I've had the tendonitis thing before, only it was the other hand, and on the thumb instead, else I would have put on the old brace already. I've had this threatening to appear for about 3 weeks now. I'd been trying not to use the hand as much, but something just pushed it over the edge yesterday.
Last time I spent a couple of months in the brace before it recovered sufficiently. That time hurt much worse than this one, though. At least it taught me that the only thing the doctor will do is put me in a brace and give me anti-inflammatories. So I'll be in a brace for a while, and taking some ibuprofin or other pain reliever to relieve the inflammation.
Just think, in another year I'll be able to lawyer myself too.