what can you do to get rid of chronic tendonitus.

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I have had Tendonitus in both achilles tendons since january of 1998. Now its november 2000, Ive taken aleve,ibuprofin,ive taken cortizone, had surgery to lengthen one of them, ive used night splints, walking boots, ive used just crutches to rest it, ive iced them about a million times, ive stretched on my own ive seen therapists. X-rays twice, show nothing, no spurs. An MRI showed no damage.Now i'm attepting to just excercise and work them. Which is how i got the tendonitus in the first place, playing football and lifting weights. If anybody on this planet has had this or know anything that can really help, please let me know.

-- Anonymous, November 10, 2000


yoga ? the stretching can't hurt, only help. Maybe you can go to a well known yoga institute...i don;t know specifically about achilles tendons, but do know other cases where someone resorted to yoga after trying maany other solutions, and it worked.

-- Anonymous, December 08, 2000

Did the physical therapy you had include cross-fiber friction? I haven't had problems with my achilles tendons, but that has really helped me with patellar tendonitis (although my case doesn't sound as severe as yours).

-- Anonymous, January 03, 2001

It sounds as if you've tried everything under the sun, friend but I didn't here you mention some eastern forms of treatment that have helped me battle my own struggle with tendonitus, namely, acupunture. this will relieve your pain and allow your body to heal. Yoga and other forms of stretching are also very useful, at least in my case it was.

-- Anonymous, January 04, 2001

i have also had achilles tendonitus for about the past yr and 1/2. it, i am sure is from my dancing. i have been dancing for the past 13 yrs now, since i was 2 1/2. i ahve been to countless doctors, physical therapy sesions, gottsn xrays which have showed nothing, and even given up dancing for awhile, which all made me depressed and didnt help with anything. i am in the same position as u. i have dont everything i can and the doctor said there was nothing that i can do. sucks doesnt it? so im sorry for both your sake and mine. best wishes

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2001

I am in the same position as you. There is probably nothing that I can offer you but reassurence. I have been to countless doctors, two x-rays, and MRI. and a bone scan. It has hurt for the past 2 and a 1\2 years.The only thing they have given me is exercises. I ice it and heat it. Resting doesn't help just makes it more sore. Just keep on hoping. It helps to know that there is someone else out there.

-- Anonymous, January 18, 2001

I've been using ADVIL fairly regularly and have been soaking it every night(jacuzzi tub)..after exercising(basketball/cycling)I try to ice it up...it continually hurts,but the hurt gets duller..the more I take care of it after excercising,the better it responds...I'm hoping the pain will go away as weather gets warmer....I think stopping excercising is the worst thing you can do...keep stretching/excercising and the therapy..eventually(I'm hoping)the pain will go away..........I'm even thinking of electrical low voltage shocking of the area(big time athletes use some sort of electrical stimulation)..anybody come up with something better,sure would like to hear it...

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2001

You know what I think about tendonitis in some cases, I think the doctors don't really know what it is. I bet it isn't even tendonitis. Doctors are just so trigger happy to diagnose things as tendonitis before they actually discover its a popped vein that needs repaired. Or maybe even nerve damge which has caused uneccesary waste within the location of the so called tendonitis area. It probably just needs surgically opened and then sucked out like lipsosuction. I'm going to do it myself if the damn doctors don't figure out a better way to do something about this for the thousands of dollars I have paid them. That's what I think, because I have the same damn problem (in my arm though) and I'm ready to shoot (sarcastic of course) my doctor (orthopedic surgeon sports specialist) because nothing I have tried has done a damn thing to get rid of it. Ever figure out something that worked? Yoga, accupuncture, and all the other stuff has not done a damn thing for me.


-- Anonymous, January 31, 2001

Here's what I've tried... Yoga, accupuncture, physical therapy for 4 months, mri's, xrays (basically the same thing just not all the way around), orthopedic surgeons, stretching, more exercise, mental training, hypnosis, drugs, and even ultrasound all the time. Only thing I haven't tried is surgery, but am willing to.

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2001

I have had the pains for 1 year and 1/2, the doctor has just diagnosed me with tendonitis and refered me to physio therapy! Of course he has prescribed ibuprofen, which I am personally finding quite a large releif but I can feel the tablets where off! I am now quite sad to hear that most of you have had what I am being told to go and have! with no success. Lots have people (except the doctor) including gym instructors and trainers seem to recommend cutting back on excercise but I think that is completely stupid and naive, Yoga sounds interesting, my wife goes weekly and thinks it could be good, so maybe thats the only cure at present, welcome to the 21st Century.

-- Anonymous, January 31, 2001

I also have tendonitus. I have been diagnosed with patella tendonitus. I seem to have problems with tendons all over my body. Any repetition wether it is my knee, elbow, wrist, or feet, seem to flare up the tendon involved. I have also tried ultra sound, ibuprofin etc for mine and I find it mildly helps. The key I find is to rest my knee only when it is really painful, and then as soon as I can bare it, start excersizing again. When I don''t excersize, it tightens up, and gets worse. I did a lot of sports when I was younger, and then went for about 5-6 years after high school when I was very inactive in comparison. I am now very active again physically and I find I injur myself quite a bit (in terms of tendonitus). Did the break in physical excersize contribute? I also find it very strange that someone I know who is not very athletic, and never really has been, does not suffer from any tendon problems. Is it genetic? Is tendonitus something that is just localized from repetition, or is it really something in your body (some sort of disease??) that makes all joints more prone to tendonitus??? Or is it from all the years of sports that have weakened my joints and tendons? Who knows, maybe they will find a cure someday! I agree with the one comment, I don't think doctors really know what it is. They are all making a fortune diagnosing tendonitus, and telling people what to do for it. I would love to see some statistics that verify success rates from treatment (non-reacurring). (sorry for the spelling..eeesh).

-- Anonymous, February 15, 2001

ive had tendonitus in the left shoulder for years, its now started in the right shoulder. its very painful to touch. ive tried brufen - physio - ultra sound - acupunture. its hard to believe in this age that no one seem to know what treatment to prescribe. help anyone. eric

-- Anonymous, February 15, 2001

at times my right lower calf muscles gets sore, im a college cyclist at ohio univ and train some 100 miles a week, during a workout i never notice any real pain or soreness, just sometimes after, winter is tough enough to muddle thru being cooped up and its too cold to get out and stay limber. a hot bath soaking seems to help..that increases blood flow to the area and boosts white cell counts as well..because of my strict religious beliefs i do not use any medical drugs nor go to any 'modern doctors'..at any rate a kitchen rolling pin used to roll out donut dough can be used to gently straigten leg muscles and workout any cramps, this also kneads out the body toxins in the muscle s, im not by any means a 'health nut' by eating mainly a high carbo for sustained energy and high sugar diet, however i do not drink alcohol or smoke cancer stix, which of course is smart. i have to requalify for a USAF 2 mile run this June. i hate running its heLL on the knee joints and ankles. Cycling on the open highway (pedal power) agrees with me because no body weight is put on the lower part of your body, i have logged over 25,000 safe miles in the past 5 years !! just be sure to buy a orthopedic bike seat, such can be found at heartlandamerica.com


-- Anonymous, February 21, 2001

Don't have any answers myself but I've also been suffering from tendonitus of the elbows since July 2000.It's now April 2001 and I've been physical therapied to death.I've tried various anti- imflammatories perscription & otherwise.I've just recieved another series of cortizone shots but must admit I'm only feeling slight relief.My next course of action is surgery only because I'm at wits end and just can't deal with the pain anymore.If this route should prove successful,believe me I'll get this Info out ASAP.

