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Thread: Shoulder Pain From Quilting

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    Super Member Theresa's Avatar
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    Well, I really did it to myself. Was quilting a wall hanging yesterday and man-oh-man I sure did "something" to my left shoulder.

    Long story short, evidently strained a muscle group and NO QUILTING for about a week. Ohhhh my gosh, back to cross-stitch and maybe knitting. What a bummer. Will have to re-think my quilting techniques!!

    Has this happened to any of you? :oops:

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    My guess is that this is a problem that has been building, not something that happened in the blink of an eye??? Be careful about cross-stitching and especially knitting; both can put a strain on your shoulder. Sorry to hear you're hurting!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    My guess is that this is a problem that has been building, not something that happened in the blink of an eye??? Be careful about cross-stitching and especially knitting; both can put a strain on your shoulder. Sorry to hear you're hurting!!
    I'll be careful. Since it happened to my L side and am R handed, figure the cross-stitching is my safest bet. Can't just sit!!! Thank you for you comment though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    I'll be careful. Since it happened to my L side and am R handed, figure the cross-stitching is my safest bet. Can't just sit!!! Thank you for you comment though.
    Know what you mean about not being able to sit idle! I've had bursitis in both shoulders (at different times, thank God!) and it's just miserable not to be able to do what you want to do. _ :cry: _ The only thing that is worse, IMHO, is to throw out your back to the point you can't even lean over a sink to brush your teeth! Yeeeeuck! :-) :-)

    Think of your recuperation time as thinking time for planning new quilts!! :thumbup:

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    I feel your pain!! I haven't quilted in a month because of shoulder pain!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat112000
    I feel your pain!! I haven't quilted in a month because of shoulder pain!!!
    This is awful. Have you been to a doctor yet?

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    Have the shoulder pain too and really hurts when I go to bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    I'll be careful. Since it happened to my L side and am R handed, figure the cross-stitching is my safest bet. Can't just sit!!! Thank you for you comment though.
    Know what you mean about not being able to sit idle! I've had bursitis in both shoulders (at different times, thank God!) and it's just miserable not to be able to do what you want to do. _ :cry: _ The only thing that is worse, IMHO, is to throw out your back to the point you can't even lean over a sink to brush your teeth! Yeeeeuck! :-) :-)

    Think of your recuperation time as thinking time for planning new quilts!! :thumbup:
    Ohhh, there are so many quilt patterns swimming in my brain already.

    Sure hope you are doing better. Bursitis, I've heard can be awful.

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    Yes, when I press down too hard--If no relief in about a week, you should probably go to ortho doc. I ended up surgery for torn rotator cuff--now, I don't think I did that quilting, but quilting didn't help it any. Also, cold compreses will help. Feel better soon.

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    I hope you get to feeling better really soon. That is such a bummer.

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    Yes! DH thinks I should think long arm.

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    My right shoulder has been bothering me for about a month now. But not from quilting or anything quilting related.

    I have been lugging around 1"x10" x 16', 1" x12" x 16' boards just for fun.

    Seriously it a project that isn't finished yet, so no pictures!!

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    I hear that Chasing Hawk. We are building container beds and our boards are 2x10"x 8' plus all the screwing, carrying, placement, etc.

    You may want to see the Dr. sooner than you are thinking. Not to scare you, but most women wait too lng to see Dr. when having heart problems which for us mimicks other pain. Shoulder pain is one of the most frequent complaints.

    Knitting and x-stitch can put a strain on your shoulders if you tend to 'lift' your shoulders while stitching. Maybe you
    really should just rest.

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    I have tendinitis in my right shoulder, right elbow and my right pinkie finger folds down and won't straighten out. I have to get cortisone shots in each spot every three months or I am in an incredible amount of pain. It is still not enough to make me stop quilting or even slow down. If you can heal with rest and not have to get the shots, that would be the best. Use this time to go through quilting magazines and plan your next quilt. Best wishes for quick and complete healing.

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