The de quervain's hurts me way worse than the carpal tunnel, but I do have both. I did get an electrical nerve study done by a neurologist to confirm the damage to both areas. The brace has somewhat ameliorated the pressure on the carpal tunnel nerve, but it seemed to simultaneously make the de quervain's pain worse.
Handling Lucy definitely hurts, but it's not the cause, at least not in my ortho doctor's opinion. And he's the Spurs' ortho guy, so he must be right
Anyway...he said this can be brought on by pregnacy swelling and/or post c-section swelling (both of which I had). Both doctors told me that at this point (8+ weeks postpartum, and I'm at 11) if it were going to go away from reduced swelling, it would've already happened. And yes, Steph, I do believe that the BB didn't help, either. I used it a lot in the first few weeks to keep myself awake during those long late night nrsing sessions, and to share the news of Lucy's arrival. That trackball is a beotch! Nursing hasn't helped either-- you do it all damn day, it seems, and I'm constantly using my hands to aid her feeding.
I have not tried acupuncture...and thanks, that's good idea. My ortho was really open to me exploring other options to alleviate the pain since it's obviously going to be very difficult for me to work surgery into my calendar. Even if I wait until she's walking, she'll still need changes and the occasional "holy crap donjt do that!" swoop up from the ground....so if I want for a good time it might be when she's 10!
If I can get my mom to come for 4 weeks, perhaps a good time to do it is once I've stopped breastfeeding.