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StefannyJo
12-22-2007, 01:07 AM
I just got diagnosed with arthritis in my shoulder. I don't know what kind, I was talking to the dr on the phone and was kind of shocked (I am 29 and not athletic). It didn't dawn on me there are different kinds. I have a spur somewhere too. They have recommended PT. I am going to see my chiropractor next week and talk to him.

OK, here is my question. I attempted to knit tonight and it was OK. (size 50 with 4 threads) Do you find knitting aggravates or relieves arthritis? Am I going to have to give this up?

suzeeq
12-22-2007, 01:20 AM
As long as you don't feel any pain or stiffness during or later, you could probably keep it up. Stop if it hurts, and watch your posture, try to stay relaxed.

Jan in CA
12-22-2007, 01:23 AM
You shouldn't have to give it up. If something hurts take a break and you may have to alter the way you knit, use a pillow or whatever. Needle size may affect it, too. I have arthritis in my neck and I'm fine.

vaknitter
12-22-2007, 09:15 AM
I would take the MD's advice and do some PT. Doesn't have to be long term, just a few visits to learn a some exercises you can do at home to keep your shoulder mobile and strong.
DO NOT give up knitting. Arthritis will actually get worse the less you use the joint and you don't want to end up with a frozen shoulder. My elderly neighbor finds that knitting and crocheting actually keeps the arthritis in her hands from bothering her.
Also talk to your MD about what meds you can take for pain control - not everyday, but for the bad days when it's really sore and you've got things to get done.

Knitting_Guy
12-22-2007, 10:04 AM
I find that knitting helps the arthritis in my hands, but does tend to irritate the arthritis in my shoulders.

I just take very frequent breaks. It makes me a slower knitter, but that's ok, I'm not in a race anyway.


I've found that taking breaks, combined with taking a good dose of Ibuprofin before starting helps to keep the discomfort to a minimum.

StefannyJo
12-22-2007, 10:21 AM
I would take the MD's advice and do some PT. Doesn't have to be long term, just a few visits to learn a some exercises you can do at home to keep your shoulder mobile and strong.
DO NOT give up knitting. Arthritis will actually get worse the less you use the joint and you don't want to end up with a frozen shoulder. My elderly neighbor finds that knitting and crocheting actually keeps the arthritis in her hands from bothering her.
Also talk to your MD about what meds you can take for pain control - not everyday, but for the bad days when it's really sore and you've got things to get done.

Thank you, this is what I was wondering. I am on meds everyday right now, I guess I am having a flare up. So much new information to learn.

LOL! Thanks for the ELDERLY neighbor part! I am giving you a hard time. My family thinks it is funny that I am almost in tears about this.

StefannyJo
12-22-2007, 10:25 AM
I find that knitting helps the arthritis in my hands, but does tend to irritate the arthritis in my shoulders.

I just take very frequent breaks. It makes me a slower knitter, but that's ok, I'm not in a race anyway.


I've found that taking breaks, combined with taking a good dose of Ibuprofin before starting helps to keep the discomfort to a minimum.

Thanks! That sounds like some good advice. I will try to remember it!
I am slow to begin with, this may not be good!:wink:

knitncook
12-22-2007, 10:49 AM
I've had arthritis since I as a teen. Mostly in my back and hips. I developed arthritis in my hands in college. I find that I have to knit in spurts and starts and I have to watch the position that my arms are in. I can't knit in bed, but can knit fine in a chair. I have to have several different projects going at the same time with different sized needles. Some people with arthritis in their hands complain that metal needles hurt their hands, but I haven't noticed a difference as they do tend to warm up after a short while using them. I find using my joints helps relieve tension, so I walk every day and have yet to quit any of my arts that involve use of my hands (I also paint and do calligraphy besides all my fiber projects.)

Knitting_Guy
12-22-2007, 11:40 AM
I've had arthritis since I as a teen. Mostly in my back and hips. I developed arthritis in my hands in college. I find that I have to knit in spurts and starts and I have to watch the position that my arms are in. I can't knit in bed, but can knit fine in a chair. I have to have several different projects going at the same time with different sized needles. Some people with arthritis in their hands complain that metal needles hurt their hands, but I haven't noticed a difference as they do tend to warm up after a short while using them. I find using my joints helps relieve tension, so I walk every day and have yet to quit any of my arts that involve use of my hands (I also paint and do calligraphy besides all my fiber projects.)


Maybe if you learn to knit with your feet it might help the hips too. :rofl: I have it in my right hip and sitting for too long is a definite no-no.

knitncook
12-22-2007, 01:08 PM
Maybe if you learn to knit with your feet it might help the hips too. :rofl:
:chair: Have you been looking at my prehensile toes?

StefannyJo
12-22-2007, 10:45 PM
Thank you all for your input. It has relieved my fears and given me fantastic tips.:hug: The comic relief is a plus... my husband laughed at the prehensile toes comment!

I love this forum, this site, and the members.:heart: I am still consider myself a novice after 4 years and I am the only knitter I know. (The only knitting group is at a craft shop and costs $15 an hour!)

Thank you again.:muah:

lelvsdgs
12-24-2007, 02:33 PM
I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 14. I had it mostly in my knees. (This was 30+ years ago) It has slowly spread to my hips and now my ankles. My mother had it in her hands and one of the things that helped keep them limber was to knit. She had to watch how long she would knit and take frequent breaks and like Mason, took a pain reliever before taking up her needles.
If I had listened to what that doctor had told me then, I'd have been in a wheel chair for the last 17 years. I have found that if I use my joints (with in reason) I can do pretty much what I want. Please do not give up knitting, talk to your pt person and they can give you lots of exercises to help keep you out of pain.