Is tendonitis or any "itis" a frequent problem for anyone?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bitter-sweet, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. bitter-sweet

    bitter-sweet New Member

    Since I was diagnosed with FMS, it seems I've always got some irritation going on. I've had it in my shoulder, elbow, hip, and today I had a cortisone injection into my right wrist. It's not much better yet. I also have tendonitis in my left wrist, but not as bad. I sure haven't been doing anything to bring on tendonitis. My rheumatologist said this is not uncommon. Any thoughts?
  2. elaine_p

    elaine_p New Member

    have almost constant tendonitis of my right shoulder. I always figured it was because of too much mousing or the way I sleep, but now I'm not mousing much and it's back.... I also figured if I could just start doing yoga or something it would go away. I'm interested in any other replies you get!
    [This Message was Edited on 07/22/2003]
  3. healing

    healing New Member

    Achilles; tendons in tops of feet; knees; everywhere! goes with the territory. just got to be careful not to hurt yourself exercising....
  4. bitter-sweet

    bitter-sweet New Member

    Still want to hear more.
  5. Lau

    Lau New Member

    I've always had problems with this. Most often bursitis in my shoulders. Also knees and ankles. Sciatica(sp?) also. It gets so frustrating that as soon as I get myself moving again I hurt something else. Just a few days ago I leaned over to pick up something and screwed up my back again.

    I've never really gotten an answer from my rhuemy about this, he just gives me another shot and sends me on my way. He does say it is a common problem though. I have had MRI's of my knees and ankles, and amoung other things shows bursitis. I think it is always there to some to degree. Ankles swell and it is hard to walk. Soon as I try to use my arms to much, or hold them up or out for any time the bursitis flares again. Wish there was a way to stop this so I can just deal with the 'regular' pain, fatigue, headaches and dizziness without having all these other things happening.

    So much fun isn't it?

    Best Wishes to All,
  6. Lau

    Lau New Member

    I could not stand the pain anymore, so had my son take me to the doctor yesterday for my back. Sacarilliitis and possible a pulled tendon. He injected it with cortisone and gave me meds.(Relafin. Vicodin,and Skelaxin) Feeling a little better, bur still nor great and can't sleep.

    You mentioned that you hadn't done anything to bring on the tendonitis. It is so frustrating isn't it? It takes so little, With my back, I had been having a very bad week and was feeling king of down that I couldn't and hadn't done anything all week so I started to walk in the garden to look at the flowers. Of course, I noticed that the weeding fairy godmother hadn't been doing much either, do I leaned over (very gently, while bending legs) to pull out a handful of weeds that were about 10" tall - and that was that!! One handful! I almost had to crawl back to the house and nearly fell. That was one week ago. I don't know what we as supposed to do. Every time I try to do a little something, something 'itis' happens. Sometimes just from having my arms hanging to long without support, or from a too heavy shoulder bag, or from sitting in the movies, or on the couch, or living!!! Duhh!!!

    Wish I had an answer. Hope your doing better.

    Love, Lau
  7. bubblegum

    bubblegum New Member

    Hi sweet,
    When I was in pysical therapy I injured my elbow. Doc said it was tendonitis and would heal in 6 weeks. Well six weeks turned into 6 months and when it left my right arm it moved over to the left arm. It has been more severe in the left arm. I can't lift my arms up over my head and taking clothes out of the washing machine is a killer. After months of complaining about this pain in my shoulders and pain in my left arm, my doc took some cervical xrays and told me that I have TOS. In my case TOS is caused by an extra cervical rib that I was born with. He said that most people will go their entire lives without any problems and if it does become a problem it is usually in the persons 4th or 5th decade of life. I am in my 4th. anyway here is some info on TOS. Maybe it isn't really an "itis" that you have. Good luck.
    Ciao 4 Now

    Symptoms of TOS include pain, numbness and tingling, (pressure on sensory nerves) weakness and fatigue (pressure on motor nerves) or swelling and coldness in the arm and hand (pressure on blood vessels). The symptoms can mimic many other conditions, such as a herniated disk in the neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even bursitis of the shoulder. Thus this syndrome can be very difficult to diagnose.
    What is the Thoracic Outlet?
    The Thoracic Outlet is a space between the rib cage (thorax), and the collar bone (clavicle) through which the main blood vessels and nerves pass from the neck and thorax into the arm. The nerves and blood vessels leave the neck between the two muscles (scalene muscles).

    What is a syndrome?
    A syndrome is a set of symptoms and physical findings that point to a certain diagnosis. All the symptoms and physical findings are not always present.
    Various symptoms and physical findings may be present in different grades of severity.

    What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
    Thoracic outlet syndrome is a combination of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or coldness in the upper extremity caused by pressure on the nerves and/or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet.

    What Causes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
    There are several causes of TOS. The common underlying cause of the syndrome is compression of the nerves and arteries of the arm in the Thoracic Outlet. In some cases the cause of compression is evident- an extra first rib or an old fracture of the clavicle, which reduces the space of the outlet. In other cases the cause is not clear. Compression may occur with repetitive activities that require the arms to be held overhead.