-- Anonymous, April 12, 2001

I have had tendonitus in my elbow for what seems to be forever, but in reality only a few months. I have had two corizone shots, tried Celebrex and Naproxen. I have also had three weeks of physical therapy which has included ultra sound therapy. As of now, nothing has worked. I am meeting with my doctor today to discuss surgury. I hope this works.

-- Anonymous, May 16, 2001


-- Anonymous, May 22, 2001

I have severe pain in my hand from "tendonitis". I went to a hand orthopedic surgeon. He told me to try accupuncture. You would think that an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in the hand would be able to offer more treatment options than what he gave me. I think it comes down to money. The doctors don't talk to you about what your problem really is so that they don't have to prescribe expensive tests like MRI, and nerve conduction tests...And that way they keep favorable ratings with insurance companies. I don't know..Except that I am in pain and that my Dr. that specializes in what my problem is did NOTHING to help me.

-- Anonymous, June 09, 2001

Subject: what can you do to get rid of chronic tendonitus. I used to work out regularly doing a navy seals exercises outside. I really enjoyed this and when I noticed some pain I attempted to work through it, and often did. However by trying to work past it for a long period of time I have tendonitus in my shoulders and elbows. My friend the chiropractor has me freezing water in dixie cups and massaging the areas with ice directly. I am trying to limit my activity but it is hard! I hope to have him isolate what tendons are injured and put together some sort of plan of recovery.

-- Anonymous, June 15, 2001

I've had tendonitis in both wrists for years from softball & computer work, in the tendons that move my thumbs....you don't realize how much you use your thumb until it hurts every time you move it. I too have done the ice/PT/splint/anti-inflamatory/cortisone thing.....I haven't tried accupuncture, but I may, since I'm not interested in surgery. For what it's worth, I just pulled out this book I bought years ago when I first had symptoms: Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Healing, (c)1996, ISBN 0-7615-0669-1. Under carpal tunnel syndrome on pg. 186, he talks about research that linked carpal tunnel (my understanding is that tendonitis is a similar condition) to vitamin B6 deficiency, and that increased rate of CTS cases parallels the increase in vitamin B6 "antagonitists" in our diet. "Antagonists" include (among other things) FD&C Yellow #5, oral contraceptives & excessive protien intake. He also lists the drugs isoniazid, hydralazine, dopamine & penicillamine. He recommends "Therefore, avoid foods containing yellow dyes. Limit protien consumption to 50mg per day. And take a total of 150mg of vitamin B6 daily" with as long as 3 months to show improvement. I never did do it, but for what it's worth........let me know if you decide to try it & get anything out of it. Jen

-- Anonymous, June 21, 2001

Playing the drums for many years has given me chronic tendonitus in both of my wrists. The only thing that has ever helped is ibuprofin, but ibuprofin is TERRIBLE for one's stomach, so I usually just go around in pain. A strange thing sometimes happens, though. If I accidentally jar my wrist, forcing it to extend past its very limited threshold of movement, the pain will go away! Has anyone else experienced this?

-- Anonymous, June 25, 2001

I hadn't realized that so many people suffer from chronic tendonitus. It sucks that there are no answers, but it makes me feel better that I'm not alone in this. I've been in pain for 2 years. I spend most of my day on a keyboard which started the problem. I've tried almost everything. I've been to too many doctors already and am going to try a new one that specializes in hand surgery and orthopedic surgery. I'm sure he'll just tell me like everyone else that he can do nothing to relieve the pain. I've tried naproxen, vioxx, and relafin. They seem to work for a couple of weeks then I need to try something else. I've iced, heated, stretched, had cortizone treatments with electricity as well as the shots. The shot did nothing at all and my hands seemed worse after I had the shot. I've had an EMG which I don't recommend unless absolutely necessary. Needles and electrocution are not fun. I've been to a physical therapist which helped to reduce the pain for a while. When it became unbearable again I saw an occupational therapist which was pointless. My current hand specialist hasn't been able to help me so he is sending me to another one. It's been suggested that I try accupuncture but after reading the lack of results I may not. Doctors do not have a clue how to treat this, but I have so much pain all the time I have to keep trying. It hurts to hold books, drive cars, carry anything, open doors..etc. You name it, it hurts. I lift 4lb weights various ways, and a squeeze putty in my hands otherwise I wouldn't be able to hold a pen. The weights are the only thing that seem to help.

Hopefully someone someday will find an answer and spread the word. Good luck to everone. I know I could find another job but I like my job so it's not that easy.

-- Anonymous, June 25, 2001

I have had tendonitus in my right elbow for 7 years.I have been thru 4 orthopedic surgeons,a chiropracter and two physical therapists.Name the drug and I've probably used it,at least all the ones named by previous postings.X-rays show nothing,but you know that too.I've damaged my skin with a million ice packs but still use them.I'm not sure there is any cure,even surgery.As a musician tendonitus has been a plague to me,but all that is left is to get on with life and live with it.I consider most therapy a waste,at least for me.

-- Anonymous, July 19, 2001

I don't have an answer but I have be recently diagnossed with tendonitus in my right ankle. I have been give antibiotics and have been told to elevate it. I would like anyone who has any tips or suggestions to help me through this to E-mail me. I don't know if I can help this from becoming a long term thing or not. I am going to try my best though. Any help or suggestions is appreciated. Thanks, Keri

-- Anonymous, August 07, 2001

I Had patella tendonitus recently but found a way to cure it. Many doctors say that one should stop exercising when the tendons are inflamed. I say this is fals, the best way to get better is through phsycal therapy. Alot of the causes of pattela tendonitus is powerlifting. if ths is the case then you have been lifting incorectly. By doing full leg squates ( olympic squates) with a light weight correctly you will find that the tenon pain will drasticaly deacrease. One should also incorparate a lunging exercdise were the knee is directly over the big toe. You should also include a vigorus streching routine were you strech the quadricept tendons and hamstring tendons. By streching these you take tension off the knee. Also, use a direct strech to the patella tendon by straighting the legs and pushig the feet as far back as possible. You can do this agains a wall or on the ground even in the air. You must relize that these strches must be done every day, even when swollen. when swollen use ice. Otherwise consult a good physical therapist ( I would go to colledge sports therapists because they have experience with these types of problems with athletes.)

