In the early weeks after having a baby some women develop a nagging, often sharp pain at the base of their thumb. If left, this will begin to spread up the forearm towards the elbow.
It is very important to not ignore this! It is an acute tendonitis that will rapidly become chronic & difficult to treat. It is called De Quervaine syndrome. If treated early and the correct advice is followed you will probably resolve quickly.
At home you can ice the area for 15 minutes several times a day & take some anti inflamatories (these are safe to take while breastfeeding).
Try to avoid activities where your thumb is extended out from the palm. Think about not picking the baby with the web of your hand extended out, don’t hold your breast while feeding with the thumb out, do your bras up at the front of you & spin around etc. It takes a bit of thought & planning but will make a huge difference.
If you are doing all of this & the pain is persisting, spreading or getting worse don’t wait to see what happens. It will get worse! Seek help from our experienced therapists at genesis ASAP