    When an anatomic defect is obvious that constricts the outlet, (an extra rib, a broken collar bone) surgery can correct the problem. This is rare. Good posture and overall conditioning are very important in treating the rest. The length of time the arms are used in outstretched or overhead positions should be reduced and spaced. Taking frequent breaks, changing positions, and stretching are useful. A physical therapist or an occupational therapist can teach the exercises. A home program of exercise is essential and must be performed consistently to produce benefits. Symptoms often respond to an exercise program addressing a healthy posture and muscle balance. Stretching and strengthening can help achieve optimal posture. Obese patients should seek advise for safe weight loss. A work site specialist can evaluate your workplace to determine safe alignment, work site postures, and work-related furniture. Women with large, pendulous breasts may benefit from a strapless long-line bra. Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the last resort.
  8. KayL

    KayL New Member

    Osteo arthritis and tendonitis to add to the pleasures of FM. I'm currently going through monthly Prolotherapy injections for my tendonitis in my elbows. Cortisone injections did nothing for my hips or elbows. The Prolotherapy is helping one elbow, but the *most used* one, has had maybe a 10% reduction in pain so far....going again on Aug. 7 for another round of treatment. If you are really suffering, Prolotherapy *might* be an option for you.

  9. BethM

    BethM New Member

    hands, wrists, hips,low back, neck... waiting for the next body part that wants to join in on the fun! It's all part and parcel of the FMS stuff we live with.

    [This Message was Edited on 07/26/2003]
  10. MtnDews

    MtnDews New Member

    YES! Shoulders, wrists, and mostly my hips. At first the rheumy said it was from muscles that were out of shape, but after a year and my medical list (I typed up a list of all the medical things that I could remember having throughout my life. Kept it very simple and gave estimated dates. Complications after surgeries, herniated discs, etc. Let's face it, doctors don't have time to look over our entire medical file. This made it simple for him.) Then I got a diagnoses of Elher's Danlos Syndrome. Suddenly, it all made sense. I still have FM, but the hypermoblilty explained a lot.

    The "itis" stuff is painful!
  11. kredca4

    kredca4 New Member

    My hands get real bad, especially when I do thing's I shouldn't, like pulling weed's.
    My hands the next day, were all swollen, and the Tendon's on my finger's stood out, very taugt(sp?) and red, Hubby even noticed them, and asked how they got so Swollen.
    Well I told him, and today, he is going to finish the weed's and get rid of a Tree that is growing in the middle of my Rose bush.

    I also have Tendon problems with my ankles, and feet, never could Ice Skate because of the ankles buckling so much, another Symptom of our lovely Syndrome,.

    I have to take Soma and Vistril to get rid of it, when the Tenoditis act's up, I also have it in my left shoulder/rotator cuff, mainly because it does all the work, my right arms shotalready.

    Try so Iscometric Excerise's, sorry spelling sucks today, It's a great way to stretch your Tendions and Muscles so they don't get so badly damaged. I also have a Pulley for my arms, to help keep the arm and the muscle and tendions from atrhaphing. Where or where is my Little Spell Check,?

    Try some Massage Theraphy and also some Moist Hot packs, helps to keep the Inflammation down. If Ice dosen't bother you, take a paper cup, and fill it with water, freeze it, then when you need to ice your shoulder, or any other area with Tendion problems, you just Peel the cup a little and use it on the area. The cup helps to keep a better grip on the ice, and also reduces the dripping, well most of the time.

  12. tcandy214

    tcandy214 New Member

    hi i was in pain on my right shoulder and back and arm ran to md in 1999 sent me to neurologist who in turn sent me to thoracic surgeon told me i had thoracic outlet syndrome neuro sent me for xray no extra rib i still had pain found out in 3/2002 because i kept complaing finally asked for chest xray lung cancer sometime it has same symptoms of tos so please check it out if they ever tell you tos FYI HOPE I CAN HELP BUT I DO HAVE FIBROMYALGIA
  13. tcandy214

    tcandy214 New Member

    hi i was in pain on my right shoulder and back and arm ran to md in 1999 sent me to neurologist who in turn sent me to thoracic surgeon told me i had thoracic outlet syndrome neuro sent me for xray no extra rib i still had pain found out in 3/2002 because i kept complaing finally asked for chest xray lung cancer sometime it has same symptoms of tos so please check it out if they ever tell you tos FYI HOPE I CAN HELP BUT I DO HAVE FIBROMYALGIA
  14. FibroRN

    FibroRN New Member

    I too have experienced many "itis" problems. I have had much improvement since doing aquacise twice a week and taking Guaifenesin, Malic Acid and Magnesium. I also do alot of walking. Six months ago I could hardly get out of a chair and walked with a gimp. Now I'm walking fast and totally enjoy my aquacize class. Hang in there and keep trying until you find what works for you. I take Effexor XR 75mg every morning which helps with the chronic pain and take amitriptyline 10 mg every night which helps put me in a deeper sleep so I feel more rested in the morning. I do have vivid dreams but prefer the dreams to no sleep.
  15. bitter-sweet

    bitter-sweet New Member

    Thanks for sharing everyone. If I find something that works for me, I'll pass it on. They just seem to come and go without any reason. Today I have chest pain. The weather is cool and damp, so that doesn't help. I've had this before, only it's worse today. I have done nothing, but lie in bed today.