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Old 12-22-2007, 10:45 PM   #11
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Thank you all for your input. It has relieved my fears and given me fantastic tips. The comic relief is a plus... my husband laughed at the prehensile toes comment!

I love this forum, this site, and the members. I am still consider myself a novice after 4 years and I am the only knitter I know. (The only knitting group is at a craft shop and costs $15 an hour!)

Thank you again.
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:33 PM   #12
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I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 14. I had it mostly in my knees. (This was 30+ years ago) It has slowly spread to my hips and now my ankles. My mother had it in her hands and one of the things that helped keep them limber was to knit. She had to watch how long she would knit and take frequent breaks and like Mason, took a pain reliever before taking up her needles.
If I had listened to what that doctor had told me then, I'd have been in a wheel chair for the last 17 years. I have found that if I use my joints (with in reason) I can do pretty much what I want. Please do not give up knitting, talk to your pt person and they can give you lots of exercises to help keep you out of pain.
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