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chamaecyparis
« on: November 14, 2006 03:56:36 PM »

...and help me find a solution to the Christmas present dilemma.

Here's the story:  In the last few months I've developed tendonitis in my arms (at least I think that's what it is), and it's really cramping my crafting style.  I'm usually always doing things with my hands, but now almost all of the things I usually do make my wrists and elbows hurt worse then they already do.  Anyway, I haven't been able to knit for about a month now  Angry(knitting=my form of craftster crack Wink), and most other things I know how to do require similar wrist movement.  Even writing for more than 10 minutes or so hurts!

As you can imagine, I'm starting to get slightly frustrated and bored.  And I was planning to knit christmas presents for everyone this year.  So if anyone has any ideas for crafts I can do that won't be too hard on my wrists (and might make good christmas presents), I'd really appreciate your suggestions. I figure knitting, crocheting, sewing, and beadwork are all pretty much out. 

Thanks in advance- i'm sure the collective craftster mind will have many more creative ideas than I can come up with!
   
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2006 04:01:28 PM »

have  you tried the  wrist  guards?
  and  aleve  really  helps  the  pain.   and  swelling.
my step mom and I  use sleves that  have  ice  packs  in tehm  to  help  keep the  swelling  down.  we  put them on before  we  start and   it  helps  tremdously!
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2006 04:15:53 PM »

wrist guards didn't really help...I think maybe the problem is more in my elbow, but makes my wrist hurt too?  And the pain isn't really bad enough to need a pain killer- it's more of a constant dull ache, but it gets to be a sharper pain if I strain it too much.  I'm kind of worried that taking aleve or something would cause me to hurt it more, beacuse I wouldn't be able to tell when it was feeling strained.  Thanks for the suggestion, though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2006 01:26:36 PM »

maybe some arm/hand stretching exercises would work...it helps me every once in awhile with repetitive motion stuff.
1. put your hands, palms together in front of your chest like you're praying, forearms parallel to the floor. move the bottoms of your wrists down gently toward your belly button.
2. assume the same praying position but rotate your hands away from you, forearms still parallel to the floor, feeling the stretch on the insides of your forearms
3. hold your hands out in front of you like you're stopping someone and alternate your hands up, down to stretch the top and bottom of your forearms.
and maybe try something besides knitting for a bit to rest your elbows and let them recover.
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2006 01:35:15 PM »

have you used Sombra yet? It's a natural painreliever, you can get it on the net if you can't get it at a chiropractor or massage place. I use it all the time and it helps speed up healing when my arms get like that. Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2006 09:43:10 PM »

Ooh, I'll have to ask my chiropractor about the natural pain reliever.  Thanks!

Also, thanks for the stretching exercises.  I'll give them a try.  I've already knocked off most of the things that bother my wrists and elbows for about a month, but it's still getting worse.  I'm not sure what the problem is (but I am going to see a doctor soon).
 
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2006 11:49:45 PM »

Yeah, I wouldn't delay on seeing a doctor, because that sounds like a really bad sign. I know it took some time for my wrists and hands to improve when I took measures to fix my repetitive stress injuries, but they did not get worse after I'd taken steps. You might have other issues going on aside from repetitive stress
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2006 09:39:45 AM »

Yeah, I think it might be lyme disease...that's why I'm trying to think of crafts to do that are easier on my wrists, because it might be a while before they really get better (and I need to do something with my hands).  Oh well, hopefully I'll find out the cause pretty soon.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2006 09:47:28 AM »

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Try making scarves, etc. from thermal fleece. You can cut them out with a rotary cutter (they even make those with decorative edges) that's pretty easy on your hands.

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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2006 08:51:16 AM »

Thanks for the suggestion!  I should be able to do something like that without too much trouble.
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