Pain in wrist and pinky finger, hip pain, foot cysts after 3 pregnancies

by Heather

I have pain in my left wrist on the outside. It is sore if I press on it.

The pain radiates along the side of my hand up to the pinky finger.

I have "shocks" or pain sometimes when I try to grab things. When this happens, I have less strength in this hand.

I have several other issues coming up with tendons. I had a ganglion cyst on my foot, two years ago after my third pregancy had plantar fasciitis as well as ligament pain in the pelvis during pregancy. Now a year later have had bursitis in my hip and lower back issues.

What can this wrist issue be? I did have a doctor say it was carpal tunnel from pregnancy.

Can something be causing all the breakdown of my connective tissues?

Thank you.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Heather.

As you know, when one is pregnant the body releases a hormone that relaxes ligament tissue. One might say that this is necessary to accomadte the growth and exit of a baby.

One problem of this is that the extra weight of a baby on a pelvis/hip structure, combined with the reduced integrity of the ligaments holding said hip/pelvis structures together, can cause future imbalances/problems/misalignments, etc.

So if your hips/pervis structures were forced off during pregnancy, and stayed off after pregnancy, now your are getting undue pressure on the bursae, the padding. This irritates the padding, and gives you bursitis, and makes you HURT.

2. It's unlikely it's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if you're having symptoms in your pinky side.

I'd go with a Tendonitis dynamic. But realistically, it's all about increasing tightness.

3. Just read your post again. It is possible that somethign systemic is at play that's making your physical structures less able to survive and thrive. You
said you had three pregnancies.

So chances are, you're looking at a little to A LOT of nutritional deficiency. This can be a sneak-up-slowly-on-you-as-you-fall-apart kind of dynamic.

Pregnancy takes a lot out of you, as you know. But I mean, specifically, nutritionally.

Chances are you're Vitamin D deficient, Mangesium deficient (shocks, muscle tightness, spasm you don't even feel, pain), and possibly a whole host of other nutrients including B6, B12, iodine (related to cysts).

I use the term 'deficiency' loosely here. It can mean low, it can mean -really- low, it just all depends.

I suggest that you:

1. Go get your Vitamin D level tested, either at your doc or at who sells a $65 blood spot test kit you do at home and send into the lab.

Vitamin D sufficiency is VITAL.

2. Get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. That will give you something to do for your forearms/hands and more on nutrition too.

3. Go read around
Sign up for Kerri's newletter and get the ebook that comes with it. You need to know the nutritional info in there.

That's a start.

I suspect that you need to bolster your overall body function first, and then deal with any specific spots that remain after that. Likely both, but definitely the first.

More questions, more answers.

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Jan 13, 2011
Same Problem -- Pain in wrist and pinky finger, hip pain, foot cysts after 3 pregnancies
by: Jason

I have the EXACT same problem. I'm a 29 year old male, obviously not pregnant. It's a surface pain from my pinky sometimes halfway up the outside of my arm to my forearm. Feels like hyper-sensitivity almost except for occasional shooting pains, more commonly in the evening and night. Still a vitamin deficiency? Just on the left side?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Jason.

Could be vitamin deficiency. Side effects of that can look like ALL SORTS of different things, including pain in random, specific spots.

Let me say right off the bat, I have NO way of telling from here.

So it could be some physical pain dynamic, tendonitisy kind of thing.

Nutritional insufficiency/deficiency, could be Vitamin D, B6, B12, Magnesium. Could be others, but those are generally the most common ones.

I'm not going to get into how/why nutritional deficiency can cause specific pain symptoms, but at a certain level, it's enough to know that they can.

And whether it's real pain, or perceived pain, it doesn't matter.

May 27, 2012
tendonitis later from Levaquin and Cipro
by: Anonymous

I have to ask, have you ever taken any of the antibiotics in the quinolone drug class? Levaquin, cipro, avolex? These drugs can sometimes cause the issues that you are having. It's not just while you're taking them either, sometimes, people have had reactions years after taking them.

I was on levaquin for 7 days, my Dr took me off of it when I developed tendonitis in my right shoulder. That was a year and a half ago. I'm now having the same pain in my wrist, and it worries me a lot.


Joshua Comments:

Yep, fluoroquinolones have an effect on the body such that even if one doesn't have immediate side effects, they can show up further down the road.

See: Levaquin Tendonitis

Mar 19, 2017
scheduled surgery for summer because I can't take the pain anymore!
by: Dawn M

I am a 40 year old mother of six. I homeschool and run our home 24/7 and I have suffered from heel pain for at least six years-- probably longer, but the first time I can remember actually consistently noticing the pain is after my six year old was born.