-- Anonymous, August 11, 2001

I've just been diagnosed with Tendonitus in my right shoulder. The doctor prescribed Lodine, which has done absolutely nothing to relieve the pain. My doctor said if the Lodine doesn't work then he'll refer me to an orthopedic surgeon for shots. I've been told that by others that it probably won't help. I've tried Aleve, Motrin, Naproxen with no relief. It's very painful at night because my should gets stiff and I can't raise it in the morning until I've put in under hot water in the shower. I haven't tried ice because it hurts so much when I'm in air conditioning, I can't bear the thought of ice on it.

-- Anonymous, August 13, 2001

legitmate suicide. Permanent relief, but unsure of your zipcode

-- Anonymous, August 17, 2001

just came from my orthopedic for my MRI follow up. since no tears were found in my shoulder he didn't recommend surgery for the tendonitus. he gave me a prescription for a new drug called VIOXX. he said some HMO's won't pay for it so you might have to check on that if you are under that type of health plan but maybe it's an alternative for some. good luck!

-- Anonymous, August 21, 2001

I have some swelling and pain in my left shoulder. It sounds not as bad as what everybody else is describing just a dull continuos pain. Sometimes when i lift things it hurts pretty good. This has been going on for about six months or so. Well anyway the doctor took some x-rays then prescribed Vioxx. I know it is a fairly new drug and i hope it works. I'm a little weary about this if anybody knows more about this drug or has any info that may help my situation please feel free to e-mail me.

-- Anonymous, August 25, 2001

Sorry to hear abot your tendonitus, have you been to a naturapathic doctor ? contrary to popular belief, they are not"alternative" there knowledge is usually much better than an allopathic(medical doctor) and your tendonitus maybe derived from an underlying cause. I'm going to seek advice from one. I am a 23 year old ex-dancer who has had to give up due to chronic pain in my ankles, having had 5 surgeries and just about every kind of treatment I am at my wits end !I have been diagnosed with a subluxtion,posterior impingement syndrome, and had surgery which has not worked, I have ugly scars all over my feet and no relief ! I am convinced that I have achilles tendonitus, but the doctors just can't seem to work it out, if any one can help, please let me know !

-- Anonymous, August 26, 2001

i got into this site hoping for answers to my tendonitus of the achilles tendon but am amazed at the the amount of people suffering with this problem and there seems to be no cure i have been diagnosed with tendonitus for 12 months and i am in pain constantly i walk like a man of 75 years old there must be something out there that can help excercise for me is painful so is not an option i have tried just about every anti inflamatory there is with no relief, where do we go from here.

-- Anonymous, August 31, 2001

I have read almost everyone's problem with some sort iof tendonitis, and I was suprised that there are so many people that are suffering. I was told that I had severe tendonitis around my rotator cuff in june 2001, and I am still in therapy. they have tried everything under the sun. I have gotten the IFC machine, the tens unit, ultrasound, range of motion exercises, accupuncture with a current, cortizone injected with a machine, cortizone injected by an orthopedic surgeon, contrasts between hot and cold packs and given home exercises to do, and I am still sore and stiff in the mornings. It really sucks. The only thing that I found to give me relief was the cortizone shot from the orthopedic surgeon. I do thank all that my physiotherapist has done for me becuase when I first went there I could only raise my arm 85 degrees, and now it is almost at 170. besides when you leave therapy after getting 1/2 an hour if ice treatments it is so frozen that it feels good!! I would say to try cortizone shots if you have not already and try accupuncture with a current. I wish you all luck, and hope that I have been of some help.

-- Anonymous, September 04, 2001

I have tendonitus in both of my feet. I have just been diognosed. I can barely walk in the mornings, until I loosen up. I'm fine for a few hours at work and then its downhill from there. When i get home I am in pain. The next morning comes and I am walking like a 90 year old man. I have worked for UPS for 16 years and believe that the walking, carrying packages and daily abuse of my body and feet has taken a toll on me. Any suggestions? Should I change careers? I've tried stretching excercises, ice,aspirin,special shoes etc.. No luck

-- Anonymous, September 04, 2001

i had tendonitis in my right elbow for 3 months from constantly pitching. the pain was so intense that i couldnt think of throwing a ball anymore. but i started taking ib profen and while i was on this drug i went through the motion that made it get this way in the first place, but i did it really slow. then i just kept doing it and doing it which enabled me to start doing it faster. then i started the process all over again except this time i wasnt using ib profen. then the pain eventually went away. i am now throwing like my old self again. my exercises took a month

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2001

Well, like everyone else I came to this site looking for an answer and now am discouraged. I have tendonitus in my left shoulder. I've had it for several years but only in the last few months has it gotten so bad it even keeps me awake at night. I was researching a supplement (glucosomine). I was actually researching it for my mom's arthritus, but I noticed that some of the products advertise it as being helpful for tendonitus. I also have nerve damage in my lower back. I think I will try it. Can't hurt. Has anyone heard of it helping with tendonitus? Kathy

-- Anonymous, September 16, 2001

It's true. We have the same useless advice in England regarding achilles tendonitus. Reading the replies above was spooky. I could have sent several of them myself. Please COUNT ME IN when the answer arrives!!!!!!!!

-- Anonymous, October 02, 2001

This site is depressing reviewing all the input. I have found that taking glucosamine and MSM has gotten rid of the joint pain but I still get tendonitus in my elboes and wrists anytime I try to do any significant workout. I was on Accutane years ago for acne and it dried out my joints I was told. If anyone has an answer to heal tendonitus(probably by somehow stimulating the body to lubricate the tendons as in youth) I really need to know. I am not interested in drugs which only mask the symptoms.

-- Anonymous, October 04, 2001

I'm sorry this topic has turned out to be such a bummer! I can share my own happy story, though.

I developed tendonitis in my right knee when I first became a serious runner. I first hoped it would remedy itself with rest, but after several months of no running at all, it was no better. I finally went to the doctor's and she diagnosed it and told me to take 2400 mg of ibuprofen daily and alternate ice and heat on it 4-6 times a day, and I got better within a month. Apparently the ice and ibuprofen decrease the swelling, which enables the tissue to heal. I'm sure this wouldn't work for everyone, but it's not hopeless, either.

