View Full Version : Slow knitting is now NO knitting-update page 3

10-27-2008, 06:05 PM
I am a fairly quick knitter and it doesnt take me long to complete a project. WELL I'm now back into my soft cast on my right hand (I'm a lefty) . My tendinitis/carpal tunnel is acting up. I don't know if its cause I sleep on my hands, yes I know this a no no or the cooler weather is bugging it but OY its taking me all day to get a dish cloth knitted.

So back to the doctor I shall be going if it doesnt calm down on its own. Now whre is that ginormaus bottle of Celebrex they gave me.

Jan in CA
10-27-2008, 06:12 PM
Bummer! I hope they feel better soon!

10-27-2008, 07:23 PM
:hug: :pout: I hope you are feeling better real soon!!

10-27-2008, 08:54 PM
Awww...you poor thing!

Me thinks a couple of Amaretto Sours would fix you up nicely. :teehee:


10-27-2008, 09:07 PM
Feel better soon!

10-27-2008, 09:29 PM
Awww...you poor thing!

Me thinks a couple of Amaretto Sours would fix you up nicely. :teehee:


Girl those will do more than fix me up nicely. You coming over to join me?

10-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Girl those will do more than fix me up nicely. You coming over to join me?

You know it!!! :thumbsup:

10-27-2008, 10:25 PM
Hope ya feel better soon.

I used to subscribe to the "no pain no gain" idea but these days it's more "no pain...is a good thing".

10-28-2008, 01:03 AM
I can REALLY feel for you, because I've not knit one stitch in over three weeks due to pain. This is really getting me down, and I'm feeling sorry for myself, and anyone else frustrated by this problem.

10-28-2008, 07:13 AM
Awww...you poor thing!

Me thinks a couple of Amaretto Sours would fix you up nicely. :teehee:


:clink: The quicker fixer-upper!!

10-28-2008, 07:41 AM
I have both hands right now that are killing me. My right hand has two trigger fingers and they are really bad. I can't even bend my fingers without them locking up.
My hands keep me up all night long the left hand is numb and the right one also numb with the fingers locked up.
I don't go and see the doctor until next week. I just know he is going to tell me not to knit any time soon. Oh what to do:cry: I would take the drink but don't drink:ick:.
All this for a beautiful stole, I just has to get it done the old pain no gain thing. Well I am paying for it now.:sad: So as I wear it I think I made this and maybe never knit again. :pout: Ya right never knit again. I told my dh no way am I going to give it up. I may take a few weeks off but that would be it.
So I hope you are feeling better knittMitchie I know what you are feeling.


10-28-2008, 09:31 AM
I know how you feel, last summer I had it in my shoulder, it still bothers if I sit and knit too long. Yeah Celebrex and a drink aught to fix you right up!!!!

10-28-2008, 10:26 AM
YEAH for Celebrex and Knitting. I have been doing both for quite a while now. :knitting: :knitting: :knitting: :knitting: :knitting:

10-28-2008, 11:05 AM
I am going on a no knitting spell. This in now way means that I will not be busy with some sort of a projects. I've got enough fiber to spin and I can still crochet SEE being a lefty comes in "handy". I will be calling the doctor later on today and seeing if I can get an appt which will mean I'll be seeing a specialist YEAH

10-28-2008, 12:55 PM
You poor thing, I hope you feel better soon!

10-28-2008, 02:12 PM
My normal doctor is out of town this week but he has a nurse practitioner in. I got Friday morning at 8 am to have it checked out. We think its just a tendinitis flair up but we shall see.

10-28-2008, 06:53 PM
am sometimes plagued by painful hands--left thumb especially. so, i learned to knit continental as well as 'english' and if the pain is aggravated by one method, it usually helps to switch to the other. not knitting at all is a scary thought!! linknit41

10-28-2008, 09:32 PM
I have tried Continental and it just feels wrong. I can crochet so it satisfies my needs to craft. Plus I can spin which I can spend HOURS doing if people let me be.

10-31-2008, 09:50 AM
I'm home from the doctor and have an appt Wednesday Nov 5th with the Neurologist for a Nerve Study. I have carpal Tunnel in my right hand/wrist but we don't know how bad it is at this point. There is a possibility I will be having surgery before the end of the year.

10-31-2008, 12:33 PM
Before you're committed to surgery, I would suggest getting massage first, and/or acupuncture. Many times CTS symptoms are caused by tight muscles in the arm, neck and shoulder, and acupuncture is terrific at relieving pain. It may take a couple times each, but it's much less invasive than surgery, which may not always make it better.

10-31-2008, 03:24 PM
CTS is a repetitive motion injury. You can prevent CTS by stopping the repetitive motion... Yikes, no wool crafting?

Well, maybe and maybe not. Can you do it without bending the wrist and without gripping tightly? If the answer is yes to both then you might be able to continue doing the wool craft.

Sue is correct, in part, as tight muscles can contribute to the injury. But the injury is caused by bending your wrist (up, down, left or right) while squeezing your grip. The tendons pass through the carpal tunnel in your wrist with the nerves. Bending your wrist makes the tendons rub on the tunnel walls and get sore and swollen. The swelling presses on the nerves causing the numbness and pain. So loosen up a bit. ;)

I prefer chiropractic for wrist, arm, shoulder and back. Sometimes, with the right stretches, I can get my back and neck to "crack" (slip back) into proper place and relieve the pressure on those pinched nerves. And there is no cutting or punctures involved! :)

I always think of surgery as a last resort (isn't it rather extreme to modify the body for convenience?). When one or the other of my hands go numb, I try not to use it for awhile. That could be minutes, hours, or days depending on how badly I irritated the tendons and how successful I am at not moving the wrist. I find casts and splints to be something I subconsciously strain against until I feel the pain and stop.

