Patient Comments: De Quervain's Tenosynovitis - Diagnosis


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Comment from: Fred B., 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I am a 72 year old male who took a nap for about three hours and woke with excruciating pain from my right hand, around my thumb. Prior to going to sleep I was pain free. I thought that I had carpal tunnel syndrome. I went to my doctor to get a proper diagnosis. I was told that I had de Quervain's tenosynovitis.

Comment from: Teresa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I have been a hairstylist for 20 years. Over a year ago I had some pain and swelling in my left wrist, and my doctor gave me one cortisone injection. It did reduce the inflammation and pain after a few weeks, but it also caused an unusual amount of atrophy and left my wrist looking abnormal. Unfortunately six months later my right wrist began to hurt and was also diagnosed with De Quervain"s tenosynovitis as well (due to occupational overuse/repetitive movement). Crazy as it was I took another injection, only this time there was no relief, I have suffered with this too long, I will have my first surgery on Monday, April 28,2014. I look forward to sharing the results of my surgery and recovery.

Comment from: Shannon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had about 3 months of aching in my left wrist that progressed. Eventually, my hand would go numb while sleeping. When I would move my thumb it became like a stabbing pain. I went to my orthopedists and they knew right away that it was De Quervain's tenosynovitis. I have been in a brace for 2 weeks and it helps a great deal although I have to take it off to bathe and do dishes. Occasionally, I move it the wrong way and the pain takes my breath away. I am hoping the 4 weeks in a brace will take care of it in order to avoid surgery. Doctor feels that the nerve is inflamed; hope that doesn't mean longer in this brace.

Comment from: Vmpain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

Being right handed with de Quervain's tenosynovitis in my right hand, I cannot grip anything with my left hand. The pain and mobility are getting worse. I had scarlet fever when I was eleven and had joint issues growing up but not like this. I also have chronic neck pain. Unfortunately everyone thinks I am just whining and I bring it up when it really hurts.

Comment from: Jenn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I play kickball during the summer and back in 2012 I noticed a pain in my thumb/wrist while playing that gradually got worse the more I used that hand. I went to the doctor for something unrelated and ended up asking him about this pain. It was funny because I did the test for him. I told him, "when I do this with my thumb it hurts... what is that?" And he replied with saying, well you just did the test for De Quervain's. I thought he was making up the name and made him write it down for me so I could prove to everyone it wasn’t a made up thing.

Comment from: Mnkyprincess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I began experiencing pain in my thumbs and wrists a few weeks after my first baby was born. The pain just kept getting worse and worse the more I would lift my baby and make pinching/twisting/grasping movements with my hands in caring for my home and family. My OB/Gyn doc suggested I try physical therapy first before seeing an orthopedic doc. My phys therapist was actually the first to diagnose me. I eventually ended up going to an orthopedic doc and he confirmed the diagnosis of De Quervain's Tenosynovitis.


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