severe tendonitis

@cher913 (25893)
Canada
August 23, 2012 8:00am CST
i have had a problem with my right wrist lately and finally went to the doctors. he said you have severe tendonitis and try not to use. Ha! who is he kidding as i type at work for a living,plus, i mylot, write articles and craft at home and of course, because i am right handed, i need to use it. i have come to admire those who can use both hands for tasks and have started using my left hand for tasks (not including writing) and its been slow going. are you able to use both hands for tasks? have you ever tried to do things with you other hand?
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Aug 12
I am sorry you have tendonitis, it can't be very nice for you. As for me; I'm lucky in the fact I am ambidextrous (can use both hands..and feet too lol) and I write with my left hand but I have a list a mile long of stuff I can do with my right, including using a mouse. In fact, I prefer using my mouse in my right hand so if anything happened to that hand I'd have to train my left hand to use the mouse. I could do it though if I had to. I guess I am one of the lucky ones, which explains why I get so frustrated watching footballers who can only use one foot. In fact, I shout at the telly if I see a player go round in circles in order for the ball to stay on one foot and I go, "USE THE OTHER FOOT, YOU'RE PAID ENOUGH MONEY!!" Haha!
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
23 Aug 12
They say that it is a great exercise for your brain to use your other hand. So consider that you are not only getting the benefit of resting your right hand but are also an exercise your brain. Two for the price of one. Blessings
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Aug 12
Whoa, hang on there, I can relate, because I was also recently diagnosed with tendinitis and of course it is my left hand, the one I write with. I also do A LOT of writing, not only here, but I am trying to finish a revision for my novel before school starts Monday, I have a family who I cook and clean for and two border collie/beagle dogs. One thing I have heard is, by using the "good" hand more often, you get get tendinitis in that one as well. Below are a couple sites that was given me and I want to suggest that if possible, to ask for a referral for a specialist to look at your hand. I have been to the doctor twice and I won't go back to her since she is not a specialist, because she first told me to wear a brace at night, the next visit she says to not move my wrist.. Anyway, I am told various methods here on mylot from exercising the bad wrist to not moving it at all..I don't know which and that is why I want to see a specialist, but I do know this and I strongly suggest you do it, "do exercises with your good wrist" before using it. This will prevent your other wrist from getting it.. http://www.itendonitis.com/wrist-tendonitis.htm http://www.livestrong.com/article/379893-exercises-for-wrist-tendinitis/
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
23 Aug 12
Hope your wrist gets better soon, I have had that & it is no fun. I am sooooo right handed that i would have a problem with using my left hand that much. It's easier said than done
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@Oktavist (396)
• Romania
23 Aug 12
I have tried learning my left hand to perform like my right hand.I got bored,although it showed progress.I answer my phone with my left hand,use it in many other actions,although I don't put much attention in it. To learn the other hand to be better at tasks,I wrote a paragraph a day using my left hand.Also,I switched some tasks,using my right hand to answer the phone,left hand to brush teeth etc.It will show some progress in 2-3 months. I strongly suggest not to force that much the wrist on your damaged hand.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
1 Sep 12
Yeah, that is like when they give the weather report and say that the air quality is poor and you neeed to remain indoors for the day.
@Shavkat (56489)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
There are some complications, if tendonitis progresses. It might lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, if the cause is work-related, you might as well ask your doctor on how to modify in working condition to prevent this kind of condition.
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
Is it a Ganglion Cyst? I have it too. I went to see a doctor and he said it's nothing serious. I still use my both hands in typing. I just don't carry heavy things. It hurts. Happy myLotting.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
24 Aug 12
poor Cher I had a tendonitis several times when I was a student. First time I ended up with the arm in a cast and the other times only with a very firm bandage. When it hit me I was off work as it couldnt heal when I type. I am right handed too but like to use my left for some chores like dusting to my mothers dismay...... LOL....
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Aug 12
heck no, I can't use my left hand, I can hardly use my right hand. I have been clumsy all my life and now it is worse as I am starting to get arthritis in my hand.
@AmbiePam (48108)
• United States
23 Aug 12
I tried to start using my left hand to do ordinary things when I was younger, just to see if I could do it. I could not. I hope your hand and wrist get better at some point.
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
23 Aug 12
As you may recall from last spring, the roomie fell and broke both arms. She also sprained both wrists, but the right arm was by and far worse both for the break and the sprain. Before she was recovered, she also got tendonitis in her right wrist. Unlike you (or I) she's left handed, but "south paws" tend to be more ambidextrous then right handed people. She had a hard time mousing and typing when she first got back to work after the fall, but by taking it easy, you too will recovere. Hate to say this, but take a break from the crafting...
@much2say (38683)
• United States
23 Aug 12
Hope your wrist feels better soon! I am from the school of "moving is better" than to keep it still. I am no physical therapist, but I find that doing exercises or stretches that are opposite to what I'm doing routinely helps tremendously (a bit painful at first, but it helps - me anyway). I have tiny wrists, so carrying my baby all the time they way I did gave me tendonitis. I took the other hand and bent my wrist the other direction from how I held the baby and held it there - that's how I relieved myself from the pain! Anyway, I am a natural lefty . . . but am sometimes ambidextrous because of the way the world is built (as most people are righties). My kids are both righties, but I learned to do things the righty way to help them along. I use the mouse with my right . . . and eventually used drawing programs with my right . . . and I didn't realize that I did was doing that . . . that's what felt most natural on the computer - and I normally draw with my left!!!
@BarBaraPrz (19348)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Aug 12
I sympathise with you. I used to get tendonitis in my wrist a lot when I was younger, then a few years ago I suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome. Wearing a brace helps. And, yes, I am nearly ambidexterous (I've been lax in using my left hand lately). I can write with my left hand but it's not as pretty as when I use my right hand. I once did a painting using my left hand when my right wrist was giving me trouble. As for typing, when I had the carpal tunnel, I used mostly my left hand -- touch typing on the left side of the keyboard and hunt and peck on the right side. Hope you heal up swiftly.