I think I have tendonitis from my elbow to my wrist and thumb

by Jennifer A
(Arvada, CO )

I dont have medical insurance so thats why I'm asking you!

I have severe pain in my hand up my forearm in even all the way into my shoulder by day end and during sleep.

It is extrememly sharp pain starting in the base of my thumb and then just below my wrist. It's specific movements that cause sharp pain, but I have lost strength to use my left hand to pick anything up..even pulling up my pants can be difficult and very painful.

Wrong angle can send a serious shooting pain through my thumb, wrist and arm.

Do you think this sounds like tendonitis and will Ibuprofin and a wrap every day help?

Cool compresses and hot even feel good..is there one I should use over the other?

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Joshua Answers:

Hi Jennifer.

Yep, sounds like Wrist Tendonitis to me.

Along with some painful spasm/spasticity due to Magnesium deficiency, which is part of the tendonitis dynamic.

Hot and cold compressing is great if you keep at it.

Ibuprofen and splints will likely lower pain, but ultimately is unlikely to fix this, and I suspect won't even help much, as you are in an acute state, and need to hit this hard to break the pain dynamic.

With all the money you're saving not paying for insurance, you can get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program! :)

Which in my opinion is a much better value and will help you much more than a trip to the doctor where they will tell you to rest, take Ibuprofen,
and wear a splint. Then when that fails, you'd go back for another appointment where they'd want to give you a corticosteroid injection, with warnings that if that doesn't work you'll be facing surgery.

So maybe you're actually better off not having insurance.....

And really, I suggest that you do get the program, as it has a complete plan to A. get you out of pain and then B. make your arm healthy again so that you don't have to suffer ongoingly with this pain.

Short of that, hot/cold compressing should help a little, but this is my every time suggestion: Ice Dip as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

By itself it's not a fix, but it can drop your pain levels significantly if you do it right (and if your pain isn't from Vitamin D deficiency, Magnesium deficiency, etc)

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Aug 02, 2015
Thought I Got Electrocuted By Pool Equipment
by: Linda

Dear Joshua,

Just found you...information so valuable!
Think my thumb was warning me before what I am about to describe happened.

The thumb would stiffen toward my palm for a few seconds. I couldn't control it. Then it was fine. It did this for months every now and then.

THEN the trauma! Went to turn a difficult handle by the pool pump and thought I got electrocuted. Instant pain at the base of my right thumb. Felt tingly for a little bit. Pain kicked in. But, could still move & bend it.

Next, morning it was a little swelled and only hurt if I tried to use it for things like writing (which I can't do comfortably now).

Also, dealing with tennis elbow for months on the same arm (using a hammer, pool brushing, vacuuming and grass cutting). I am 63, small bones, slender...not built for all this physical work.
Interestingly, exactly like you describe...tendon problems from wrists to elbow, even TMJ have plagued me over the years.

For a long time I've had tight muscles and anxiety. Currently, take 375 mg. magnesium.

Please, don't yell at me...I've been using HOT heat on everything.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Linda.

I would never yell at you! :)

Heat is good for what heat is good for.

I presume that you mean that it -felt- like you got electrocuted, not that you actually did get electrical shock from the faucet?

So you had been having various symptoms, reached out to do something, and got a bib zap as your system went a little suddenly haywire.

That makes sense.

If you're tight all over and have anxiety, that's classic symptoms of low magnesium. 375mg/day is clearly not enough.

And maybe you're short in the nutrient(s) required to utilize magnesium so aren't even getting all of that magnesium that you're taking.

Also See: Magnesium For Tendonitis

Tendonitis in any location has nutritional lack as a factor.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

What's your Vitamin D level?

The body can't work correctly if it doesn't have the little building blocks necessary to function. Electrical signals from brain to muscle is included in that.

See Relevant: Tenosynovitis and Tendonitis In Multiple Joints What Can Cause This?

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