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Sep 27, 2013
Lately I've been experiencing tendon pain after gym climbing. This isn't an acute tendon injury - I have stiffness and mild pain in all fingers tendons and joints that typically lasts for a day or so after a gym session. I've torn tendons on 2 occasions, and this is different. I'd describe the sensation as an aching feeling in the fingers not in the forearms. It doesn't seem to be correlated with getting pumped, nor have I been climbing particularly hard lately, although I am getting back to some gym climbing after not doing it much for several months.

Has anyone had a similar experience? Any ideas about what's going on? Hopefully the tendons are just getting stronger and I'm feeling it for whatever reason.

Kyle Christie
From Davis, CA
Joined Jun 11, 2010
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Sep 27, 2013
You may not think you're climbing particularly hard, but it sounds like your fingers disagree. Captain Obvious reminds me that once a piece of connective tissue (tendon) has been torn, it's more susceptible to being re-injured and as a bonus takes longer to heal. It's entirely possible you're just feeling that under-construction sensation, but consider an extra dose of Tincture of Time.

Hope you can get some more specific info. "One Move Too Many" might be one of the scariest books I've ever read and might give you some insights. Think about seeing a good physical therapist. And good health to ya!
Joined Feb 9, 2002
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Sep 28, 2013
I agree with Flynn... Definitely see a good physical therapist, as self diagnosis via the internet is not that great. Here is a link to a new paper on tendonopathy that others here might like too, illustrating that it is not always as simple as people like to think in the internet (just strengthen/stretch this muscle after resting this many weeks, etc.) Additionally, many time the structure we think is involved as patients is not involved at all. An example is the patients I have had with self or even physician diagnosed lateral epicondylitis, aka tennis elbow, that actually had significant radial nerve and cervical/neck involvement.

Erik Pohlman
From Westminster, CO
Joined Dec 18, 2006
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