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Thread: Tendonitis from Quilt-making?

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    Thanks to a suggestion made by Irish Rose, I bought a Futuro thumb stabilizer at my local Target this morning. It feels sooooooooo good! I'm pretty confident it's giving the thumb tendon(s) some much needed rest.

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I hope others are being helped by this discussion, too!

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    I suffered in pain for about 5 years (thumb side of wrist, already had sucessful carpal tunnel surgery on the inside of wrist). Trip after trip to the doctors for pain management. A few shots of corticosteriod, which helped for a little while, then it would come back...I had enough and asked why/ can't it be fixed instead of treated...sent me for MRI & x-ray, and therapy. After 4 weeks of therapy & ultrasound and $$$co-payments I was better. Then of course after a quilting retreat doing a mini paperpeicing project, It flared it up again.
    At therapy I found out it was called DeQuervain tenosynovitis (similar to carpal tunnel just in another area), so I started researching. I even found an actual surgery video! But I now know it's fixable. I called my surgeon and after a referral from my doctor had surgery withing a couple of weeks. The surgeon asked why I hadn't come sooner!!!! BECAUSE NO ONE told me, just shots and pain reliver that rotted my stomach. Yes I did try rest, and even had a special wrist splint that imobolized the thumb and wore it faithfully every night and all the time w/ flair ups. Surgery was a complete success, not any pain for 2 years. Well not in the wrist anyway...I now have some trouble with the opposite elbow now. Does inflamation just go somewhere else when you physically correct narrow passageways?
    In summay, if it's interupting the quality of life and treatment offer no relief, look into surgery (any risk was worth it to me to get out of pain and do the things I love)

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    Run - do not walk - to a good physical therapist. Hopefully one who specialises. They are marvelous!! and can give you exercises that will keep it away -- I still do them when I get the slighest strain -- after 20 years. I couldn't even pick up a coffee cup-- I had torn a bunch of things in my arm and wrists putting up the wallboard for a cathedral ceiling.
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    try some of those stretchy gloves without finger tips in them. they fit down over the wrists and help keep your hands warm while working. I just got a catalog that had a pair with fingers in them, just no tips. the older style had most of the fingers out. either way, they should help.
    they come in beige.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny3244
    I suffered in pain for about 5 years (thumb side of wrist, already had sucessful carpal tunnel surgery on the inside of wrist). Trip after trip to the doctors for pain management. A few shots of corticosteriod, which helped for a little while, then it would come back...I had enough and asked why/ can't it be fixed instead of treated...sent me for MRI & x-ray, and therapy. After 4 weeks of therapy & ultrasound and $$$co-payments I was better. Then of course after a quilting retreat doing a mini paperpeicing project, It flared it up again.
    At therapy I found out it was called DeQuervain tenosynovitis (similar to carpal tunnel just in another area), so I started researching. I even found an actual surgery video! But I now know it's fixable. I called my surgeon and after a referral from my doctor had surgery withing a couple of weeks. The surgeon asked why I hadn't come sooner!!!! BECAUSE NO ONE told me, just shots and pain reliver that rotted my stomach. Yes I did try rest, and even had a special wrist splint that imobolized the thumb and wore it faithfully every night and all the time w/ flair ups. Surgery was a complete success, not any pain for 2 years. Well not in the wrist anyway...I now have some trouble with the opposite elbow now. Does inflamation just go somewhere else when you physically correct narrow passageways?
    In summay, if it's interupting the quality of life and treatment offer no relief, look into surgery (any risk was worth it to me to get out of pain and do the things I love)
    My doctor is recommending surgery for the trigger finger - 2 cortizone shots every 6 months in which the last one did not help for more than 6 hours, so come January facing surgery, already had the corpal tunnel suregery on this hand. Thanks for the encouragement it will get better.

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    I wear braces which does hinder some work - but they force my hands in the right direction. Medicin to keep the inflammation down, ice, and don't overdo it. It's a repetitive motion issue and it will probably never go away.

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    "A word of caution: if you use a cane, consider getting a forearm crutch instead. Canes are very hard on the wrists! I wrecked one wrist and was on my way to wrecking the other before someone shoved a forearm crutch into my hands and made me promise to just give it a try for 30 minutes. After three minutes, I was hooked."

    I think I need to replace my cane with a forearm crutch not because of a problem with my wrist but my elbow. Elbow doesn't hurt until I use the cane. It's worth a try.

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    I also wear a "hand-eze" glove. you can find them on ebay by entering HANDEZE in category Crafts. I bought mine at JAF over two decades ago. It is like a girdle for the hand. I also have found that Biofreeze give me relief. I think I got it from doing so much machine quilting on a Bernina 1530....

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    Quote Originally Posted by May in Jersey
    "A word of caution: if you use a cane, consider getting a forearm crutch instead. Canes are very hard on the wrists!
    Good point, May. I notice a big difference when I lean on my hands with the wrists bent. Takes longer and longer to recover. (Sad to say it's usually my own stupidity that causes it)

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