Most of the pain I noticed was after sitting and nursing. My next pregnancy began before I was completely done nursing so there was never much of a break... the pain was worse after my 4 year old was born... but still seemed better enough as she grew that I didn't go to anyone about the pain.

But with my last baby, now 2, the pain has been constant since the end of my first trimester with her.

I would venture to guess that the problem started when I was pregnant with my 10 year old twins, but I don't remember actual heel pain from that pregnancy it after (twins erase a lot of memories and brain cells!).

I have never been a lightweight, and losing weight has always been a challenge. However, my pregnancy with my six year old was very difficult and I had excess weight gain from excess amniotic fluid. The last two pregnancies were within the normal weight gain range, but i am still overweight.

Up until last summer I just dealt with the pain.

But I finally went to a foot/ankle dr with a dpm.

She prescribed physical therapy first (which was awful!!!) including use of ultrasound and some kind of electro wrap. It didn't work. Then we tried cortisone shots. Again, didn't work.

I can hardly walk most of the day, regardless of how much I stretch or relax. Ice is so painful I could scream-- and I have a great pain tolerance (something I'm beginning to think is a curse).

So I keep walking and working at losing weight... with surgery scheduled in June so I can effectively follow post-op instructions and avoid re injury or excess scar tissue formation.

The pain for me is everywhere, I know my legs are very tight, I pronate inwards. My worst pain is in my heel (I do have a spur and have had X-rays and an MRI)-- it feels like I'm walking in a railroad spike.

There is no picture that can help-- my foot looks like a foot. But it hurts.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Dawn.

1. I'd be leary of getting surgery.

A. What exactly are they going to do?

What exactly is CAUSING the pain? (You have a bone spur, are they blaming the bone spur for all the pain?)

See: Quiz Your Doctor

B. You've had kids. You're in pain. It's 100% likely that you're short on nutrition (nutrition necessary to function properly).

I can imagine that 'twins' make you forget things. :)

And I know that making babies takes a lot of nutrition out of you, and that 'you', in general, don't adequately replace that nutrition.

Your body goes on as best it can, well is a nutritionally insufficient body going to recover from a moderately to severely invasive/traumatic surgery?

And again, what exactly are they going to do surgery on and is it 100% the actual cause of your pain? Imagine getting surgery that completely ignores the cause of the pain/problem....

2. Say more about 'ice is so painful I scream'. What does that mean, exactly?

3. "I know my legs are very tight"

Where exactly?

4. "I do have a spur"

Where exactly? Bottom of the foot, back of the heel...?

Mar 19, 2017
Answers to your questions about my post
by: Dawn

Hi Joshua! Thanks for responding.

1. The surgery is to clear scar tissue from around the bone spur (in my heel, direct center) and where the plantar fascia connects to the calcaneus and may be connected to the spur as well.

The surgeon will clear all the scar tissue and then cut the plantar fascia all the way across.

I will then spend 3 weeks in a boot and on crutches (no weight bearing for those 3 weeks) to allow my body to heal and grow new tissue without the scar tissue. If things have healed well, then I will be light weight bearing and still in the boot for 3-4 weeks after that to minimize scarring. After I am released to wear regular shoes, I will be given shoe inserts and gradually return to wearing different kinds of shoes with the inserts, beginning with walking shoes. I have asked all the questions (generally speaking) on your dr.quiz and I have not found anyone who can give me an answer other than "surgery is the last option" or "don't have surgery."

1B. Yes, I have lots of kids and yes sometimes nutrition is hard. However, I've been working hard at my nutrition for some time, also losing weight and upping my vitamin intake of Bs, D, and C.

However, the pain continually gets worse and because of my left foot being so painful, my right foot is overcompensating and my whole body is miserable because I'm so out of whack.

It's more painful to see my chiropractor now because it hurts to be realigned and then really hurts as I feel myself go crooked the moment I walk out the door. So you're right, but I'm trying to do my absolute best at feeding my body well, and at losing weight.

I've lost almost 10 pounds since January 1, and plan to be even lighter by the time of my surgery. The pain of walking now will be worth it when there's less of me to carry around when I'm healing.

2. "Scream pain" for me is the kind that makes me stop in my tracks and find a way to cease all movement so that I don't make any more pain.

Usually that is any time I stand up from any position. However, it also occasionally happens while I'm walking--and in all instances it is pain, and doesn't make me think that it's nerve related. There is no numbness in my feet or legs.

