What Causes Tendonitis?

In order to deal properly with tendonitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow tendonitis to develop?"

Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind tendonitis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to tendonitis.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Chronic Inflammation

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular postprandial somnolence
macrocytic red cells
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
mildly elevated TSH
very low free T4
slowed pulse rate
low T3 free level
fatigue for over 3 months
significant history of cysts
very low HDL cholesterol level
being a lethargic person
low energy/stamina
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of tendonitis:
Cause Probability Status
Hypothyroidism 94% Confirm
Chronic Inflammation 73% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate problems with limbs, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had Tendonitis, a painful condition involving inflammation, swelling, and irritation of a tendon?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current severe problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of tendonitis or tendonitis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Chronic tendonitis is occasionally associated with hypothyroidism.