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    someone wrote that she raised her chair and her foot pedal and found that it really helped her back. well, I decided to try it and for this fibromyalgia gal it has worked so well that I had my dh make a platform for my feet and pedal so that I can keep them all in line. works like a dream--thanks to whomever the tipster was--

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    You can also get those rubber door stoppers and put them on the back side of your machine at each end so that the machine itself tilts forward a little. That has worked for me tremendously. I am glad you have found a solution. :)

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    I use this method, usually once it is to late and my back hurts already. Does help with the pain if it hasn't gotten bad:)


    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    You can also get those rubber door stoppers and put them on the back side of your machine at each end so that the machine itself tilts forward a little. That has worked for me tremendously. I am glad you have found a solution. :)

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    Glad you found a solution for your problem.

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    wow..... another fibromyalgia person.... I never knew there were so many ppl with the same problem ( one of many) I have...
    glad u found a way to ease ur pain...

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    Hm, I may have to try that. No fibromyalgia, thank God, but I find that I'm stretching too much and have to move often. Of course, that could be my ADHD moving me!

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    I'm so glad you found a way to ease your fibromyalgia while quilting. I use the door stop method and I also prop my left foot up a little and have found that to help with both my fibromyalgia and the arthritis in my hips. The weather this time of year really is terrible for fibromyalgia and arthritis. So if anyone has any other tips, I would be grateful.

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    Another thing that helps me with Fibromyalgia is putting the ironing board across the room. That way you have to get up fairly frequently, so you don't stiffen up.

    Yes, it's a pain in the but, but it helps prevent pain everywhere else!

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    Glad to hear this is working for you :D:D:D

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    I have Fibro too and have to get up and stretch often. I'm going to try the tilting with the door stops. I have one of the risers (not the slanted one someone on here makes) but a level one I got from ebay. I don't think I'm tall enough for it. My shoulders get so tense I have to stop and use a heating pad and take muscle relaxers...then I'm out for a nap. :( I have an extension table on my machine so not sure how the door stops will work, though.

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    Many thanks for the suggestions to help fibromyalgia sufferers. Some days are worse than others so any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Happy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    You can also get those rubber door stoppers and put them on the back side of your machine at each end so that the machine itself tilts forward a little. That has worked for me tremendously. I am glad you have found a solution. :)
    Thanks for the tip I saw some yesterday at the dollar store. I was going to purchase a lifter but if this works I can hold off. These would be easier to take to classes too.

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    I also have FIBRO just as a lot of on this board! My machine sets in a cabinet so I can't use the risers, but I do have my ironing board across the room and make sure I get up and stretch periodically. I also got one of those lumbar supports from the Dollar Tree for my chair. I find that it helps me set up straighter so my back doesn't hurt as much.

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    I'm happy that you found a solution that works for you! Anything that enables us to sew and quilt longer and more comfortably is a godsend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    I also have FIBRO just as a lot of on this board! My machine sets in a cabinet so I can't use the risers, but I do have my ironing board across the room and make sure I get up and stretch periodically. I also got one of those lumbar supports from the Dollar Tree for my chair. I find that it helps me set up straighter so my back doesn't hurt as much.
    there are so many of us that have fibro--does it come from quilting? It better not or else I'll never get cured! Even with the riser I can't sew for more than an hour, but then I go to my trusty recliner with a heating pad and work on my hand quilting that I do on my lap! We have to get creative to keep on doing what we love

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