Jan, What you may have is deQuervain's tendonitis. I found the
following description on the Internet. It caused me problems for
years, I tried various remedies. Finally went for surgery, I have no
problems now. I recommend it if it's a reoccurring problem.
deQuervain's tendonitis This is a condition caused by swelling and
inflammation of the tendons along the thumb side of the wrist. It
causes pain along that side of the wrist, which is made worse
whenever the thumb is used for grasping or twisting.
The pain may travel up the forearm, and there may also be numbness on
the back of the thumb and index finger. Actions which need force from
the thumb, such as pinching, may become difficult. The area may also
swell and a fluid-filled cyst may appear.
The diagnosis is confirmed by a test called theFinkelstein test. The
patient makes a fist with the fingers over thumb, and the fist is
then bent in the direction of the little finger at the wrist. This
results in severe pain over the thumb side of the wrist if he has
Treatment usually involves resting the area by wearing a splint,
along with oral medication to ease the inflammation. Otherwise,
surgery is required to make room for the tendons