So earlier this year I was diagnosed with a recurring tendonitis in my left wrist (and over the last 2 days i think its showing up in my right).
I have been doing cakes for about a year... and this all was never an issue before... so it's pretty much a given as to the cause...
I am sure im not the only one. What all have you done to help with this? is there something I can do (like exercises) aside from meds? I have gone to the specialist a couple times now where I have gotten the (assuming cortisone) shot, and prescription Ibuprofen.
I really hate the idea of repetitive drugs, and really dont want to opt for surgery... I hoe you all have some advice to share!
I have the same thing on the same wrist. I use a wrist brace every possible moment. This allows it to rest a little before putting stress on it working on cakes. I wear it bed especially. Most people curl their wrists and don't even know it. I've noticed a huge different. Hope that helps a little.
I'm a massage therapist and suffer from golfer's elbow and occasional wrist pain. I recommend the stretches on this site to my clients and use many of them myself and it really helps.
Yeah I forgot to mention I have a brace... i need to do that more i guess.
Oh thanks for the stretches! I was hoping that was a possibility!
I too can't say enough about wearing a good wrist brace. I have kept tedonitis at bay in my wrist/elbow/shoulder for many years now. I make sure that I do many different things, not just cakes. I knit, sew, crochet, rugs, pottery, quilt etc. That way I am not doing the same repetitive motion all the time. I have a very good (expensive) wrist brace that I wear when I am not doing anything and when I sleep.
I take ginseng, garlic, glucosomine, cinnamon and turmeric supplements daily. I stop garlic 7 days before my cycle (it's a blood thinner and it will make your cycle very intense).
I also have two herbal oils that I rub onto my wrist and elbow etc when I am having active flair-ups. I purchase a small bottle of olive oil infused St. John's Wort. I am going to make room for this in my garden to make my own, but for now I buy it. I also make my own comfrey oil and I use that on my elbow as well. I haven't looked to see if you can buy it. If you garden this is a great plant to have. Both of them S*T*I*N*K but I put up with that because I have great results.
I have sewed, knitted and crocheted all my life. I also work with needlework, garden and do cakes (20-plus years). I do NOT have carpal tunnel and I am able to keep the tendinitis under control without drugs.
Recently I have been reading more about anti-inflammatorys in food and supplements, and I will probably look more once I start my "legal" business and am doing more cakes.
It isn't fun, and it can make you miserable!! I don't like taking meds and prefer to find a herbal way if it is out there.