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Mrsforest 01-03-2013 10:55 PM

Knitting with Fibromyalgia.
Any other knitters have FMS? How do you work around the pain in your arms? I don't want to quit but man does this pain kill me!

Antares 01-03-2013 11:20 PM

Insanenewknitter posted this thread a while back:

However, she didn't get any replies (meaning, I guess, that no one had any information), so perhaps you could PM her.

Paulaque 01-04-2013 05:43 AM

I have Fibro, as well, and knitting is sometimes good
and sometimes really bad, right now I am trying to make a baby blanket for my new great nephew using the pattern in the Big Needle Knit Afghan book, Morning Sunlight, I know the pattern has errors, but I am not that experienced to know what the errors are and correct them myself, so getting very exasperated! There is even a thread on here about it, but no way to reply to it.:aww:

Paulaque 01-04-2013 05:45 AM

oh, and ways to help
I knit with my arms resting on a pillow, and knit continental whenever possible, and try rubbing your forearms down with Theragesic, it really works for me.

Mrsforest 01-05-2013 08:39 PM

What is Thergesic? I've heard creams really help with FM pain.

Paulaque 01-06-2013 10:05 AM

It is a muscle rub, but it doesn't have capsaicin in it (or however you spell that stuff). That stuff can agitate our nerves to the point of exhaustion, you know the fight or flight thing that we get that ends up dousing us with adrenaline for hours and hours? Theragesic has only Menthol in it, as a warning, it will set your skin on fire! But it doesn't bother the nerves as much, and sitting in front of a fan after putting it on makes it no biggy. You can buy it at Wal-Mart in the pharmacy section right next to ben-gay and icyhot. If you haven't heard of it yet, please look into, you won't be sorry.

Mrsforest 01-06-2013 10:45 AM

Well drats. I'm highly allergic to menthol. :( I'm going to have to do a little digging to find creams that don't contain menthol. You should have seen me after the Blistex incident. LOL I looked like a puffer fish. Little did I know it contains menthol.

Paulaque 01-06-2013 11:54 AM

Then you might try the wrapping of your arms, I wrap my legs, and it helps a lot, I have to use lightweight fabric, because I am naturally hot blooded, but if you want warmth, you can use fleece. You wrap your arms (or legs) starting at the top with strips of fabric about a foot wide, in a spiral down to the hand (or foot). DO NOT WRAP TOO TIGHT, fleece is best because it has elasticity. This should help with any muscle soreness, and because it is an even wrapping, it does not hurt trigger points.
You should join
this is a very informative site, and it helps to know you are not alone :)

Mrsforest 01-06-2013 03:13 PM

Thank you. :) I will definitely try this.

Paulaque 01-07-2013 12:43 PM

You are quite welcome!

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