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!
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