Thursday, April 3, 2014

AlphabeThursday - T is for Tendonitis

It took me a little while to get familiar with the word tendonitis, and all its ramifications.  But after my doctor told me that was why my arm was hurting so much, I decided to learn how it was spelled and see what it was all about.

Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon; mine is in my arm.  Tendons are strong fibrous pieces of tissue that connect muscle to bone.  Most cases of tendonitis involve a mild inflammation of the tendon.  More severe cases of inflammation can involve a deterioration of the fibers.  This will cause pain and makes it difficult to play sports or to be active.  The worst cases, which are long-term, can weaken or even rupture the tendon; I don’t want this to happen.


I’m not sure what severity I have, but the pain occurs most often in my “wrist extensor,” near the outside of my elbow.   I’ve read this is usually the result of playing a sport (highly unlikely), physical labor, or housework.  I’m not too active of a person, but I did partake in a lot of housework before it started hurting a lot.  It could also have been from me cutting all the pieces of fabric that I did for my quilt or lifting groceries around in one large bag.  I also carry heavy boxes around at work.  It’s hard to tell why it started just now. 

Prevention includes gradually working yourself into shape and strengthening your muscles, but also backing off of strenuous activities and not ignoring pain.  Women, more than men, are  at greater risk for developing tendonitis.  Age, muscle imbalance and being overweight are other factors.  I’m can attest to all these traits.


 I just finished taking anti-inflammatory medicine, but I still use ice on the affected area, and I’m wearing my arm brace.  If it doesn’t get better soon, I might have to get corisone injections.  My advice to anyone out there with growing pain “in their muscles”: back off from what you’re doing and see your doctor soon.  It’s best to catch tendonitis early!


Don't forgot to stop by Ms. Jenny's site, Off on my Tangent
and see what other words bloggers picked for their Letter T.

11 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Yikes! Hope your arm starts feeling better soon! Guess you'd better lay off the housework for a while... LOL!

carol l mckenna said...

Sending lots of distance reiki healing hugs for you ~ xoxo

I find yoga and physical therapy helped me with back pain and muscle issues ~ mind, body, spirit ~ taking care of the body temple ~ Great post for T ~ Happy Week/Weekend to you ^_^

artmusedog and carol

Abby / Linda said...

I have never experienced tendinitis; I have always used my hands and arms from a child playing an accordion to constantly making things--sewing etc. But I did pull a tendon playing with our dog, and it still twinges with pain from time to time after about eight years!!

fredamans said...

Sounds painful.

pasqueflower said...

Ouch! Hope you find some ways to manage the pain effectively.

Sue said...

Tendonitis is no fun. Get well soon!

=)

Rose Clearfield said...

So sorry to hear that. :( I hope that you don't have too much trouble managing the condition.

Gattina said...

That's awful ! I had this from time to time at my wrist, because of the old mechanical typewriters, it hurts a lot !

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

That's no fun at all! :( I hope you get the relief you need!!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I had it a long time ago and it was not fun! Hope you feel better soon...

Splendid Little Stars said...

I've had tendonitis.
I've had "tennis elbows," diagnosed by a doctor. He told me to take NSAIDs and do a few exercises. I didn't take the pain pills and the exercises didn't help much. This is what I did do. I started taking glucosamine and doing the exercises with weights. I added a few more exercises of my own design using weights. Gradually, the pain disappeared and never returned. I don't take glucosamine very often, but I must do the weight exercises with some regularity.
I hope you heal quickly!

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