Veteran Dog Groomer with Tennis Elbow Symptoms And Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms

by Rani
(Fort Myers , Fl)

I`m a dog groomer and have been for 38 years. So I DO repetative motions 5 days a week.

I have recently started loosening my grip with my left hand and the elbow pain is intense.

I have a high pain threshold but constant pain is a bit much. I am used to the pain in my right elbow but it isn't as intense. For about 15 or so years I have woke from a sound sleep with numbness sometimes in my thumbs, pointer and middle finger and up my arm, other times the numbness is in my ring and pinky finger and up my arm mostly my right arm sometimes my left ( I do most of my work with both hands fine work with my right hand only)

Brushing, Combing clipper work ,Scissoring ,ear plucking, nail clipping day in day out. I do NOT have medical insurance and don`t trust doctors as far as I could throw one.

I generally rub the muscle on my forearm for a while and it helps for a little while, an ice pack now and then and I throw in a little heat every once in a while, If the pain is strong I take naproxemsodium.

Does the recommended treatments work for my symptomolgy?

I recently got my motorcycle license and am afraid to loose control of my grip in either hand

Any info will help!!


Joshua Answers:

Hi Rani.

38 years. Wow. That's a career!

So..make sure you understand how Tendonitis and the Pain Causing Dynamic work.

Basically, slowly over time, connective tissue and muscles get tighter and tighter and this causes problems.

Right now for
you, things are so tight and so habitually tight, that the ecology of the area is...well....too tight.

This explains the pain, the weakness, and other symptoms.

Doctors would diagnose that numbness as an Ulnar Nerve Impingement and probably Carpal Tunnel Syndrome too.

You probably have more of a Tennis Elbow dynamic than a Wrist Tendonitis dynamic.

The reality is, though, it's all about the forearms. The forearm muscles connect to the elbow and the wrist. And when it's all tight, it steps on the hose of the nerve, cutting off flow.

And your forearms, front and back, are CONSTRICTED and pulling too much in every direction.

It's great that putting some ice on helps. That's a good sign.

Now it's just a matter of doing enough of the RIGHT things to REVERSE the progressive process that's been happening the last 38 years.

It's not rocket science, but it will take some diligence, time, and effort.

More questions, more answers.

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.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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Sep 14, 2012
Pain from dog grooming
by: Doozie

Hi I am also a dog groomer I have grooming now for aprox 18years I have very little grip left in my left hand and also have tennis elbow and pain in my right shoulder when unsung the clippers, if I have big big day with puddles and have a lot of scissor work my 3rd and 4th fingers on my right hand pain at night.

I have tried a hand held ultra sound machine and that did work for a while but am unsure what to do about my shoulder I would be grateful for any tips on how to manage the pain.

doozie from Australia


Joshua Comments:

The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works.

Alternately, my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook would serve you well.

I suggest the above because you're pretty far into it, and a tip or two just isn't going to cut it.

If you want to reverse your symptoms, you need self care firing on all cylinders and dealing with all the factors that need to get dealt with.

Your symptoms are reversible, it's just a matter of doing enough of the RIGHT things.

Rest, time off, etc, isn't going to fix the problem.

Surgery, IMHO, is overkill and just causes further insult and injury to an already unhappy ecology.

Mar 17, 2016
Started with joint pain, now tingling, numbness, decreased fine motor control
by: Louisa


Thank you for this forum! I have been suffering with achy hands and wrists for the last few months- worse on the right (right handed) .

At night when I'm sleeping, I wake up several times needing to reposition to resolve the hand/ lower arm tingling. I am now noticing that my hands feel a little swollen sometimes (can this occur with CTS?).

I am a veterinary surgeon, so I'm either using my hands to examine patients, in surgery, or typing. I have also had pain in my upper back at the level of my shoulder blade (drone the spine). Most mornings I wake up feeling tight and stiff in my back.

It tends to ease up during the day, but I often have a pain radiating down my arms from this location that improves with ibuprofen 800 mg.
today I was weeding the garden and I got a shooting pain in between my index and middle finger. My dexterity in surgery has decreased, and tying shoelaces is even an issue (seems to be mainly affecting thumb index and middle fingers).

I have been to my doctor three times now. He diagnosed me with very low vitamin D (8 micrograms I believe). He thinks that was causing the joint pain, and recently suggested CTS.

He didn't seem to think the back pain was related, and said it would have to be neck pain to be connected???

I am frustrated and plan to get a second opinion from a specialist this week-do you have any Dr suggestions in the DFW area? Or what type of specialist should I see?

Thanks you in advance! Louisa M.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Louisa.

A vitamin D level of 8 ng/ml????? That is scarey dangerously low.

Did the Dr. get your levels up? Did he prescribe Vit D2? (Vit D 2 raises levels but confers little benefit, so you want D3).

Let's start with that, that's priority one (and yes, can absolutely be responsible for some/all of your symptoms).

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