I hurt myself in a very silly way and I’m sure many parents reading this article will want to pat themselves on the shoulder saying that they were right. So actually, by using my smart phone with one hand, for several hours at a time several days in the week, I seriously hurt my thumb and wrist. At first, it was just like a cramp that came back often, but now I can’t do certain movements with my wrist without having a throbbing pain that extends to my elbow. And I’m not the only one who has these pains: yes, a lot of people talk mostly about neck pain online, but we also have a lot of doctors who see a growing number of teenagers and young adults in their offices who come to them with a wrist tendonitis. With the arrival of new technologies, we have new pains to deal with.
But I’m not necessarily here to tell you what to do, I’m here to share what helped me and what helps me to reduce the pain, naturally: it’s always advised to consult a doctor to tell you if it is tendinitis or arthritis, or if you need more care.
So I will share three personal tips to help you on your way to have less pain.
1 – Green Tea… Decaf.
Drink green tea and quit coffee. This advice will seem very hard for some people, but it has been a reality for me: coffee gives me pain in the joints. I don’t come from a home where Mommy, Daddy and Baby, everyone drinks four cups of coffee a day; so, giving up coffee was not very difficult for me.
I don’t know why but drinking even a cup of coffee was giving me painful cramps in the thumb and was causing joint pain in my hands, and fingers and made my knees … “weak”, for lack of a better expression. There are very few articles online that describe this phenomenon, but in my personal life this connection was made very clear, so I stopped drinking it. I also stopped drinking caffeinated drinks in general that includes coke, pepsi and any soda with caffeine.
If you are like me and still like the morning hot drink ritual and you also need a stimulant, drink green tea! One of the benefits of green tea is its anti-inflammatory properties demonstrated by several studies. It is therefore a valuable ally to avoid joint pain related to inflammation of the tendons and joints. Be careful, however, to buy good quality organic green tea that is DECAFFEINATED. The organic part is just to avoid drinking more pesticides. In order to make your tea well in order to enjoy all of its benefits: dip it in simmering but not boiling hot water, and infuse it for less than three minutes.
2 – EpsomGel or Genacol Or any topical anti-inflammatory.
EpsomGel really helped me at times when I could not work or could not sleep at all because I was in too much pain to fall asleep. Applying a little anti-inflammatory and massaging it in really helped me ease the pain and stay functional. It was really important to me that it was a natural anti-inflammatory solution and not an oral medication, or any pill that can be found at the drugstore, since I did not want to make it a habit. If you are like me and taking pills feels like a huge step to you as well, I have to gel/creams to suggest to you:
3 – Collagen supplements.
This last advice is to be taken with a grain of salt. Collagen can be toxic in high doses your kidney might have a hard time processing it. You really have to be careful and seek the advice of a doctor. Take the recommended doses as stated on the bottle and do not go over them! I got more than recommended two or three times and had a big headache because my body could not stand that high a dose of collagen at once, so … be careful.
I started taking a spoon of collagen a day five months ago for three months and I noticed a decrease in pain and an increase in flexibility and it was nice, but this ingredient needs to be combined with the other two mentioned.
Here are some links for those who want to take them in liquid form:
Or those who would rather have it in the form of pills:
Collagen helps for skin, hair, nails, but also helps in joint formation and is crucial to keep your articulations supple.
Here are my three tips, hoping they will help you too and help you to live with less pain.