Wrist/Arm/Shoulder Tendonitis and Pain for 3 years so far

I have been on your site after searching for answers for months and I feel like I finally have hope.

I used to hate using ice and it's funny that now the pain is so strong I am using ice and biofreeze all the time.

I have been in pain for almost 3 years. It started out with picking up a stack of laundry and I must've bent my wrist back too far and felt this pain shoot up my arm that was very intense and lasted a long time.

To try and summarize the past 2 1/2 years, I've had cortizone shots, the 5-day steroid packs (several times), several types of nsaids, pain medications, wrist splints, physical therapy and even surgery.

It started out with just wrist pain and after doing all of the above and still with no relief, then I had surgery.

The Doctor said I had a TFCC tear and so I had debridement surgery last October. The pain actually went away for a couple of months. Now it is back and stronger than before.

I have a third or fourth follow up with the hand surgeon. My arm and wrist has become so painful and weak I can't even do housework, lift things, type for long periods.

My job is working on a computer all day so by the time I leave I am miserable. I feel like all I do is complain but nobody really understands how awful this pain really is.

Everything I do is painful, from washing my hair, to folding laundry, to typing and there is so much that I can't do. But I think I have tendonitis in my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. I have tender points in all three.

I also have neck pain and have bulging and herniated disks from an accident a few years ago.

When the pain is really bad it hurts from my wrist to my shoulder up around my neck and back.

So I will try the ice dipping and see how that works. And also changing my keyboard and mouse positioning.

Do you think this is tendonitis? Do you have any other suggestions on getting rid of the pain?

Thank you.


Joshua Answers:

Hi there.

Is your TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injuries ) on the pinkie side of your wrist?

I think I have a minor one of those happening. Which makes sense, as out
of the blue this month there's been several people that have written in with TFCC injury, and it's the first time I've seen it on the site since I started almost three years ago.

Anyhoo....yes, it does sound like you are experiencing Tendonitis. Among other things.

Essentially, think about your Tendonitis as

A. Increasing Muscle Tightness and
B. Increasing Connective Tissue Tightness and
C. Increasing Process of Inflammation and
D. Other negative factors that cascade with those.

I don't know whether your TFCC is causing your Wrist Tendonitis dynamic or vice versa. It's kind of irrelevant as you need to deal with both.

As you've likely noticed, Rest and Corticosteroid Injections and Wrist splints and braces, etc, aren't much help. They're not the RIGHT tools.

You're on the right track with learning How To Reduce Inflammation. You're going to need to get more specific with that.

I suggest you get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. It will talk about the nutrition you need (For instance, Magnesium for Tendonitis) and some specific activities you can use on your wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder, etc.

You have a lot going on, clearly. First let's reduce pain levels, then start looking to fix the source of the problem.

For your bulging discs etc, I'm working on page where I'll have a referral for you. I'll add a comment on this thread when it's ready.

Having said that, I highly recommend this book. It's one of the two books that got me off two months of being on the floor in two days. Included a picture for reference.

You might be surprised what can happen for you neck with that. Which will beneficially affect your shoulders and arms etc.


1. Did you do anything specific that caused the TFCC?

2. What self care had you been doing/are you doing?

3. History of car accident, other neck trauma, arm trauma?

4. Anything else to make a more clear picture of what's going on?

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Jan 10, 2017
TFCC pain up arm and hearing loss
by: TFCC

I was out at a baby shower 2 years ago I reached out to get a pen and I had a sharp pain down the right side of my hand wrist the pain was so bad I was unable to drive the car, when I went to the doctors he said I had wrist sprain as X-ray showed nothing, this went on for months before he sent me to a hand specialist I was told after a MRI I had a tear in the tfcc had to see another hand specialist as he was not able to help.

Saw new doctor but by this time it was 9 months since first started at this stage I had pain in the elbow, shoulder, neck o more test so far the tfcc tear has been off the main concern for them keep sending me to more doctors and more test the pain has gotten that bad I'm unable to sleep, do house work any activity without pain.

So far tried a number of medication for pain, nerve blocks, physiotherpy nothing is helping, been back to doctor and told him that my hearing in the right ear is getting dull and has pain as well, went for hearing test showed I have hearing loss in that ear, my neck pain has made life hard turning my neck side to side or up and down is so painful the wrist and hand feels like a little man is sitting in there playing the drums ( bang bang ) my hand swells, feel hot, tight any movement tapping is painful.

They are saying that I have complex nerve syndrome, and just receiving physiotherpy for this but I keep saying that my wrist is in pain and that the TFCC tear has never been fully looked at.

Can the tear heal itself ? Or could it still be the main problem ?

Has anyone had the same symptoms?
1. TFCC tear
2. Pain from wrist , elbow , shoulder , neck and ear


Joshua Comments:


For the most part, a TFCC tear isn't going to heal itself. It's pretty much not going to heal, due to poor blood supply etc.

One can help it heal, but depending on how bad the tear is, it's not like stepping on a nail where it's just going to heal up good as new.

Can it cause increasing pain up the arm? Absolutely.

Hearing loss? I don't know, but if that's connected, it's due to lack of magnesium (pain/trauma/tight muscles/etc eat up magnesium, and all sorts of hearing issues are lack of magnesium related).

See Related: At Home Mom Tennis Player With Wrist Injury

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