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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2005 12:27:11 PM »

My back usually starts hurting if I've been sitting on the floor and knitting for a while.  Yeah, I know, I ought to have back support from a chair or something, but I like the floor.


I've also stabbed myself with a needle while knitting.  I think I had just finished a row and was turning the work and somehow I stabbed my upper arm. I was surprised that I actually drew blood and had to put on a bandaid.
But then, I'm really klutzy to begin with.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2005 06:04:39 PM »

oh, i get the SOREST back. the right side of my back is the biggest pile of knots.
i think it's because my right hand is dominant, and knitting as well as typing/ writing class notes just pushes my body over the edge. Also i tend to sit twisted on the couch to knit ('my' couch is at right angles to the tv, so i sit a bit funny).

I've discovered those wheat bags you heat up in the microwave are great. i could finish casting off last night when i'd've otherwise had to stop, because the wheatbag soothed the pain.

Also, when i was knitting with a silk/ wool blend I inhaled a lot of the floating fibres. I was really worried about it. It was kind of hard to breathe! My mum's a pharmacist and it was tres embarassing having to ring her up at work and ask her get me a surgical mask to knit with!
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« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2005 07:17:03 PM »

And for the past couple days, you know that feeling you get right before part of your body falls asleep?  I have that at the tip of my left ring finger and it hasn't gone away for days.  I don't get why that would happen.

i think it's this:

http://www.orthogate.com/patient-guide/cumulative-trauma-disorders/patient-guide-to-guyons-canal-syndrome.html

you should probably see a doctor about it...and i should probably follow my own advice.

mine is related to a crunchy quality in my wrist, and i can make it go away by cracking the bones back into place.  it started with my first real project.  i've been abstaining from knitting/salivating over my manos and trekking xxl and alpaca for months now, hoping it will fix itself while i get my health insurance sorted out...

it's made me quite sad.
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2005 08:29:33 PM »

And for the past couple days, you know that feeling you get right before part of your body falls asleep?  I have that at the tip of my left ring finger and it hasn't gone away for days.  I don't get why that would happen.

i think it's this:

http://www.orthogate.com/patient-guide/cumulative-trauma-disorders/patient-guide-to-guyons-canal-syndrome.html

you should probably see a doctor about it...and i should probably follow my own advice.

it's made me quite sad.


Great, just what I need.  I looked around, does anyone have any ideas off the top of your head about how I could still knit with a pinched nerve while letting it heal?  Like maybe a brace that will keep my wrist in place?  Cause I'm in the middle of two major projects I need to finish! Sad   Ah well, I'm going to see my doc on friday anyway. 
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2005 08:48:34 PM »

The numbness has happened to me too.. except in my toes.  I was at a party last winter wearing some too high heels for a few hours and the next day two toes on each foot were numb.  I asked my mom (a nurse) about it and she said I probably just had a pinched nerve and that it would work itself out after a while.   And it did, but maybe a week or two later. 

I forget about those heatable wheat thingies.  I have one at my house but never use it.    Roll Eyes

I've also had problems with inhaling bits of wool and it then making me sneeze and itch.  Wool doesn't really itch my skin when I knit with it, but the airborn bits irritate my allergies.
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2005 09:15:27 PM »

Great, just what I need.  I looked around, does anyone have any ideas off the top of your head about how I could still knit with a pinched nerve while letting it heal?  Like maybe a brace that will keep my wrist in place?  Cause I'm in the middle of two major projects I need to finish! Sad   Ah well, I'm going to see my doc on friday anyway. 

yeah, i'm sorry.

just for the sake of conversation...i tried a little futuro brace from the drug store.  i think it was called an 'energizing support glove' (basically a spandexy fingerless glove with an elastic band you could velcro around your wrist).  it didn't solve the problem, but it made me feel better for a while...

but for all i know, the problem's in your elbow.  will you let us know what your doctor says?  i'd really appreciate it.
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« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2005 05:37:57 AM »

blah, found out my doc's not gonna be there Friday (i'm going in for a blood test so I only need to see the nurse).  Still undecided what to do, I might see the other doc that's there.  But for sure I'm gonna go get a brace today.  I'll let you know if it starts to feel better or if I give up all together and go for holding the needle in my armpit like the girls are doing in the "one handed knitting"  post Smiley 
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« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2005 08:46:39 AM »

I don't have any injuries myself other than the muscle aches after I first started, or the sore fingers (almost bruises) from holding the needles so tightly in the beginning - you know, when it still feels like you're writing w/ the wrong hand.

But my cat had one.  Loki loves pointy things, so I was scooting the needle along the couch for him to chase. Held it in the air, and it slipped and bonked him in the head.  He doesn't come near me when he sees the needles anymore.  He can be across the room, I hold one up and he squints and runs away.  This was a few weeks ago too.  Poor kitty. 
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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2005 09:13:31 AM »

I think knitting messd up my fingerprints. They use high tech scanners now and the scanner couldn't get good prints because my thumb and pointer had so many scratches from needles and yarn I presume. I wonder if that is why my security clearance hasn't come through.
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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2005 07:58:29 PM »

I think knitting messd up my fingerprints. They use high tech scanners now and the scanner couldn't get good prints because my thumb and pointer had so many scratches from needles and yarn I presume. I wonder if that is why my security clearance hasn't come through.
maybe you should do a bank heist while you're at it!
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