De Quervains tenosynovitis

By sheilashine Latest Reply 2011-04-30 19:14:47 -0500
Started 2011-04-30 15:30:36 -0500

Have been experiencing the pain and discomfort of De Quervains tenosynovitis in my dominant hand. Has anyone dealt with this? This is in the early stages of diagnosis and nothing I've done to treat it has helped. (nsaids and icing the hand.) Next step is to see a hand specialist. Primary doctor had x-rays taken, but said the hand looked normal. Guess he wanted to eliminate a joint irregularity or arthritis.

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jayabee52 2011-04-30 18:26:04 -0500 Report

Howdy sheila

I'm so sorry you're experiencing that!

I had not heard of that condition before, so I looked it up (I learn so much on DC this way!) Here's what I found: (multiple pages)

What i read in the article and what you wrote about the x-rays sounded familiar. One of the causes is rhumetoid arthritis, which my bride had when she was alive. Some of the symptoms sound vaguely familiar, from what I recall. You may want to have a Rhumetologist check you out for RA as well. (The hand Dr probably won't be able to do that) Jem's x-rays showed no abnormalities as well. X-rays won't show soft tissue inflammation.

Since you're taking NSAIDs please take heed to this warning I posted a while ago:

I pray you find quick relief from your pain, whatever its source.


sheilashine 2011-04-30 19:14:47 -0500 Report

James, Thanks for the words of support. I, too, looked up the condition on the Mayo Clinic website. I certainly hope that what I'm experiencing isn't RA. I know too many people who are struggling with it. As a certified pharmacy technician I am aware of the potential hazards of taking nsaids. Thanks for the warnings.

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