I got a very nice email this morning from a customer named Evan. Evan is a guitarist, and musicians quite often develop tendon issues because of all the repetitive practice that they have to do in order to master their instruments. After asking about some other stuff, Evan wrote the following:
It seems my tendonitis/nosis issues have almost completely cleared up. It’s amazing, I’ve been playing the guitar for 2 hours a day for the past couple of weeks
without any pain, just some mild fatigue sometimes at the end of the day. I can’t believe it, it’s taken me 15 years to find something that let me play guitar without any issues. amazing!
I know from personal experience just how frustrating it can be to deal with a long-term tendon issue, but man…fifteen years! Fortunately, Evan didn’t give up when misdiagnoses and conventional treatments let him down. He kept looking around until he found a solution that worked.
One thing people fail to understand is that nature designed the human body to work, and work well, for quite a long time. If you take care of your body, there’s no reason that it should start to give you pain or discomfort until very old age. Pain, especially the slow, creeping pain that comes with tendonosis, exists to let you know that something is wrong, not that there is an irreparable, catastrophic break. Of course, if you never do anything about it then a small problem can very easily turn into a big one. But if you have access to the proper methods of rehabilitation and nutrition, your body will fix itself in a relatively short amount of time.
Speaking of nutrition, Evan wanted to ask something else:
Quick question for you since I’ve read that you’re big on [a supplement I recommend in Target Tendonitis]. In your experience, do people generally need to
keep taking it forever or do most people scale down the amount they
take? I’ve been taking it 3 * 3 times a day and noticed a little ache
start to come back when I ran out so I haven’t tried easing myself off
it yet. Any thoughts on that?
Once you’ve injured a bodypart, especially soft tissue like a tendon, it is unfortunately the case that it will remain more prone to re-injury than other areas. So yes, it’s probably a good idea to keep taking a low dose of [the supplement], and also throw in a couple sets of the recommended exercises once or twice a week just for maintenance purposes, even after you’ve fully recovered.
If–like Evan–you’ve been suffering from tendon pain for more than a couple of weeks, it’s almost certain that your problem isn’t “tendonitis”, no matter what anyone has told you. I have a test on this website that is designed specifically to give you a real answer to what kind of tendon pain you have. (Don’t worry: not only does it take less than a minute, it’s completely free. You don’t even have to give your email address.) You can find it here. If you’re tired of icing and resting and taking aspirin and still not getting better, do yourself a favor and check it out. It might just be the best minute you’ve spent since you injured your tendon.