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Multiple tendon inflamations

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  • Posted By: sparke
  • August 19, 2007
  • 08:45 PM

I have had tendinitis in both my elbows for a very long time...3 years for my right and 1 year for my left. I have been diagnosed with basic tendinitis for both, verified by multiple MRI's. Within the past year, I have also developed inflamation in both my feet (diagnosed as Plantar Fascitis). I have done all the normal treatments for inflamation including multiple visits to physical therapists. Orthopaedic doctors want to do surgery on my elbows and say it is just a coincidence that I have inflamation in 4 different areas. I cannot help feeling that 4 different places of inlamation is more than a coincidence. I have been to 2 different Rheumatologists who cannot find any underlying disorder. They suspected a spondyloarthropathy, Inflammatory bowel disorder, or Chron's disease but have found nothing. I flagged positive for HLAB27 and for a Chron's genetic marker but no other tests show anything is wrong.
I also have constant indigestion and sometimes it seems to be directly related to my elbow pain.
After 3 years of seeing different doctors, I recently went to a naturalist/MD. His diagnosis was the possibility of "leaky gut" or malabsorption, due to a history of being on antibiotics, NASIDS and a huge amount of stress in my life over the last 10 years. The theory is that the antibiotics and NASIDS have destroyed the "good" bacteria in my bowel, allowing leakage into my body causing inflamation...or malabsorption of minerals due to the same reason, allowing the inflamation to develop and not get better.
I am in constant pain and some days my heels hurt so bad I can hardly walk. I don't know where to turn anymore. Is anyone familiar with the conditions I have described?

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  • I know this post is old, but it's the only thing that keeps popping up when I search over and over & over trying to find something to explain multiple tendon issues. I have had surgery in both my elbows...HORRIBLE surgery, recovery is AWFUL. Anyway, took a full year to really be back & I was back for a good 3 years, then all at once, all ***l broke loose. Both arms, both knees, shoulder, hips, shins..it's been 4 months & it's still moving, today we added achiles to the list..it's horrible & has changed my life. No diagnosis yet, I've been to 5 Drs., 3 MRIs an EMG & am on to the Cleveland clinic next hoping for some kind of answer.Question, do you know if you are, or ever were hyper mobile?
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  • I have multiple tendon issues as well... My problems started after having elevated LFT's about 8 years ago. After that episode (that went undiagnosed) I started having issues with my ankles. After about 2 years I was hospitalized with diarreah (also undiagnosed). And I was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism.Thats when I started having problems with almost every joint. Tendonitis in my elbows, knees, fingers, ankles and shoulders. The longest I have had problems in one joint was a year with my elbow. Other then that it tends to come and go and move around as it sees fit. I've been to many doctors - none have been able to diagnose. The only blood test that is off is my wbcc. The last doctor I saw ment that the hypothyroidsim was the cause. My body also feels very stiff in the morning and after sitting for any period of time. No hypermobility problems ever... Kiera
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  • My tendon issues began to occur after a pinched nerve caused my right bicep to not work properly, and thus atrophy. Being stubborn and the fact that I love to work out I just kept training through the bicep atrophy working out all body parts except biceps (however we know when you do a back workout you recruit the biceps tremendously. As well, I was completing chest exercises with 65/70 pound dumbbells like an idiot. Long story short this caused my tennis elbow tendons, the tendon in the forarm used to help with bicep curls, and a tendon in the front deltoid. At this time my career also had me working at a computer 6 hours a day typing pretty much non stop and so I also developed tennis elbow pain in my left arm. I battled with these tendon issues for about a year and a half going between not workingout at all and tying to come back slowly, but it never seems like I can feel comfortable or pain free. Along the way there have been flair ups as well where the tendons just hurt tremendously and many normal daily activities would induce some pain in the tendons. I started swimming this past summer (2008) and the pain was pretty much under control. However, since early April I have been side lined because of tendon pain in my right shoulder. I understand that I am most likely compensating for weakness in the right bicep (hard to get strength back when tendons are giving me so much troulbe) but it just seems like to many tendons in my young healthy strong body are in pain. The pain is never insane but no workingout and I always have to be so careful with what I do. Then two weeks ago about mid May the tendon in my left shoulder started to hurt. I can think