Jul 222015
 

tendonitisIn August 1996, a severe tendonitis injury (lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow”) suddenly appeared in both of my arms. It had been building for up to three years before finally making its presence known. I’ve been dealing with it ever since, along with a second tendonitis injury (this time medial epicondylitis or “golfer’s elbow”), once again to both arms, two years later in September 1998.

The injuries literally destroyed my life.  The list of activities that vanished would’ve covered both wounded arms. It’s easier to say what I still could do: watch TV, read a book, or pace.  And even those caused pain.  That’s why my life had been reduced to, not for days or weeks, but almost a year, and it took years more to get my life back.  I was temporarily crippled.

At some point, I looked up “crippled” to see if that’s what I had become. It’s defined as a permanent, severe disability.  Well, I permanently have tendonitis.  At the time, it was severe.  The question was whether or not it would be permanently severe.  The answer proved to be no, due to extreme rest, physical therapy, and alternative means of living, as I slowly got on with my life (or rather, a very different life), so that’s why I say I was temporarily crippled.

The injury isn’t taken seriously by most people.  I hope to change and help people understand the risk they face if developing it.  The impact can be devastating, as was my case.  Future blogs will delve more into my story and what you can learn from me.

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As someone who’s dealt with tendonitis in both arms for almost two decades, I can assure you this injury isn’t something you want.  If you’re not convinced, here are ten reasons you may not have considered. 1. It can ruin your sex life Your hands can stimulate your partner (or yourself) to great effect – until […]

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Ten Remedies for Tendonitis

If you have tendonitis, there are a number of remedies to try. You should consult your doctor before doing anything. 1. Rest Sadly, your best remedy is rest.  Avoid using your arms any more than needed and be careful how you use them when you do. Behavior modification is crucial to recovery.  If you keep doing what […]

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Why I Blog About Tendonitis

In August 1996, a severe tendonitis injury (lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow”) suddenly appeared in both of my arms. It had been building for up to three years before finally making its presence known. I’ve been dealing with it ever since, along with a second tendonitis injury (this time medial epicondylitis or “golfer’s elbow”), once again to both […]

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