-- Anonymous, October 04, 2001

It seems to me that you have had a lot of answers. I was just recently diagnosed with tendonitis in my wrist from being a massage therapist. It seems like you have tried many many things, my advice to you is to pray and to see a Massage therapist (preferably a sports therapist: since this sounds like an old sports injury.) I noticed that someone else recommended cross-fiber friction. An excellent suggestion! I wish you the best of luck in everything. Best wishes!!

-- Anonymous, October 09, 2001

My 2c ... I ruptured an achilles 10 years ago and have had constant problems since in both achilles ... stabbing pain, stiffness in the morning, chronic soreness. No useful advice from any medic except one exersize:-

Stand with the front part of your feet on the edge of a step (or raised object) and slowly lower your heels below the step level until your calves and tendons are fully stretched. Then raise yourself up (again slowly) until you're almost standing on tip-toes. Repeat as many times as you can before bed and early in the morning ... I've worked up to 100 repeats.

Secondly ... cycling and lots of it !! Off-road and road. The good news is (for me) that my bloody tendons FORCE me to cycle and exercize constantly in order to remain relatively pain free. Regular cycling and the step exercizes mean that I can play tennis and run ... before this regime I could not.

Now I'm planning to enter a mountain bike race across Costa Rica next month!

Hope this helps a bit.

-- Anonymous, October 11, 2001

I am 20 years old and have had pain in my right wrist since I broke my arm 10 years ago. The doctor finally told me it was tendonitus and prescribed my Diclofenac. If taken regularly it gets rid of the pain and allows for full movement of the joint again. I recommend talking to your doctor about this to see if he think it would help in your situation.

-- Anonymous, October 18, 2001

I've had severe pain in my hands from guitar playing. Ibuprofen worked for a few days untill i was taking loads of the things to get any effect. I havent played seriousley for a few months, and everytime i try even light practice i'm left suffering for days. The docter was no help, but aloe vera straight from the plant has a soothing effect but can soften your hands. Be careful if you rely on tough skin or it gets sore.When the miracle cure comes pleae pass it on!

-- Anonymous, November 12, 2001

My 16 yr old daughter is trying to do the Intenational Baccalaureate with tendonitis of the right wrist. She has been away from home for the first time so I have not been able to help directly. GPs (MD's for you in the USA) have just been messing about so this is what I'm going to do - will keep you all posted. I am a chiropractor so, when she comes home at Xmas I will treat her 2 times a week paying particular attention to the neck and shoulders where the nerves to the wrist and hands pass through. Her condidtion started while doing GCSE exams and has worsened while at college as she has no desk and is always having to work on her lap so further potentially damaging the neck and inducing subluxations. I am also going to investigate Bowen therapy and homoeopathy. Good luck to you all

-- Anonymous, November 24, 2001

I had a very similar problem, also for a very long time. Couldn't walk in the mornings when I got out of bed etc etc. Tried everything. Then a friend went on a course given by a physio that worked with footballers. He suggested that the shoes that you use for your favourite sport are the problem. To test this put them on without wearing socks. Take a koki pen and draw a line across the back of the tendon just above the shoe line. Then stand on your toes and do the same (the back of the shoe normally moves up the tendon as you do this). This should leave you with two black lines on the back of your leg crossing the tendon. If the major irritation in the tendon is between these lines its the shoes. Solution: take a knife and cut a v into the back of the shoe. I tried this and my problem that I'd have for more than two years dispeared in two weeks.

John Holton

-- Anonymous, November 29, 2001

I'm an extremely keen martial artist, and dancer. My life revolves around beeing able to train, Iv'e been plagued with various injuries over the last few years, the latest being patella tendonitus. I can sympathize so much with what people have been saying, after being fobbed of by doctors, Iv'e spent practically all my money on alternative therapies, however the injury is still there. Acupuncture dose seem to help for a couple of days, but for £30 ($50) a go, I cant afford it. As I cant train, I spent a lot of time in bars, feling sorry for myself, and getting into trouble. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if I depressed anyone, at least u have nicer weather over there!

-- Anonymous, December 02, 2001

When I was a little kid, my parents noticed that i walked on my toes more than anything. As I grew older, we saw a specialist who put me in casts for 2 and a half years, then I had these braces for about three years. i did physical therapy for a number of years and I never got over this pain in both my tendons when i touched my heels to the ground. In this time i started dancing which came very easy for me. I am not the dancing type, though and when seventh grade rolled around I got into basketball and had been playing it for two years with minor pain. In ninth grade, I jumped up on my toes of course and got a shove to the stomache and fractured my ankle. When we went to the doctor, he told me that his little lets wait and see if my weight brings my heels down idea didn't work and I had to have surgury on both tendons. Arrrrg, talk about a painful surgury. Anyways, after it was over i started to walk again and i was still having pain. This didn't go away until i stopped feeling sorry for myself and got my ass back on the basketball court, it was the competition and the pushing to be the best that got me over the pain. So don't feel sorry for yourself and know that some people have been dealing with it since they were three.

-- Anonymous, December 03, 2001

I'm 29 and I have tendonitus in both my wrists. It started in one hand and then spread to the other. I think it is partial do to all the time on spend on the computer. I am also a guitar player and like to work out with weights. I can not do these things as much. I usually feel better after resting my hands for several days. I've also found that Celebrex offers some relief. Stretching and using support braces also helps. I just received cotezone shots and am waiting to see if they help? No one has mentioned this yet, but I have been told the dry warm air of the south west has cured many people. Some have said it usually only takes a week to get relief. If I don't get better, I plan to take a trip and test this theory for myself. Stay positive, the powers of the mind have healed many. Depression and obsession can only make things worse. Any new ideas, please pass them along.

-- Anonymous, January 13, 2002

Please note, I'm not a doctor... My tendonitus (hand, wrist, forearm, shoulder, back, ankles, knee), is due to excessive activity and injury. I bowl a lot. I developed tendonitus in my hand and wrist after tearing the muscles and tendons in my right hand. The carpel tunnel is about the only tendon still healthy. I also have a friend with extreme back pain due to surgery, and nothing helps him (doctors probably cut the tendon). Anyway, here is what I do to relieve and help build up the tendons (and an explanation of what I've read causes tendonitus): Tendons are bundles of nerve type fibers bound together by a thin layer of membrane (known as a bundle). The tendon fibers move back and forth inside this tunnel, causing friction. Most people have natural type lubrication to facilitate the movement of tendons without pain. You lose this lubrication from age, injury, and sometimes poor diet. Once the damage is done, there IS NO CURE!!!! Only remedies to ease the suffering....but what works best? I personally have found that a combination of herbs and vitamins works really well. My dad distributes herbs from Pure Herbs Inc. The one's I use are called Big 5 (for external application) and several internal types. These herbs use several oils and alchohol to penetrate the skin and aid in the healing process. (without big5, I wouldn't be bowling today). I also consume an additional 600mg of Potassium (helps with water retention), along with a centrum tablet every day. Vitamin E would probably help since it's a natural lubricant and anti-oxidant. Why potassium? Potassium is good for cramping...normally due to lack of hydration in muscles....muscles connect to tendons....you draw the lines. Over-exercising the tendon, icing, and electro-therapy are BAD!!! Think about it, to relieve the pain, you want the tendon to NOT move. icing will cause muscles to constrict (pulling on the tendons), but will cause loss of feeling, because you freeze the nerve endings and they can't send pain signals to your head. electricity is worse in that it causes the muscles to repeatedly constrict...I tried H-wave on my knee since doctor thought it was the muscle...only made the situation and pain worse. The more you exercise a tendon, the more friction it causes....and more pain (that's why you see carpel patients with braces to restrict movement). So, my advice : balanced intake of vitamins and minerals (research which ones aid in healing, fluid retention, and nerve stuff), alter your exercise to remove the use of the affected tendon (I know, it's hard to accomplish, but it can be done). Massage the area (vitamin E tablets can be cut open and the oil used on the skin...even adds a nice warming effect too), and try magnets....they increase blood to the area (due to the iron in the blood being magnetically drawn to the magnet) which aids in the healing process... For me, I'm sticking with the herbs and praying the company doesn't go out of business :)

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2002

Good news

See my original query before Xmas concerning my 16 yr old daughter. (Happy Xmas and a pain free New Year to You all!) When she came home I first took her to see a Kinesiologist to clear emotional blocks and to re-educate the muscles which the tendons attach to. I then treated her myself twice a week using the McTimoney method of Chiropractic (very gentle). I also took her to a traditional Chinese acupuncturist. As I suspected there were subluxations in her neck (a Subluxation is a Chiropractic term for a bony misalignment too small to be called a dislocation). I knew I was on the right track when the adjustment I made over the 2nd thoracic vertebra (T3) reproduced the tendonitis pain). I would normally only treat someone chiropractically once a week but in her case I treated her twice a week for the 1st 2 weeks and then 1 treatment per week. When she went back to clollege the pain had gone and she is back wring essays again. Chiropractic however is not a magic fix - as a very old and respected guy in our proffession says - damage is an event but healing is a process. You may need several sessions. The Acupuncture helped to clear out energetic blocks, the two trherapies work very well together. Chiropractic clears the physical blocks to the nerves and Acupuncture works on an emotional and energetic level.

I think that tendonitis takes so long to clear because it becomes habit forming and fear of pain is a factor in limiting healing.

I have to admit that I was suprised at the speed and extent of healing over a month. I wish you all the very best. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me if you want.

Yours Dee Craven

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2002

I was diognosed with tendonitus in my wrist in april 2001 I went through therapy and finally had surgery in sept.2001 and I still have a lot of pain.Went to the dr. today(jan.14 2002) and was told I will just have to deal with the pain.I think that is bull he charged me $155.00 to tell me I have to deal with it.If I wanted to just deal with it I wouldn't have seem him to begain with.I am pissed,If anyone has a suggestion please let me know

-- Anonymous, January 14, 2002

Magnets Magnets Magnets, i am a very competitive rock climber, compeating all over the country, i developed a sharp pain in my left elbow, tried everthing, then i tried magnets, they fixed it, trust me, pro athleats all over the world have been useing magnets for years, they really work.

-- Anonymous, January 20, 2002

I have the answer to all your problems:


-- Anonymous, January 31, 2002

I've been dealing with a lot of tendon and muscle problems due to a poor diet and giving no time for recovery. I went to a place called Emmanuel Center for health (healthyselftoday.com) they are awesome. I've been getting trigger point injections to get rid of the scar tissue, Prolo injections have strengthened my tendons and Rolfing massage has broken the scar tissue and cleaned up the sore area and break up the fascia. They can help, they located in Atlanta, and their number is 770.641.6557. If any of you call let them know you herd my story. I tell you, I am a triathlete trying to get ready for Ironman Utah, Iíve been hurt since June and this has worked, I am so happy.

-- Anonymous, February 08, 2002

I am a serious track runner who is witnessing alot of pain guys. Freshman year in high school i worked hard and made it to state. I ran decent and got 5th in state for 400. I am mainly a sprinter and middle distance runner. Last year(sophmore year) I ran my first meet and got my first stressfracture(back in April 2001)in my navicular(foot)that was misdiagnosed and i continued to run on it for 5 months. It got so bad, it needed to be pinned up surgically. So now i have 2 pins and am going thru serous training for track season coming up. My bone is all healed up but i have serious pain on the top of my foot. I have just begun running and tried my first sprint the other day. I can't begin to say how terrible it hurt when i finished sprinting. So today my therapist said that it's severe tendonitus. I have been alternating icing and heating, take gluclosamin condroitin suppliments, calcium suppliments, Centrum perfomance, magnesium, and vitamins E, C and Bs. I still have the same nagging pain that has lasted since beginning January. Now that i know it's tendonitus, i don't know what to do for sure. I need the quickest way to get to running again before track season but i can't just rest cuz i need to get in shape. I don't want to miss another year cuz of this stupid foot. Please, i am desperate to be normal again!!!

-- Anonymous, February 12, 2002

OMG is this what I have to look forward too, no real answer live with it after all the different treatments, lovely, wish I had never worked on that job, BIG mistake, deb

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2002

While I was running track in high school I developed the same achilles problem. The drugs put me to sleep. I was fine as long as I was active but with rest the pain was there again with the slightest movement. As strangely as it appeared the problem went away and now at 42 I have never had pain there again. I have developed the problem in other areas such as the wrist, elbow and shoulders now that my work and play uses these areas more. It seems that the pain lasts for a few weeks and then goes away only to return when I injure it. I have learned exactly what motion causes it and where it will hurt. It is always a pulling or pushing motion under the stress of extra weight. Avoiding this motion is not always posssible but I have learned new ways of doing it which does not injur my tendons. Instead of pulling on a wrench with my arms, for instance, I make sure that I use my body weight and larger muscles of my upper back instead. Also make sure that your elbows are locked out straight before using your arms strenuously, don't leave them slightly bent. I have found no difference in the length of time it takes the pain to go away resting or doing my usual activity. Since it seems that some people are more susceptible to this than others there would be an argument that something is missing from our diet--I may try the herbal suggestions. I strongly suggest being inventive with new ways to do the task that bothers you and say what I say when I get out of bed in pain--"This sucks-- but it's not cancer."

-- Anonymous, March 13, 2002

To all that have un-explained chronic tendonitis/arthritic symptoms.

I went for a year and a half with pain in my knees, ankles, elbows and upteen different tests to cancel out one form or another of arthritis, ect. 15 different types of medication for the same elimination process. THEN, Lo and behold, I changed jobs. I looked back and realized that my pain disappeared. After 100"s of $$$$, I saw on TV a show depicting the discovery of what back in the early 90's was called Pseudo-Tendonitis. PRIMARY CAUSE: IMPROPER SLEEP FUNCTION.

During my bouts of pain I was working 12am-8am shifts. Getting enough sleep but NOT the proper type of sleep. SINCE MY CHANGE OF WORKING HOURS, ALL PAIN HAS DISAPPEARED, ONLY TO REAPPEAR IF MY SLEEP HABITS CHANGE DRASTICALLY FOR A FEW DAYS AT A TIME.

think about this. dan

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2002

I played football in college and that's when I got tendonitus on both patellar tendons. Now I'm a full time Strongman (like the ones you see you on ESPN) and my knees are still bothering me. they don't slow me up, or prevent me from doing anything, they just HURT. all the time! a constant aching, and when I go up stairs or squat down the pain is so sharp it nearly brings tears to my eyes. for the last 3 years I've iced 3 times a day, taken every supplement on the market, heat, therapy, seen 10 different proffesionals mostly sports specialists, I've had ulcers from the anti-inflamatories which I've been taking for years, and I'm at a total loss. NOTHING works. Leg extension with a light weight for 2 sets of 15 reps seem to ease the pain a little, but don't HEAL it. I've taken as long as 3 months off of ALL exercise (went on a 40 foot boat just to make sure!) and the pain went away totally. but within a week of returning to land the pain returned. it wasn't bad at first, but within a month it was starting to hurt worse, and after another month it was just as bad as before. I'm 6'4" and 285 pounds and VERY active, so I know that's why I have the problem, but I'm at a total loss as to what to do about it... very depressing.

I'm going to get some vit. B6 today as suggested by some one above, I haven't tried that yet, probably wont work, but I have to try!

god bless you all, Jesse

-- Anonymous, April 13, 2002

See Eccentric Exercise-Page # 5 under Achilles Tendonitis.Fantastic!!!

-- Anonymous, May 04, 2002

I'm a carpenter. After about 20 years of swinging a 32 ounce hammer and wielding a worm drive skill saw, the old forearms gave up the battle. Switching to a 20 ounce hammer and a motor-over style saw granted me another few years but the pain had really taken the joy out of using my creative talents. I tried many of the things I've just read in the above responses to no avail. The answer for me was to stop using the affected tendons altogether. After about 18 months I could raise a coffee cup and tip it into my lip without any pain however in a single afternoon of using a saw, I was right back where I started. Clearly, I ended up with an easy answer: retrain in a new career and stop using (and abusing) the injured area. I know this doesn't help but I feel sorry for you young, active folks who have so much desire to continue your sports and realize your dreams and full potential. The main thing is don't give up. New discoveries are made every day and the next one may be the one to give us all a little relief. At the moment I'm looking into "essential oils" and "chelated minerals". Meanwhile, let me know when you find the miracle.

-- Anonymous, May 18, 2002

hi, ive read some of the statements about tendonitus andmay have an answerthat might be helpful.i too suffer from cronic tendonitus,ive been rock climbing for years and have developed a pretty bad case of tendonitus myself.ive also done weight training inthe past too.the two things ive found that work are... a suplament called 'glucosamean sulfate' that can be bought at any GNC type store, and vitamin C .the glucosamean sulfate helps repair and strenthen the tendon and the vitamin C telps too repair the tendon also.ive also found that an exrta amount of time warming up is also very helpful too . i hope this info helps . let me know !

-- Anonymous, June 17, 2002

Hi, it saddens me that there are so many suffers out there. My mum has been diagnosed with tendonitis in the shoulder so I thought I would go looking on the web for the magic cure. I did stumble across this web site and wondered if anyone had tried it ? http://tendonitis-treatment.com/

-- Anonymous, June 26, 2002

BLUE STUFF or BLUE RELIEF may help with pain. It does me. It want cure, but it helps manage the pain. You may want to try. I order mine from Dr. Leonard's for 20 bucks.

-- Anonymous, July 03, 2002

Dear Peter,

I have this in my back and now the last six months i have it in my feet. i take anti inflamation while iam at work but at week ends i go without and hoble around first thing in the morning until it feels better. If i sit down, afterwards i cant stand up please, please i feel as if i'am 70 not 40 fit for the dustbin can anyone suggest anything other than jumping of a cliff

-- Anonymous, July 08, 2002

I developed Tendonitus in my bicep due to over training. I took 5 years off because of he pain. After about 6 months I noticed no pain at all, UNLESS I did repetitive fast motions. Throwing a baseball, fishing etc. I started lifting weights again about 3 months ago and noticed the pain returning. For me at least if I slow my motion down I don't feel the pain. It appears that slowing down helps stretch the tendons and fast motions stress them. I am also taking alpha lipoic acid. I am not sure if that helps at all; however, it can't hurt. Since doing the above I occasionally notice a small amount of pain, but nothing that is even bad enough to warrant pain medication. I guess the best advice would be to stretch the tendons slowly and avoid fast jerky motions. Try taking some antioxidants.

-- Anonymous, July 20, 2002

Here are some possible answers since most are just expressing frustrations (which is more than understandable) 1. Realize that most of you suffer from a tendinosus which is morphologically different from a tendonitis. 2. See if an Active Release practioner can help (activerelease.com) 3. The Gratson technique is highly effective also 4. Cross friction is basically the Gratson tech. w/out instruments 5. Ultrasound helps only in conjunction with the above 6. Forget anti-inflamatory injections if they havent worked after 2 shots. Usually when the condition becomes chronic, it has already progressed from a tendonitis to a tendinosus and the shots are just more pain to deal with. 7. Im not a doc so the above is only for you to research and determine benefit by yourself...Im just a simple PT that has done alot of homework.

-- Anonymous, July 24, 2002

Hi folks. It really is true...misery does love company. I am sorry to see so many people suffering with this and yet, I feel comforted at the same time that I am not alone. I have tendonitus in my shoulder (severe) and it flares up in and around my elbow, wrist, hip, knee and sometimes jaw. ONLY on the left side. Go figure. I am on Vioxx at the moment however I may quit that soon. I don't think the benefits outweigh the risk of side effects. I am getting so weary with the pain. ~K.

-- Anonymous, July 24, 2002

i no how u feel to im 14 years old and i had to miss my cup final because of it ive had it about 6 months now and im realy down not being able to play football . the physios say itll just take time and was about 5 months ago so if any one has any ideas and can help me play football again let me know!!!!