What works for me:

If I keep trying to use my hurting hand, I'll put it on my chest (like covering my heart, you ladies may alter the position for appearances). It is just like having it in a sling for me with out the sling to strain against (when I forget why it's there).

Try using the other hand to do more of the work, but be sure to be friendly to that wrist! You don't want both hands in pain. :wall:

Worst thing for me:

Using a mouse with the computer. :doh: They taught me the best ergonomic position for one's hands, wrists, and elbows in typing class way back in HS, but a mouse is just non-ergonomic by design! Track balls are a bit better because you can immobilize the wrist and use just finger and thumb motion to operate the trackball and buttons. :woot: But I don't have a trackball. :sad:

So, can you re-learn you knit and purl, sc and dc, and all the rest in a way that is more friendly to your wrists? Yes but it requires constant vigilance (an HP phrase!) to keep from slipping back into bad habits. :sad:

Good luck with your wrists. I hope you find what works best for you.

Sending prayers and healing charms (there's another HP phrase) for you.

--Jack :guyknitting:

10-31-2008, 04:13 PM
Since I am on Tricare (military's health insurance) they are kinda weird about alternative medicine. I can see what the doctors think.

To answer jack yeah I can wool craft just fine without it being too much of a bother. this may just force me to learn Continental style. What really bugs it is doing the purl stitch. I can work on my garter stitch sweater and not have any troubles.

Since all of this started I have cut back on my wool crafting time. I did 4 rows on my stole and 4 rows on my prayer shawl yesterday just to say I made some progress on both.

10-31-2008, 11:04 PM
I've got a question. My job has me keying numbers and using the mouse a lot. I have had this weak feeling from my hand, wrist and a little way up my arm. Could this be carpal tunnel syndrome? It is a kind of pain, but more of a weakness feeling.

10-31-2008, 11:12 PM
No, CTS is usually numbness, though as I wrote earlier, many of the symptoms are from tight muscles. That's what's probably happened, overuse of the fingers which are controlled by muscles in the lower arms. The muscles contract and squeeze against the nerves, which can also cause numbness, as well as a feeling of weakness. Apply heat, either a wrap or pad, and see what you can do to relax the arm. Massaging the arms and neck/shoulder area will also help, whether you do it yourself or have someone else rub out those areas. Magnesium is also good to help muscles relax.

10-31-2008, 11:16 PM
Since I am on Tricare (military's health insurance) they are kinda weird about alternative medicine. I can see what the doctors think.
Truthfully, they probably don't think too much of it, which is too bad, as it can be more than, or just as, effective than surgery without any adverse effects. Stretches are good. Extend your arm with the hand flexed, fingers up. Take the other hand and gently pull back on the fingers until you feel the stretch. Hold it a bit, then relax. Repeat a couple more times. Do the same thing with the hand pointed the other direction. Work both sides.

ETA: For both of you, icing the painful areas can sometimes relieve the pain. If the muscles are inflammed, cold will counteract it. The heat is to relax the tight muscles which aren't usually the same area as the pain.

11-01-2008, 10:06 AM
I dont have any tips for you just want to say I'm sorry you are going through this. Spinning sounds like fun! Take care and hope your feeling better soon. >^,,^<

11-01-2008, 12:31 PM
I've got a question. My job has me keying numbers and using the mouse a lot. I have had this weak feeling from my hand, wrist and a little way up my arm. Could this be carpal tunnel syndrome? It is a kind of pain, but more of a weakness feeling.
I had a similar problem a number of years ago. It progressed to where I had to lift my left arm up to the steering wheel of the car to drive. I couldn't lift even a couple of pounds with my left arm. The doctor thought I had a bone spur pressing on my spinal cord in the neck. I went to the chiropractor for a while and it got worse. I then went to physical therapy and they diagnosed a pinched nerve in my shoulder. I went through therapy for a couple of months and have had no relapse.
I have had great luck with PT over the years. I tend to overuse my body as we've never felt we had the extra cash for a tractor. I have learned to manage my body better and to not overdo and keep joints limber.
Best of luck in your recovery.

11-26-2008, 04:56 PM
after having a nerve test and seeing a second specialist I have De Quervain's tenosynovitis (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/de-quervains-tenosynovitis/DS00692) and have to have a custom splint made which I will have to wear 24/7 until January 6th.

This means no knitting or anything fun.

11-26-2008, 05:09 PM
So sorry to hear that. Hope that works for you and you're back knitting soon.

11-27-2008, 06:39 AM
Ohhhh -- I'm so sorry, Christine! I pray your wrist is better after the splint.

11-28-2008, 12:22 AM
I hope to get my splint the beginning of next week so I can start wearing it and can heal. NO knitting is SO not fun.

11-30-2008, 10:12 AM
So sorry you have this. We'll pray that the splint heals it, did they tell you that you will have to slow up on your knitting even after it is healed? BE GOOD and follow the drs orders.......so hard to do before Christmas!

11-30-2008, 02:08 PM
surprisingly no one has YET yo ask me what my hobbies are. The only thing we've talked about is phone and computer use.