Ask the Nurse

I’m a 32 year old female in average shape. Over the past month or so, I’ve been doing more yard work like pulling weeds, planting, laying mulch, raking and trimming. In the evening, my thumbs having an internal burning sensation, and I experience pain in my lower thumb joints. Sometimes my thumbs seem weak, and I have intermittent shaking. It’s significant enough that it can keep me awake at night and still ache in the morning. After a few days, it disappears. I’ve already had surgery on my right wrist for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. What could this be?

It is important that you see your primary care physician for an evaluation and the hand surgeon that did the wrist surgery. You may have tendonitis again that needs evaluation and treatment. In the meantime, you should avoid over-use.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women’s Health Nurse

November 21, 2016 at 2:16pm