-- Anonymous, July 31, 2002

I fell down my porch stairs about four summers ago. I hyper extended my foot and my body weight came down on it! ouch! I wore the "Walking boot" and let it heal over a period of time. Nothing was broke. All was back to normal. Now, four years later, the areas on my foot that were injured previously, are now back in pain. It started just being sore to rub and later, over a month's time started swelling! I don't recall doing any thing to injur it again. However, I was more active around the house, started jogging off and on since January of this year,and one day last month, carried some furniture up some stairs (with some help ofcorse!) It doesn't hurt me to walk, it just hurts to rub or massage my foot. Then the swelling started to bother me. This just couldn't be normal! So I went to see the same orthapedic doctor I had went to orriginally. He squeezed on my leg and foot. (It was sore to touch down my lower shin and down into my foot and to my toes)! He told me I had tendonitus and gave me some anti-inflamatory pills. He said to take these for two weeks and if it wasn't any better to come in for an injection and a walking boot again. Well, Two weeks and 4 days is up! The soreness in the lower shin is pretty much gone, the ackle area is still slightly swolen, and it still hurts to rub the top of my foot especially near the toes. The intensity of the pain varies from day to day. I could say my foot is alot better, but not cured. It seams to swell daily. Is this no big deal? Should I get the shot and see what that does for me? Do I not since I am not experiencing pain when i am walking? Can I get back into jogging like I once was, or will make my small problem worse? I'm obviously undecided as to what to do. Is this it? I now have tendonitus for the rest of my life? And only to get worse if i do anything? I just don't get it! Did lifting that furniture do me in? What to do! Is the swelling no big deal, part of the fun, or something that needs more attention? Any ideas?

-- Anonymous, July 31, 2002

Sure wish someone had an answer. I am a 49 yr. old female who has had tendonitus in both heels for over five years. Just now being able to get help. I am now in physical therapy. Have been doing the stretches and all for nearly three weeks. Nothing seems to be helping. I can't walk anymore, not even a step without horrible pain. I have a twelve year old who I can't never do anything with. I have to live my life around pain. Hoping drs. won't put me through so much because I don't have the money to pay them. Sorry to be complaining but it just helps to vent a little.

-- Anonymous, August 04, 2002

I've had tendonitus in my left shoulder now for about 2 months. Just started cruising the internet to see what others have come up with to alieviate the pain. It is disheartening to hear that so many of you have found nothing substantial. Somewhere on the net I came across a web site: www.prolotherapy.com Has anyone heard anything about this CURE for tendonitus or tried it??

-- Anonymous, August 11, 2002

I've had medial epicondylitis of the right elbow, otherwise known as golfers or pitchers elbow for about 1-1/2 years. I think I got it from either weightlifting, windsurfing or regular surfing. My understanding is that the pain is caused by the inflamatory response and that the inflamatory response is part of the healing process. Therefore, taking anti-inflamatories disables the healing process. can anyone confirm this?

-- Anonymous, August 11, 2002

some times smoking a lot of weed really helps the pain, the pain occurs for me after a long night of sex and I get humpers knee.

-- Anonymous, August 13, 2002

about two month's ago i experienced a ripping sound at the time of ejection when my partner was performing oral pleasure. later that month i went to see my doctor and she diagnosed me with tendinitus of the penis (main vein). it is extremely uncomfortable at the time of any arrousal and women often are concerned by my grimace and sudden outbursts of pain during intercourse. after being perscribed many topical creams and repeated ulcers from the outrageouse amounts of consummed IBprofen, nothing worked. then my local physician recommended my to a blacksmith who knew just what to do: replacement. he removed my johnsonus tendon with pure steal -- i love it -- no more outbursts of pain and the laidies love the elongated bulge and long-lasting stamina. i hope i may have helped some of you. -fred

-- Anonymous, August 13, 2002

I've had tendinitus in the ring fingers on both hands and now in my right shoulder. I found that mellow and consistant use of the tendins in the exact way you injured them is a way to overcome. But it is slow, very slow. it has been two years since i first injured my fingers and just now are they performing as they did. due to the amount of injuries i've seen on this site and me being the only person that seems to have overcome, it might be worth a try. but i would also like to begin climbing again and my shoulder prohibits the climbing motion. please help if any new light is estabolished.

-- Anonymous, August 13, 2002

I have recently started to suffer from pain in my achilles tendons which I was told is likely to be tendonitus, and knowing of the reputation of this condition began research into it. Seeing that some responses on this site recomended vitamin B6 supplements at doses above the level known to cause nerve damage I felt I must place a warning here that the MAXIMUM safe dosage of B6 is 100mg, and there is no confirmed medical evidence that B6 does help carpal tunnel syndrome. No evidence I know of has ever suggested B6 could help tendonitus. I would also like to give justification for some of the treatments suggested, as I have been taught in first aid. Compression, ice and elevation are all designed to restrict blood flow to an injury to prevent minor bleeding at the site of injury (through capillaries) from further damaging the surrounding tissue by exerting pressure on them. This treatment prevents damage and should allow healing but does nothing to try to cure the condition. Care must always be taken not to starve tissues of the oxygen carrying blood needed to provide energy to the cells and to allow them to heal. Special care should be taken when using ice not to burn the skin, and not to damage tendons by stretching them when they are cold. Hope this helps and good luck to you all.

-- Anonymous, August 17, 2002

is there any hope? been running since 5th grade - 35 years old/young. After over-training for ironman california and escape from alcatraz i am now the proud owner of achilles tendonitis since August 2001. I can cycle 100 miles w/o any problems, but as soon as I run 3 miles OUCH!!

should i make a pentagram on the floor and get some rooster feet and light some candles? and dance?

6 doctors/podiatrist, 1 chiropracter, and thousands of co-pay dollars with NO SUCCESS. Physical therapy, massage therapy, VIOXX, topical creams, stretching, and 3 months of being a couch potato (justification for buying that 55" HDTV) no GO. Cortisone is next!!!

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2002

My tendonitus started three years ago after two weeks of Tae- bo. It steadily got worse so that I had a frozen shoulder a year later. My doctor told me it was part of the aging process. Bunk, I thought. I saw a doctor of Chinese medicine, took the herbs, had ultra-sound therapy, was sent to a hand therapy clinic (ha, ha, ha), had acupunture treatments, went through months of phyiscal therapy (it did help), saw an well-known ayurvedic doctor(too many smelly oils that didn't make a difference, Hmmm, what else? Oh, after my left shoulder improved so that I could lift my arm above my head, the pain traveled to my left shoulder, then a few months later to my left hip ( that has healed) and now my right hip is affected so that I cannot sit cross-legged. But over all my two shoulders are better because one day I felt some relief and went carefully over what I had done and what I had eaten the day before. I realized it was BANANAS that had helped me. The drugs that doctors give you will not help you. I remember last year after 9-11, I was so stressed, teaching young children and my right shoulder pinched and hurt so bad I could not write on the chalk board. I did my exercises prescribed by my physical therapist and ate at least three bananas a day. After some research, I realize that it is stress, whether physical or mental that depletes us of minerals that our system needs. I also took some liquid mineral supplements and calcium lactate supplements.It also helps to decrease the amount of salt you eat because it depletes the POTASSIUM in your system. DRINK A FAIR AMOUNT OF WATER, this keeps the electrolites moving around. BANANAS are cheap (start with about three per day), so is water (tap), and a few minutes of stretches and light weight lifting can help!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL! PEACE.