of a few possible causes for this slight pain, but it still is somewhat confusing. Then my knees started to bother me again it seems to be tendons (specifically the quadricep tendons). I am currently seeing a chiropractor who performs ART and deep tissue massage and this most certainly helps, but I can never get truly better. So my questions/concnerns are can all this "overuse" cause these injuries? And it just seems like once a tendon is hurt I can not get it fully better, they will improve, but just never seem as strong. I was a high school and college athlete so I can endure pain, I have torn a ground, had foot surgery, and recovered wonderfully, but these tendon issues just do not seem to want to go away. I have been wondering and researching about HGH since it seems so many athletes (like Andy Pettite, track stars) can return from a surgery or injury so quickly. HGH can drastically increase the rate at which new tissue is created, which could hopefully assist in the healing of my tendons. This then leads to the issue of inflimation vs. degeneration. All over the internet you can find the battle that is currently going on between tendonitis vs. tendonosis. The itis means inflimation whereas the osis means degeneration and the fact that your tendon looses elasticity and the fiber do not run smoothly anymore. I am about to see a orthopedic, but I am also nervous about arthritis. I am fairly young, and I do not have joint pain (as far as I know). I mean my tendons do hurt at the insertion points where they meet the bone which is obviously close to the joint, but I do not think this means you have joint paint. I have full range of motion, no noticable sweeling of the joints, but I also made a rheumatologist appointment in case. I would appreciate any thoughts, feedback, similar experiences this is just such a frustrating issue.
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  • Interesting posts. I've had knee tendon pain for the last couple of years, along with biceps tendon pain (one arm) for just as long. I've just started to experience severe elbow tendon pain on both arms. I recently had the flu and was given antibiotics. I wonder if that casued the elbows to flare up???
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  • Has anyone considered a statin link here?
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    • October 16, 2009
    • 09:42 AM
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  • Tendons101 i CANNOT believe how similar to my story yours is. Aside from the first bicep issue, it was as if I was reading about myself. The fact my young and formerly strong healthy body has all these tendon pains is just so confusing and baffling. I have had several similar trouble areas to you - shoulder, front deltoid, knees, elbows. I also have no noticeable inflammation and full range of movement. Like yourself, I used to play a lot of sport in the past and know i have a good tolerance of pain. It's really uncanny how similar our situations sound. Also like you I have periods where things get a bit better and i try more physical activity, but then something else starts hurting or returns. Have you had any updates since you posted? Similar to other posters, i've seen many medical professionals with virtually no success. I've seen a rheumatologist, had MRIs, seen multiple physiotherapists, seen 2 osteopaths. Some have helped a bit, but like you said - nothing seems to be provide any real solution. SO frustrating.
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    • November 3, 2009
    • 11:44 PM
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  • Also, what's everyone's diet like? I'm vegetarian/borderline vegan and i've been wondering if this is having any affect.
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    • November 4, 2009
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  • Also, what's everyone's diet like? I'm vegetarian/borderline vegan and i've been wondering if this is having any affect.My diet varies...I bounce back and forth from atkins to weight watchers to vegetarian to just eating normal meals...I have chronic pain in my elbows, knees, ankles, and shoulders...This has been an on going issue with me for years now...I dont know what its like to not hurt...I live in chronic pain and refuse to take script pain meds. I'm a nurse so I'm always on my feet...I sometimes wonder if I wont end up in a wheelchair with minimal arm movements in about 10 years...as sad as this is to say....Its a relief to know that there are others out there who are experiencing the same painful issues as myself.....there has to be something causing all this pain.
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    • February 27, 2010
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  • Guys, since i posted i've been seeing a podiatrist who has helped my lower body issues quite a bit. He found a leg length discrepancy which was giving me groin and knee issues, and feet rolling inwards (more knee trouble). He has prescribed me custom orthotic insoles to correct this, it's fairly simple. The above things are quite common so it's worth you guys giving it a try i think. Especially the nurse who last posted, if you're on your feet all day it could make quite a difference i imagine.Cheers all.
