Patient Comments: De Quervain's Tenosynovitis - Treatment


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Comment from: Christine, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I've had de Quervain's tenosynovitis for 9 months now. I woke up one day and my left, non-dominant hand couldn't move, much less, stretch the thumb out normally. I was prescribed naproxen then ibuprofen, which didn't do much, wore a brace for 3 months and had my first of two cortisone injections. I was pain free for 3 weeks, went to physical therapy and the pain came back. I had another shot and went to acupuncture, no hope. I'm 23 and don't want surgery as suggested by orthopedics, I don't know what to do.

Comment from: MimiGully, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had physiotherapy, splints, wrist supports, naproxen, ultrasound therapy, acupuncture and cortisone injections for de Quervain's tenosynovitis before having tendon release surgery on my left wrist, and am waiting for my right wrist to be done. There was 30 percent thinning to the tendon and the surgeon excised some bone to release. There is still some pain and weakness, especially after physical exertion, but I'd say overall improvement is about 80 percent.

Comment from: Lou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I was diagnosed with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis 4 months ago. I wore a splint, did physiotherapy and finally got an injection of cortisone. After 4 days pain has decreased as well as swelling, by 50 percent. Hopefully it continues to heal.

Comment from: nylady88, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I was diagnosed with de Quervain's tenosynovitis in March 2018 after about 3 month of pain. Urgent care initially said it was a sprain but the pain persisted. Tried a splint for 4 weeks with no results, then received a cortisone injection. Pain was relieved for about 6 months. I got an MRI which showed the same diagnosis. I received another cortisone shot in October 2018 and starting occupational therapy this month. The doctor said no more cortisone injections. I am scared surgery will be my only option next.

Comment from: jennmba, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

For de Quervain's tenosynovitis I had cortisone shot, and oral NSAIDs for occasional pain.

Comment from: Shri, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 30

I am a physiotherapist and I am treating my patient with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis with pulsed ultrasonic, and IFT (interferential¬†therapy) with cold therapy. It is bringing relief to them.

Comment from: KB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I had a de Quervain’s tenosynovitis release done on 12-28-2016. As of today 4-3-2017 I have a pretty large lump right under the scar.

Comment from: pjgoldie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I had surgery for de Quervain's tenosynovitis on August 2, 2016. Ten days after surgery I started therapy. My strength and range of motion have improved but my wrist is still swollen and my thumb is numb from the knuckle to the wrist. Nothing seems to help improve either of these.

Comment from: LER819, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

My wrist, hand, and thumb pain has been chronic and ranges from moderate to severe throughout the day. I recently started treating with a doctor who does manipulative treatments which include percussion treatments. Yesterday my hand and wrist were at a 9 on pain scale of 1 to 10. Since the doctor did the percussion work, nearly 24 hours ago, I have been nearly pain free. I want to find more research on this treatment for De Quervain's tenosynovitis!

Comment from: Zoramar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I was diagnosed with De Quervain's tenosynovitis by a physician’s assistant in April and told there was no treatment beyond occupational therapy, alternate cold and hot, and Aleve. I saw a hand surgeon 3 weeks ago and he gave me a shot of cortisone; a panacea like no other. I have had excellent results for 3 plus weeks now.

Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

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Comment from: bleumore2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

Aleve and a brace are being used to treat my De Quervain's tenosynovitis.

Comment from: Chelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I was diagnosed with De Quervain's tenosynovitis in my right wrist, and had an injection to the left side of my right wrist. Also, when it flares, aside from icing, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory patches, I sleep with a brace, a huge help.

Comment from: cathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I finally had surgery about 5 years ago for De Quervain's tenosynovitis and all was great in both hands until I fell. Trying to catch myself something came loose, and my hand blew like a balloon. The pain was unbearable, and now my right wrist looks like it is broken, and I can’t use my thumb much at all. It’s very painful at times. I have no insurance and no doctor.

Comment from: tomcaia012, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I have had De Quervain"s tenosynovitis for six months and diagnosed 4 months ago. I did therapy and got the dexamethasone injection with lidocaine and Marcaine but that lasted all but 30 minutes and the pain returned. They say it was from gaming but I never had this problem until I had a new born in the end of November. I am scheduled for another injection; not sure if that will work but I do not want to get surgery. This sucks because I am in the military and having this is difficult.

Comment from: judyj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

It was 9 weeks after diagnosis of De Quervain"s tenosynovitis to get cortisone injections. The pain kept increasing till it was unbearable. Naproxen had no effect. Injection was only at the top (back of hand). The pain stopped on top of the wrist and thumb but not underneath (palm of hand). The medicine did not travel. Later x-rays showed no cartilage left and the doctor said that"s why the medicine did not travel to the other side. He said I cannot get injections for 4 months (only 3 times a year) or it causes bone damage. Wrist splints press on the area and hurt causing more inflammation. I never did repetitive movements. This is very disabling.

Comment from: dbeedle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I first had symptoms three months ago. De Quervain's tenosynovitis was diagnosed and I had a steroid injection in my wrist and wore a brace to immobilize the wrist and thumb. The doctor advised me that surgery might be required. The wrist seemed to be much better after four weeks and there was no pain. However, about two weeks ago the pain came back with a vengeance. I am scheduled for surgery in a couple of weeks.

Comment from: Linda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I had the surgery for De Quervain's about 2 years ago. It was a big improvement as the cortisone did nothing for my pain, however the pain is now starting to return. I'm not sure what is available at this point to help. I'm not looking forward to the brace or injections again.

Comment from: merly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I suffered for this de quirevans desease for 2 long years, but only cortisone injection healed the inflammation and severe pain. I found a doctor from Taiwan hospital where I stayed for 24 hours confinement.

Comment from: Alex, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

The injection I had only worked for 3 days then the pain came back much worse! Surgery helped so much. I'm now 8 weeks post-op and doing so much better.

Comment from: suzq, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have had the injection for this, but being diabetic, it is taking longer to heal. It has been three months and I am still in pain but not as much as previously. It is very hard to wipe when using the bathroom. That always makes the pain much worse.


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