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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008 12:33:30 PM »

thanks so much for your advice!  i took some tylenol today and that stopped the pain... for now at least.  i'm gonna pick up a wrist brace asap so i can get back to the fun!

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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2008 12:14:48 AM »

Thanks! I'm an ATHF geek, lol.
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2008 05:25:35 AM »

Sorry to say it, and I could be wrong (IANAD), but if your hands or wrists are hurting you badly I don't believe it's a good idea to take a painkiller and brace your wrist so you can keep on doing what's hurting you.  That pain is inflammation in your joints and tendons. Your body is telling you to please stop soon, thanks, so it can rest and let the inflammation subside.  No matter how many anti-inflammatories you take, it won't go away unless you let your hands rest.

Also, I believe crocheting with a wrist brace could potentially make things worse, as the whole idea of a brace is to restrict motion in the wrist. That means your hand and whole arm are going to have to twist more to make up for the lack of wrist freedom.  Which means, you guessed, more inflammation.

I know, I'm a party-pooper. But I don't like to see anybody get hurt. I suggest putting the WIP down for a little while, reading a book (maybe a crochet book?) or doing anything else that will give your hands time to relax.
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2008 09:44:00 AM »

actually, they make braces specifically for crafters because this is a very common problem.  you don't see athletes give up sports because of an injury.  they just wear braces to prevent further injury.  there are also stretches that help prevent the wrist pain.  of course all of this is preventative.  i decided that i will give the crafting a rest until my wrist is back to 100%, and use the brace and stretches to prevent further injury.
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2008 05:31:47 AM »

I was not suggesting that you "give up sports", just that you give your wrists a little rest time.  A little pain in the hands is a pretty normal phenomenon for serious crafters (and typists, and athletes, and many other people who repeatedly strain certain parts of their bodies) but if your hands aren't allowed to rest the problem can get much worse.  You're right, very few athletes give up sports because of RSIs - but many, many athletes are benched for a few games to recover from developing RSIs.  Braces are no substitute for rest, and no doctor in the world is going to tell you "here, wear this brace and keep hooking, you'll be fine."

(The companies that manufacture the braces and "crafters' gloves" might tell you exactly that, but please remember that those companies exist for the sole purpose of making money.  They do not care about your well-being.)

Again, most of the time this pain is nothing major and will go away after a good night's sleep.  Sometimes, however, it's a sign of a serious problem.  I found this by Googling for "crafters wrist brace": http://3sleeves.blogspot.com/2007/06/crafters-gloves-knitting-hand-pain.html.  I recommend reading it. Notice the part where the doctor laughs at the knitter's "crafting gloves". Of course, doctors aren't always right, but I'd trust my doctor a lot more than a company that tells me "buy our product, it'll cure all your ills.")
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2008 10:14:01 PM »

well, like i said, i DID give up crafting.  and i did NOT buy one of those stupid knitter's gloves.  i picked up a carpel tunnel wrist brace.  my mom uses one exactly like mine when she crochets because our doctor recommended it to her.
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