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I developed pretty bad tendinitis in my right arm last summer. Unfortunately it was from knitting. I had hoped resting it would help. But after many months of healing just knitting for a few minutes set me back again. :(
02-26-2010, 12:05 AM
I am so sorry! That is one of my worst nightmares:grphug:
02-26-2010, 01:13 AM
Thank you. Do you know of anyone who has had this problem? Did they have to stop knitting entirely like I have. I keep hoping I'll be able to pick up knitting again.
02-26-2010, 08:53 AM
Oh that would totally be the pits!!!! I'm SO sorry! I know how I would feel if I couldn't knit. :( Hopefully someone on here will have some suggestions for you.
Thank you Wanda. It was very difficult, especially at first. During the times I used to knit I just didn't know what to do with myself. Now I see my half finished project and it just makes me sad :( .
02-26-2010, 11:03 AM
:hug::grphug: I hope you heal soon and enough that you will be able to knit again!
02-26-2010, 11:19 AM
Have you looked into getting physical therapy for it. I work at an outpatient facility where one of the services we offer is physical therapy and people say it desperately helps.
02-26-2010, 11:59 AM
That's horrible! Thank God I didn't have to give up knitting when I got frozen shoulder.
I will say, that when I injured the tendon in my right thumb, I couldn't knit for a couple of months and when I took it back up I began resting my left needle on my left thigh (what else are mouse pads for?) and it made it so much easier without the weight of my project causing me to tense up that part of my hand/arm. Which just shows we will find a way to do what we love.
02-26-2010, 12:17 PM
I sprained my pinkie/road rash'd my right hand when I tripped running to catch a bus, so I couldn't knit for a few days (or wash my hair properly, or easily wash dishes or do kind of anything) horrible!
Jan in CA
02-26-2010, 01:06 PM
Oh I'm sorry, that has to be very frustrating!
I wonder if using another method of knitting would help... :think: Like continental if you're an english knitter.. Or even just using a look so you could do something would be better than nothing. A lot of knitters at my LYS have taken up weaving as a compliment to their knitting, but no reason you could do it alone if you enjoyed it.
02-26-2010, 04:53 PM
Ideas for natural remedies:
Bursitis: try alfalfa tablets
Tendinitis: try zyflamend and/or turmeric (curry)
frozen shoulder: try zyflamend along with some GENTLE yoga and/or physical therapy
hope these suggestion help everyone keep humming along!
03-02-2010, 12:37 AM
so sorry for you....hope you feel better soon.
03-02-2010, 03:27 AM
I'm so sorry that you're suffering!
I have a girlfriend who has had to quit knitting from the same ailment as you!
I've also many times thought about my aged great-aunt. She lost much of her eyesight in later years. It prevented her from knitting. At the time, I didn't realize how it affected her happiness in her last years. She mentioned it to me every time we visited. Not being as yet 'an avid knitter', I didn't fully understand her sadness. :pout:
03-02-2010, 07:38 AM
This might help: http://3sleeves.blogspot.com/2007/06/crafters-gloves-knitting-hand-pain.html
I stopped knitting for nearly 20 years due to a wrist problem similar to yours. I plucked up the courage to try again after seeing knitting magazines in the newsagents. I don't know if I could have come back to the hobby sooner or not, but I'm jolly glad I did return.
I hope you will not have to give up your knitting completely.
03-02-2010, 11:42 AM
I had to quit crocheting years ago because of that. Now If things start to hurt/stiffen in my right arm after working it to much at school of knitting at home I sleep in an arm brace and wear it for a day or so. I still can't crochet becasue just holding the needle sends arc of pain up the wrist :gah: So I hope you find a way to help your wrist or to adapt the knitting fro your new arm needs!!!!:grphug:
03-02-2010, 11:49 AM
I have arthritis and tendonitis in both hands, wrists, and arms. I have had to learn to loosen my grip on the needles and yarn, and let the yarn flow. I must knit slowly and carefully, and take breaks often.
Sometimes, I will switch from knitting to crochet, and back again. Embroidery is a nice change as well...especially in the summer.
Occasionally, I have to stop crafting for a day or two, and put ice packs on my arms and hands. Ibuprofen helps too.
But the thing that helps the most is just loosening my grip on my crafting tools. I keep reminding myself, "just let the yarn flow!"
Hope this helps!
03-02-2010, 03:29 PM
I understand how you feel as I also have tendonitis as a result of several years of wood cutting, water hauling, and dog mushing. Also have carpal tunnel, arthritis, and problems with hands going numb (reason I quit the mushing.) I spend a lot of time knitting, more than I should, but try to take breaks between. I have those hand splints and elbow brace ( I also have a bone spur in rt. elbow.) but hate them. You just have to take it easy as hard as it is. Do hand and arm exercises and take breaks every so often.
03-02-2010, 04:10 PM
I had to give up hand quilting because of my joints. So I understand the frustration.
Here is what has helped me-
Circulars-cause I have less weight on my hands/wrists. Since buying interchangeable circulars, I often drop the needle size on the left needle. The stitches slide better. Yes, they can slide off. But it is less work to move them.
Varying the styles of knitting-English or combined continental. I trade off between the two so I have less wear & tear on my hands. Ditto with changing the fingers carrying the working yarn.
I gave up using needles smaller than #4. Just too hard to grip the needles.
If you knit with a "death grip" on the needles your hands will tire more quickly. Just let the work flow.