Lifting weights, pain and swelling in wrist and forearm, took a month off but it's back

by Nick

Ok so about 3 years ago I started working out and lifting weights. A few months in all of a sudden one day my wrist puffed out bug time. It looked like a lump.

I stopped working out for a few days and stupidly did not see a doctor. When the pain went away I started working out again even though the lump did not go down. It had shrunk a little bit but it got to a point where it did not seem to get any smaller.

It was fine and was not causing pain. So I continued working out and every now and then it started hurting.

I thought it was a calcium deposit or a ganglion cyst ( but only while I was at the gym working out and very rarely ) until recently one day my forearm and wrist puffed out huge and I was in immense pain. I had an xray and an ultrasound and the results came back that it was tendonitis. I took a month and a half off and it went down but it still was not gone completely.

Again it seemed to get to the point where it stopped getting smaller. And so I tried lightly working out again. And after about a week it puffed up and started hurting again. But nowhere near as bad and didn't last as long. And again I took a month and a half off. It went down again but is still there. I can feel it and I can move it around in my wrist.

So I'm wondering if I have caused some permanent damage after having it for so long and what can I do to try and deal with it?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Nick.

Well it's good you ruled out calcium deposit and ganglion cyst.

Xrays however are a very poor choice when looking
for tendon tears of all but the biggest size.

So. Have you injured your self permanently? Unlikely.

Well, let me rephrase that. If you don't do something to effectively fix the problem, then yes, it certainly could be 'permanent'.

That's just how the Tendonitis dynamic works.

You work out, muscles and connective tissue get tighter and tighter, maybe there's some little wear and tear microtrauma, a Process of Inflammation kicks in, the Pain Causing Dynamic gets worse and worse, the nervous system freaks out and turns up the dial and makes everything worse.

It sound like your particular situation results in a sudden massive inflammation response. Or at least, you're predisposed to a lot of swelling.

It doesn't -necessarily- mean that you're injured. But it definitely means that there's a mechanism in place that results in an inability to workout without triggering an injury response.

And, for the record, no amount of Rest or time off is going to help. Rest isn't a cure, not even close.

The first thing you need to do is learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

Getting my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook is obviously my main recommendation, for a variety of reasons including it contains a complete explanation of why you have pain/problem and a plan for what to do about it to reverse the dynamic.

Regardless, start putting time and effort into knocking out that inflammation.

Let me know what happens with that.

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Feb 14, 2017
Weight lifting wrist pain (where do I start?)
by: Lisa

Hi Joshua,

My boyfriend has been weight lifting for years. He has previously had wrist pain, but it went away again.

The last few weeks it has been back and has gotten much worse.

He is reaching the point now where he cannot complete workouts due to the pain.

From doing some reading and some basic tests, it seems to me he has Carpal tunnel as well as DeQuervains, and I worry that there might also be more than that going on.

The pain seems to shift around, being worse in different areas on different days. The one wrist is definitely more of a problem than the other, but both are painful.

His wrist does also seem to be slightly swollen at times. It is also painful if I push in the area of the scaphulolunate bones.

What would you advise, as you have different books for all the different conditions, I don't know where to start?

Thank you!
Regards Lisa


Joshua Comments:

Hi Lisa.

Does he have numbness/tingling in his thumb/fingers?

He definitely has:

- Too much muscle and connective tissue tightness.

- Lots of now chronic inflammation.

- Lack of nutrition

All three of those factors work together to cause more an more pain/problem.

The tight muscles also causes compression of the wrist and hand bones, so those surfaces/structures get irritated/inflamed, creating more pain, which creates more tightness, etc.

If he doesn't have numbness/tingling in his thumb/fingers, then he technically doesn't have carpal tunnel syndrome, but can still have all the factors which would eventual cause tingling and numbness, i.e., tightness, inflammation, lack of nutrition.

Probably I'd start with the Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program.

If he does have numbness and/or tingling, I'd go with The Carpal Tunnel Treatment That Works program as that basically contains the RWT program plus what one needs to reverse the carpal tunnel dynamic.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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May 14, 2017
Weightlifting pain in wrist
by: Abdullah

Hi Joshua..
I am professional weightlifter.

Last night m lifting weight but unfortunately due to some wrong technique my wrist got immense pressure on it ..after which my palm under index finger swell. and also swell from back side between thumb and index finger due to which i can't close my hand properly like fist especially i cant fold my index finger inward when i try it hurts.

please tell me the fast treatment of it. i have a international competition to play 2 month later.

Muhammad Abdullah


Joshua Comments:

Hi Muhammad.

Did you cause yourself a Bone bruise/joint bruise?

Or overstretch a tendon or ligament to trigger the inflammation?

Either way, I'd suggest that you go crazy with the ice dipping as per the info you'll find on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

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