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  • Interesting posts. I've had knee tendon pain for the last couple of years, along with biceps tendon pain (one arm) for just as long. I've just started to experience severe elbow tendon pain on both arms. I recently had the flu and was given antibiotics. I wonder if that casued the elbows to flare up???What kind of antibiotics? Florquinolone antibiotics can destroy tendons, cartilage and connective tissue.
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  • Also, what's everyone's diet like? I'm vegetarian/borderline vegan and i've been wondering if this is having any affect.I am in my late 40s and just started experiencing mutliple tendon problems. I exercise irregularly and nothing intense; jogging and working with weights - which I have done when I was younger and just started to do again a couple yrs ago. I have a varied diet (slightly high on simple carbs), but have not varied except to reduce dark chocolate : ) intake.Haven't taken lots of antibiotics - none recently and don't know why I developed tendonitis in foot, left pinky might be from keybd, and now whole legs are sore after walking a couple miles. The other week the whole sole of both feet ached (never felt those tendons before in myu life) at different times of the day and the other day my achilles tendons ached.Haven't seen anyone yet. My guess is that it is something to do with changing hormones. Hot tub in evening made legs feel better. Tried stretching calf every morning for the tendonitis in arch but it did nothing. Changed shoes and played with inserts - neither worked so far. Pain is in outer arch, have flatish feet, but don't think I over pronate. Found that when I put more support (folded cardbd or something) in arch, pain doesn't start as quickly.
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  • I am having same issue. Woke up last wednesday with all of my fingers, forearms, shoulders, neck down to my quads and calves tendons hurting. I was hoping it is not RA but by the sound of everyone's posts I would rather have an answer than not. I am concerned because has come on so suddenly and I had a baby 4 months ago and have been on several antibiotics. Hoping this will just all go away. Let you guys know what my doctor comes up with but I have a feeling it is some auto immune disorder.
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  • Tendons101 i CANNOT believe how similar to my story yours is. Aside from the first bicep issue, it was as if I was reading about myself. The fact my young and formerly strong healthy body has all these tendon pains is just so confusing and baffling. I have had several similar trouble areas to you - shoulder, front deltoid, knees, elbows. I also have no noticeable inflammation and full range of movement. Like yourself, I used to play a lot of sport in the past and know i have a good tolerance of pain. It's really uncanny how similar our situations sound. Also like you I have periods where things get a bit better and i try more physical activity, but then something else starts hurting or returns. Have you had any updates since you posted? Similar to other posters, i've seen many medical professionals with virtually no success. I've seen a rheumatologist, had MRIs, seen multiple physiotherapists, seen 2 osteopaths. Some have helped a bit, but like you said - nothing seems to be provide any real solution. SO frustrating.what was your diagnosis? I am having similar tendon issues, all the same areas plus the ankle. Thank you for your reply
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    • September 19, 2010
    • 09:17 PM
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  • Has anyone ever been on creatine? Wondering if this could be the reason causing all the tendon problems.
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    • September 24, 2010
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  • Never been on creatine.I am writing this in hopes that someone will read this. I have been on/off crutches for a year a half due to outer ankle problem. I believe the ankle problems stem from hypermobility, my ankle used to flop out alot. No I don't have any Ehlers-Danlos symptoms other than some mobility.Then in March I got a Kenalog shot for a cyst, and I developed strange pains in my body, settling in my feet (arches). Then over the last six months: my mid back, mid ribs, shoulder, elbow, ankle, knee and now calf hurt on and off. I get the sensation that a particular tendon is tight, when I do normal activities of daily living. Then two days later, that particular tendon or body part hurts and I can't use it. sometimes there is muscle pain, sometimes its just the tendon that feels inflammed. It takes weeks to heal! Ice/ heat packs have become my life. I no longer able to work or work out.I don't fit the criteria for Fibromyalgia, and I have had a bunch of lab tests done with little results (no RA, no Lymes, etc). Does anyone know what this random tendonitis is? When I do basic things like stretch in the car, or stretch my leg, this happens through out my body. I take MSM, fish oil, magnesium, vitamin C, Lyrica, Prozac (should be obvious) and I avoid wheat/ gluten products. I do heat/ ice packs and daily ice baths for my "plantar fasciitis" which should have healed with rest by now. I have flexible braces, orthotics, crutches, night splint, etc. None of the injuries have healed they just don't hurt as much as the newer ones.
