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    Unhappy Tendonitis/pain in hand

    I've had a really hard year - worked a lot, painted a lot (way too much). Which have resulted in pains in the tendons of my right hand. I don't think it's tendonitis yet, but I think it'll happen soon if I'm not careful.

    Short said, it hurts when I try to draw or when I'm doing similar actions/positions with my hand (like playing ps3 or washing dishes). I have tried to avoid doing things that can cause pain, but so far it's still hurting.

    I'm just wondering if there's anyone out there who has had similar experiences, and have any advices to give? I am working part time as an illustrator and after vacation i'll continue on my BA in illustration. There'll be little time to rest my hand, and I'm pretty darn worried for it now!

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    I've had times where my tendons in my hand get sore, when that happens I use a brace on the hand for a week or so. It was recommended by my doctor and he says rest as much as possible. SO in the case of the video games you may want to lay off for a little bit and if possible before the BA starts again try to take a week or so before doing any art.

    It sucks, but it helped me in the past. And this is something you definitely don't want to ignore.

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    You are right to worry. If you get tendonitis it takes forever to get rid of (like a year or so - be warned!). I agree with Ardescoere: Get as much rest as possible - and take a break with the PS3 :-)

    You can also try to minimize the number of "grabbing events" as much as possible during the day. For instance: Use both wrists to move a pot instead of grabbing the handle with one hand.
    You grab stuff a million times a day, so if you start to notice all these events and try to think of ways to do them differently, this will help too.

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    try a differnt grip on your pen/brush. Usually people hold it normally like a pen angled perpendicular to the forearm, but if you flip it and hold it lengthwise along the line of your arm, you will engage your arm more when drawing/painting, and put less strain on your wrist.

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    Sandra if you can draw with one hand, then you can draw with the other hand. You'll just need to keep your eraser handy.

    Yeah everybody draw from your shoulder or elbow. Never draw from the wrist or fingers. I've had to rearrange the way I draw for this reason. It is much more difficult, but it can be learned. Luckily I was warned and lectured before I blew out my wrist.

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    I've never suffered tendonitis, but I do have carpal-tunnel syndrome (was doomed from day one, whole family's got it) and I've tried quite a few different things to cope with it--braces, wrist wraps, etc, all of which helped only marginally. The thing I found that helps the most is actually hematite, so I've got a couple hematite bracelets I keep on hand for when I'm working. It sounds like New Age magic hokum honestly, and I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't tried it and worked, though I can't explain what, exactly, about it works. Not sure if it would have any effect on tendonitis, though supposedly it's good for blood/circulation/joints so it may be worth a try. But also, yeah, take it easy on your work hand as much as possible (video games have been a bane of mine as well, they eat my hand faster than the uber-detailed ink stuff I do....)

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    Not trying to sound like a witch doctor, but green tea helped me with hand pains. I noticed a big difference after one week of consuming sencha ~0.5 litres a day.

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    Having any sort of concerning pain, the first thing everyone should do is see a doctor.

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    Deal with it now, injuries that you shrug off in youth will return to plague you when you get older unless you deal with the cause of the problem (whether it's posture or recurring bad habits)
    Follow your Doctors advice and when healed work on strengthening and stretching exercises to keep it in tip top condition.

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    Thanks guys, I really appriciate it!

    I have allready seen a doctor, who subscribed me some pills (diclofenac - anti-inflammatory) and told there was nothing else to do than to rest... I asked him if there was anything at all he could do, like giving me a cortisone injection or suggest some exercises I could do, but he just shaked his head. But my whole career is at stake here, so I feel I gotta try something.

    Ardescoere: Do you have any example of the bracelet you used? I allready tried one type, but since I do not have any pains in the wrist, it didn't quite work for me.

    Jiangzu: I've actually been thinking about carpal tunnel syndrome, since the symptoms I have seem similar. I don't have any CTS in my family as I know of, but the areas of pain are the same - thumb, upper hand, lower index- and middle finger. Sometimes it also hurts all the way up my arm to my shoulder. So I'll definitely try out the hematite!

    jcpahl: I actually watched that video yesterday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taneli View Post
    Not trying to sound like a witch doctor, but green tea helped me with hand pains. I noticed a big difference after one week of consuming sencha ~0.5 litres a day.
    Well people should be eating a low-inflammation diet in general, even when not suffering from a localized acute inflammatory problem like tendonitis.

    Once I stopped eating sugar, wheat/gluten, vegetable oils and most processed foods all my aches and pains went away including occasional finger joint stiffness. The so-called "paleo" type diet is a great way to minimize chronic inflammatry processes which are the underlying root cause of everything from cancer to heart disease to arthritis. Not to get all preachy, but refined sugar and flours are pure poison to the body. There is a direct correlation between a diet filled with pizza, bagels, sugary snacks, chips, pasta etc and severity of symptoms. Not saying that diet alone will eliminate all inflammation, but a bad diet definitely makes it worse. In severe cases of poor diet combined with bad genetics you get auto-immune problems like celiac disease and Rheumtaoid arthritis due to gut permeability issues.

    The various teas, fish oils, baby aspirin etc are the icing on the cake though, and eliminating the problematic foods in the first place makes a big difference.

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    DamnDirtyApe: That's a really good point. I didn't think of it at all. Thanks!

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