Patient Comments: De Quervain's Tenosynovitis - Symptoms


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Comment from: Naomislen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have pain in my thumb and wrist with de Quervain's tenosynovitis. The radius bone is protruding. I was told the bone is protruding because of inflammation.

Comment from: GingerD, 45-54 (Patient) Published: April 10

I have been diagnosed with de Quervain's tenosynovitis about 2 months ago and it is not getting any better. I have been given the usual exercises, and have been wearing a splint for work but I am getting the clicking and popping sensation in my wrist and my thumb will not extend. It is agony, especially in the mornings and evenings, when it is particularly stiff. I am at the end of my tether wondering what to do next.

Comment from: l_gar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had thumb joint replacement with carpel tunnel release, because I was having severe pain when I played the bassoon. Three months after surgery and physical therapy the pain in the base of the thumb was gone and my fingers didn't fall asleep. I still had pain at the wrist though. After two injections and stretching the wrist, just like the test for De Quervain's tenosynovitis, I got the pain to go away. Now the tendons are popping and snapping when I hold something and bend my wrist and that causes pain. So I'm being scheduled for surgery.

Comment from: nitza, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I am seeking information and help for my dominating right hand. I had an accident five months ago, I had an air cast for 6 weeks, then a hard cast for 11 days because the cast was tight and all of my fingers turned purple, so they had to remove the cast. Then I had to keep a hard brace on for 6 more weeks. After the hand specialist saw me he said I had developed arthritis and tendinosis. Four weeks after the corticosteroid shot they say I have De Quervain’s disease, carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel. I have to sleep with an elbow brace and a splint that was built for me. The pain is unbearable and the tingling and numbness have not gone away. I am afraid that I won’t be able to regain my strength. I have been to physical therapy and occupational therapy for 21 visits, but I still haven't gained much strength. I am an assistant chef and have not been able to use my chef knife because I can’t hold it for long. I want to die from the pain on my forearm and wrist. I would love to be able to go back to work.

Comment from: Awesome13567, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I have been having trouble with my dominant right hand, I think it might be De Quervain's tenosynovitis. It is ok when I write with my hand but if I bend my hand it hurts so much. It has been hurting for a few weeks. I don't know what happened to it. I think it is something to do with my hand muscles.

Comment from: Aradhana Jha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

About nine months back pain in both my wrists started and I could not care about the same. After a few months when pain in both the wrists became unbearable, I approached a doctor who diagnosed the problem as De Quervain's tenosynovitis.

Comment from: ArtsyLady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I was just diagnosed with De Quervain's tenosynovitis last week by my new primary care doctor. The symptoms started a year ago right after having carpal tunnel surgery. The neurologist who did my carpal tunnel surgery seemed unconcerned and kept telling me to exercise my hand by squeezing an exercise ball. I've been doing that for the past year with no relief. In fact the pain has worsened. I'm wondering if the surgeon may have accidentally cut or dislodged a tendon causing this to happen. I have been wearing a brace for several months with no relief. The pain has just progressively gotten worse and worse. I'm thinking about contacting a lawyer to investigate whether this was caused by surgeon error or just a coincidence that the pain started immediately after the carpal tunnel surgery.

Comment from: Aira, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

With De Quervain's tenosynovitis, I have painful sensation when there's a movement. Especially when I'm writing and drawing. This was also felt when I was pulling my bow.

Comment from: Margaret, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

Shortly after a carpal tunnel surgery I began to feel a slight grating as I moved my thumb away and bent my wrist. It began to get painful each time I did this.

Comment from: lea, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 15

It’s been two weeks and I am having pain in both of my wrists and the lower sides of my thumbs. The pain occurs when I open, close, spread out my fingers, or fold my thumb up.


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer