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Old 04-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #11
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from someone who has
osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia and fibromyalgia, use a muscle cream on your hands, you can wash the minty smell off after you are done if it sticks to your yarn (I usually wait until it is all soaked in good), I use theragesic or I use a specialty lotion for fibromyalgia (I get it either online or on Ebay, it is called two old goats, and smells fabulous)
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #12
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Voltaren gel is awesome, too! Not greasy and doesn't have much of a smell. I will have to try the Two Old Goats; thanks for the tip!
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:43 PM   #13
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I've started taking coconut oil daily and my knees and hands thank me. I can do deep knee bends and barely get a complaint from my knees. My hands are much less prone to stiffness. After several weeks, I am almost convinced it's the coconut oil. It probably wouldn't harm you to try some either in cooking or in a hot beverage, I put about a tbs. in coffee every morning. I'm not saying it will cure your ills, it's not a miracle worker, but there is a chance you might see some improvement by using it in conjunction with whatever else you do.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:22 PM   #14
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painful hands
a physio nurse in hospital told to exercise my hands in a bowl of warm/hot water, she says it helps
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:42 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by jaynekin View Post
a physio nurse in hospital told to exercise my hands in a bowl of warm/hot water, she says it helps
The best way I've found to do that is to wash dishes in the sink.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:40 AM   #16
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Re: blankets

I have a one month old and a two year old. We have lots of blankets: in the van, in the crib, in our bedroom.

I change the baby on the flannel ones. Also, she spits up.

I knit a hat out of sport weight cotton for DD and geez, my fingers hurt. I'm not a tight knitter, either!
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When I started using sock yarn and size 2 or smaller needles my hands started hurting. I had to pay attention to how I was holding the yarn and needles to figure out how to do it without gripping things too tightly. I wish I could tell you how I changed my way of doing it but for me it's just something you find a way to do that works for you.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:26 AM   #18
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Ugh it sucks not being able to knit :( i haven' t seen the doctor yet but plan to next week while i'm on late shifts - yep thats right I'm a shift worker - ugh.

But until i see the doc I am not picking up my needles, even if I want to :( which sucks. I like the idea of making things its theraputic! ugh why do things like this ALWAYS happen to me - don't worry, I known i'm not the only person. I'm just having a woe is me moment - it will go away momentarily.

how long do you guys reckon I should rest my hands in the meantime. Ugh it really does suck! :(
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well, everyone is different, but when I wake up in the morning and my hands hurt, I make myself knit, but I have had medical doctors tell me to do so, I have to make them move or I could end up with frozen joints. I would think it would be wise to not stop moving them, but don't knit until you find out what is wrong.
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