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    • September 24, 2010
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  • I also have mulitipul inflamitory issues in my tendons... nothing in the joints as of yet,, but one by one all my tendons are failing on me. it started in my left hand,, then the left acelies heel, then the right foot in 2 places.. and the right hand in two places. I'll be going to a auto amunity specialist in a few days... the doctors are bafeled at why this is happening. I"m only 34. and when a tendon goes.. it will not heal with any therepy, or surgury. If anyone has a clue to what this is, let me know,, thanks.
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    • October 9, 2010
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  • Tendinitis is my whole body,peripheral neuropathy,and a list of other similar issues none of which blood tests or any doctors can explain.My issues started in 2004 after two rounds of an antibiotic(CIPRO).I told my doctors that while takin it I felt pain and after it worsened.they All told me it was impossible for antibiotic to do this:( 7 years later and doctors are just barely aware of this side effect even though the antibiotics have been Black Labeled. If you took an antibiotic in the floroquinoline family you might want to look into this theory.sad no one will help or at least look at dif possibilities for our issues
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  • I have had tendinitis in both my elbows for a very long time...3 years for my right and 1 year for my left. I have been diagnosed with basic tendinitis for both, verified by multiple MRI's. Within the past year, I have also developed inflamation in both my feet (diagnosed as Plantar Fascitis). I have done all the normal treatments for inflamation including multiple visits to physical therapists. Orthopaedic doctors want to do surgery on my elbows and say it is just a coincidence that I have inflamation in 4 different areas. I cannot help feeling that 4 different places of inlamation is more than a coincidence. I have been to 2 different Rheumatologists who cannot find any underlying disorder. They suspected a spondyloarthropathy, Inflammatory bowel disorder, or Chron's disease but have found nothing. I flagged positive for HLAB27 and for a Chron's genetic marker but no other tests show anything is wrong.I also have constant indigestion and sometimes it seems to be directly related to my elbow pain.After 3 years of seeing different doctors, I recently went to a naturalist/MD. His diagnosis was the possibility of "leaky gut" or malabsorption, due to a history of being on antibiotics, NASIDS and a huge amount of stress in my life over the last 10 years. The theory is that the antibiotics and NASIDS have destroyed the "good" bacteria in my bowel, allowing leakage into my body causing inflamation...or malabsorption of minerals due to the same reason, allowing the inflamation to develop and not get better.I am in constant pain and some days my heels hurt so bad I can hardly walk. I don't know where to turn anymore. Is anyone familiar with the conditions I have described?I have similar symptoms to your own. I started a few months ago with elbow pain, diagnosed as tendinitis; then my finger developed the same symptoms, pain when I bend it. Now my wrist is bothering me too. My elbow has gotten better, and my finger as well. Now my wrist is starting up. I too tend to have indigestion very often. My history is that I have had and still have Candidiasis, which is implicated in leaky gut, so I'm on the same page with your naturalist/MD. By the way, I had had chronic headaches, but have gone gluten-free and that helped greatly. It also helped the indigestion, but I have found I do best when I eat less and eat simple foods. I am simplifying my diet and eating MUCH less. Indigestion is not an issue when I do that. I have some internal hemorrhoids which I am getting treated by Ultroid. I also have two small healed anal fistulas which my doctor told me could be a sign of Crohn's, so it seems there is a degree of inflammation in all these symptoms. I believe some people tend to get inflamed, and there are mind/body issues here as to how we react to stress.Your post is several years old. Can you tell me how you have been doing? It sounds as though we have a similar type of syndrome. I'm sure your multiple tendinitis is not a coincidence.
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  • I've had plantar fasciitis for years now. Orthotic insoles help, but the only that realy makes it go away for a longer time is to use a mini trampoline. My pohysiotherapist recommended I buy a mini trampoline and stand on it on one foot. I have started to jog on it and it makes such a difference. Try it!I also seem to have developped hands and arm trouble after typing too much (15 hours a day) while learning to play the piano... And I also have one leg shorter than the other...
