I am a Secretary for 21 years.

I have been on pain medication on and off for years. The only thing that helps me live a somewhat normal life is pain medication.

I have pain in elbow and arm and feel like something is pulling and I can not lift anything and even a gallon of milk. It slips out of my hand.

I am left handed so my left hurts me more than right. I have numbness, tingling and pain in my hand also. Can you give me some advice on what to do. I have been to numerous doctors who tell me the same thing. I am only 41 years old and knowing that I may have to live like this for the rest of my life upsets me. PLEASE HELP!

Thank you



Joshua Answers:

Hello Deborah. That sounds horrible. Absolutely horrible.

And it's a shame that doctors have no idea what to do about this kind of issue -and- criminal, in my opinion, that they resort to surgery as if that's some sort of cure all for problems they could fix previous to the surgery.

Unfortunately, you can't sue them for malpractice because they did exactly what the AMTA advises them to do, and therefor they are protected by their medical standard practice.

I call it Habitual Medicine. Doing the same methods over and over regardless of harm caused or lack of results.

I have a soap box. I WILL get on it from time to time....

When your doctors give up on you, you do exatly what you have done: You stop putting your blind hope and faith in them, and you go looking for answers elsewhere.

Good news/bad news, it's not that your doctors don't WANT to help

So. What do you do now?

Unless you tell me something that would have me think otherwise, I'm going with the situation where the surgeries did not actually cut/nick/damage your nerve(s). That would be bad, and there's nothing we can do about that.

If you are a standard case of long term computer and/or computer work and eating a normal American diet, even with the surgeries we should be able to get you back to working order. Maybe not perfect, maybe not pain free.

Let's START with working to get your pain down by 50% and your strength and arm/hand usability back to at least 80%.

How's that sound?

So answer the below questions, and then I'll give you a bunch of stuff to do.


1. Please describe for me your symptoms. In lots of detail. Where, how, when, what helps, what hurts, how it progressed, etc.

2. Tendonitis in both elbows and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists?

3. Weakness in both hands? Forearms? Weakness in upper arms too?

4. What medications are you taking? (Put 'private' next to this section if you don't want me to make it public)

5. You're taking lots of Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen and pain killers, yes?

6. Did you go through the normal routine of rest, splints, anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid shots, etc, before surgery?

7. How long ago were the surgeries?

8. Overall health? Previous injury or medical anything?

9. How did the surgeries go? How was 'recovery'?

10. Anything else I may want to know or find helpful?

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

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