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Tenosynovitis (aka De Quervain's Tendinitis)

sassy411ssassy411 Posts: 199
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Chronic Pain
Does anyone else have this? It's similar to tendonitis in the hand/wrist, but actually more painful.

My PM dx'd it as the source of my hand & wrist pain that refuses to go away. I'm not a candidate for epi for my back (bad reactions to steroids), but PM said he was willing to do a small injection of cortisone for the tenosynovitis.

Anyone else?

As if I really need another chronic pain generator. It seemed to be calming down finally & then, out of nowhere, suddenly flared this w/e.

I have to spend hours working at my computer if I am to make a living. Everything I have to do are the worst things I could be doing for my spine & now this.




  • Did your doctor order a splint that will splint just the thumb leaving the rest of your hand with movement. That will still allow you to do your job. Typically when mine flares I just use the splint and it takes care of it. The splint does a lot more work in the evening when I am not using my hands at all. The one I have was custom made and just holds the thumb in place with velcro. It is made out of the same material they make splints out of. So they molded it to my arm and hand and set it correctly. The shots can also do some work, but maybe the splint would help as well.
  • No, he didn't. My GP has always assumed these issues were related to my neck.

    I've been wearing splints from Rite Aid & just yesterday ordered one specifically made for this condition.

    I will continue to bug my GP's office about the referral for a shot.
  • Oh yes I know this demon....we are old enemies!!! Well I had all the treatments including surgery........I still hurt!! I wish you better luck and I will pray for you!!! :O)
  • So sorry to hear even the surgery didn't work! My PT suggested massaging the area--made it worse.

    I'm experimenting with different types of braces. Did you have any luck with that?

    I'd like to avoid the cortisone, if I can.
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