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Old 06-09-2008, 09:36 PM   #1
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Help! I suddenly have developed alot of pain in my knitting hand! I'm sure others have dealt with this. I can only knit about six rows before I have to quit for the day. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-09-2008, 09:44 PM   #2
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I have knit myself into hand pain...I have tried soaking them in hot water with epsom salts, but I usually can't get very far with that as I can't stand my fingers getting pruney...but you could give it a shot....

Also...Badger balm, is a hand cream, doesn't really help in the long run, but it doesnt hurt....

I don't know the name of them, but I know there are quilters hand creams out there that are mint laced...and that does help!
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I take hand pain now and again. I use Handeze support gloves which really help. Also take plenty of breaks. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:51 AM   #4
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That must be very frustrating! I'm so sorry you're hurting. Have you done any marathon knitting projects lately that could account for the pain? If so, maybe a hand massage would help.

Also, I take B vitamins as a preventive measure, since I've read that low levels of B6 are associated with hand pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. Here's an interesting link:
http://alternative-medicine-and-heal...ons/carpal.htm

I hope you're better soon!
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:37 AM   #5
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Try a little massage on your arm muscles between the wrist and elbow. These muscles control the movements of your fingers and hands and may be tight. Try some ice just on the part of your hand that has the pain, no need to soak. I get some pain on my left hand between the 4th/5th fingers and the wrist from them curling around the needle when I knit too long on 1 size. You could extend your arm and gently pull back on the fingers, helps stretch out tight spots.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:58 PM   #6
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That happened to me the first month I knitted. I had to change the way I put the yarn around the needle. I had pain in my right index finger that went all the way up my arm. And when I changed my "system" of knitting it all went away,Thank Goodness!!

I wrap the yarn around my index finger twice. That forces me to use my whole hand when I put the yarn around the needle. Worked like a charm.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:21 PM   #7
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[quote=suzeeq;1117027 I get some pain on my left hand between the 4th/5th fingers and the wrist from them curling around the needle when I knit too long on 1 size. [/QUOTE]


Oh me too...Actually...I sometimes lose feeling in my pinky fingers when I am am knitting on tiny needles...
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Thanks so much for all the help. This is the first chance I've had to reply. Seeing a doctor today for advice. Will try all the suggestions.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:58 AM   #9
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oh i get this as well. i have found the more i knit the better it gets, but i have to take a break when it gets bad or my hand swells up.

hope your doc can offer some advise
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I wouldn't expect too much from the doctor, but then again, I'm suspicious of the profession. I think I'm getting carpal tunnel from too much knitting. Search carpal tunnel stretches and you get some nice stretches you can do. They seem to help. I'm trying to not knit for a few days but so far, I haven't even made it one! I ordered some support glove thingies too.
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