Tendonitis Spreading All Over Starting At Wrists and Arms

by Matt

I was diagnosed with Tendonitis when I was 17.

I'm now 23 and it seems to be getting progressively worse and spreading to new areas of my body.

It started in my right arm and has spread to both arms. Recently I'm starting to get the same pain in my hands. My job as a customer support representative requires me to be on the computer all day taking lots of notes.

I'm getting a trackball mouse to help and I'm wearing a brace but still am getting horrible pain by the end of the day.

I'm taking naproxin currently but even at the max I can take for a day the pain persists. When I have gotten the cortizone shots before they help for about 6 weeks but then the pain comes right back...WHAT ELSE CAN I DO???

Is surgery my only real next option? Please help me cause I'm at a loss and getting off the computer is not an option as I would have to quit my job.


Joshua Answers:

Hello Matt.

Yes, there's -lots- of other things you can do.

But first....what exactly would they cut on if they did surgery? What exactly is the source of this 'tendonitis' that you've have for 6 years, that is spreading?

A thousand little cuts all over your body?

Point being, you don't have a specific little spot that requires surgery. You have an all over Pain Causing Dynamic.

For some reason, when you were 17, you were
already TIGHT and started to feel pain. It's a Downward Spiral from there, and it's NO surprise that it's spreading.

That's just how the Tendonitis dynamic works, and a chronic Process of Inflammation is part of it.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

So. Let's investigate.

1. Activity-wise, were you athletic, or video game playing couch potato, or somewhere in the middle.

2. Why do you think you started hurting like this at age 17?

3. Activity levels now?

4. Overall, what does your daily food intake look like, now and then.

5. Please tell me you haven't had surgery yet. If you have, tell me exactly what they did.

6. Where exactly do you hurt, and what does it feel like? Details details details.

7. When you were 17, did it come on fast or slow?

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.

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Dec 30, 2013
15 year old with Tendonitis in both wrists both shoulders and back
by: Anonymous

I am 15yrs old and my tendonitis is on both wrists,both shoulders,back.

What do I do about it?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonyteen.

That's a lot of different spots of pain. Are you active in sports? Spend a lot of time in front of a computer/phone/video game?

Give me more details, for starters.

Also, follow both this link and read read read.

Pain Causing Dynamic

Mar 22, 2016
Help! Wrist pain for years and swelling
by: Bri


So for about three years or so, I've had this pain in my wrist and thumb. It was an on and off pain for the first two years and only hurt when I put a lot of pressure on it or picked up a heavy object.

The third year which started in June 2015, the pain became constant and I wore a wrist brace for weeks at a time to get the pain to go down.

I had a little bit of swelling but not too much for it to be in the way. Ice never really helped, it just kept the pain there.

A couple of days ago, I was at work and picked up some heavy shelves, as soon as I did my wrist was in pain and swelled up a little bit.

Ever since I've had a constant pain and the swelling comes back. The wrist brace I have doesn't help with pain and makes my wrist hurt more and tight if I wear it for a long period of time. I'm trying to go to a doctor soon but don't really know why they are going to tell me.

Please help! And thank you!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Bri.

There could be a few things going on, but what you've described fits into a tendonitis dynamic: chronic tightness, chronic pain, chronic inflammation, and of course the chronic nutritional insufficiency that comes with all that.

Did you go see a doctor? What did s/he say?

Jun 14, 2017
Tendinitis spreading
by: Rhys

Hi Joshua,

I also am experiencing a similar issue, mine began in my shoulders and has developed into my forearms and thumbs. I have been diagnosed for all.

I am 22 years old, I was going to the gym 6 days a week and training as an amateur body builder and was looking to go professional this year.

I have stopped training completely and I just do stretches and ice. I feel the achy pain also in my lower back and in my ankles but I cant locate it by massaging it.

Why is this happening and is this a going to stay forever?

Thank you Joshua,



Joshua Comments:

Hi Rhys.

I'd go get your Vit D level checked.

Some of the possible symptoms of Vit D insufficiency/deficiency is various muscle pain/tendonitis symptoms/spots of pain you can't actually find/identify.

I advise you to go get it checked, because if it's low enough to cause you such pain and problem, doing other self care activities aren't going to get your the results you want...(so don't waste time doing them and I won't waste time explaining them to you).

Point being, let's rule out Vit D one way or the other as our first step.

As far as your last question, if it's happening because of low Vit D then it's never going to go away until you take care of the low Vit D.

May 08, 2018
My primary doctor
by: Cathy G

When I went to see my primary doctor 2 years ago...
she said my vit D was so low. She prescribed 50,000 mg for once a week but then changed her mind.

She told me to get it on the counter in any store. I asked how much btu ... she said about 2,000.

I have been taking 2,000 btu vit d since then.
I'm getting worst. I have arthritis in my both hips and a stiff neck and stiffness all over my body. My wrists and my fingers swelled in mornings and my knees ached. I'm 56 and I unhappy with my primary doctor. She won't help me with my pains and she doesn't seem to help me at all. I feel helpless.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Cathy.

1. What is your Vit D level now? If you don't know, you should find out. Depending on how low you were, 2,000i.u.'s per day is very likely not enough to bring your levels up at all, much less anytime soon.

2. "She won't help me with my pains and she doesn't seem to help me at all."

In your doctor's defense, it's a safe bet that she has no clue about how to help you with your pains etc. Which isn't really a defense, but it's not like she knows how to help you but is refusing to do so.

She hasn't retested you to see what your Vit D levels are now? Yeah......(sad face).

And prescription Vit D is Vit D2, which raises levels but confers little to no benefits...so ultimately it's a good thing she didn't have you do that.

3. The arthritis symptoms etc is likely partly due to chronic low Vit D, but Magnesium is a huge player.

See: Joint Pain And Magnesium


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