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  • Has anyone found out a diagnosis or had diseases ruled out? I have been suffering with the same exact symptoms for a year except for the rash. I detoxed and my liver functions have returned to normal but the tendon pain has spread to more locations. My info is below.Thanks Summary: I have had tendonitis for a year now in both knees (patella tendon & medial aspect), both elbows (medial & lateral) & both shoulders (biceps tendon). I have had plantar fasciitis in both feet for 3 years now. I tore my left Achilles tendon in October 2007. I am also experiencing lower back pain (Lumbar / Sacrum). I have recently started to feel tendon pain in both wrists and hands over the last month or so. I am a fitness fanatic and have not been able to workout in a year due to these issues. I started to ride my bike (no knee pain) in the last 4-5 weeks to and from work to get some type of exercise. I have noticed in the last week that both my Achilles have started to hurt along with my right shin (had shin splints in 1993-1994 from using the Strength Shoes). I am thinking the Achilles pain is from standing while climbing hills on my bike. The pain in my elbows (medial) feels like the tendon is going to tear from the bone if I am holding &/or gripping something too heavy. I will have pain doing normal things like brushing my teeth, opening a jar & taking a shower. The left elbow is worse than the right, but when both are flared up the pain is equal. The pain in my elbows (lateral) comes and goes. If I lift something to heavy it cause intense pain. The pain is very intense and constant in my feet and knees, like an icy/hot tingling pain. I will have acute pain in my toes every so often as well. I have acute pain in my knees on the patella tendon and medial aspect that seems to alternate from one to the other. Hip flexors / quads are constantly short/tight which I believe led to several hamstring injuries in the past. Other symptoms:Occasional muscle spasms in arms, back, legs and abs.Numbness in pinky & ring finger in both hands when arm is in complete flexion.Pain seems to go away while sleeping. I tested negative for Anti-nuclear antibodies and Leaky Gut Syndrome. I am currently being treated by a Naturopath and Internist. I have an appointment with both of them on Monday March 19th. I have all of my blood work if you would like any info to review. I did use AAS for 5 years prior to these issues developing. Current Treatments: Infrared Sauna Detox - 130 degrees for 30 minutes 2x's / wk (High Liver Function & General Health)Tyler Mineral Complex w/o Iron - 2 ea after Sauna TRT - Previously prescribed 200 mg / wk of Test Cyp (Meeting Monday w/ doctors to discuss lab work and plan of action for bio-identical testosterone) Detox Cocktail - 2x's / day (Metabolic Maintenance Vit C 1000 mg, Integrative Therapeutics Recancostat 400 1 ea, NAC 600 mg 1 ea &Metabolic Maintenance Lipoic Acid (alpha) 300 mg 1 ea)Metagenics UltraInflamX Plus 360 - 2 scoops / dayZyflamend - 2 ea 3x's / daySuperCissus RX™ 800 mg - 2 ea 3x's / dayJarrow Bromelain 1000 - 1 ea / mealKyo-Green Tablets - 2 ea 2x's / dayKyo-Dophilus Acidophilius 9 - 2 ea 2x's / dayKyolic Garlic Formula 102 - 2 ea 2x's / dayMelatonin 5mg - 1 per nightPerque Detox In Guard - 2 ea / dayPerque Liva Guard - 2 ea / dayPerque EPA/DHA Guard - 2 ea / dayBiotics Research Bio-D-Mulsion - 6,000 iu's / dayBiotics Research Bio-K-Mulsion - 500 mcg's / dayMagnesium - (Natural Calm Ionic Magnesium Citrate 350 mg/day) Increasing to 900 mg/day Icing - Ice after riding bike to and from work and any other time I can fit it in the day Stretching Extensor & Flexor's Static Hip Flexor Foam Roll Hip Flexor & Quads Dynamic Hip Flexor Rehab Exercises Forearm flexor and Extensor stretching Wrist Flexion Wrist Extension Forearm Pronation/Supination Broomstick ExtensionNutrition:40/30/30 Approx 2,300 cals (cutting calories from body fat gained from being sedentary)Clean diet, no processed foods, mostly freshOrganic meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, & oils No dairy or glutenWent night-shade free for 2 months, felt somewhat better. Tried to workout and the pain was right back to the same level. So started eating night shades again.3/4 to 1 gal of RO water / day
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