If you are suffering from De Quervain's syndrome there are some common methods you can undertake to relieve your symptoms. This should not take the place of a regiment of treatment for De Quervain's syndrome since De Quervain's syndrome, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage and limit your range of motion in your wrist and thumb.
De Quervain's syndrome is an inflammation in some of the tendons controlling the thumb, and inflammation in the synovial sheaths covering those tendons as they pass through the wrist, or an inflammation in the tenosynium membrane coating the wrist passage. And like all inflammation pain relief can be found in reducing the inflammation.
The easiest way to relieve pain is to stop doing what causes you pain, at least when possible and with some exceptions for proper treatment and strengthening of the afflicted area. If you have discovered a physical cause for your De Quervain's syndrome, such as gripping a rake, stop doing it and let the leaves pile up.
Another option is to stabilize the area affected. In the case of De Quervain's syndrome that is the wrist and thumb. A brace or wrap that supports this area while restricting the range of motion, usually through compression, so you do not overexert yourself can help. You can also seek to immobilize the area, through a cast or splint, until it has had time to heal.
An ice pack is the easiest way to relieve pain from inflammation, especially when it is near the surface of your skin. Use an ice pack regularly to reduce your inflammation following a 15 minute on - 15 minute off pattern. A cool pack, one that isn't as cold as frozen ice, can be kept on longer. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation on these items.
Using heat to relieve pain is effective. It increases blood flow in the area and can stimulate healing. However, heat does often increase inflammation. So while the pain dissipates while the heat is applied to an inflamed area it can do more harm than good and worse the condition.
Over the Counter Medication
Inflammation can be reduced with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen have proven affective.
Elevating your hand over your heart can help relieve the pain some. The stronger the blood flow the more you feel pain. Placing your hand above your heart will reduce the blood pressure in the hand and can provide some measure of relief.
Your diet may provide you some relief, especially if you have chronic inflammation throughout your body. Staying away from foods you may have a food allergy or intolerance to can reduce your overall level of inflammation. A reduction or short term elimination of grains from your diet has shown some reduction in overall inflammation in some people.
The anti-inflammatory affects of alcohol are well documented, especially for red wine. The daily cocktail or glass of wine at dinner can help relieve inflammation and makes you feel better overall. You should not self medicate with alcohol, but following established healthy drinking guidelines for your age, weight and condition can help alleviate inflammation.
One of the most common contributors in any inflammation is dehydration. Most people are chronically under-hydrated, if not actually dehydrated. Your body needs plenty of water to keep your body working well and all of the cellular waste processed. Make sure you are drinking plenty of liquids, with the majority of it being actual water.