3. My legs are tight from the Achilles up to my thighs, and my calves/hamstrings are always very tight. My left side is always most painful, but my right side is always tighter/worse according to PT and chiropractor. I stretch and move and try to keep things as loose and free as possible, but everything is tight. Granted, as a mom of 6 I don't spend a lot of time relaxing, but even when my body relaxes at night sleeping, by legs are tight and my feet/heels even ache in the middle of the night (in the same places they hurt during the day when I'm standing).

4. I have a bone spur in the center of my left heel (and my right, but that one is smaller).

The epicenter of my pain is where that spur is, feeling like a railroad spike in my foot. And in my current place, there are no shoes, socks, or anything that make me more comfortable--everything hurts.

Barefoot hurts too, but if I wear socks and keep my feet warm with no shoes, I can switch which foot I stand on and get through my day. But I'm tired of hurting all the time.

So that's where I'm at. Surgery isn't my first choice, but it feels like maybe I can give my left foot a clean start with no heel spur and clear space to grow new tissue without scar tissue--and in the mean time, allow my right foot to heal naturally and then complete the healing process.

I know that surgery is never 100% successful in these cases, but if I can get 80% relief from surgery and learn how to fix the other 20% myself, I would really be happy. A massage therapist who also uses reflexology suggested that, after the surgery, I have massage/reflexology done with my feet to speed the healing process.

I've also heard that I should eat more vitamin C before surgery to help my body build new tissue.

I'm game to try things, but I have already spent years trying things that haven't worked.

I look forward to your further comments and ideas!
Thanks! Dawn


Joshua Comments:

You didn't say it at the beginning, but I'm pretty sure the surgery would also remove the bone spur (as you alluded to farther down your response.

Ok, so.

1. What's your Vitamin D level? (and how much are you taking?)

2. Therapeutic supplementation is necessary. Where you're at, you're just not going to get enough of what you need from food.

3. If the bone spur is in the center of the bottom of your heel (meaning, you step on it with every step), then removal very well may be necessary/a good thing.

At a certain point of bone spur growth/size, there's just not getting around it (for obvious mechanical reasons of you're stepping on the bone spur with every step).

4. Having said that, it is my fervent opinion that you DO NOT SEVER THE PLANTAR FASCIA.

I have nothing nice to say about the doctor that wants to do that.

It's a major structural support of your foot. You need it. You want it.

WHY is the doctor going to sever it???

5. Among other things I don't have anything nice to say question doctors do not ask is "WHY is there a bone spur there?"

In the doctor world, bone spurs magically appear for no reason, and it should be removed (and sometimes it should) and the rest of the foot should be hacked up as well for good measure (for no good reason).

They don't ask why things went bad. They assume that surgery will magically fix everything (because severing a major structural support in your foot couldn't possibly have any downsides).

But they don't ask why. Which means, they don't understand what they're doing in there. Which means, they're going to do surgery and hope everything works out.

Like I said, removing the bone spur very well may be a good idea. But severing the plantar fascia isn't.

I'm not making my point very well...what I now want to get across is about recovery.

SInce they don't know why you're hurting, they can't explain the cause of your pain and they can't explain how the surgery is going to make things better.

The ultimate cause of your pain and the growth of the bone spur is the tightness in your lower legs (minimally).

The muscles in your lower legs are supposed to absorb force. When they're too tight, they can't, and that force has to go somewhere.

And then long story short, bone spurs form where a lot of that force is landing, and the brain tells the bone to get stronger. Which then causes a bone spur, which isn't the smartest thing in the world, but then, then brain is pretty dumb in some ways.

That's a very simplified explanation. But basically, while I concede/agree that it's probably a good idea to remove the bone spur (but not to sever the plantar facia), your chances of recovery (back to 80% or better, over the long haul) is GREATLY diminished if you don't address the causative factors (muscle and connective tissue tightness, chronic inflammation, and nutritional insufficiency).

Point being, I HIGHLY advise you to work on that tightness in your lower legs. That's key to happy life/happy recovery.

You have time until summer/the surgery. My suggestion is to get to work with the Reversing Achilles Tendonitis program and see what happens/how good things can get before then.

It talks about reversing the tightness(restoring proper function), replacing nutrition and reducing/elimination inflammation. While you might not think you have Achilles tendonitis per se, you have all the factors of the dynamic (tightness/inflammation/nutritional lack) and the bone spur etc is the result/symptom of that.

Depending on the size of the bone spur you're stepping on, you may (or may not) be able to get to that 80% improvement point.

If nothing else, your surgery and immediate recovery will go better/be less traumatic, and your long term recovery will be far better (working with the program).

Let me know if you have more questions etc.

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