I’m looking to you guys and gals out there for advice on how to cope with my tendonitis in ways that don’t involve drugs!

Question: Well there I was thinking “finally I’m gonna see a specialist who’s gonna help me through this” but oh no, I definitely counted those chickens before they hatched.  Because I’m pregnant I can’t have x-rays or any kind of exploratory work done, can’t take ibuprofen, basically I’m up that creek with no paddles to speak of! So….  ….I’m looking to you guys and gals out there for advice on how to cope with my tendonitis in ways that don’t involve drugs!

And any suggestions for the pain that’s started in my left shoulder and back of neck would be greatly appreciated too!  On a more positive side though ,work seem to be taking a little more notice of me but I’m not holding my breath on that one just yet….

Answer 1: I know just what you’re going through. My son is now a bright 2 years old (it was his birthday yesterday) and although I seriously struggle with him because of my hands he’s an absolute dream.  Now, back to a more serious side – I found a TENs machine an absolute god-send. It really does help and it relaxes you as well. I used to use mine during the evening and especially before bed.

It would relax me so much that my husband would have to gently wake me to take off the pads before I dozed back off again.  If you want to chat ‘off-group’ then please don’t hesitate to email me direct.

Answer 2: Oh dear…..I guess being pregnant can cause a lot of biochemical and postural changes, so it isn’t altogether surprising but I bet you can well do without it on top of the other “side effects” of this so called wonderful event .I’m afraid I can’t comment from firsthand experience).  Without trying to be condescending, what advice can I think of? …..

1. Try to find out what’s causing this pain and stop doing it (or at least ease off). Are you doing anything different, sitting differently, etc? There must be some explanation if this is a new problem. Could it be something to do with sleeping in a different position too? Maybe a different type or size of pillow might be an idea?

2. Try a lot of stretching exercises and mobilization depending on cause and type of problem. I find movement helps a lot in neck and shoulder/upper back pain.

3. See if it responds to heat or cold – hot packs (e.g. wheat bags, gel packs or heated wet towels) or ice (ditto or frozen peas)

4. Find someone friendly and helpful to massage and rub it, perhaps play with trigger points. Or decide that in your “condition” you’re allowed to pamper yourself and get treated to a few nice relaxing or deep massage sessions.

5. Take it easy – at least you have a “proper” excuse now!!!  Sorry – this is probably old hat to you. Then again, I don’t find that any drugs work with the sort of neck and shoulder pain that I get anyway, so it’s basically what I have to try and do.

Answer 3: Radian B Mineral spa bath (i think it’s called, green stuff, about 4quid) doesn’t help long term or anything but can give temporary ease of pain.

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