Got this in the mail a couple of days back:
Hi Alex. I’m a 54 yo man who enjoys light weight lifting, playing guitar (a lot) and I use a computer at work quite a bit. I developed elbow pain over 5 years ago in my left arm and recently have been experiencing sharp pains in the base little finger knuckle of my left hand. The doctor only said that non use and NSAIDS would cure the problem. Well, that didn’t cure the problem (I can’t tolerate NSAIDs for more than 3 or 4 days anyway) and I had pretty much accepted the fact that I would not be able to do the things I enjoy. I figured it was just the price of getting old. After using your exercise for 3 weeks the pain in my elbow is nearly gone as well as the knuckle pain. I’m back at the gym and happily shredding away again! It seems you get a lot of positive feedback, but I just wanted you to know how grateful I am. Sincerely, Jay
Just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you approach things in the right way you can heal just as quickly as when you were a teenager. (Okay…maybe not quite that quickly.)
Also goes to show that doctors don’t know everything. The fact is, most commonly available NSAIDs don’t even start working on inflammation unless you take them continuously for a month or two. To give an example, Ibuprofen requires a month and a half at cumulative dosages of around 2100mg per day (spread out over three or four times, of course). You’ll do better with prescription anti-inflammatories, but even the newest, most effective drugs like Bextra and Celebrex require a week to a week and a half. So for someone like Jay, who can’t tolerate them more than three or four days, they’re basically useless. Sure, they’ll provide some pain relief, but they won’t do anything to actually cure the problem if you have tendon pain.
In any case, congratulations to Jay for refusing to settle into middle age, refusing to take the doctor’s diagnosis at face value, and for searching out the information that could put him back on track. If you’re frustrated and would like to have some ammunition to talk to your doctor with, I have a seven-minute video up here that will tell you everything you need to know to get to the bottom of your tendon pain.