Sixteen and Dequervain's Tendonitis Surgery..nothings helping!

by Mykayla
(Wisconsin Dells, WI)

Hi my name is Mykayla, I'm 16 years old. Last year I was diagnosed with DeQuervains Tendonitis, in my wrist don't know if you can get it anywhere else). I play a lot of sports. I started off by going to my family doctor to where she diagnosed me.

There was a loud popping/cracking in the wrist too. it wasn't too painful. There is also pain on the left side of my right wrist, i think they ignored that.

At then when the icing and brace, and anitflammatories were going so well, they did some cortisone injections(DECEMBER 2009). Those weren't too bad but only helped for a short period of time. I was constantly in pain, and eventually couldn't participate in the sports i love.

Time went by and i still wasn't doing so hot, so they recommended physical therapy. I was going twice a week for about three months. Still no improvement.

Time passed and they had decided to send me to a specialist, who was a complete a**hole. Third visit to him and he decided it was time to perform a Dequervains hand release(FEB 10TH 2010 surgery date ). About two weeks later that was performed.

After that i was placed in occupational therapy and recently just finished the course (APRIL 24TH 2010). Sad to say wasn't much help.

To this day, I still have the pain, I have discoloration/bruises from what they believe was the cortisone injections. Also there is a lump/bump, almost cyst like medial proximal to the insertion point of the surgery, wasn't there before surgery. It is my right, dominant hand.

Another major problem is I can feel the pain coming in my left wrist. Is there something that I should be doing?

Also is there a difference in tendonitis surgery and Dequervains hand release, maybe i need the tendonitis surgery??

Also could it be possible to be Carpal tunnel?

I hope you can help. Thanks.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Mykayla.

I hope I can help too. And, since you didn't leave an email address for notification of reply, I hope you find this!

So. You had all the 'standard of care' routine. Nothing helped. And now the doctors and physical therapists and such have nothing more to offer, except more of the same.

I promise they're prescribe the exact same regimen for the left side, even though it didn't help for the right at all.

Sorry about that.

So how can I help?

1. The bulk of what you need is in my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook.

2. I suspect that you are protein, magnesium, and Vitamin D decient (must those, at the very least).

3. It's likely that the surgery didn't even target the right place (if you even had a 'right' place'). So you also have to rehab from the damage the surgery caused.

4. Did anybody ever investigate WHY you were having pain in the first place? As in, WHAT actually caused the Dequervains?

5. That bump is -probably- a keloid, a scar tissue growth. It's benign but annoying. I'd need to ask you more questions. It could be a Lipoma, which is a fatty tumor that grows where there is tissue stress (also benign, nothing to worry about).

6. Dequervain's is just a fancy word for thumb Tendonitis.

7. Do you have Carpal Tunnel Symptoms? If so, that changes the conversation a little bit, but not much.

Let me know if you find this, I have some other questions for you.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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Dec 05, 2010
Dequervain's Release - Sixteen and Dequervain's Tendonitis Surgery..nothings helping!
by: Anonymous

I had DeQuervain's release on September 8th. I started OT the first of Nov. and am scheduled to continue through Dec. I am a dog groomer along with I handle livestock and am very lets say hands on.

I am wanting to start to slowly return to my job (dog grooming)but still have discomfort and sharp pain in my wrist when I over exert it or use it quite a bit.

My question I guess is can DeQuervains return to the same wrist if I go back to my repetative job?

Thank you for your help!


Joshua Comments:

Hello there Anonymous.

Yes, Dequervains can certainly return.

There are two factors involved in this.

1. You continue to to do the same repetitive motion that caused the pain dynamic in the first place, and while the surgery 'released' the tendon sheath, it again gets irritated and inflammed etc.

2. Unfortunately, Dequervain's release surgery cuts the tendon sheath, but doesn't positively affect the rest of the ecology. Meaning, it doesn't relax tight muscles, lengthen constrictive connective tissue, dial down the inflammation response or the freaked out nervous system.

So the ecology is ready for more produce pain.

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