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Old 01-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
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Insanenewknitter posted this thread a while back: http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=111254

However, she didn't get any replies (meaning, I guess, that no one had any information), so perhaps you could PM her.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:43 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:45 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:39 PM   #5
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What is Thergesic? I've heard creams really help with FM pain.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:05 AM   #6
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Theragesic
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 lowdosenaltrexone.org, you won't be sorry.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:29 AM   #7
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CFIDS abd Fibromyalgia here
Aspercreme! I frequently have to use Aspercreme on my hands in order to get my fingers from getting stuck into painful hooks...LOL! Capsasin works for my lower back somewhat...at least I am able to keep my mind on the knitting a hand for a little while before I have to stop.

As far as the pain in the shoulders and the heaviness of the arms...what I do generally is go to bed and knit in a reclined position where I can use pillows to support my shoulders and arms. I can't knit sitting in a chair on on the couch for much more than 15-30 mins...so I had to learn to knit in bed. Some days I can't knit more than 10-30 mins at a time before having to re position myself with something or other.

I'm not complaining however because there was 10 years or more I couldn't even hold needles or hooks and make stitches consistently...so I'm happy just to be able to see and to be able to knit for now.
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