Should tendonitis come and go in short time periods?

by Marie
(Montana, USA)

I have recently experienced tendonitis in the back of my knee, my plantar fascia, and maybe the side/back of my neck(?).

It showed up in different areas within the same three week period, stayed for a while, would go away almost entirely, then come back, a little or a lot.

For example, the plantar fasciitis was very painful all day long for at least three or four days, then in the middle of the day it went away through the middle of the next day. Now it is back and quite painful again.

The day it went away was after the most painful day due to excess stress on it. My knee hurt in one spot for about a week, then the other side started hurting, and they both hurt for a week, the second side quit, the whole knee quit hurting on the day my foot quit hurting, and the next day it started bothering me again, though it is barely noticeable now.

My neck started prior to my knee, and comes and goes, though I still have limited side to side flexion of my head without pain of some degree.

I can only assume it is tendonitis in my neck because it is a very similar pain feeling and pattern.

Does this pattern of tendonitis cause concern that there is something else causing the inflammation? I cannot identify a cause (overuse, injury, etc) for any occurence of my tendonitis.

I have not been able to identify any lifestyle patterns or changes that could have contributed either.

Thanks for your time.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Marie.

Well, that's suspicious that
you have pain showing up in several different body parts all of a sudden.

It is common for tendonitis pain to come and go, usually in a pattern of coming back for longer and longer periods, with shorter periods of it going away. A gradual increase of symptoms.

My first thought is that it's not Tendonitis per see, not the damage kind at least.

So we need to investigate a little bit to see what might be causing the increase in pain/irritation.

1. How old are you?

2. Overal health and activity level?

3. Previous injury or pain symptoms in any of these three areas?

4. Daily activities of work/exercise/hobby.

5. How are your energy levels?

6. How is your digestion?

7. Did anything stressfull happen in your life in the recent past? Any changes, like starting something or ending something?

8. Anything else interesting or potentially helpful to add?

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.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Oct 17, 2017
Response to Marie's question about "Should tendonistis come and go in short time periods"
by: Brian

Just an observation I have the same issues. My right knee on the inside, my left foot in the arch and both inside elbows and my right shoulder. I have found that deleting inflammatory foods (I.E. cheeses milk products and any other think that is related to inflammation) has helped allot but from time to time it starts to come back but not as bad as it was before. I'm in my 60's, I work out at the gym 3 times a week and the pain spots seem to be prior injuries.

My knee was a prior motocross/work torn meniscuses injury that was repaired.

The foot I had plantar fasciitis and a cortisone injection to help that years ago. The elbows and shoulder are from working out. I’ve had tennis/golf elbows on and off for years. Maybe the doctor has other advise with the history that I’ve document above. Thank you.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Brian.

Systemic inflammation absolutely plays a role in the tendonitis dynamic.

The more inflammation there is systemically/locally, the more resources the body has to allocate to deal with it.

The less inflammation there is, the less pain enhancing chemical there is floating around, and the less pain the body is likely to feel.

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