What's Wrong With My Wrist?

I have very small wrists that have always been weak and have always made crunching and cracking noises when I move them. I get on and off again pain that is pretty unbearable and alternates between my left wrist and my right wrist.

My left wrist has been hurting nonstop for about 2-3 weeks now (which is typical). The wrist aches constantly, but gets sharp pains when my wrist is not at a perfectly straight position or when I touch it.

If it helps to know some background info: I am a 24 year-old female. This pain has existed off and on for around 15-20 years. I have TMJ in my jaw (diagnosed when I was about 15) and it feels similar to my wrists; it is the same type of pain that gets better and worse with use and weather changes. My grandmother also has very severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Joshua Answers:

Hello there. I need some more information, but just from what you've said so far, I suspect that a certain portion of your pain in nutritional deficiency in nature.

There may be something structural in your wrists that gives you a tendency for this, but with clues like the TMJ and such, possibly it a
Tendonitis....we'll see.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Included with that, I have a hunch that your Grandmother may provide a clue to.

So let's investigate.


1. How long has the wrist pain been going on? You said 2-3 weeks of pain is typical.

2. What do you do with your hands, job or activity wise?

3. Say more about your TMJ.

4. Say more about your wrists, and describe the pain and symptoms. What makes it worse, what makes it better.

5. How's your digestion?

6. How's your overall health? Food allergies?

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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Dec 11, 2009
PART 2 - Answers - What's Wrong With My Wrist?
by: Anonymous

Joshua, thanks for looking into my story.

1. I remember having wrist pain while taking piano lessons when I was in elementary school, so it's been a pain that comes and goes for several years.

2. I'm a teacher, so no real repetitive movement or strenuous activity.

3. I'm not sure how long I've had TMJ, but my dentist took tons of x-rays of it when he gave me braces when I was a freshman in high school. My jaw is misaligned and opens unevenly. It clicks and pops all the time and will get stuck open if I open my mouth to far. I have to stretch my mouth about every 5-10 minutes to pop it and keep it feeling comfortable. Some days aren't too painful, but other days my jaw just aches. Chewing gum can feel good for a little while, but things like chips and pretzels are painful to eat.

4. I haven't figured out anything that makes my wrists feel better. The pain just comes, stays a few weeks, then goes away. A lot of times my wrists, jaw, and feet will all ache right around the same time. Cold weather is awful. When they are aching, it hurts to move them or even touch them, although I will do little circles with my hands when I can. I dislocated a shoulder when I was little and when my wrists ache it almost feels like that...like they are misaligned or out of place. Moving my wrists makes them pop, but they never seem to pop back into place.

5. My digestion's fine. The past few years I've started getting slightly nauseous every once in a while. I never throw up or anything, it just makes me not want to eat anything. I've been blaming it on birth control pills. And no, I'm not pregnant. :P

6. No food allergies. I feel like I'm in great health. I'm a teacher, so I get just about every cold and flu bug that passes through but I bounce back. Sometimes I think I'm a hypochondriac because of these strange aches and pains that come and then go away, but otherwise I'm fine.

Dec 12, 2009
PART 3 - What's Wrong With My Wrist?
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Joshua Comments:

Hey, you're welcome.

You probably do have some physical soft tissue issues, but you DEFINITELY have some nutritional issues under that.

So let's deal with that first. If we don't, I suspect anything I usually suggest to deal with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis might help a little, but not much, and not for long.


1. Vitamin D deficiency can cause aches and pains locally and systemically. It is also a HUGE factor in overall health, immune system function and sickness fightning, and is deficiency is a factor in getting breast cancer.

Get your Vitamin D levels tested so you know your actual level. Then we can talk about how much to take to get your levels up.


2. I suspect you may be gluten intolerant to some degree. It could just be the Vit D, but were I you, I would invest/experiment with going TOTALLY off gluten for 2 months and see what happens.

I could say a lot more about this, but www.Easy-Immune-Health.com talks in depth about Vit D and Gluten Intolerance.

3. Also, I may have already mentioned it, but read through the Magnesium for Tendonitis page with your TMJ in mind, and make sure to click on the Magnesium Dosage link at the bottom of the page and read it to find out what kind and how much to take.

Let's start with the above three. Getting your Vit D levels up is fast and cheap, and that may very well be the key. Same can be said with Magnesium. Gluten intolerance can be slower and more insidious, but go off all gluten for two months, and if that's the problem, you'll be HAPPY you shifted your eating habits.

Let's get those covered, and go from there. We'll want to talk about your jaw here soon too.

Feb 05, 2010
same problem
by: Anonymous

I have alternating wrist pain. The pain just happens. I just wake up and the pain will be more of a ache and then progress to pain. When the pain is full on I cant even grip a pen.

It does not happen all the time. It just started back after 7 months with no issues.