-- Anonymous, August 20, 2002

For the past couple of years Ive had a lot of pain in my shoulders and my doctor says its tendonitus. I just recently started taking a supplement called Universal Animal Cuts and after two weeks I had zero pain in my shoulders. I though this was odd so I laid off for 3 days and the pain came back. There are more than a dozen items in this and Im trying to narrow it down to the exact herb that is helping me. If anyone knows about this or would like to look into it please let me know. You can do a search on this via yahoo and pull up many pages with the ingredients. Thanks.


-- Anonymous, August 27, 2002

I've had patella tendonitis on my righ knee for almost a year now. I've been to a few orthopedic doctors and none of them have been able to cure my problem. At first i tried non-steriod anti-inflammatory drugs, which lessened the pain but did nothing to help the underlying cause. Then the doctors i had seen all suggested a cortisone shot but the side effects did not outweigh the benefits. I went through physical therapy which works in the bases of strenthening the calfs and therefore putting less strain on the patella tendon but heres my question : What does the calf muscle have to do with my patella tendon ? anyways it was just another futile attempt to cure my prob but unfortuntely it was just another waste of time. Then i took a course of alternative therapy which goes by the name of Prolotherapy. I have to say this is a complete scam. All they do is inject sugar water around the tendon to sopposedly cause a controlled inflammation to promote healing but that is all bull. They squeeze 100 bucks or more from you in turn of a quack injection. Anyways i recently recieved a cortosine injection knowing that i had exhasted all other resources (i dont believe in accupuncture, ect... ) To me, doctors have no clue what this really is. I dont even think its tendonitis .. -itis implies inflammation and i have NO INFLAMMATION ! just a constant annoying pain that doesnt go away. Heres my theory : I sincery dont believe there is anything wrong with the tendon itself, I think the cause may have to do with the nerves, somehow they are being irritated and sending pain signals to the brain. We shouldnt wait for a cure. We should form a club (yahoo clubs?) and find a cure ourselves... to me orthopedic doctors are just quack doctors when it comes to tendonitis.

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2002

I've had elbow tendonitus in both elbows for the past two and half years from weight training. Also have problems with knees. Basically, I can't do anything physical without paying for it later on. Been to every specialist under the sun, physical therapists, rolfing, accupincture, ice, heat, rest, all to no avail. I've recently been using magnets that have provided some relief, but still no cure. Don't think there is a cure, but give the magnets a shot. You can't use any kind of magnets, because some are better than others. Someone I work with introduced me to a japanes company called Nikken, I think their website is www.nikken.com I am not making a sales pitch for this company like I a lot of these other responses I've read. I've just experienced some success with this magnet elbow wrap and want to help anyone with a similar condition to mine. Of course, the wrap is very supportive and restricts motion, allowing the elbow to rest, so the rest could be what's helping. But from what I've read most of you have nothing to lose, so why not?

-- Anonymous, September 08, 2002

i have no answers-my husband who suffers from left shoulder now-knee two years ago-back(lower) every six months. every blood test he has had since i've known him has shown a vitamin b6 deficiency. strange huh? so i wonder if it is common to tendonitus.

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2002

i experienced tendonitus in my right elbow (actually it was on the side of it), it was so bad i could not lift a cup of coffee. i don't take any medications at all, but finally i went to see a homeopath, and she cured it. however, homeopathic medicine is a very exact and precise way of healing, it is very hard to find a good homeopath.

-- Anonymous, October 03, 2002

Over the past 3 months i have had symtpons which mirrored HIATIS HERNIA. After recent heart and hiatis tests which came out all negative, my doctor and i narrowed it down to possible muscle tendonitus. The area in question is the chest or pectoral muscle. The pain has been unbearable at times.

Does anybody out here have any suggestions or comments.

Of note: I used to do alot of training and over a period of 3 years i became increasingly large (not over weight)

Any info advice would be apprecited.


-- Anonymous, October 03, 2002

I have suffered with achilles tendonitus for so long, then after starting a routine of a high protein diet and drinking a minimum of 72 oz of WATER each day, after one week, I woke up and walked down the stairs for the first time without pain.

Since I have eliminated sugar, someone suggested it may be related to yeast levels, but all I know is that after years of tendonitis, the protein diet and drinking of excessive amounts water stopped the pain.

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2002

I think that most people are looking at the wrong thing as the cause of the problem. The thing that caused the injury may not be the one that is keeping the injuy there. Tendons will heal with massage and specific exercises and stretches. Rest will relieve the pain but wont heal the tendons. I am not a doctor and I may be wrong - but this is what I am finding. Hope we all get better soon.

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2002

I have had terrible pain in both knees for the last 4/5 years. It started with one knee then after a while the other became the same. I have seen so many different Doctors and they really do not know what it is. If I believed all of the Doctors I would have several conditions. I have come to believe it is tendonitis. X-rays have been fine and I am still being told there is nothing wrong with me. I have tried the stretching and exercise and have to say that this keeps movement easier. The pain never goes away when I do exercise and so I am never eager to do this. Latest trip to the Doctors has resulted in a prescription for Voltarol. Any other suggestions are most welcome, I am currently considering acupunture.

-- Anonymous, October 14, 2002

I have been having shoulder trouble since I started my first job as web design/developer back in January. I have had months of Physical Therapy and lots of advice who diagnosed as rotator cuff problem, MRI and Xray which produced nothing and a course of acupuncture. I still have pain and I cannot see any trends at all to the pain. Some days are good some days not. I stretch alot, swim (no frontcrawl!), and try to build up core muscles from the thinking that maybe stronger postural muscles may help alleviate this. Anyone who has any experience with this please post -thanks!

-- Anonymous, October 16, 2002

i haven't been diagnosed with tendonitus, but begining to believe that is what i have. i have no suggestions. and many questions. i haven't seen anyone with tendonitus in hip joints, anyone have this? i am thankful to see so many suggestions. i am going to try the banana thing. did notice that when i purposely reproduce the pain, it seems to bother me less.

-- Anonymous, November 03, 2002

I agree with the guy who had Humpers-Knee

-- Anonymous, January 24, 2003

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