I am having problems with digestion. I am scheduled for endoscopy and colonoscopy this month. The GI is thinking celiac disease. I have lost down to 110 from a normal of about 125. I have muscle pain. I have had to stop exercising because it takes my muscles up to a week to stop hurting after a simple 20 minute step.

My wrist pain has been on and off for about 10 years. Also I have discovered through years of dealing with this pain that tylonol does not help at all, advil will slightly ease the pain, but aleve will take the pain away.

Any suggestions?


Joshua Comments:

Hi there.

Your digestive/nutrient absorbtion issue can certainly be affecting the wrist pain.

For the wrists, start Ice Dipping and let me know what happens.

For the Celiac or Gluten Intolerance...stop eating all gluten. NO GLUTEN for two months. None at all. Not even a little bit.

If you do have Celiac disease, which is really bad gluten intolerance, basically, then you HAVE to stop eating gluten.

Gluten intolerance causes Leaky Gut. Bad leaky gut steals your nutrition and sets you up for a whole host of problems.

My Kerri deals with what you are describing all the time, so I'm a bit familiar with it.

More questions, more answers.

Mar 03, 2013
hi Joshua, I have a similar wrist problem
by: Anonymous

hello Joshua,
i have a similar problem and i was hoping you could give me some answers. i was dealing with wrist pain for couple of years now, and im 19, soon to be 20.

usually i feel pain in my right wrist but it can happen it the left one too, although not so often. i used to play tennis for 8 years, and im also tall and i grew too fast and some doctors have told me in the past that i get wrist pain because of my fast growth, since my bones grew quicker than muscles could, so my muscles arent covering my wrists properly since theyre shorter.

i havent been playing tennis for a while but i still get wrist pain whenever the weather changes. i thought that in time itll go away, especially since ive stopped playing, but its only getting worse and more unbearable.

i wasnt very worried before but now ive been reading about arthritis a lot and it started to scare me. i want to know if i have bigger chances of developing arthritis in future because of this condition, and also what is the best way to reduce pain.

it usually last for a few days, sometimes more sometimes less. also, i have never broken and bones or had any severe injuries like that, but any strains are possible due to my tennis career as a teenager.

please answer, thank you.


Joshua Comments:

I wouldn't worry so much about growing pains. Growing pains don't cause arthritis down the line.

Read this whole thread, and read the Magnesium For Tendonitis page. That's a big one for you.

Also, learn How To Reduce Inflammation, do that plus magnesium for a week, and let me know how your wrists feel.

Aug 24, 2014
Wrist Pain after broken wrist, now joint pain and stiffness and swollen feen
by: Anonymous

My wrist is very painful all the time. I've broken my wrist before. But it feels like it's rebreaking my middle finger feels funny and so does my thumb.

It's a throbbing pain that isn't going away especially if I bed the wrong way. When I hold thin go in that hand it feels like I may drop then and weak unstable feeling.

I'm pretty sure I have arthritis because my knees and hips now wrist kill me some days. My feet feel swollen in the morning and my hands stiff my fingers are no longer straight either.

I do not drink milk so maybe calcium problems I don't know. I'm only 22 and my mother has arthritis the kind that can give you psoriasis.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Nutritional insufficiency and inflammatory syndrome.

Meaning, you need to get off ALL gluten and grains (for at least 6 months). Stop all vegetable cooking oils. Cut out most or all processed foods. Including sugar.

You need to eat good fats, like avocado and organic pastured sources of butter and eggs.

You need to see: Magnesium For Tendonitis

See: Best Tendon Supplements

See: Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency

Obviously the break isn't great and has caused tightness etc. But just from what you have said, you've got a bigger, systemic thing going on.

And it's mainly due to not enough good nutrition in and too much inflammatory foods causing problems.

Sep 25, 2014
what wrong with my wrist?
by: kim

I haven' had any injuries to my wrist but every morning I get this sharp pain in my wrist it's been going on now for the past 2 months it's only when I wake up in the morning I've been taking Advil an I still have pain what's wrong.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Kim.

See: Tendonitis

See: What Is Tendonitis

See: Pain Causing Dynamic

Nov 17, 2014
What's wrong with my wrist
by: WrongWrist

Hi I get pains in my wrist it's on and off all day and when I get into an episode of pain it can stay any time from 1-20 minutes it's been happening for about a year now and I don't know what to do.

I predict it could be an outcome of one of the two sports that I play that involve moving my wrist into different positions the sports are rock climbing and curling it doesn't get worse or better when it's colder or warmer the pain just stays the same.

Some times I will have good days and I won't have any pain at all but i will also have bad days every now and then and the pain can get horrible on those days.

Please help.


Joshua Comments:

Hi WrongWrist.

It sounds like you've gotten to the point where you realize it's just not going to go away on it's own.

Time to get to work.

I of course suggest that you get right to it with my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program.

Short of that, read through this thread, and follow the links to find out things like What Is Tendonitis?

How can Magnesium For Tendonitis play a role?


Just going from what you've told me, it sounds like you're heavily active with your hands. Rock climbing is very hand/wrist/forearm intensive. Some people can do that no problem. Some people need to figure out how to get and keep their bodys happy enough and strong enough to stay in the game (without pain).

More questions, more answers.

Nov 18, 2014
Why does my wrist hurt?
by: Wrongwrist

Thanks for the answers I just want to know if I actully do have wrist tendonitis for sure (sorry if I spelled that wrong)

I was also wondering if instead if wrist tendinitis if it was possible if I had something els I'm not sure what but I want to make sure wrist tendonitis is what I have.


Joshua Comments:

I don't know.

I can only go by what you told me. A tendonitis would be a safe bet.

Sure, you could have cycsts or lipomas in the wrist causing problems, or bone cancer, or a severe nutritional deficiency causing any number of problems leaving you with those symptoms. You'd have to see a doctor to rule those out.

Chances are, from your activities and description of symptoms, that what you have falls in the realm of tendonitis. Meaning, it's a soft tissue function issue, reversible if you reverse the factors that are working together to cause pain.

Sorry I can't give you a for sure answer.

And for the record, you spelled it perfectly. :)

Jun 24, 2015
Dentist's wrist
by: Maria

Hi there.

I feel mild to severe pain related to the medial side of my wrist & extending to the pinky finger in both hands (started at the right hand & few days later the lest began)
they never ache together (the right or the left).

Sometimes, my elbow also aches.

I went to a doctor who ordered a NCV test which result was perfectly normal.

So, is it related to my work style? can Tendonitis be the cause? or neuropathy? or something else?


Joshua comments:

Hi Maria.

Well, unless you suspect that you have any cause for neuropathy (which it does not sound like so far), then a tendonitis dynamic would be where I'd start looking.

Nutritional lack is a factor of the Pain Causing Dynamic. Pain switching from side to side is more an element of that...your body not being able to function as well as it should so you feel pain coming and going.

What's your vitamin D level?

Do you use laughing gas in the dental practice?

Answer those two questions, and read through this thread/follow the links for Pain Causing Dynamic and Magnesium For Tendonitis and What Is Tendonitis?

Jan 31, 2016
Same old same old
by: Anonymous

Alright so I'm a 16 year old girl who has very small wrist due to the fact I have never been able to grow muscle in my arms (idk why).

Any way I've been having the same problem but it had started 6 months at the least after I sprained it in soccer when I went to catch a ball and it brought my wrist to a non moving state, and I had a splint for a week and had done physical therapy for 3 months before my mom forgot to make another appointment.

I remember how it started hurting, my hand one day just grew huge and my vein which usually looks blue was really green and bulging out of my skin which has never happened, and then went away and it does that at least 3 times a day.

I went to the doctors and they said it was fractured and he gave me medicine and told me to take it 2 a day for 10 days (which I did) and a brace that he told me to wear 24/7 which I did and my wrist pain has gotten ten times worse, I'll wake up in the mornings and my middle figure will be purple around the knuckle and so will my thumb and then the purple will go away when I move it and it makes a really loud poping noise, idk what's wrong and I'd really like to know.

Please help.


Hi Anonymous.

SO....you caught a ball wrong...and that's when it fractured?

Did the doctor take an xray? How does s/he know that there's a fracture?

Where exactly is the fracture?

Did I read that right? Your finger(s)/hand/thumb get bruised looking/purple, then you move there's a pop and the coloration returns to normal?

Please describe that in more specific detail.

Jan 31, 2016
Same old same old part 2
by: Anonymous

Sorry my explanation isn't that great, but my finger would turn purple and when I forcefully move them with my other had they would pop and go back to their normal color.


Joshua Comments:

Yeah....that's not good.

I'm presuming that means that your blood supply is getting cut off until you move the structure that is compressing it.

You have to forcefully move the structures with your other hand?

I'd really need more details to get a clear picture. At first glance, this sounds not great.

Please answer the questions in my last response.

Jul 13, 2017
My wrist pain is effecting my life.
by: Anonymous

Hi, ive been having the same issues as the ones described above. I have a sharp pain on the top middle of my wrist, whenever i move it up and down. It just comes out of no where, and lasts for about a week of non stop pain in my wrist. Then it goes away on a random day almost completely. Ive gone to the doctor for this but he didnt give me a ton of information on it.

I do alot of things that could cause symptoms like this. Ive played guitar for about 6 years now. (Im 15 years old). I play baseball, basketball, and used to play football. However, im very healthy and in shape. My eating habits are normal. Nothing out of the ordinary. Ive been having these symtoms off and on for a about 3 years now.

Not sure whats going on, but its affecting my guitar playing, sports and such. It really sucks because i play thrash metal music, and my wrist stops me from playing the fast music. Also have to sit out whenever the symptoms occur.

I would really like an answer on whats up with my wrist. Any feedback would help.



Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonythrash.

1. What's your Vitamin D level? Don't know, go find out.

2. What happens when you ice dip 10+ times in a day?

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